This is the start of my Back of Beyond (BoB) force. Here are 2 " frontline" trucks from the WW2 range AND THIS IS A LINK. These are both miss-cast (so I get them free sometimes). I have decided to do BoB not in the usual 28mm scale but in the more familiar 20mm or 1/72nd scale. The reasons are clear to me. Firstly I do have the terrain already at that scale and secondly a club member (Tim) makes all the figures and vehicles I need. Okay that is a very slight exaggeration he does not make Chinese warlord or Afghan troops. But almost every thing else.
I shall be picking up an order from him at the club tomorrow. Which should give me almost all of a single force I need
Back to these trucks. I THINK (but do not know) they are both Russian of the era, The one on the Left I think is a Gaz AA truck which I think was a copy of the Ford Model A built under licence in Russia. While the one on the right (I am more confident) is a Zis 5v Lorry. Both have a French inspired great war camouflage pattern. In the BoB any colour scheme is accepted and no one complains if the varnish on the buttons is the correct shade or that the epilates are the correct hue. This is because no one really knows and what is more no one really cares. So if that is your kind of thing within wargaming good luck to you, but you will not find it here (on this blog or this setting). The advantage of painting them like this is 2 fold. 1 I can then use them for Spanish Civil War without the thought of a repaint and 2 they are as likely t be correct as ANYTHING else. yes I could have painted them a dull green for the Russian front in WW2, but where is the fun in that.
Rules wise I will be using "Triumph and Tragedy" which I purchased last weekend. And being really honest I think they are good. Simple and clear and while not a competitive set of rules, I for one, do not think the setting and period call for a set that is competitive. So not for rules lawyers at all. Which suits me. I am not planning on doing a rules review other than they are 40 pages long and soft cover. They cost me £12.00 and as far as I am concerned good value for money. Yes there are things missing but what set of rules do we not think that about. Anyway I hope to have a BoB game by the new year (or there abouts) and will show my treasures tomorrow (figures I got from Tim).
That's it for now. More BoB talk soon, I hope, maybe a bit more tomorrow when I post the Zombtober post and my club loot.
Until then have fun and enjoy as much as you are able.