In recent years I have developed quite a liking for wargaming the early years of WWII. And with it also for the „minor“ nations or smaller parts of campaigns.
One of those nations are the Dutch for May 1940. The biggest appeal of them is their lack of armour, combined with the fact that the German formations used against them did not feature the toughest armoured nuts (like PzKw 38(t)) or were actually lighter formations like Fallschirmjäger or infantry divisions. So that should allow for a nice break from the battles for Poland or France.
The minis chose are from the May40 Miniatures range. All in all the minis are fabulous and I have to say the photos on their website do not fully do them justice.
While the Dutch wore uniforms that were officiall labelled to be fieldgrey (although I feel more blue-greenish than the German uniforms of the same name), it seems the dyes faded fast and often ended up quite light. So I chose to do mine in a very faded bluegrey.
After taking the first picture, I noticed that the barrel had been bend during basing. Unfortunately I did not think about taking another photo. 🙄
I know that under the Battlegroup rules, that Solthurn only has a two men crew, but the team looked too good as it was. So I based them as a team of three and we will have to remember the smaller size during play.
The beauty about a force like those is, that it only took about four weekends and a few afternoons to paint it and it is is fairly complete already. All that is left to add is an armoured car (already on my painting table for when we return from Scotland), some artillery and a few odds and ends like artillery and medics (which I know will be released in the not too distant future by May40 Miniatures) and the whole force is done.
September 28, 2022 at 18:43
They look great!!
September 29, 2022 at 03:58
Indeed – a really nice set of models for a nation not often seen or mentioned on the tabletop or even in most documentaries and discussions of the war!
September 29, 2022 at 16:53
These look really grand. The Dutch fought gallantly for the few days before the end of hostilities for them.
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September 30, 2022 at 10:20
They most definitely did. If you look at the fact that it took the threat of repeating the Rotterdam bombings in Utrecht for them to surrender, it certainly speaks to a very high fighting morale.
September 30, 2022 at 03:12
I like your faded uniforms; looks spiffy and historically accurate!
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