Friday, 5 September 2014

Ejército Popular de la República - The Reinforcements are Here


This is my second (and brief) post-holiday blog entry. I spent most of my painting time preparing the core nucleus of my Republican Army platoon for Chain of Command España. You have above the HQ section with an officer (Superior Junior Leader), a runner (with a flag) and a NCO (Sargeant).

The platoon has three sections:
  • A mortar section with 2 squads (that usually doubled as a pure rifle section due to the scarcity of these weapons in the Republican side)
  • Two rifle-grenadier sections each made of 3 squads (at 5 men each squad)
I managed to paint the 2 full rifle sections (a total of 30 models))...



together with a couple of supports: an LMG team...


... and a Russian-supplied 45mm AT Gun with crew

All figures are from the excellent albeit somewaht short in references, Empress Miniatures models (currently the only active supplier of 28mm models for this conflict).

On the painting desk still lie two light and one heavy mortar squads, one heavy machine gun and a few LMGs. I hope to make some progress on this through September, ready for the November campaign that we are planning. Note that I also have (for a later stage) a T 26, a Bilbao armoured car and a UNL wheeled armoured vehicle waiting in line.

NOTE: the flag showed in the photos is not a regular EPR model, but belonga to a 5th Regiment battalion; lacking a proper one I could not resist putting it there. The flag is from the superb Adolfo Ramos models range.    

19 comments:

  1. No es un tema que me atraiga mucho, pero te está quedandeo de PM.

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    1. Gracias. La adaptación que han hecho para CoC España es insuperable de buena

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  2. I do like those. I can see EPR being the next faction that I paint.

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  3. Great looking figures and love the flag!

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    1. The Adolfo Ramos flags are the best for me. They sell also with the poles and fully ready (like that in the pictures)

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  4. Looking great, thanks for the Adolfo link, perfect timing, I had not spotted these guys before.
    Cheers
    Stu

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    1. Thanks Stuart. The flags are top notch, much better than Andrea's

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  5. You've done an amazing job on these guys! I'm still pretty much tempted with SCW and might give it a go one day. Yours definitely are ace for inspiration.

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    1. He, he! You know you want to play this period... Resistance is futile!

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  6. Excellent looking unit. Indeed gaming the SCW is the way forward and keep asking Empress to make more figures!

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  7. Good Looking Figures. I need to consider painting some more factions. I have the Legion, Moroccans and International Brigade.

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  8. Superb painting, this is going to be a great collection. Looking forward to reports of the campaign

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  9. Very nice reinforcements for your platoon. I´m painting one of these myself and I´m enjoying the task a lot! This platoon has a very interesting organization.

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  10. Gorgeous stuff Benito and good to see a post '36 force.

    Lots of games of the SCW focus on the 'war of columns' era (and why not as it is fascinating) but there are a great many variation on the theme possible from '37 on as you know. It certainly level's the playing field somewhat between the sides and I think the armies look just as good as the early period stuff also in their own way.

    ..nice tip on the flags ;-)

    Great stuff.

    Cheers

    Rolf

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  11. Nice brushwork! Your work along with Paul Scrivens-Smith's are tempting many into this fascinating period.

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