Group Build Description: Artillery. Before 1900 pretty much anything that served in the artillery. I will be disposed towards being inclusive here. After 1900 something built for artillery, not for AT or Flak roles. Self-propelled or towed is fine. Self-propelled guns (StuGs, SUs), tank destroyers, tanks, are out. Mortars are fine. If it’s a man portable mortar, needs to have a figure or so with it.
Completion Award: can we count on @petbat to provide his typical excellent award badge?
I’m in, I’ll likely get a M2A1 on carriage M2A2 from AFV club and build it alongside my M2A1 half track to tow it.
I think we should limit it self propelled guns specifically designed for the artillery role like as you saw wespe and Hummel. What are your thoughts on rowed anti tank guns often used in artillery roles like the 3 Inch M5?
Perhaps unsurprisingly, no. I did grab a few sample Khmer figures in - I think - 15mm scale many (many!) years ago with a thought of a DBA army; I have a weakness for armies with contingents of (preferably under-dressed) young ladies. I was unimpressed by the sculpts and didn’t take it any further. Here’s the beastie, anyway:
Apparently the Timurids did mount light cannon on elephants, though. I believe heavy crossbows were fitted to camels before the development of the Zamburak, the latter type surviving long enough to be upgraded from light cannons to Gatling guns…
Phil was specific in saying StuG, not “and StuH”, so I think he would allow StuH’s Tom.
I have a wide range of 1/35th kits to choose from, from the tiny 15 cm sIG 33 (Sf) auf Panzerkampfwagen I Ausf B (Bison) to the Gerät 040/041 (Morsar Karl). I wonder which will finally take my fancy at build time…
The problem is the battlefield role is the same even if the weapon is different. It is further complicated by weapons not always being used in their intended role, not so much heavy long-range artillery being used in short-range direct-fire roles but things like AA guns being used for indirect area fire. And while we have SP and towed there’s also the stuff that needs to be broken down for transport, from Mons Meg to pack howitzers and coast defence weapons employed as siege guns.
That seems to be a pretty good plan. Whether a StuH or a StuG can be included is starting to get very specific. If the intent is for more participation, the more you narrow it down the fewer particiapants you’re going to get.
I had an idea for a Shep Paine Tribute campaign, Suddenly it evolved into The Great Ones, the intent being to be more inclusive, but excludes kits made after 1990. Not only did it change my whole original intent, ironically it excludes me from participating. The figure I have that bears an uncanny resemblance to Shep Paine, came out after 1990.
I’m not complaining mind you. I don’t do campaigns well anyway. But if you want to gather a large group who do, maybe a little leeway in what’s allowed might be the way to go. Let’s not forget what the “H” in StuH stands for…
I’m no good doing campaigns, but this one interest me. I have some artillery kits all 1/72 scale, all from WWII, so I’ll see if I can find time to take part. When that happens I’ll post what kit will be built.