Monday, December 10, 2012

Operation Squad - Fallschirmjägers and Screaming Eagles


yesterday Franz and I visited our friend Christopher (aka Axebreaker - please have a look at his great blog: at his home to play another brilliant game of Operation Squad in 28mm.

The setting of the table was again excellent and real eye candy as you can see on the first photos.

Christopher is preparing the terrain while Franz is fascinated by Chris´ artwork.

He just produced the telephone masts the same morning.

It really looks like the Normandy.

Just like the photo out of a holiday catalog. :)

In the middle of the photo you can see a little hill that has been one of the two objects there a fierce fight took place.
During the game and its bloody running in the woods on the hilltop we started to call it "Hamburger Hill".
The other objective was the house in the background.

 After the terrain had been placed Christopher set up his Fallschirmjägers alternately to my Screaming Eagles.
Just a funny thing for Christopher is an US-American and I am German.

Franz was our game guide and had to look up the rules for it was our first game with vehicles and so the rules had been different to our earlier games.

As I don´t have any miniatures painted for WWII yet (I will do some Japanese for the PacificWar) I had the honour to play with the fantastic figures of Christopher.

The vehicles had been chosen from Franz´ collection and looked also very good.

A look at the opposing squads - here the Fallschirmjägers supported by a SdKfz 231.

And here the Screaming Eagles with a M20.

Photos of the figures after setting.

I think you can imagine that we had a really great game though my Screaming Eagles performed bad.
It was a decisive victory for Christopher (Congratulations :) ).

We formerly often gamed with different markers that had been green, blue or red glass stones.
Christopher always got eye pains as he had a look at the table with those markers on it.
He loves gaming tables that look as realistic as possible.
After he showed us the markers he produced for OperationSquad I have to agree.
Never use glass stones if you could create such wonderful markers as shown in the next pictures.

The different markers in total view.

The helmets are markers for running figures.

The red ones mark a figure as wounded.

The stones are telling that a mini is pinned.

The MP´s stand for jammed guns and the ammo crates for "out of ammo".

Bushes mark the figures as "hidden".

And these markers mean that a figure´s action is completed within the currently round.

After I had seen those fabulous markers I decided to create some similar ones for my SYW-project as I do not only need disruption markers but also markers for disordered units and so on.

Maybe you got inspired by this post for your own tables, too.
I wish you all the best and enjoy our hobby as much and as often as you can.



  1. It's a shame I wasn't able to join in! Looks like you had a great day. Christophers tables always look fantastic not to mention the miniatures!
    Although I just spotted a minor flaw as the "Puma" is a Panzerspähwagen Sd.Kfz. 231 (8-Rad) and (as I'm already nit-picking) the "Greyhound" is a M20 which is a lighter armed variant of the M8 Greyhound.

    1. Hi Nick,
      You are right. But as this period is not my favourite one I don't know the differences at all.

    2. Nick,
      maybe you could join us next saturday at the Südkurve in Erlangen?

    3. Hi Nick,
      I just set the names of the vehicles correctly. Thanks for your hint. :)

  2. @Mike

    It was great having you both over! The pictures came out very nice and thanks for posting the game! I'll be posting my version sometime this week, but I need to make some adjustments first as some of my pics came out pretty bad.

    Too bad you couldn't make it.:-( Hopefully your time will free up in January.
    We did play it as a Panzerspähwagen Sd.Kfz. 231 (8-Rad) and not a Puma and the M20 as an M20 and not a Greyhound.;-)


    1. Hope to see your pictures soon. ;)
      Thanks again for your hospitality.

  3. Fabulous looking game and troops. Love the FJs and US Paras. Best, Dean

    1. Thank you, Dean. It all has been the work of Christopher.

  4. A beautiful looking table! Love the markers too! They fit in so well with the terrain.

    1. Hi Ray,
      The markers really are a brilliant idea of Christopher.

  5. Great show :-D Really like the outcome!

    Axebreakers Fallschirmjäger look as fine as always and the terrain ist excellent.

    Looks like it was a lot of fun!


  6. A real Normandie effect with the dark, wet meadows and hedges.. Good painting job also. Its a joy to see them!

  7. Fantastic looking terrain and those markers are a great idea.


  8. Wonderful looking terrain and minis, your pictures are amazing!