Friday, November 2, 2012

Isba's and things

I managed to break out the paints again and got most of a burned out Russian isba painted up. I will get some pictures up of it soon with those Italian motorcyclists that I have been working on.

The bulk of my hobby time has returned to writing again with the CSIR supplement at the top of the list. I have the bulk of the history portion blocked out. The trick has been getting enough details for the scenarios that I am including.

The supplement will be a mix of scenarios for both Troops, Weapons and Tactics as well as IABSM3. There were some really good descriptions of small unit actions on the islands of the Dniepr River that I could not pass up.

I am also thinking of including more than just actions taken by the 80th Roma Regiment. The siege of Petrikovka has some perfect encounters where a group of L3/35 tanks are being supported by a company of infantry through the town. Also in the relief of Nikitovka, there is an opportunity to include some Italian Cavalry troops. It should add some fun to the campaign.

Anyway, while poking around I found some fun pictures.

The first shows the Italian trucks (of which there were far too few and many were civilian trucks) moving through the Ukraine. I like the attempt at camouflage that attempted.

The next is from the Book La Pasubio sul Fronte Russo by Vittorio Luoni, published in 1977. The picture is after the text on page 113. This shows how badly equipped they were for their first winter on the Russian Front. Here in October, they stand out like sore thumbs. Their uniforms do not blend into the snow.

Anyway, it has proved to be very interesting reading.


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