Now I have a weird relation with WW2. Due to the Greek participation of the war, and the continuous drumming of the war in national parades and celebrations when I was growing up, I never really got interested in it, the same way I got interested in the less well known in Greece World War 1, or the Balkan Wars, or Greeces "unkown", "unlucky" War of 1897. A made an abortive attempt at WW2 gaming using the NUTs system of rules and 28mm figures, but I was not able to beguile people away from their Warhammer 40k. So the figures got sold.
After that there had been no contact with WW2 outside of some board-wargaming. It just does not pique me the way other people do. It also does not help that I do not like most of the popular rules out there (Flames of War, Bolt Action etc). But a lot of people here in Turkey love WW2. Flames of War and Bolt Action have avid gaming bases in Istanbul. So in the end I decided to try and beguile some of the people interested in WW2 to the Two Fat Lardy logic. To do this I decided to build two small forces for I aint been shot Mom, the Two Fat Laries system built for company level actions in World War 2.
The reason I chose this systems is because it offers coverage of the period of World War 2, that most interests me, which is the early Blitzkrieg (1939-1940). Within that period I decided to focus on the Greek-Italian War of 1940-1941. There are some reasons for this: 1) it is a conflict you do not often see played by war-gamers 2) few people I know of have WW2 greek armies in their collection.
Since IABSM is a company based game that uses a 1:1 ratio , I decided to peruse the project in 10mm. This is for reasons of costs, terrain size, and time availability. It turns out that the only company that makes Greeks and Italians that are proper for the 1940-1941 campaign is Pithead Miniatures . So I put an order in for two understrength companies (one Greek and one Italian), with some support weapons. The service was excellent.
It turns out that painting these figures is a really fast job. I finished the Greeks in essentially 3 days. I have two full strength platoons and one under-strength, plus two guns for support, and 2 machine gun batteries (8 units). If there is one thing I did not like about the Pithead figures is that they have too many command figures for this level of game. But beyond that they are good.
So without further ado here are the pictures. Next in this small project are the Italians and then doing a demo game at the Karargah Club. (CLICK ON PICTURES FOR LARGE IMAGE)
The Regimental support guns
The medium machine guns
The squad support light machine guns
The whole force.