Saturday, April 29, 2017
My Micro Scale Fighting Emplacements
A few years ago, my friend Adrian sold/gave me seven of these micro-scale (6 millimeter, 1/285th scale) fortified positions.
Neither one of us can recall where he originally got them, or who made them.
I'm not even sure what they actually are. The concrete building incorporated in the berm doesn't have any firing ports, and the position is too open to be fortified position for infantry.
So my WAG (Wild-Ass Guess) is these are emplacements for heavy artillery, and the bunker is the site's ammunition magazine.
Well whatever they are, after being in my care for a few years, I finally finished painting and flocking them. Part of the reason this took me so long was that I have other projects I'm working on, and since I do all my flocking in the garage, it's something of a seasonal activity--the weather can't be too hot, or too cold.
For this photo shoot, I placed a Soviet heavy artillery piece (122mm?) inside the three I selected. Then I photographed a single gun emplacement in order to provide a view from all sides:
The heavy gun emplacements weren't the only fighting positions I finished working on.
I bought several infantry fighting positions a year or so ago from Monday Knight Production's Action Terrain Line during one of my infrequent forays to Enfilade!
Here are front and back views of the fighting positions:
These along with the Action Terrain buildings are patterned after the ones seen on various Squad Leader and Advanced Squad Leader map boards.
The only issue I have with these pieces are they're more aesthetic than functional. The only micro-scale figures I can fit into them are ones mounted on half-inch squares (formerly blank board game counters).
These positions are now manned by two mortar crews on the left and right ends of the defensive line, while heavy machine guns and crews occupy the two center positions.
Since I have a lot of World War II and sci-fi figures mounted on half-inch bases, I'll still be able to put these fighting positions to good use.