13 May 2024

US Army Europe and US Marine Corps Data Cards!

 People started asking about US Data Cards years ago when I wasn't the one creating them and the creator at the time was doing it out of the goodness of his heart - and was probably focussed on the nations that excited him the most.  So the US Cards never ended up getting done.

Until today!

US Army Europe Data Cards

USMC Data Cards

Hopefully these will have the access issues sorted right from the start!  As always I'm happy for anyone to point out mistakes or concerns and am perfectly willing to change things where necessary.

A couple of vehicles are out of sync with their compatriots - i.e. on the wrong page, but you'll have to forgive me for that as moving the cards around is not that simple - so they are where they are!

The cards can also be access through the Cards Tab at the top of the page.

In other news, just for the sheer hell of it, I'm working on a 9th Infantry Division (Motorized) List and have already completed the majority of their Data Cards.

After that I'm going to look to doing Swedish and Finnish Army Lists.  Anyone who is happy to share useful information, documents, links etc would be gladly appreciated.  I'm always happy to give kudos to others.

I've also managed to get a bit of painting done so hopefully that will show up here soon as well.

That's all for now.



05 May 2024

A whole new bunch of AFV Data Cards!

 So it's taken a while but today I've added a bunch of new AFV Data Cards for several NATO nations.  I've also updated the Dutch AFV Cards I added back in February - and updated the link in that post.  I'll add it again here for completeness sake.  Here's a little taster

In addition to AFVs, I've also added the soft skin vehicles of each nation as I thought that might prove useful.  Any comments on that would be appreciated.

All the new cards (and the old UK, West Germany and Soviet ones) can be found in the Data Cards tab up above.  I'll also add them all here:

Belgium AFV Data Cards

Canada AFV Data Cards

Denmark AFV Data Cards

Netherlands AFV Data Cards

Norway AFV Data Cards

I've made an adjustment to the gun stats for the 76mm L23A1 found on the Scorpion tank, and other vehicles with the Scorpion tank turret such as the Canadian Cougar FSV.  Originally I had the L23A1 as only being able to fire HE rounds, which had an Armour Penetration of "3" - making it one of the worst performing guns in the game.  I decided this wasn't providing a fair representation of what this gun could achieve with its HESH round, so I gave it stats that were not quite as good as the 76mm gun on the Danish M41DK tank but better that the original 76mm gun from the M41.  I hope that makes sense, and helps give the Scorpion tank back a bit of punch.

Finally, as I was going through the each of the nation's original AFV data tables I found a few missing details, so I've tried to fix all those that I've come across.  Please let me know if you have any issues with decisions that I've made.

Posts like these never seem to garner any comments, but if you look at these and find any errors, please let me know so I can correct them.  Happy for any constructive positive or negative comments.  I think I failed to find 1 or maybe 2 decent side profile pics of vehicles on the cards.  I you have any that match these missing pics, please let me know.

USMC and USAEUR AFV Data Cards are next on the list.



09 February 2024

Brand New Dutch AFV Cards

 In honour of completing my first Dutch unit, I contacted Greg in the UK who originally did the BAOR, West German and Soviet cards to see if I could get non-pdf copies of those cards, so I could create some more for the other nations covered in the game - starting of course with the Dutch.

Unfortunately he has lost all the files with the old cards, but was able to steer me in the right direction with another template - which I was able to use to generate this new set of cards - the first in what I hope will be a whole series of new cards to cover all the nations that don't currently have them.

I may even redo the original cards, as I have found some info missing - and I've made a few updates since Greg so kindly did them for me.

Anyway - here is the link to the new Dutch cards:

Dutch AFV Data Cards

You can also find them in the "Data Cards" Tab at the top of the page.

Any feedback or errors found and pointed out, will be greatly appreciated.  I'm about half way through the Belgians and will probably do Norwegians after them.  Any votes to do another nation first won't be summarily ignored!

Thanks and I hope you find these useful


30 January 2024

Dutch 103rd Reconnaissance Battalion

Hello 2024 - a year I've decided that I will attempt to have a focus, and that focus will be Americans!  I have 3 US WW2 armies that need to be completed (and started!) and various USAEUR forces and a USMC force for the Cold War that need to be completed.

At the same time, I'm also trying to complete some Cold War Recce units for my (completely in my head at the moment) new Cold War game.

So what better way to start 2024, than with a Dutch force!  It all makes perfect sense to me!

So this is both a new project and more importantly, a completed project.  It's a full strength a platoon from the Dutch 103rd Reconnaissance Battalion based at Seedorf in West Germany circa 1985.  I think it has a great mix of vehicles - including a couple (the standard M113 and the M106) that you don't really find much in the Royal Dutch Army.

Here's all the vehicles that make up the unit.

The unit consists of the Platoon Commander in his M113 C&V command and reconnaissance vehicle, armed with a 25mm autocannon (centre front), a reconnaissance group (centre back), a tank group (obvious), a rifle group (in the M113) and a mortar group (in the M109).

Here's a close-up of the Commander in his M113 C&V


The reconnaissance group is made up of 4 x M113 C&V split into 2 teams, each with 2 M113 C&V.

Here's some close-ups of the various M113 C&V's that make up the two reconnaissance teams. Team leaders are shown in the the turret hatch.

All the M113 C&Vs are 3D prints. The Platoon Commanders vehicle has been further modified by drilling out the drivers hatch and making a new open hatch. The commanders are all AB figures and the driver of the Platoon Commander's vehicle is an Airfix figure from their Dakota Skytrain kit, with a green-stuff dodgy headset added.

The tank group is made up of 2 Leopard 2NL


Both Leopards are old Matchbox models, and I've added 3D printed Dutch style smoke launchers and wire reel, plus Elhiem FN MAGs which they used rather than the German MG-3s. The Tank Commander is an Elhiem figure.

The rifle group is mounted in a standard M113

Again the M113 is a 3D print, the M113 commander is an Elhiem NATO driving figure, while all the infantry are also Elhiem NATO figures

The mortar group is mounted in a standard M106

The M106 is a 3D print and the mortar crew are again Elhiem figures

So that's my first completed non-American project for 2024.

Thanks for looking and have a great New Year!