This platoon was something of a communal effort at the club. One player is not an avid painter, so we helped out to with getting these Frenchmen ready to hit the table.
I received them when they were already prepared, basecoated and washed, thanks in large part to Alli who did a lot of the work. I went over them with an additional layer on top of the wash, and then picked out some highlights.
The miniatures are from Perry Miniatures, and make up a basic platoon and some support. They'll get some vehicles of their own later on, I bet, but I expect them to primarily use plain British tanks to begin with. In reality, the French Foreign Legion on both the Axis and Allied sides quickly ran out of their pre-war gear, and used equipment provided by the US/Commonwealth or Germany.
I really like that this platoon has black and red kepis. That way they are really easy to see on the tabletop. Starting out with a mix of leaders with SMGs, rifles, or just pistols.
These men make up the bulk of the platoon with their trusty rifles. Each section comes with two riflemen in the LMG team, and four riflemen in the rifle team.
These helmeted men can be used as extra SMGs.
No platoon is complete without some machine guns! Each of the three sections comes with a LMG (M24/29) team consisting of one gunner, one loader, and two riflemen.
Some sneaky Frenchmen that can be used as snipers, forward observers, or just LMG crew or riflemen.
These are the defining trait of the French platoon - the Viven-Bessières rifle grenades. Each section comes with one, and there's also a fourth one in a separate V-B team. The platoon can choose to pool all these into a single V-B group.
Finally, some heavy firepower in the form of an MMG, ready to pour deadly fire across the desert landscape.
With this final addition, the French are ready to enter the dunes on North Africa. Rumours are spreading that the next addition to the theater will be more DAK! Stay tuned!