Now that the Gebirgsjäger platoon is starting to take shape, I can't let them be ordered around by an ordinary Heer officer. So I converted up a Platoon commander (am I right that it would be a Hauptfeldwebel? Army command systems confuse me) with pistol to bark orders at them.
I squeezed in something extra this painting session, and added an intrepid cameraman to follow him around as well! We have been mucking around with ideas about secondary objectives for the campaign games, and extras such as war correspondents, downed pilots and spies is a terrific way to get the creative juices flowing.
The commander is simply a conversion from the Perry Miniatures DAK box, with puttees and Gebirgsjäger insignia added with green stuff. The cameraman is from Warlord Games.
In our test version of the Gebirgsjäger platoon for 1941 we decided to add a mandatory AT rifle team. This is to represent the vast amount of Panzerbüchse 38/39 rifles that were available to every rifle company at the time. These would gradually be more and more likely to be left behind, as they were heavy, cumbersome, and increasingly useless as lighter pre-war Soviet tanks were replaced by better armoured ones such as the T-34..
The miniatures are again converted plastic Perry DAK, and the cover is built out of sculpey. I really didn't know much about the Panzerbüchse 39 until I saw this demonstration video from a US auction house. Far from necessary to grasp its use on the tabletop, but could be interesting if you are into how the firearms functioned mechanically:
WW2 Campaign Blog
This blog follows the second Chain of Command club campaign, set in the intense fighting over Stalino in October 1941.