short primer on collecting a US Airborne army
US Airborne are a good choise to get started with WW2 skirmish gaming. The US Para M1942 Uniform was issued to the troops early in the war and was officially in use until and including the D-Day landings. After the Normandy campaign the US introduced the olive green M1943 uniform but the old M1942 was still in use by some units until the end of the war.
So an army of US Paras can be used in many theatres (North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France) throughout the war which makes them one the most versatile WW2 forces available.
I use 28mm miniatures from Artizandsigns for my games.
|The M1942 Uniform
The M1942 was issued to Paratroopers only, Glidertroops used the standard US infantry uniform. The main difference (from the wargamers point of view) between these uniforms are the typical leg pockets on the Paratrooper's trousers so US Infantry can be converted into US Paratroopers without too much difficulties. See below for an Artizan radiomen with pockets on the blouse and trousers added, as well as a medipack and some camo on the helmet, painted as an US Para
|US Para paintingguide
I'll make a list of the colours used for my models, unless
otherwise noted I used balck or dark browns for shadows and white, light
sand, ivory etc for the highlights. Mixtures can be varried which adds some
flavour to the army and avoids a uniformed look. I paint on a black
undercoat with the 3 Layer technique from dark to light. You might like to
vary the mixtures to your tastes.
|Playing the game
I use my US Paras with Disposable Heroes. The game plays very well with about a platoon a side so you need somewhere around 50 models for an army. I like the rules a lot because the are easy to learn and make for an exciting game in 2-3 hours which is perfect for an evening and they still transport a good feeling of WW2 combat. If you want to learn more about the game check the Ironivangames website or the Yahoogroup which offers plenty of suppport for the game.
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