Monday, 23 June 2014

WW2 20mm Axis collection

As I'm busy packing everything away for the great move I thought it would be prudent to photograph the my 20mm Axis forces as I don't know when I'll next get access to them easily. I need to know exactly what I have so I can make sure I have a 'what you see is what you get' force for the Battlegroup game at Stafford games in October. Normally I don't worry so much and PxIII's and IV's are whatever variant I want to play.

I'm also loaning my partner in crime some top up forces so this lovely photographic record can now provide him a visual feast. It will also allow me to spot what I don't have. You'll see I have lots of infantry but I tend to have to mix troop types and theatres to get the right figures e.g. my pioneers are mainly Afrika Korps but flame throwers are western front paras.

I haven't photographed the unpainted masses which are mainly 1/72 plastics from my youth and odd and sods I picked up as they were a 'bargain'. These may have to be mined to make up any numbers or specialist troops to be painted in the correct colours.

To be a completest this plastic pile contains the beginning of a Japanese force whose tanks currently grace my Korean War Chinese force.

I have 2 Wespes unmade, an ambulance truck, radio truck, another Tiger, 3 x PzIIIs, 3x PZ IVs. 3 x 251's, 3 x 251's that can be command, mortar or pioneer vehicles all awaiting glue and paint.

Box Number 1

Stugs, PzIIIs, Pz IVs, (one of these Stugs my Dad made to wargame with is younger teenage brother who is heading for his 7th decade - its the 2nd one in from the bottom right))

 Box Number 2
Wespe,s, Hertzers, Pz38, Pz1, Pz IIs, various recon, Marder I?, Lorraine self propelled guns, artillery tows/half tracks

 Box Number 3
Tiger Is too many of them, 2 x Ferdinand/Elephant, Sturmtiger (3 of these Tiger Is my Dad made to wargame with is younger teenage brother who is heading for his 7th decade - they are the grey ones with white flecks, a paint updaet added for me in my youth)) 

A cat, not one of the Tiger series
 Box Number 4
Various AT, Art and AA guns (the guns with the grey base were purchased on a visit to Arnhem when I was 9)

Box Number 6
The Italians

Box Number 7
Panthers, AA trucks, Pumas, Jagpanthers, cars, engineering vehicle

Box Number 8
Half tracks and trucks

Box Number 9
Kingtigers and bigger, plus towed 88 and art. tows plus an armoured car (the Kingtiger 2nd from right at the bottom was the first tank I ever purchased about 30 years ago, probably Northern Militaire and it was ready painted)

Box Number 10
Inf and AT guns - there are some Slovaks and Romanians in here.

Box Number 11

Box Number 12

Box Number 13

Box Number 14
Infantry incl. Volkstrum

The Italian infantry box wasn't photographed. Oops.


  1. That's an impressive collection. But I didn't spot anything white washed, for winter war. Clearly you can start that project when you unpack and fill 5 or 6 more boxes!!! The joy of wargaming always more to buy and paint!! :-)

    1. Well spotted that was the excuse for buying another Tiger which currently sits in the 'to be made' pile. It was a Revell kit with snow smock infantry included.

  2. A very impressive collection, and a very nice cat too!!

  3. Very nice pictures of your big collection.Thankyou for sharing!

  4. OMG !! Oo' I'm totally flabbergasted by this huge and beautiful collection !!! OO'

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