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'A gaping silken dragon,/Puffed by the wind, suffices us for God./We, not the City, are the Empire's soul:/A rotten tree lives only in its rind.'

Sunday, 4 January 2015


... I can't remember how long ago it was that I started Plastic Soldier Company's Pak 38s. PSC do a very nice, very useful box of four Pak 38s, with enough figures for four crew per gun, and shells, shell cases, and ammunition boxes. What makes the box marvellous for the 20mm gamer is that it also includes a choice of gun barrels, so that one can field Pak 38s and/or the Pak 97/38. The latter was a combination of the French 75, with a new muzzle brake, mounted on the standard Pak 38 carriage. That is a very good thing from my point of view, as I possess a toy barracks full of Lufwaffe Field Division types (see here in a tabletop encounter). As with the real thing, my LwFD chaps are rather under-resourced, but now, happily, they will be able to field the 97/38s:

Aaaah, that's better than a mortar or two...

I have no idea how effective this hybrid was, but the French 75 was, I think, the basic design that the Americans used for their tank 75s, so perhaps it was a reasonable bit of kit. Anyway, that's all the LwFD fellows have got.

In keeping with the make do and mend theme, I decided to finish the 'Bathtub' as a later war second line vehicle that my LwFD have liberated from the police and pressed into service, perhaps as an artillery spotter's vehicle:

A very nice little kit, but small and fragile, hence the base.


  1. Lovely job on all of these Stephen. The Field Division is the way to go for a interesting game.

    Great work.

    1. Thanks, Paul. Yes, they make a change from WSS Panzer Grenadiers and Tiger tanks!