Well the French Army was actually quite good, good equipment, excellent armour and interesting units to paint. The problem was that they were designed to win the previous war. The tanks were slow and the tactics were defensive and static. They were totally unprepared for Blitzkreig, everybody was totally unprepared for Blitzkreig,
Also Matt has a large early war German army so I have somebody to fight. So hold tight there are a lot of them
The whole army, 2 and a bit platoons of infantry, 7 tanks and armoured cars plus enough support
1st up couple of Hotchkiss MMGs, been trying for ages to find a use for the piece of concrete
Both warlord figs
Next up 2 medium mortars. The regular one is Warlord but the Senegalese one is a conversion from a VBCW one. The mortar is hand made and the figures are Border Reiver British with head conversions, Crusader figures come with spare heads, which is nice.
Warlord Games 25mm Light AT gun
Warlord 75mm artillery piece. Varnish still curing so a little shiny but I am very impatient
Boyes AT rifle. These used to be firemen in VBCW and I just painted the uniform the correct colours
Random officer types
Regular Infantry Platoon.
French infantry sections are 12 men strong with an LMG and a grenade launcher rifle that acts as a light mortar or a rifle. Figures are mainly Warlord with a few Crusader minis. SMGs were incredibly rare in the French infantry and there is only 1 in the whole army
Next up the armour
Panhard 178 with light AT gun and MMG - Warlord
Somua S35 tank with 47mm AT and MMG - Blitzkreig
I do like the camo
2 relic FT17 tanks. Whilst the French had 400 of these they knew they were colostomy and they only fought right at the very end. They are only armed with MMG and have been repurposed from the VBCW collection. Think rubbish, slow moving AC
Finally Char 1 Bis platoon - Italieri boxed set
These are both great and rubbish. Slow, very well armoured with 47mm AT and 75mm howitzer, Think cross between a Matilda and a Lee
Overall it's an interesting army and will fight differently to my other forces. Off to play Matt at ther Battle of Hereford on Sunday, was supposed to be Saturday but England are still over in Japan and have to play some colonial types on Saturday.