|The Plan - Scenario Map|
One of the catalysts for me doing this scenario was coming upon the outstanding Omaha Beach mat that is available from Terrain Mat. I already have one mat from them - my sea mat I use for naval games and it is top notch. The mats come in many different sizes and scales to suit your needs. I purchased a 5 foot wide by 7 foot long mat.
|Terrain Mat - Beach Landing Mat|
My terrain mat has arrived (along with a couple of others I ordered). I've laid it out on my table to flatten out as it is shipped in a large tube.
|My mat has arrived!|
|I'm laying it out to flatten ... you can see the|
dark area between the green edge and beach
which is the "cliff face" that will be elevated
by blue foam under the mat.
Of course any beach landing needs obstacles ... and there are many that can and should be used. Fortunately I was able to source all the various obstacles I wanted. First up was looking for Cointet Element (C Element or Belgian Gate). I couldn't find any in 28mm, but there is a provider for 20mm and I've seen pictures of these next to 28mm miniatures - so close enough, these will work. Gamecraft Miniatures has these - pictures below.
|Gamecraft Miniatures Cointet Element (Belgian Gate)|
|You can connect the gates together ...|
Acheson Creations as a 28mm Fortress Europe series of models that are great for beach landings. I purchases small and large Hemmbalks from them as well as a Tobruk VF67v with APX-R turret. Pictures below.
|Acheson Creations Large Hemmbalk|
|Acheson Creations Small Hemmbalk|
|Acheson Creations Tobruk VF67v with APX-R turret|
I'll be using 4Ground's Hedgehogs and Dragons Teeth.
|4Ground Dragons Teeth|
In addition to the 4Ground obstacles ... I'll be using the hedgehogs and dragons teeth from Warlord Games as well ... pictured below.
|Warlord Games Anti-tank Obstacles|
(Hedgehogs and Dragons Teeth)
I'm also going to use the bunkers from Warlord Games "Atlantik Wall" set.
|Warlord Games Atlantik Wall|
To land the troops I have several LCM and LCVP landing crafts from Cor Sec Engineering. There are of course other kits available now from others but I bought these a while ago when they first released from Cor Sec ... and now I finally get to use them.
|Cor Sec Engineering LCM Landing Craft|
|Cor Sec Engineering LCVP Landing Craft|
I'll be building the Pak40 bunkers from foam board in a style similar to the Warlord Games Atlantik Wall set. Regular US Army and Rangers will recycle onto the table and operate in smaller than normal teams (6 figure teams). The landing will also be supported by several Sherman tanks. I need to spend some more time on the exact forces and objectives that will be used.
So, that is it for now ... lots to assemble and get done (although for once no miniatures ... just terrain).