World War 2 Belgians – Another BKC Army

The full Belgian force

Earlier this year I was looking for something a little different and as Blitzkreig Commander III had been released I flicked through the rules and lists and decided that I would start building some another early World War 2 army or two. I have Western Desert Italians (built for BKC – see this blog post and then this one for colour) back in Australia and had acquired some Early War Germans from Douglas as he sold off figures before his move to Scotland. I had also already built an early war Soviet Army (built for BKC II) and thought to myself, “English, French or something else?” Something else won and I started looking for figures for a Belgian army, circa 1940.

Now I know there have been issues with BKC III resulting in that being pulled but fortunately the only differences in the BKC II and BKC III lists was effectively the removal of the 47mm Anti-Tank Guns. So my army is missing those at the moment but I will add them next time I can afford a figure order.

The models eventually selected to use were the Belgians from Scotia Grendel. I must admit that I am somewhat disappointed with the infantry figures as they suffer from thin legs and poor casting as well as a rather static pose. Having said that, the motorcycles and vehicles are lovely. I selected from the Belgian range, the French range and the Neutral Equipment range.

Overall now, it is a nicely fragile force of early war equipment. The figures have been based ready for sand to be added and painting to commence.

I will update Thomo’s Hole later with painting details as the point goes on.

For the future? I think the next early war forces will be the French, followed by the British prior to Dunkirk then more early Germans. To oppose the Soviets will be slightly later early war Germans and I also have the Japanese. Somewhere along the line I will add so Poles as well.

As to the quality of the figures, see for yourself and make up your own mind.

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Brussels

Montgomery roundabout at 4:30 am - looks cold don't it?
Montgomery roundabout at 4:30 am – looks cold don’t it?

I’m in Brussels at the moment, just down the road from Charleroi and Waterloo. This is perfect for the wargaming but a little unfortunate as I have to work.

Looks cold out there doesn’t it? It has been around 4 degrees in the day time with a lazy wind ((the wind is so lazy that it doesn’t bother flowing around you it just blows straight through you))  blowing from the north. Snow is expected tonight which will make a change from the sleet and rain of the past couple of nights.

I like Brussels with it’s beautiful old four and five storey houses in brick and stone. I particularly like that many folks in the restaurants and such are pretty good at speaking English.

I noted when we arrived at Frankfurt on the way here that you could tell you were in Europe – the first advertisement we say on the skybridge was for ICBC – a Chinese bank.

The down side of the trip so far has been Brussels airport. Getting through to collect the bags was a breeze although it was a long walk from the plane to the baggage hall. Unfortunately, when we collected our bags there appeared as though there must have been a customs strike as the queue to leave through either the green or the red channel was even longer than a terminal 3 immigration queue at Heathrow.

The queue started at the exit the went out to the left (see the next photo). We are at the end of the queue after it had snaked around the baggage hall
The queue started at the exit the went out to the left (see the next photo). We are at the end of the queue after it had snaked around the baggage hall
Here you can see the queue extending off to the left and starting its circling of the baggage hall
Here you can see the queue extending off to the left and starting its circling of the baggage hall

After standing in the queue for about 30 minutes the police or someone decide do just open the customs exit and with a mighty surge we all squeezed out and raced to the taxi rank where another mighty queue formed – this time, however, it was serviced by all the vacant taxis.

Not good Brussels!