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You’ll need some painted figures and bases. In this example I’m re-basing some of my USA infantry to form an Armoured Infantry Platoon using Battlefront’s plastic bases. The new plastic bases look a bit tidier than my old hand cut Formica sheets.
Left: Flames of War plastic bases
Arranging the Miniatures
Before getting out the glue I sort out which figures will go on each base. It’s important to ensure that you get the right mix of miniatures poses on each base.
The Armoured Infantry Platoon has the following teams
• 1 command team (3 miniatures)
• 5 bazooka teams (2 miniatures)
• 5 rifle teams (4 miniatures)
• 2 .30 cal teams (4 miniatures)
• 1 60-mm mortar team (4 miniatures)
• 1 37-mm ATG (4 miniatures)
The command and bazooka teams will be mounted on small bases the rest on medium bases. I’ve included an extra rifle team so that I have the option of replacing the 37-mm. I prefer to mount the .30 cal teams with two extra miniatures on the medium bases, otherwise the gunner and loader by themselves could fit on a small base. I will include four crew miniatures with the mortar and light anti-tank gun.
I have also included two BARs among the rifle teams so that I have the option of using
them for standard USA infantry teams if I choose not to field armoured
Preparing the Bases and Gluing Figures
Before gluing anything in place I scour the plastic bases with a blunt pocketknife and trim any sprues. When gluing the miniatures to the base I arrange the miniatures to ensure that I have room to place the plaster later on.
Left: Simon scours the bases before gluing the miniatures on.