I have finally had some time to think about what I want to do with Piquet Field of Battle WWII. In the end, I’ve decided to play it at the scale written (1 stand = 1 company) and with my 6mm figures (mostly GHQ and Heroics and Ros). The first project will be a campaign of the German attack to take Tobruk and beyond in mid-1942 (the Gazala Campaign). As I have been researching the Orders of Battle for that campaign for about 15 years (yes 15 years – a bit anal about this to be sure), I have all that I need in terms of who had what and the like. Also Gazala is a bit more manageable in terms of size of campaign area; much more manageable than the 1940-41 Italian invasion of Egypt and British counterattack (Operation Compass), which maybe the next campaign. Gazala is also about the right size for what I want to try, not as big as El Alamein and not as small as the 1941 German initial advance.
I also have most of the miniatures I will need. A few need to be painted, but I am pretty much have all the raw figures. I have opted to go with the centimeter basing, that is the frontage of most combat companies will be 1 1/4″ or roughly 3cm. That way 1 cm = 100 yards or 7″ = 1 mile. I am basing the armored, artillery, and truck units on a 1 1/4″ 1 1/4″ base with one vehicle or 1 gun and about 4 crew. For infantry, machineguns, and motorcycles I am using a 1 1/4″ x 3/4″ base with 4 infantry or 2 machinegun teams or 2-4 motorcycles. I am keeping my headquarters units different sizes than the combat units to avoid any confusion. The battalion headquarters will be on 1″ x 1″ stands with 1 vehicle and 1-2 figures or 2-3 figures (if entirely foot mobile like airborne battalions). Regiment and brigade headquarters will be on 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ bases with 2 vehicles and 2-4 figures. Finally, division headquarters will be on 2″ x 2″ bases with 3 vehicles and 3-5 figures. The vehicles on battalion headquarters tend to be jeeps, cars, scout cars (like a Daimler Scout Car) or PzKw Befs. For higher headquarters, the vehicles used tend to also include a radio truck or halftrack and other assorted vehicles. I also use markers for battalions with the heavy weapons bonus and these are either mortars or infantry guns on a 3/4″ x 3/4″ base or a heavy weapons vehicle, like a mortar carrier, on a 1″ x 3/4″ base.