Collecting Forces for use with Vietnam Crossfire - US Second Platoon


Collecting Forces for Crossfire - US Second Platoon
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With the addition of the second platoon, my US Company is now beginning to take shape. Whilst you can have small skirmishes using a single platoon and the Incoming! rules, the opportunities for a better and more exciting game are increased significantly by the addition of these extra forces.

Now that I am becoming familiar with the method of painting and basing the figures, I have found that each successive batch of figures is easier and quicker to complete.

Second Platoon, Alpha Company
Second Platoon, Alpha Company
 (L to R): Platoon HQ,  Medic (in rear),  Rifle Squads 1 to 3 and HMG Squad

The platoon has the same structure as the First Platoon, with a Platoon HQ stand, Medic, three rifle squads (each of two fire teams) and an HMG stand representing the fourth (weapons) squad.

I adopted the same procedures for painting the figures and for basing them as has been described in previous sections.

Close-up view of weapons squad Weapons squad

Alpha Company, Second Platoon, Fourth (Weapons) Squad

 

Alpha Company, Second Platoon, Third Squad
Alpha Company, Second Platoon, Third Squad

 

First Squad accompanied by the Platoon Medic
Alpha Company, Second Platoon, First Squad accompanied by the Platoon Medic

 

Platoon HQ
Alpha Company, Second Platoon HQ

ALPHA COMPANY HQ with First and Second Platoons

Here are pictures of the growing Company with the addition of the Company HQ and Second Platoon. As you can see, the number of stands has increased significantly and, as a consequence, so have the number of options open to you when using the Company in action.

ALPHA COMPANY HQ with First and Second Platoons

When you consider that a third rifle platoon and a weapons platoon are still to be added in order to complete the Company, you can begin to get an idea of how large a formation this will eventually become. Given that, over time, I would like to produce a full Battalion which comprises four such company's plus a weapons company, I think it may be necessary to obtain a larger gaming table!!

ALPHA COMPANY HQ with First and Second Platoons

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US Company HQ


All figures are from my own personal collection, painted and photographed by Mike R 2000


 

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