BattleGroup Pacific

Good news a recent Facebook post by Warwick Kinrade confirms that Battlegroup Pacific is at the printers. Even better news is that Rob is close to done with his Pacific Beach project.

Rob’s Project , involving genuine palms trees imported from Sri Lanka and decked out with miniature leaves is based on Betio Island. You can catch him talking about some of his methods on out most recent podcast.

Our goal, is to simulate a Pacific Beach assault and we are using the Battle of Tarawa as our model. The Battle of Tarawa, fought between November 20th and 23rd of 1943 was part of Operation Galvanic, the U.S. invasion of the Gilberts. Nearly 6,400 Japanese, Koreans, and Americans died in the fighting, mostly on and around the small island of Betio.

This would be the first time in the Pacific that the United States had faced serious Japanese opposition to an amphibious landing. On Tarawa the defenders were well-supplied, well-prepared, fought almost to the last person and exacted a heavy toll on the United States Marine Corps.

For this project, Rob has used a combination of techniques to represent a 6 foot by 12 foot section of Red beach. Early on in the project we played around with the idea of using resin to create water effects, I even built a 2 by 2 test board. It looked nice but was a lot of work and expense; we were also considered how often we would use it, how to store it and mobility. In the end, we went with our tried and true friend, the printed gaming mat. Rob already had a nice selection of beach mats along with grass mats. The storage, cost and portability of the mats is hard to beat.

The sea wall was built on 1/8 inch plywood, foam and the palm sticks. After assembly it was covered in Vallejo Diorama effects. Bunkers and other scatter terrain was built in the same manner.

With that being said we are really looking forward to Battlegroup Pacific.

Published by historytowargames


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