Mortars

Mortars are cheap, effective artillery that the Home Army both manufactured and captured and deployed in numerous types and designs.

If FoW they are available in batteries of 3 or 6 and in either home-built or captured variety. Given that the mortars are looking very good for V4, I chose 6. For 5 points per mortar you can capture a German mortar and negate the chance of having it blow itself up on the roll of a 1. A good plan, I think.

Despite my use of captured rather than home-built mortars,  I intend to model them as the homemade weapon as the aesthetics are better.

I already have 4 mortars & crew; 3 from a pack of Finns I picked up for a steal on eBay and 1 from the FFI weapons pack.

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The plan is to add enough crew figures to make 6 2 man teams and then denote the command team by having 3 men on that base. These emptier bases should show off the scratch built extemporised mortars. Spreading the figures should put at least one man holding a mortar round per team.

 

The design for a home-built mortar is surprisingly complex:

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The overriding thing is the lack of baseplate and complicated stand arrangement. Frankly it looks more like a recoilless rifle than a mortar and very tricky to model at 15mm. Luckily, I only have to build 6 and scrutinising the pictures, nothing is square or true.

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The side elevations are triangular and they’re joined in pairs by more tubing.  They’ll have to be soldered together rather than just glued. I also need to find a way of modelling the details on the actual tubes.

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My soldering is not up to scratch, and pins cannot be soldered so I’ve reevaluated and ordered some thin styrene rod. But as an idea the design is pretty sound.

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The other options would be the use of smaller 5cm mortars (both captured German and pre-war Polish), or grenade-throwing catapults made from lengths of timber and truck suspension springs.

 

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