Building a Perimeter Outpost

The Battle of the Bulge Building a Perimeter Outpost
with Chris Townley

The Perimeter Outpost Company is one of my favourite lists to come out as part of the Bulge series of Intelligence Handbooks. For me it is a combination of the interesting platoon organisations that have a little bit of everything, the history of the 28th Infantry Division and finally, Reluctant Veteran! Being Reluctant is not such a big a problem as you might think when you are hard to hit (and therefore hard to pin or break).

Looking through the list though I quickly realised though it was not a straight forward list where you can just buy one box or a couple of blisters and get it on the table top straight away. So during the process of working out a company that I’d like to field I made a note of the relevant products (a shopping list if you will) and started looking for the easiest (and cheapest) way to get it together.
The Battle of the Bulge
In December 1944 the German forces were supposed to be on the back foot, so their desperate push in the Ardennes took the Allies by surprise. Desperate defence by the American and British Commonwealth forces gradually turned to counterattack as they fought to erase the 'Bulge'.

Learn more about The Battle of the Bulge here...

Battle of the Bulge: Allied Forces on the German border, September 1944 – February 1945
Building a Perimeter Outpost
Platoon
Teams
Points
Perimeter Outpost HQ
2x HQ Teams
15 points
  1x Trench Line
 
Outpost Platoon
1x HQ Team
210 points
  4x Rifle Teams
 
  1x Bazooka Team
 
  1x M1919 LMG Team
 
  1x M2 60mm mortar Team
 
  1x M1919 HMG
 
  1x M1 57mm (late) gun
 
  3x Trench Lines
 
  1x Gun Pit
 
  2x Barbed Wire Entanglement
 
Outpost Platoon
1x HQ Team
210 points
  4x Rifle Teams
 
  1x Bazooka Team
 
  1x M1919 LMG Team
 
  1x M2 60mm mortar Team
 
  1x M1919 HMG
 
  1x M1 57mm (late) gun
 
  3x Trench Lines
 
  1x Gun Pit
 
  2x Barbed Wire Entanglement
 
Outpost Platoon
1x HQ Team
210 points
  4x Rifle Teams
 
  1x Bazooka Team
 
  1x M1919 LMG Team
 
  1x M2 60mm mortar Team
 
  1x M1919 HMG
 
  3x Trench Lines  
Outpost Fortifications
2x Minefields
200 points
  1x Anti-tank Obstacle
 
Building a Perimeter Outpost
From here on out the company gets easier as the platoon organisations are much more traditional. Suffice to say though that my list would include M24 Chaffees or Tank Destroyers of one flavour or another and Artillery. That gives me some fast moving heavy hitters to balance out the more static infantry platoons.

My Shopping List
My next step was to work out the blisters or boxes that I needed where I would end up with the least number of left over bits.

Blister / Box
Description
Quantity
Contents Used
Release Date
UBX35
Rifle Company (Winter) 1x
4x HQ Teams
12x Rifle Teams
3x Bazooka Teams
July 2012
US760
Weapons Platoon (Winter)
1x
3x M1919 LMG Team
3x M2 60mm mortar Team
September 2012
US755
HMG Platoon (Winter)
1x
3x M1919 HMG
September 2012
US503
M1 57mm gun (Winter)
1x
1x HQ Team
2x M1 57mm gun
August 2012
BB131
Trench Lines
3x
10x Trench Lines
Now
BB119 or
Log Emplacements: Gun Pit Markers 1x
2x Gun Pit
Now
BB149
Log Emplacements: Gun Pit Markers (Winter)
  2x Gun Pit
September 2012
BB132
Barbed Wire
1x
4x Barbed Wire Entanglement
Now 
BB130
Obstacles
1x
2x Minefields
1x Anti-tank Obstacle
Now
Building a Perimeter Outpost
So what as left over?
I was surprised by how little was left over, I had half a dozen infantry teams, a small pile of Bazooka teams (but building an American force it always pays to have a stash of those!), a single HMG, LMG and 60mm Mortar team and some more Fortifications (some of which I could add in to my platoons), I was thinking of dropping the Outpost Fortifications until someone (thanks Dvalin) reminded me that they were compulsory.... that would have freed up some points to add a 4th Outpost Platoon - oh well, back to drawing board for a new plan on how to use up the extras!
Building a Perimeter Outpost
I also noticed once I had the company based up and sitting in front of me (other than the pre-painted terrain the rest was still unpainted sadly….) that it did not take much imagination to turn the force into an Armored Rifle Company (and I hear those are pretty competitive at the moment too!). I had my Rifle teams, Bazookas, Mortars and LMGs – just dust off those half tracks and it was two armies for the price of one!

Next step, paint the army...


~ Chris.