Category: Crossfire Orbat

When playing Crossfire, Arty Conliffe’s company level WW2 game, I mostly play using variations on the orders of battle in the rules. However, occasionally I delve into new territories. For example, I’m interested in how the Soviets changed their company and battalion level organisations as the World War II progressed. I’m also interested in what higher level – regiment, brigade or division – a company or battalion might have in support.


Japanese Leg Battalion – Revised Organisation for Crossfire

Crossfire Order of Battle Logo

John Moher’s post Modelling Japanese in Crossfire prompted me to think about the Crossfire order of battle for the Japanese. John highlights some ways where the official Crossfire order of battle is incorrect but he doesn’t write it out in full. So I set out to document a new Crossfire organisation for a Japanese Leg Infantry Battalion. Turns out it was more complicated than I anticipated. And I ended up diverging from John’s suggestions a bit.

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Musing on Japanese HMG in Crossfire

Japanese Type 92 Heavy Machine Gun In use during Battle of Changsha 1941

I’ve been musing about Japanese HMG under Crossfire. The official rules make them expensive rifle squads. Personally I challenge both the reduced firepower and increased close combat ability of these heavy machine guns.

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Steven’s Fallschirmjäger Battalion for Crossfire

Fallschirmjaeger 6340 Battalion Commander showing ID

This post is long overdue. Roland painted the last of the Fallschirmjaeger in June 2011 and I got them based soon afterwards. Tragically I haven’t used them in a game of Crossfire. I guess I don’t often create Crossfire scenarios for German paratroopers. Perhaps when I have some Kiwis to fight them in the Italian Campaign; I should bump the New Zealanders up in the priority list. Anyway, here are my Fallschirmjaeger.

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Steven’s Russian Artillery for Crossfire

A-203 Artillery - Russian 203mm 1

Artillery is essential in Crossfire, so to support my Russian Rifle Battalion I have forward observers for a variety of calibers of weapon. In addition I’ve got the artillery pieces as heavy weapons stands. This post covers field guns, howitzers, infantry guns, heavy mortars, Katyushas, anti-tank guns, and anti-aircraft guns. The Soviets were keen on firing direct so having the models makes sense. Admittedly I haven’t used many except the anti-tank guns.

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Steven’s Russian Rifle Battalion for Crossfire

R-.BC Russian - Battalion Commander 1

I’ve taken the liberty to update my previous post on Steven’s Russian Rifle Battalion for a number of reasons:

They have done good service; I received them, from my mate Roland in New Zealand, on 15 November 2001. I rebased them using Sand, Flat Earth paint, and Dry Brushing I took the opportunity to give them the proper Battalion Code = “R”

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Who has the Bazooka? IDs for Infantry Anti-tank Weapons in Crossfire

Crossfire Stand IDs - F-2-3 RedDot

Who has the bazooka? The red dot guy of course. Very early on it was obvious we needed a way to distinguish stands with infantry anti-tank weapons in Crossfire. We use a red dot next to the unit ID, on the stand label.

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How many figures will I need to start playing Crossfire?

Typical Company in Crossfire - Red

One of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Crossfire is “How many figures will I need to start playing?” The answer is a company a side. 78 figures in total, if you follow my recommendations.

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Steven’s Soviet Divisional Reconnaissance Company

X-1 Recon - 1st Russian Scout Company 4

With this year’s flurry of activity on Russian Scouts, including my recent game, Andrew Fisher’s Game and my musing on Reconnaissance Scenarios, I thought I’d complete my Soviet Divisional Reconnaissance Company.

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Prettier Orders of Battle for Crossfire

Order of Battle - German Defender - Weak

For convenience I use indented lists for my orders of battle in my Crossfire scenarios. But, inspired by those of Flames of War, I have wondered whether I should move to a prettier format. Okay, not with silhouettes of troops or whatnot, but a bit more graphic. This is what I came up with.

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Standard Crossfire Orders of Battle

Crossfire Order of Battle Logo

Orders of battle are a central part of Scenarios so I wanted one place where I could find the Crossfire Orders of Battle I use regularly. I can just copy and paste into a new scenario. Obviously I’ve got an bias towards the Eastern Front.

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Crossfire Order of Battle for the Portuguese Colonial War

Portuguese Commando Combat Group 02

These are the orders of battle for Fogo Cruzado my Crossfire variant of for the Portuguese Colonial War of the 1960s and 1970s. They are based on the historical orders of battle. As Fogo Cruzado is more or less 1:1 scale the basic stand is a Fire Team rather than a Squad. Similarly heavier weapons such as Medium Machine Guns (MMG) are individual weapons rather than sections of 2 or 3.

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Steven’s 2nd Tabor of Regulares of Tetuán

Regulares P1030361 Company Commander side

I’m building up the 2nd Tabor of Regulares of Tetuán from Column Asensio of 1936. Battalion Code = “T” for Tabor or Turban or Tetuán within the Unit ID for Crossfire.

As long as you led from the frontwhere they [the Moroccans] could clearly see you upright, they would follow.

Alferez Juan Crespo.

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Steven’s Russian Naval Infantry Battalion

Naval P1030386 Battalion Commander

Russian Naval Infantry feature heavily in accounts of Stalingrad and Sevastopol, so I couldn’t resist when BattleFront put out a pack. I got enough for a Crossfire battalion. I painted them in two weeks which I now regret as it would have helped to have new glasses before I did it. Then it took a year before I finally found a flocking style to use. I use the Black Undercoat Method.

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Other Russian Orbats for Crossfire to convert to new format

Crossfire Order of Battle Logo

Other Russian Orbats for Crossfire to convert to new format

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Soviet Order of Battle for Crossfire

Crossfire Order of Battle Logo

I wanted to know what Regimental and Divisional assets were normal for Russian troops, so developed these Crossfire Orbats based on the TO&E in Zaloga and Ness (2003).

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