I have recently built for myself a company of WW2 French Motorcycle troops.
In researching, I have come upon some challenges in the rules and the data book. But first, to inject a bit of fun into what might otherwise be a dry discussion, I will offer up some wholly gratuitous eye candy.
Here is my French motorcycle company mounted.
I used GHQ German Motorcycle+Sidecar models. This is evidently an older GHQ casting, and the helmets are not particularly distinct, so the kit-bashing was minimal to get the look I wanted. I did add magazines to the tops of the MG34s to represent FM.24/29s. And in most cases I actually clipped off the MGs altogether, as most of the sidecars carried riflemen.
Here the troopers are dismounted and moving into action. As you can see, some of the Motorcycle+Sidecar combos got not only the MGs, but even the troopers clipped off. Figured I needed at least one representation of parked motorcycles, as the troops didn't carry their bike around with them as they fought.
The Motorcycles have been in my "to-be-painted" bin for years. Didn't know, when I bought them, exactly how I was going to use them. Tried to fit some kit-bashed back-seat riders onto the motorcycles (without the sidecars) to see if I could model them as Italian motorcycles (side cars were rare in Italian units). But that didn't work. Considered using them for Russian motorcycle troops. But in the end, the French won out, primarily because, well, they're just so interesting and provide such a distinctive edge to my French force.
And I had a whole bunch of extra French infantry. My 1940 continental French force was done years ago, using H&R figures, and were based for fire-team level gaming. As I am now wholly committed to squad-based rules (You know MP2? Good set of rules. You should try 'em!) that means I have a little box of "extra" French infantry figures. Well, they got some touch-up painting, some re-basing, and I added a command stand with a GHQ officer and a 60mm mortar team (extra GHQ Romanians I had sitting around) and voila!
They make a great companion unit to my Laffly AM-50 Armored Cars for Tunisian gaming, or to my Panhard AMD-178 Armored Cars for France 1940 games.
Because, well, they actually DID work together.
But they will be awkward to use under the rules. Which is actually the reason for this thread. So now that I'm done with the eye candy, on to the real issues... in the next post.
(aka: Mk 1)