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Off to the desert – An unexpected journey (5 posts)

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  • Avatar Image captainventanus51p said 1 year ago:

    As a longtime collector of Battlefront models and books the arrival of Flames of War 4 naturally piqued my interest. I say collector because the FoW ruleset had become far too complex to teach to family members with no particular interest in WW2. On the other hand I have had a longstanding interest in WW2, partly for professional reasons, but somehow the Western Desert theatre never got me excited. The Bootcamp was though well worth following. So I picked up the El Alamein starter out of curiosity and because I had never built a Grant, Crusader or Panzer III.

    Objectively I have no time to get into a new gaming system as our family game for 2017 is Dropfleet Commander with ample to build and paint up. Strange thing happened though. The FoW 4 ruleset was the first I read where everything clicked into place and the addition of cards made it easy to teach complete newcomers. Then looking at the release schedule I thought why not, seems manageable and it would give me practice doing a couple of armies to gaming standard.

    Then I thought why not document progress here, perhaps it’s of use and interest to some and might well keep me motivated when to going gets tough – and it will. The first wave of the El Alamein, Rommel and Monty boxes were quickly put together and made for a few fun small games. Last week with a bit of time to spare everything at least got a basecoat. Onwards.

  • Avatar Image captainventanus51p said 11 months, 4 weeks ago:

    The first reinforcements arrived last week. Although I don’t think that we will be running many lists with Tigers or spam out on Honeys it’s still nice to have to have at least a minimum number.

    The Battlefront plastic Tiger has been out for a while so there’s not much to say about them. I have though started to place magnets inside the turrets wherever possible. I like to magnetise the turrets and the kits are designed for it. What works though without any issue for the modern tanks in Team Yankee threw up an issue with the couple of WW2 I painted up in test schemes. Once painted up and varnished the turrets tend to “stick” to the hulls because the Battlefront magnets are too strong for small, light plastic components.

    By placing the magnets in the turret the fit is a bit looser and the turret can easily be rotated with a finger. The green stuff securing the magnet in addition to glue is probably not necessary.

    The Honey tanks are nice kits. However, one thing does stand out – and here Battlefront are in a no-win situation. The hull mounted MG is moulded into the hull itself and it just looks naff. The alternative would be the very small, thin mounts which are so easy to break and having assembled enough Shermans and Panthers I wouldn’t want that either.

  • Avatar Image captainventanus51p said 11 months, 1 week ago:

    The pace slowed down over the last couple of weeks as the Battlefront releases through stores seem to have a few delays and mainly because I am waiting for decals from Battlefront directly. Without these it is a bit difficult to finish off the first wave. So I used the time to turn out some Dropfleet ships.

    Nonetheless there has been a bit of progress. I prefer to complete units in their historical reasonably accurate form rather than their utility in game. As I wanted to pick up some PSC Panzer IIIs I thought I would assemble a couple as the escorts for the Tigers. So here is platoon as you would find in a Heavy Tank Company in 1942. For those interested in an
    order of battle for a Heavy Tank Company this is useful.

    The Battlefront and PSC company Panzer III (late) generally are quite similar. Battlefront’s plastic has a bit more heft and might be robuster while PSC’s has a bit more detail in places. Length and width is nearly identical. The obvious difference is in the height where Battlefront’s is noticeably higher.

    Whether or not that makes a huge difference once everything is painted up and from over a metre away on the gaming table we shall see.

  • Avatar Image limburger2176p said 11 months, 1 week ago:

    I think the extra detail of the PSC tank and how it’s done (those ff-ing hatches) is rather silly in these small scales, because it adds to the build time without adding anything to the model.

    Heck, I’d even say this detail makes any mistakes one makes during a build even more annoying.

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  • Avatar Image captainventanus51p said 11 months, 1 week ago:

    At that scale no you don’t need too much detail and I agree it makes assembly tedious. That’s why I like the Battlefront plastics (and plastics only). The PSC Panzer IIIs are okay though, a little bit longer and a bit more prep to magnetise – where I draw the line is having separate tracks to apply.