Hi all and I’m back with another painting post for my expanding Empire army – I’m going with empire as I’m certain my forces will end up representing Britain and many of her dominions eventually.
So the model itself, well I picked up the box off Ebay and also 8 of the desert ones as well (for something like £20) – whilst I don’t write many army lists which need 8+ 25pdrs I like to have the option, and for that price I won’t argue with half the guys being in shorts and topless, thankfully they’re not wearing sandals!
I really enjoyed painting these guys, though in retrospect maybe only 4 guns at a time as opposed to 8 would have left my slightly more sane.
In game terms I think the 25pdr is one of those guns which has a real sense of history and purpose about it. The Wikipedia and battlefront articles on it and it’s variants are brilliant and I’d suggest everyone to give them a quick read. But it’s useable in both MW and LW, it’s direct fire stats are not too shabby in MW, but leave a little to be desired in LW, but have a RoF of 2 is a big thing vs is peers like the german 10.5 with it’s RoF of 1. What it does lack though in comparison to it’s peers is it’s firepower. Direct it’s only 3+ (and range 24) whilst in a bombardment it’s only 5+ - this is it’s biggest weakness as a lot of similar guns are FP 4+. It really sucks when used in a combined bombardment with the BL 5.5 as you’ll get a (assuming 4 25Pdrs and 2 5.5’s) a AT5 FP 4+, whereas if the US combine their guns it’ll be AT5 FP 3+ - boo! They also lack the breakthrough gun rule as well which is more annoying.
But I see the 25pdr as really having 2 roles, smoke and pinning. Even with Mike Target I don’t see it doing lots of killing unless you have the doublewide template, and even then I’m not expecting miracles. The 25Pdr is a very british gun in my head, I think the brits work best when you have infantry at the core and other units support them. And as far as smoke and pinning go (and a little direct defensive fire maybe!) the 25pdr does it well.
Anyway thanks for reading and until next time.