This product review covers two Battlefront items from the Italian range that I will be using as an early war and mid war demolisher platoon for my Burning Empires and Eastern Front Alpini the latter of which also have access to a pioneer supply truck.
(The other truck, will end up as part of the transport and towing vehicles assigned to the mid war 100/17 Howitzers.)
The quality of these products was excellent and exactly what
I’ve come to expect from Battlefront Infantry whilst painting the three Italian
Infantry platoons I’ve previously put together. There was occasional flash and
lines that needed to be filed down or clipped away and one figure in the
platoon had a malformed back leg where metal had seeped, but this was no real
issue and isn’t noticeable once the model has been cleaned and painted. The
only unfixable problem was a miscast on one of the platoon command figures who
did not have a hand at the end of its extended pointing arm. To be honest
though, no one is going to notice unless I paint it as a bloody stump!
|Italian Flame Thrower!|
Picture copied from: www.ww2incolor.com
The trucks were also awesome and took a few moments to check over and prepare for painting. They come with bases attached like many other transport vehicles in the Battlefront range, but this is fine as I’ve been basing all the vehicles in my collection.
|Cleaned up, converted and based|
|More Feathers and Bosses!|
|Different colour bosses on this regemental support platoon.|
|Winter coats and webbing from the back.|
|Supply Truck advancing with it's squad.|
With no recon to help the poor underequipped Alpini attack against dug in opponents, this platoon with its flame throwers and good tank assault rating gives the army a little punch to advance with, especially with the Avanti rule to help them get closer, quickly.
Even if the flame throwers can’t get to the guns and stubborn infantry around the objectives I want to take they still have their uses. As Adam went into when talking about his Canadian Wasps, the ability to reduce defensive fire on armoured vehicles, especially when every rifle and rifle/MG team in the mid war list have passaglia bombs when they rush in to support the demolisher platoon.
When on the defensive, this platoon will be useful too. In most Alpini it should be quite easy to field nine platoons meaning the demolishers can act as a counter attack unit and give your opponent something to worry about… and whilst they’re worrying about your (most probably) veteran flamethrowers, they aren’t worrying about other units that might cause more damage in the long run!
|The section leader designates targets for the flamethrower.|
and happy hobby!