After playing Flames of War for a year, I’ve collected and finished painting two armies; a huge Italian infantry army with tanks and guns for three periods and a PAVN Local Forces Company for Vietnam games. At the start of the year I set myself a challenge in the form of New Year’s resolutions to finish companies from four different time periods and four different company types and if possible, use them at events. The last few units of PAVN were finished after this promise so count as Infantry and Vietnam time periods… now I just need something new!
|Some Mid War Italians... where it all started.|
|SS Westfallen HQ|
|First Soviets with more SS in the background.|
The vast majority of play I have is at tournaments as the UK has a big tournament scene. My Italians have been a staple for me and at the time of writing this paragraph I’d struggled up to 24th in the UK using variable moral infantry and limited anti-tank support. This then hasn’t been a problem except that the armies I have fielded are huge!
|12 platoons is a lot... So big the troops at the back seem to be a smaller scale! (yes I know the difference between small and far away!)|
The second problem is my back… Getting 10+ platoons in and out of cases or off trays low down and leaning over tables to move the same troops seems to take a toll on my body, and at 32 I don’t feel like aggravating any back conditions I may get in later life… so a small army with less stands in and less time over the table is going to help!
|Compare Adam's army for the same event as the 12 platoon horror above!|
It'll lead to more exciting games too. I caught myself looking and planning what I think could be the most boring list to play and play against ever... I deleted it from forces of war and started playing around with tank companies strait away!
So what to pick? TANKS! I need a new project with very few infantry and gun teams in. All of the above projects I’ve started have quite a few stands on foot sloggers in so whilst I’ll keep working on them in the background they’ll be replaced by this project.
American Armoured Division?
German Panzers or Heavy Panzers?
Tankovy or Heavy Tankovy?
All of these are options? Given the same situation… what would you pick next? You never know I might spend £200 because of your comments!