With the new Team Yankee rule set coming out we decided to have a painting challenge to get us to paint up our armies as fast as possible, But this challenge won't be as ridged as previous challenges.
US Mech Infantry - WinnerDave
I didn't so much choose US Mech Infantry, it was what was left after the other forces had been bagged. In terms of actual units, I went for "as many toys as possible". I've no idea how the game will play, but at least this way I should be in strong position to respond to the changing meta.
In terms of painting, I see this new force as my biggest challenge to date. The US uniforms BDU are 4 colours (Green, Brown, Beige and Black) alone. Then there is the camo scheme of the vehicles. At least the platoons are small, I've done my research and bought the paints I think(hope) will work.
As with my Jordanians, I intend to post up guides as to how I go about things, so would appreciate any feedback of how I'm doing. I'll aim to do a guide on how I made the display board as it was a really enjoyable project.
Basing-wise, I'm aiming for a late autumn feel, with patches of snow on the ground...I think that'll be tough to pull off, but I fancy giving it a go.
US Tanks - Marc
I was very pleased to have ended up having been allocated the US Tank list to build, the thought of putting together a Soviet tank horde or trying to paint platoons of camouflaged US infantry just filled me with dread!
An initial read through of the rules shows that the US Armour lists will be fast, hard hitting but ultimately small and very pricey. It will be interesting to see how they stack up against their Soviet counterparts on the table.
The core of my force will be a couple of M1 Abrams platoons, a platoon of Mechanised infantry in M113 and then a whole slew of support units such M163 DIVADs, M113 mortar carriers, TOW ITVs, FISTs (snigger....) and of course the obligatory air. I am really looking forward to putting together the A10 Warthogs.
More than anything it will be nice to start a project based around a theme and try to bring it all together rather than try to rush an army into service for the next tournament.
After a little wheeler dealing with Adam I ended up with Mech Infantry, something about "it takes me too long to paint infantry Ben and you are sooooo much better at painting infantry than me so I should do tanks". While this is probably true I was still worried about the mass of Soviet Infantry I struggled to paint for my WW2 Soviets. Fortunately Soviet infantry battalions in Team Yankee are much smaller than their WW2 counter parts.
|This is one of the pictures I'm basing my tanks on.|
Infantry is a very strong list if you take the BMP 2's; they have a lot of firepower with their AT-5 Spandrel Missles, AT 21 with no penalties for range. I did want two maxed out Companies of them but I needed to save points and I only got two medium sized companies, that is still 19 BMP 2's with the HQ. My next port of call is what I'm calling the 3rd
Next up I added seven T-72's for some tank support and to give me something hard that can assault if needed. I also added four more BMP 2's but this time a scout unit as they give me the new spearhead deployment rules. Six 2S1 Carnation give me my artillery support a long with a BMP 1 OP to help them range in and finally some AA (not sure if I will go missiles or MG AA yet, they are the same points anyway).
while I'm up for that I worry then infantry will look out of place without winter coats. The tanks will be green either way as if I do go down the near winter look it will be very late autumn and so they haven't had time to white wash the tanks yet. I'm also planning on painting these up as a Guards unit, no effect on the game but it'll make them look a bit different and as I understand it the Guards logo is the same as it was in WW2 and I have plenty decals of them left over.
Thanks for reading and I hope you will be following us
Soviet Tanks - Adam
So once again another challenge, and this time I'm doing what I want - hoards of tanks! (Unlike my UAR project which was also hoards of tanks).
So starting with the list, well firstly I wanted a lot of tanks - secondly I wanted cool support. I
guessed that I would do the reverse and start with the other bits and then go for the tanks. So firstly maximum hinds and assault troops with them - firstly this is cool secondly it's all the infantry I need!
As far as painting goes, I was initially thinking of a winter camouflage initially, but the test models I tried it on just didn't look right. In the end I've gone for green on its own with panel highlighting (or something like that!).
Anyway hope you enjoy!