Thursday, 25 December 2014

Merry Christmas!

Hello All

Just a quick Merry Christmas from everyone at Breakthrough Assault, we all hope you get lots of lovely new toys under your Christmas Tree.

We are taking a bit of a break over Christmas, bar a New Years Resolutions post and the Holiday Special Podcast, we won't be posting again until the first Monday of January.

The Breakthrough Assault Guys

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Beyond the Foxholes Episode 22 - Holiday Special

Hello All

In Act One we join Ben, Adam and Fez as they chat about what they have been up to recently, look at some recent FoW news and then have a look back over 2014.

In Act Two the guys look at the groups performance for last years New Years Resolutions before reviling their own for next year, they are also joined by Alex, Matt, Marc and Andy for a Euro-vision style phone in with further Resolutions.

And finally in Act Three the guys look at what they are looking forward to next year before going complete off track with a number of subjects.

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

The WWPD FoW Podcast Christmas Special

Hi All

Steven from News From the Front, Ben from Breakthrough Assault, and Ry from Diesel N' Dust come together to form a super podcast group! The dudes talk about the year of FoW, their current meta, and some predictions for the future!
Click here to download the episode.

Friday, 19 December 2014

Getting Great at FoW - Part 3

Mastering FoW - Hi everyone, I thought I would display my arrogance finally and talk about being 'great' at FoW. Am I 'great'? No, am I better than I was this time last year definitely - and over the course of the tournaments and games I've played I've developed a few insights into getting really good at this game. The areas I think you need to master are 'lists' , 'rules' and 'Implementation'. So here's another trio of articles exploring these.

Implementation - so what do I mean by this? Well I'm going to sound like a broken record, but you need to play games. But I'm going to change this slightly, you have got to play games out of your comfort zone. What do I mean by that? Well I do not think to be really good you can play the same way repetitively. 

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Vietnam US Infantry Company

Hello All

The last leg of my US leg infantry (pun of sorts intended) is finished! I will admit I was struggling to find the time to paint them up so I sent them over to our own Matt (Papa Bear) so I could finally start playing some games!
Matt painted the models while I did all the basing as I wanted to make sure it matched the Helicopters I had already done.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

T-34 Tankovy Company (SBX29) - Review

Hi all

I picked up a couple of the new T-34 Tankovy Company (SBX29) boxsets over the weekend. I wanted to see how the first Battlefront plastic and resin kits went together, something I think we'll see more of in the future.

Lets see whats in the box.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

German Greatcoat Infantry (GE862) - Review

Hi folks, Matt here.

I wanted share with you all my latest painting project (early war German infantry - Barbarossa style!) that I'm working on for a certain upcoming tournament in January and thought, whilst I'm at it why not do a little review on the all new German Greatcoats (GE862) at the same time!? Two birds, one stone and all that jazz!
Do not be fooled by the Late war symbol being shown on the packaging... These models are all for early war (along with the rest of the German greatcoat range). I have since ordered another 'infantrie platoon' and the rest of the options to build my 1550 points army for next year. For reviewing purposes I shall stick to focusing on the contents inside of the infantry blister GE862.

Monday, 15 December 2014

M48A3 Patton (VUSBX05)

Hi All

Continuing with my Vietnam US army I have added a couple of Patton Tanks and man these bad boys are massive!
These are the last models I needed to do, bar the two infantry platoons (which Matt is painting up for me) for my first US infantry list. So once I get them back off Matt expect a few Nam AAR's as I bought a fully painted North Vietnamese army a few months ago.

Friday, 12 December 2014

Getting Great at FoW - Part 2

Mastering FoW - hi everyone, I thought I would display my arrogance finally and talk about being 'great' at FoW. Am I 'great'? No, am I better than I was this time last year definitely - and over the course of the tournaments and games I've played I've developed a few insights into getting really good at this game. The areas I think you need to master are 'lists' , 'rules' and 'Implementation'. So here's another trio of articles exploring these.

It is important to realise that there are better lists than others, but bringing a good 'net' list  will not mean you auto win. 

Thursday, 11 December 2014

New Beginnings Part Two - Man Cave Completion

After a very busy couple of weeks I have finally completed my new gaming room (see part one here) I'm sure there will be one or two finishing touches I'd like to add eventually such as posters and more shelves for display/ storage purposes but for now I am well pleased! :D

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Review - BBX27 Sherman Armoured Platoon

Hi all, recently I was able to obtain a box of the new BBX27 Sherman Armoured Platoon from battlefront - now like many of you I have built the old resin Sherman, the open fire Sherman and Sherman from other manufacturers, so how do these stack up to them?
Well firstly packaging is what we expect from Battlefront, sprues are on the back and the handy QR code to link you straight to the website for assembly instructions is always good.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Late War AAR - Panssari vs US 1st Armored - Free For All

Hi All

Another AAR and an odd one for you, I decided to risk unleashing the mighty Panssari  company - I almost felt the ground tremble.  Paul opted for US 1st Armoured from the Italy compilation - really wanting to field his 76mm! We rolled up Free for All

The lists

Starting with Paul, he'd gone for an Italian US list - he realised after he's made a small mistake as the 57mm guns were not an option in the list but not a huge problem in hind site he had

Monday, 8 December 2014

Project Finland Epilogue - Panssari Kompanie

Hi all, 

One of the common questions which I got asked whilst painting my Finns was 'what do you think of the Panssari'. Honestly never thought about it, but then there was the EW sale, and I needed 2 blisters, so I ended up getting some T-28's...

So what is it about the Finnish panassari that is so appealing - obsolete fearless veteran tanks. I'll be honest I'm normally against fearless tanks on principle, and I prefer a few quality tanks over lots of chaff - but somehow with the Finns it works... Ok it kinda works in LW, but in MW...

So let's look at the two versions quickly

Friday, 5 December 2014

Getting Great at FoW - Part 1

Mastering FoW - hi everyone, I thought I would display my arrogance finally and talk about being 'great' at FoW. Am I 'great'? No, am I better than I was this time last year definitely - and over the course of the tournaments and games I've played I've developed a few insights into getting really good at this game. The areas I think you need to master are 'lists' , 'rules' and 'Implementation'. So here's another trio of articles exploring these.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Reading Warfare - Early War AAR

Another month and another tournament.  This month saw me head off to Warfare at Reading (what a name for a show!) and take part in the 1500pts Early War Flames of War tournament.  I had my usual dilemma with what to take.

I took Polish Cavalry to my last Early War tournament and had some good fun but I fancied a change so why not take the French Foreign Legion.  I managed to pick up a Desert Fort fairly cheaply at Dark Sphere over the summer so a plan was hatched.

I did my usual trick and left painting the army until the very last minute, I didn't finish painting until 11pm on the day before the tournament!

However I like to think the effort was worth it and I got some very nice compliments from some of the really talented painters in the tournament scene which is always encouraging for a newbie to hear.

I also knocked up a display board to make carrying round the army that bit easier.  It had cut outs for both objectives and the fort.  If anybody wants a how-to article on how it was built let me know in the comments section below.

 The end result!

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Winner Dave's DShk Trucks

Hey Guys

These guys represent the culmination of my Desperate Measures Tankovy list, which I started at the beginning of this year for the Corrivalry tournament.  Yes, it really does take me this long to paint an army.
I promise there's a driver in there, which I painted up really nicely, but you can't seem him...he could be all flat brown for anyone will ever know...sigh :)

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

AAR - Mid War - Mixed Tankovy Vs Panzer Pioneers - Dust

Hello All 

I'm back again with another AAR with my Mixed Tankovy building up to Reading Warfare, this time I was playing Robin. As Robin is doing Early War at Reading he asked me what I waned to play against, I said "take something my Mixed Tankovy will struggle against". So I got to Robin's and found I was playing against Panzer Pioneers again... but the list was different (no Brummbars! But Panthers...). 

We rolled up Dust Up, I was going to ask to re roll it as I had just played the same mission against KP last time out (see the AAR here), but I then thought it would be good to see if I had learned anything from my last game. Hopefully I learnt something.

Mixed Tankovy
  • HQ KV-1e
  • 6 KV-1e
  • 10 Matilda CS
  • 8 Stuarts + AAMGs
  • 4 BA-64
  • Limited Seagull
Panzer Pioneers
  • HQ + Panzerknackers
  • Full Pioneer Platoon + Panzerknacker
  • Full Pioneer Platoon + Panzerknacker
  • 3 Pak 40s
  • 1 Looted KV-1e (CT)
  • 2 Panthers
  • 3 Nebs

Monday, 1 December 2014

The Great German LW Infantry List Competition

"Ford there’s an infinite number of monkeys outside who want to talk to us about this script for Hamlet they’ve worked out." Douglas Adams, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

A few weeks ago I'd heard rumblings of the great Bill Willcox's post on WWPD, and I thought we'd flip it on it's head! What if you give a bunch of slightly inebriated Brits with little to moderate Tournament Experience the brief 'What's the most competitive Late War German Infantry list at 1780 points' what sort of outcomes would you end up with? Well this is that competition.

Below you will find some rather interesting lists from the Breakthrough Assault Team, we'd like you our loyal readers to consider which is the best and let us know on the attached poll, and for bonus points say which person wrote which list.

Friday, 28 November 2014

How to Camp Properly

Having been playing a lot of infantry armies, I've realised more and more that there is an 'art' to camping. As much as it is about hunkering down on the objective, you can't just do that and expect to win.
The reason for that is initiative. This was really brought home to me in the first game of my MW adventure at the BA Mid War One Dayer. I was facing off against a Mixed Tankovy Battalion and realistically I had nothing which could hurt him except my Heavy Mortars and AT guns (all two if them). Now at the same time he couldn't just roll into me due to close defense teams and weak side armour on T-60's etc. But he was able to dictate the game fairly easily by just sitting off and slowly wearing my army down before he assaulted. And this has been what I've realised I do with all my other defensive lists - I have something that will take the initiative back! I'll take you through my favourite examples of this below

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Finnish Armour - T-28

Ok I'm going to admit I'm a glutton for punishment!
Having felt like I had finished the Finns I picked up some some T-28's for my Finns in the EW sale - they form a great part of a panassari company - post on that to follow...

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Plastic StuG Platoon Review (GBX83)

Stugs, stugs and more stugs! Let's be honest we all love the Stug!
I enjoyed painting the plastic Open Fire StuG Gs so much that I ended up buying another set just to get hold of three more of them (you can never have too many assault guns) and so I'm very excited to get my hands on the new plastic box set. Once these guys are done I should easily have enough to field a company of them - Got to be done right!?

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Beyond the Foxholes Episode 21

Hello All

In Act One we join Ben, Winner Dave and Adam as they chat about what they have been up to recently before taking a look at Barbarossa.

In Act Two we hear Ben and Adam's interviews from the weekends Reading Warfare convention. Including an interview with Will from the Plastic Soldier Company, Steve Charlton's Mounted Assault tactica (yes we did Mounted Assault finally!) and many more.

In Act Three Ben and Adam give their MW AAR from Reading Warfare.

And finally in Act Four the guys drive into Dave's Mail Bags before ending the episode with look at commonly overlooked tactics.

Monday, 24 November 2014

New Fate of a Nation Book (FW902)- Review

Hi all,

James here with the new Fate of a Nation book!

Eight companies, cold war tanks and games under a burning sun! What more could you want from a new book?
Battlefront’s Fate of a Nation book FW902 covering Israel’s six day war with the Arab states surrounding it, is fantastic and expands out on the Wargames Illustrated booklet released previously.

Friday, 21 November 2014

Flames of War Tactics - Air Support 101

Hi all,

Coxer here examining a probably overlooked aspect of Flames of War air support. 
Air support is available to a huge variety of lists with multiple different planes being available. Broadly speaking air has two roles, ground attack and interception, but first a quick look at the mechanics of air (and anti air)

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Winner Dave's Soviet SU-100s

Hey all,

Finally got around to getting my own SU100s done and dusted, so Ben can finally get his back (Strictly speaking they were SU85Ms but no-one knew).
I did have these painted up a while ago, but didn't get around to painting the commander for ages.  As I have started my DShK on Trucks project I painted a commander plus a replacement Rota Razvedki rider that went missing.

Monday, 17 November 2014

AAR - Late War - Welsh Guards vs 512 Schwerepanzerjager - Breakthrough

Hi All welcome to another AAR. 

This time instead of one of out usual 'we're preparing for a tournament' AAR's I've tried to craft two lists which should be very different but hopefully balanced in opposition. So before onto the AAR proper I thought I'd take you through the lists. 

Welsh guards-  So why the welsh guards? Well it's been a while since the Cromwells made the tabletop - and they're fast - they're really fast. Oh and expensive! So how do you make a list for these guys ? Well let's start with the compulsory choices obviously - that's 10 veteran tanks - none of which can even scratch the front armour of the opposition. So what's the way (other than outflanking to kill big cats? Templates - well I decided to try the typhoon here - let's get the allied air superiority on the table. I like to also have a couple of other units for a rounded allied list - recon and arty - due to points. ( and also aesthetics) I've gone for 4 Stuart's as Recce, and some heavy mortars - this should mean that infantry is relatively vulnerable - whilst also providing some smoke as needed. The list is fast but made of glass! More of a scalpel than a sledge hammer I hope! 

Schwerepanzerjager-  Firstly I want big cats! That's going to be all 4 Jagdtigers (I'm opting not to take Carius deliberately but he would be an excellent choice !) now to give some opposition to fast tanks zooming up the side lets take some Volksturm - no infantry to oppose them sadly but they should be good speed bumps! As there is air, a couple of Ostwinds would be nice, but only trained - finally some King Tigers would help make this feel like a real 'big cat' list - and with some spare points as always add Nebs. This list is I think a proper big cat list - but in a mobile battle with the Volksturm and Nebs deployed only one big cat (or Ostwinds) will start on the table....

Welsh Guards
  • 2 HQ Cromwells
  • 3 Cromwells + Challenger
  • 3 Cromwells + Challenger
  • 4 Stuart's with AA MG's
  • 4 Heavy Mortars
  • Limited Typhoon
Schwerepanzerjager (Relutant Trained)
  • 2 HQ Jagdtigers
  • 2 Jagdtigers
  • King Tiger
  • 2 Ostwinds
  • 3 Nebs
  • Full Volksturm Platoon + LMG (RC)
  • Full Volksturm Platoon + LMG (RC)

Friday, 14 November 2014

Is 1800pts (or 1900pts) Late War Too Big?

Hi all thought I'd bring my thoughts on the new LW points level to the discussion table.

Firstly this appears (at time of writing) to be the new points level - at the Welsh open in June they said this is their plan for 2015, and corrivalry are going to 1800 too.

But, is it too much? 

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

M4A3 (Late) Plastic Sherman Platoon (UBX44) - Review

Hello all

My main focus for the end of 2014 going into 2015 will be expanding my US forces so I can use a number of different army lists. So when I saw the new M4A3 (Late) Plastic Shermans (UBX44) I had to grab them to add to my army.
The Flames of War range of plastics is getting better and better from the slightly awkward beginnings with the Open Fire Shermans and StuG's to the excellent SU-85 and Pershing Box Sets. With that in mind I was interested to see if this set fixed the problems that plagued the Open Fire Versions, and at first glance I am happy to say that this is a completely different model.

Monday, 10 November 2014

Project Finland – Mission Complete

Hi all Coxer here,

Wow, that’s another huge project completed. It’s been 6 months since my first post for this project went live, though with the planning which goes into it, the painting which normally starts before posts go live etc – I’ve been working on the army since January of this year
The aim was always to get an army which could be played in multiple time periods(EW/MW/LW) – and not only have I done that but I’ve also taken them to tournaments in three different time periods too, EW – Welsh open, MW – Breakthrough Assault MW one Day, and LW – Breakthrough Assault LW one day. Not too bad I think. I will admit though due to having lots of other lists and armies I’ve not played them in as many normal games as I’d have liked – in fact I’m going to take a little FoW painting break so I can catch up with playing these guys and also some of the other lists I have yet to play.

Friday, 7 November 2014

AAR - Mid War - Mixed Tankovy vs German Pioneers - Dust Up

It's been a while since I have posted up an AAR and with the combination that I haven't done an AAR with Kev "The Silver Fox" Perry yet and Reading Warfare around the corner it seemed like a good time to do another one. 

I rocked up at KP's place and we rolled up Dust Up, one of my favourite missions. I had played against KP's army at the Breakthrough Assault MW One Dayer with my Armoured Rilfes and came off worst for it (Although I did give KP a few headaches!) so I was out for revenge. 

Note:- This was to be my first game with the Mixed Tankovy and spoiler alert I made a few mistakes, but that's why you practice so you know what to do when your at the tournament.

Motorised Pioneer Company
  • HQ
  • Full Pioneer Platoon + Panzer Knacker
  • Full Pioneer Platoon + Panzer Knacker
  • Heavy Platoon - 2x Mortars + 2x HMGs
  • 4 Pak 38s
  • 4 Brummbärs
  • 1 Looted KV-1e
  • 2 8-Rads
  • 3 Nebs
Mixed Tankovy
  • 1 HQ KV-1e
  • 6 KV-1es
  • 10 Matilda CS
  • 8 Stuarts + AAmgs
  • 4 BA-64s
  • Limted I-153

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

ZIS-30 (SU105) Review

Hi all,

I got my hands on a recent release from battlefront, namely the Zis-30 (SU105). Which is a self-propelled AT gun. You get two in a blister, I have two blisters so will be showing off four of them.

My first reaction to the above picture  On the cool-o-meter they are up there hanging out with Marder IIs, staring down on Marder IIIs.  I'm quite excited to get on with these puppies and will be writing this blog post in stages.

Monday, 3 November 2014

Project FInland : Finnish Sissi

Hello all Coxer here,

So here is it the final platoon! It’s a lovely sculpt, and very interesting too. It comes in 2 pieces, the main body and a separate set of skis, which fit into the new style bases pre drilled holes, though I do wonder why these guys come in little packs of 5 and not in one big blister… They fit in relatively cleanly, a little fiddling with the poles is needed at time.
I painted them as I have done the rest of my infantry – I’ll be honest these are not my best work – it was a real slog trying to motivate myself to paint these guys, and I have never been so happy to finish a platoon! It’s been a tough project, and finishing on a big old infantry platoon is just what you don’t want at the end! The main change was using the black-brown for the ski’s – this I think looks really nice contrasted to the white of the snow.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Blog Highlights October

Hello All

October has come and gone so it's that time again where I take a look at some blog posts that caught my eye. First up this week is Chris from Wargamer on Tour and his post about the up coming plastic sets for FoW.
 You probably have seen these already, but it's worth bring them up in case you haven't or if like me you're very excited by the British Infantry and the plastic Comet/Cromwell set, a British army is now firmly on my plans for next year.

Friday, 31 October 2014

Flames of War Tournaments: A Noobs Guide

Hi there, I'm Marc and I'm probably one of the newest Flames of War players on this blog having only played for just over a year.  My games this year have been mainly at tournaments so I thought I'd share with my fellow Noobs a survival guide to the UK tournament scene.
So you've played a few games of Flames of War and you've heard of tournaments being talked about down the club, indeed you may have read the odd after action report on your favourite blog and for some reason you've decided to give it a go.  Until earlier this year I had never entered a wargaming tournament but reading about them piqued my interest.  So far this year I've played in five tournaments and have a further two coming up bringing my total for 2014 to a respectable seven, not bad for a new player I think.

So whilst I am by no means a hardened veteran of the tournament scene hopefully my observations will make it easier for fellow tournament noobs to jump in and have the same great time that I have had so far.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Fez's First Frothing Foray on BTA - BTA Mid War One Dayer AAR

Hello all!
Fez-man here, excited to join the Breakthrough Assault team. I've been playing Flames of War tournaments for just over a year, but have been a hobbyist for many more, working for Games Workshop for a few years, and I'm also Chairman of the Guildford Games Club.

For my first post, I'll be looking at the recent Breakthrough Assault One Dayer - Mid War, that I attended with my British Infantry Tank Company.

First, a quick look at the Venue, LvlUp Gaming in Bournemouth.
Not the largest selection, but at least its a start!

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

KV-1e (SU082) & KV-2 (SU081) Re-sculpts Review

Hello All

As part of the Early War Sale I ordered six KV-1e's (SU082) and two KV-2's (SU081) for my Mid War Soviets (well they could be used in Early War but those nine tanks would be something like 4,000 points by themselves!). I was quite surprised that when I received my KV's they were the new re-sculpted version!
I didn't know what to expect from the re-sculpts, I figured it would just be adding some new tools or something and maybe refining a few details of the model. Man I was wrong!

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

New Beginnings and Every Wargamers Dream!

Hey all! Matt here and this is my first post for Breakthrough Assault. Yay!

In fact, I've just had an entire week of 'first times' come to think of it; My one year old daughter has just taken her first few steps and popped her first baby teeth, I was best man at my mates wedding, had hot and sour soup from the Chinese takeaway for the first time last night... oh yes and I've just bought a house (and got permission to build a 'Man Cave') Boom!
So given these hectic times I don't have too much to talk about armies/ painting wise, so let's talk about THE Man Cave! 

Monday, 27 October 2014

New Additions to the Team

Hi All

We at Breakthrough Assault are expanding and we'd like to introduce you all to our newest team members. In no particular order we have:-

Matt "Papa Bear" Pullen -

After becoming a proud stay at home Dad in late 2013 Matt has been able to devote a lot more time into the hobby. Needless to say he doesn't miss those wretched night shifts and is now only half as grumpy as he used to be (which is actually still pretty grumpy compared to most standards)!

Favourite Army: Panzergrenadiers/ German Armoured Reconnaissance (Aufklaungs)

Best Wargaming Moment: Defeating Marc at Art of War and then the huge debate on the way home after as to what holds more 'prestige' - me winning our head to head game, or him finishing higher in the rankings!

Worst blunder: Not listening to any advice regarding tigers and panthers (both in the same list) being too expensive for tournament play. I certainly learnt that the hard way!

Friday, 24 October 2014

Sally 4th Flames of War Storage Boxes - Review

Hello All

A few weeks ago I came across the Sally 4th laser-cut Flames of War Storage boxes and as I needed more storage before my wife killed me I thought it would be a great idea to order some and see what they looked like.
So the four boxes I ordered turned up in a pretty short time, let's have a look inside.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Beyond The Foxholes - Episode 20

Hello All

In Act One we join Ben, Winner Dave and Adam as they chat about what they have been up to recently, Battlefront news with price reductions and digital books and then the guys talk about the resent BA One Day MW tournament.

In Act Two the guys talk about painting tips and then move onto Dave's Mail Bags.

In Act Three Adam leaves us as, so Winner Dave and Ben talk about some commonly overlooked rules before chatting about a few random projects.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Shattered Battlefield and Large Craters and Ruined House Review

Hey folks

Recently I bought the latest terrain products from Battlefront designed with The Great War in mind.  I wanted these as I didn't think I'd find the time to getting around to making my own and as we all know by now, these come pre-painted ready to go.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Project Finland: Finnish Tank Hunter Platoon (Late War)

Hi all the penultimate unit for my Finns. I thought they deserved their own little article, as despite being 7 stands strong (apologies for only showing 6 stands forgot one in my box!) they have a real tactical use which I think deserves a highlight.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Flames of War Tactics - Kangaroo

Ahh one of my favourite units, and I'm going to look at how to use them. Hi all coxer here once again and I'm discussing the British armoured transport the kangaroo, both Ram and Sherman.
So for those of you who don't know what a kangaroo is let me enlighten you. During the war British infantry were aware of how vulnerable infantry were, at the same time the US made Priest self propelled artillery piece was removed from British service due to problems with supplying ammunition - these defrocked Priests became the basis for this experiment and were very successful - it was then that the obsolete Canadian Ram tank was identified as an armoured transport - in Italy damaged shermans were used in a similar way.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Project Finland - Finnish T-34

Hi all

Coxer here with some T-34's for my Finn's. Firstly These are the new Battlefront T-34's and just WOW!!! These models were a real pleasure to put together, I was properly impressed by the quality of the kit, and the details on it. The options for both the 76 and 85 were really appreciated too. But enough of the build quality, lets look at the painting of these - as I've refined this since I started way back with the T-26.
I started by basing the model black, I'm a big fan of this as opposed to grey for tanks, as it gives it depth I think.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Call Me Mr Pink! Vietnam Pink Team Helicopter Squad

Hello All

After doing a load of Great War Germans I decided to mix things up a bit and get back to my Vietnam US. Having spent many months looking at the Helicopters on my desk I decided to start with a Cobra and a Loach pink team (so called as it's a mix of the White scout teams and the Red attack helicopter team), partly as they are in my first infantry army list and I wanted to do something small, but mainly as helicopters are cool!
The Loach was a great piece of kit, the plastic make it very quick to put together (especially compared to the other Helicopters in the range) and it looks very slick once done. I as always followed the guide on the Battlefront website but I do feel I put the back fin on at the wrong angle.

Friday, 10 October 2014

Project Finland : Mid War Fun & Madness

Hi all welcome to the third part of my Finnish list discussions - this time Midwar! (Early and Late war are here.)

I'm going to be honest this post has been rewritten perhaps three times - because trying to come up with a Finnish list for Mid War is tough! I'm once again sticking with Jääkärikomppania, and once again I'm FV. I'm planning this list for the next BA one day event, and Reading Warfare!

So where am I going to start, well once again lets go with the compulsory choices Jääkäri platoons, unlike late war I don't think I have the points for lots of upgrades, except of course Torni for one platoon and a close defense team for the other.

I'm thinking that I'm going to be defensive quite a lot due to the overwhelming number of tankovy lists I've previously played in MW, as such I'm going a little different, I want big platoons on the board with everything. As such I'm going to next go for the Anti Tank Rifle Platoon, but going to make them all Close defense teams and I can combat attach them out.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Great War German Infanteriekompanie HQ (GGE701)

Hello All

Today I'm finally rounding out my Great War army with the final blister, the Infanteriekompanie HQ (GGE701).
Of all the blisters this was the most fun! The amount of option to paint up and use is massive! Flamer throwers, light (well if you can call FP 3+ light!) mortars and anti-tank rifles, this blister has it all.

Monday, 6 October 2014

The Great War - British Rifle Platoon - 2

Hello all,  I'm really pleased to have finally finished all the units from my Great War boxset.

For reasons I can't quite explain this last platoon has really dragged on.  Partly family holidays/Exams/Job interviews/Having to paint Soviet stuff/Lack of enthusiasm.

Friday, 3 October 2014

Project Finland: Looted Reinforcements

Hi all,

Coxer here with a paining update for my Finnish army. I've been trying to come up with some way to link all of these looted units was about the only option.
Lets start with the tanks - The ISU-152. This was a present from Ben, and realistically there is nothing wrong with having such a ridiculous vehicle in this army - except I like vet intantry, a trained tank is very out of keeping. Historically the Finn's captured two of these, one became a recovery vehicle, the other back in working order. I painted this one in keeping with the other vehicles, tri colour camo, a white wash and then some details, nothing too swish - oh and some weathering. I'm not sure how useful it will be in game, but I'll try it out no doubt.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Great War Trenchline System (BB182) - Review

Hello All

This week I finally got my hands on the Trenchline System (BB182). I have been waiting for this for a while as I didn't want to start playing until we had the trenches. Yes I know you can play without them, but to me playing the first game without trenches would been like a Soviet army without a load of red banners or a German army without any Panzer IV/70's, just wrong! Anyway lets have a look at what you get inside the box!
The trench set gives you a four foot long trench with two foot long communication trenches. It is featured in the Great War rule book and is designed to be perfect for the two missions that use trenches (Through the Mud and Blood & Big Push). It comes fully painted and like all the Battlefield in the Box range can be used straight from the box.