Sunday, May 29, 2016

Steel Legion Army For Sale

I have a very large and very nice Armageddon Steel Legion army for 40K for sale.  This army belonged to a good friend who is getting out of the hobby and it was painted by my friend Tim at Saguaro Painting.  I am looking to move this collection as an army and not part it out.  I would prefer an Arizona based buyer but for the right price I will ship to the lower 48.  The asking price is $1500 and I am fairly firm on that.  See the list of models and a photo-dump below.

Steel Legion Imperial Guard Army (Astra Militarum)

1 Lord Solar Macharius
1 Commissar Yarik
1 Medic (conversion)
1 Banner (conversion)
5 Commissars
5 Power Sword Officers
4 Officers w/Chainswords
1 Sniper (conversion)
1 Heavy Flamer (conversion)
7 Radiomen (conversion)
6 Grenade Launchers
7 Plasma guns
46 Lasguns
6 Missile Launcher Teams (individual bases)
3 Missile Launcher Teams (multi based)
3 Heavy Bolter Teams
3 Lascannon Teams
5 Ogryns (conversion)
13 Storm trooper w/Hellguns
1 Storm Trooper Grenade Launcher
1 Storm Trooper Meltagun
1 Storm Trooper Flamer
2 Storm Trooper Plasma gun
2 Storm Trooper Officers
2 Armored Sentinel with Plasma cannon
1 Armored Sentinel with Autocannon
7 Chimera
1  Valkyrie (magnetic weapons)
2 Basilisk
1 Leman Rus Demolisher
1 Leman Rus Executioner
1 Leman Rus Vanquisher

I really love this army and I very tempted to keep it.  Sadly, I don't play 40K any more and I already have a Catachan army that is just about the same size.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Napoleonic French Artillery

Here are a couple of 6lbs guns for my Napoleonic French army.  These are from Old Glory and I think they turned out pretty good.  Not show winners but they will work on the table.  These took entirely too long to paint but that has been true of this entire project.  I am hoping to make some progress on this project over the coming weeks.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Israeli Ch'ir Anti-Tank Platoon

My final installment, for now anyway, of my 1967 Israeli army is the Ch'ir Anti-Tank Platoon.  This platoon consists of two Jeeps with 106mm recoilless rifles mounted on the back.  I was super excited about getting these on the table.  They are basically the same gun as he M51 Isherman with a 3+ save like recce units.  I had plans of these zipping around the table and causing havoc with my enemies.  Unfortunately, I missed the awkward layout.  This really limits the usefulness as you are move or shoot.  The models are very cool and I am sure after some thought I will find the right roll for these.  In fact, I am pretty sure I need a couple more.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Israeli Sayur Platoon

This is my Sayur platoon for my 1967 Israeli army.  These are some really great little models and as they are Jeeps they are near and dear to me.  These are Combat Patrols and I am not sure if they follow the standard recce rules, but after my first couple of games, and a re-read, I don't think they do.  I still have lots to learn on the proper application of this unit.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Israeli M3 TCM-20 Anti-Aircraft Platoon

Time for more Israeli models.  Next we have the anti-aircraft platoon equipped with M3 TCM-20.  Not too much to say about these.  I am not sure how much AA work they will get to do but they should be hell on infantry and light vehicles.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Israeli Sho't Platoon

Continuing on with my Israeli Tank Company, we have the Sho't platoon.  I was really excited to add these tanks to the army as they are by far the best tanks of the 6 Day War.  Their AT18 can and will kill any tank in the game.  The armor is no better than any of the other top of the line tanks of the period but the gun is great.

As excited as I am about these tanks, in game terms, I must say that the models truly suck.  The first attempt to build this unit involved hulls and track assemblies that were so warped they were unusable.  Battlefront did, eventually, make this right but it took 10 weeks to get replacement tracks and hulls.  Another huge flaw in these models is that the tracks are resin and extremely fragile.  This is the reason that they are based and ultimately the reason the entire army is based.  I would love to have more of these tanks in the army but the models are so bad I will never buy more.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Israeli M50 'French' Sherman Platoon

This installment of my Israeli P'Lugah Tan'kim for Fate of a Nation is the M50 'French' Sherman platoon.  These are called French Shermans due to the use of the French 75mm gun from the AMX tank.  This gun is based on the German Panther gun from WWII.  In fact, it is a direct copy of the German gun.  Unfortunately, by 1967 the gun was really show its age.  I am not sure this unit will stay in the army after the first game.  At only AT14 compared to the AT16 of the M51 for only a 20 point difference per tank I am not sure these are worth taking in the long run.

All in all I am not a big fan of the model.  It seems that they modeled the tank as an M4A1 on the front but the rear half is a welded hull more like an M4A3.  This is not how the real tanks looked.  It is a fairly inaccurate model.

I must say I don't really like the aesthetics of the original tank much either. The M50 is an ugly tank with a very impractical layout.  The long mantle of the 75mm gun overhangs the driver and radioman hatches when the gun is facing forward.  Not a good place to be if the tank takes a hit.