Saturday, February 28, 2015

New Rivers

Several years ago Battlefront released a set of river section with two bridges.  At the time I really wanted these rivers but I figured I have time to pick them up.  That was before I realized that BF terrain sets are all limited editions.  Soon after that set was gone, however, GF9 (part of Battlefront) released expansion sets for the rivers.  Well, I put off getting any of those as I have already invested in the Pegasus Hobbies river sets and had no need for any more.

After several years of use I have decided to commandeer the Pegasus Hobbies rivers for a winter terrain project I am planning.  This means I needed some new rivers for non-winter tables.  This was the perfect excuse to add some these GF9 rivers to the terrain collection.

I bought two sets.  The fork expansion and the island expansion.  Each set includes three sections that are just under 12" long.

Each piece has its own formed foam tray fro protection.  This is a great feature.  The river sections are made of a heavy rubber/vinyl material.  The texture of the river back is molded into the piece so there is no flaking.

The rivers are pre-painted and could be used straight from the box.  In fact, that seems to be how most people use them.  Each set comes with a small packet of static grass but not enough to make them look like the pictures on the box.  Fortunately, I have lots of flock material so sprucing these up was not an issue.

Below are a few pictures of some of the finished river sections.  I repainted the rock outcroppings to a grey rather than tan color.  It is hard to see in these pictures.I added some static grass and flock to each piece to help soften the look.  I really like how these turned out.

I plan to add a the rest of the available sets to the collection soon.  Now that Battlefront has re-released the original bridges i will be getting those as well.  These will soon be the main river sets for Flames of War as well as just about any other game I play that calls for rivers.  These are some very nice sets and I am sorry I waited so long to get them.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Panther Comparison

I recently assembled a few Battlefront Panther A models and I thought you might find a little comparison post interesting.  Below are some pictures of the BF Panther compared to the Plastic Soldier Company (PSC) Panther.  The PSC model is built as the ausf D for my Kursk army.

As you can see they are very similarly proportioned with the BF model being ever so slightly larger.  I would thing that the to brands would work well on the same table in the same army.

I plan to use the BF ausf A for a 1944 Panther force.  To me the rougher look of the BF model with the zimmerit is perfect for Normandy armies or 1944 Eastern front armies. On the other hand, the crisp clean lines and the fine detail of the PSC Panther makes it perfect for the Kursk era Panthers as these were straight off the assembly line tanks and should really look new.

I really do prefer the PCS tanks.  It is really tough to justify the more than double the price for BF.  If I ever do a late Panther G force I will not hesitate to use the PSC kit.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Fate of a Nation Plans - Israel

With the release of the new, full size, Fate of a Nation book it is time to get serious about my plans for this period.  I really think the 1967 War is a great setting for Flames of War and makes much more sense than Vietnam.  When the Wargames Illustrated min-book came out last year I was excited but I wanted to wait and see what Battlefront's level of support was going to be before I jumped in.  With the new book it look like this might have some legs so it is time to make a plan.

My favorite tanks for this conflict are all the cool Sherman variants so it is only natural that I start with an Israeli force.  I like to plan a new FoW project around 1500 points.  This is the most common game size I play and it allows me to build a solid core army that is easy to expand later.

P'lugah Tan'kim

2 M51 Isherman      240pts

Combat Platoons
2 M51 Isherman      240pts

4 M50 'French' Sherman    390ps

2 Centurion        350pts

Support Platoons
4 Patrol Jeep       80pts

2 Anti-tank Jeeps      100pts

2 M3 TCM-20           100pts

Total points - 1500

I really like this as starting force.  There are lots of cool franken-shermans and a couple of heavy hitter tanks.  It has recce as well as light AT to support it.  It also has AA.  I think this will be a really fun army to play.  I was a little surprised that this army will only cost about $210 at full retail so I should be able to put is together for less than $200 with some bargain shopping.  Now I just need to collect the models before BF lets them go out of production....

Monday, January 26, 2015

Reb Caisson

 This is the last bit of my ACW Confederate artillery for the time being.  This caisson does not actually have any real function in Black Powder but it looks really cool sitting on the table near the guns.

This is the Old Glory caisson model with an extra Sash and Saber artillery crewman.  Nothing fancy just a cool piece for the table.  Now I need to get back to building models and deciding what to paint next.

Friday, January 23, 2015

More Reb Artillery

This is the second Confederate gun I completed this week.  Like the first this one is also from Sash and Saber.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Reb Artillery

This is the first of my Confederate artillery for my Black Powder army.  These are Sash and Saber and I have had these in the paint queue for a long time.  I originally bought these as part of a huge order I made several years ago when they had a 40% off sale.

I really like the Sash and Saber figures.  The sculpting style is a little goofy but he does a great job on the accuracy of the uniforms and equipment.  It feels good to get this project back on track.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Perry French Hussars

For the last couple of weeks I have been building an prepping lots of models.  One set that I have been wanting to build for a long time is the Perry French Hussar set.  I have known for a long time that these are really great models but it wasn't until I built some that I truly appreciated just how great these are.  I have built and painted lots of Perry plastic miniatures as well as from some other manufacturers.  Plastic has lots of advantages and a few disadvantages.  One of the big disadvantages of plastic is the inability to do undercuts and the loss of detail towards the sides of pieces.  These minor disadvantages can be overcome by good model design.  In the case of these Hussar models the design is just about perfect.  Outside of an actual model kit built by one of the large model company, I don't think I have seen a better design or execution of a plastic kit.

The kit has some really nice features that allow you to build a huge variety of uniform styles.  There are four different styles of head gear with enough heads to do the entire box in a single style.  You also get two sets of legs, one in dress style and the other with the coveralls for campaign dress.  I am not a Napoleonic uniform specialist, but to my relatively untrained eye you should be able to do just about any unit from 1798 to 1815.  There might even be uses other than French for these as well.

You also get an amazing set of painting guides that cover more than a dozen different Hussars units and shows uniform differences in different campaigns or periods.  This set is so well done that I feel like, as a complete Napoleonic novice, that I can built great units and have a very close uniform accuracy.

This first set has been built as the 4th Hussars sometime around 1812.  This is one of two units with banners included in the box.  Unfortunately, since I am not really focusing on Napoleonics this year I am not sure when I will paint these figures but they are so nice I just had to share.