Saturday, 29 September 2012

Busy Month!

Hello All

Sorry for the lack of updates this month, as I said on the last Cromwell post this month was always going to be hard going to get anything painted with moving twice, getting married and going way for a honeymoon sort of thing.

The wedding went well as did the move. But to make updates even harder I'm without Internet until Oct 10th.... Not ideal!

I'd always like to say sorry for Adam's AAR, I have fixed it now but the WWPD program has a few problems with it and Adam (bless him) was a bit lost on how to fix it.

Anyway we have lots of updates coming soon, including a Tale of Winter Games series of articles me and Adam are doing. I'm back into my Hungarians adding a load of infantry, Dave has almost finished his Tiger company with Fallschirmjagers up next and the Breakthrough Assault tournament isn't far away. So lots to look forward to.

Anyway as always thanks for reading.

Ben



Monday, 24 September 2012

Brits Paras vs Soviets Strelkovy AAR



So My Arch Nemesis Dr Alex and myself agreed to a pre tournament (breakthrough assault tournament 25/11/12!) we rolled randomly and got encounter


British Paratroopers
  • HQ + Frost
  • Parachute Platoon (3 sections)
  • Parachute Platoon (3 sections)
  • Parachute Mortar (1 section)
  • Air Landing Heavy Anti Tanks (2 sections+ transport)
  • Air Landing Anti Tanks (2 sections)
  • Air Landing Light Battery (8 guns + medium support)
  • Sporadic Air Support
Strelkovy
  • HQ
  • Strelkovy Company + Kommisar
  • Strelkovy Company + Kommisar
  • 3 ISU 152 + tank Riders
  • Artillery (8 guns)
  • Mortar company




SETUP AND DEPLOYMENT

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The field


Tuesday, 11 September 2012

The Black Bull - Final Batch of Cromwells

Hello All,

I have had a busy month, possibly my busiest month I have ever had! Between moving and my Stag Do the first 10 days have been a little nuts and with moving again! my wedding and a honeymoon of sorts the month isn't getting any quieter! But I have found a little time to finish off the final (for now) 5 Cromwells and Challenger for my 11th Armoured army.


The last six included the Company HQ and the 3rd Platoon of Cromwells.


The Company Commander and 2IC. I choose to have these models as the only tanks with two crew looking out of the hatches so it's easier to stop them during a game.

 

And now the Cromwells as a whole


One of the things I have been happy with is that all three platoons look the same despite them being painted at different time and without a mix for the highlight mixed in a pot.

Really looking forward to getting a game in with these guys. Next up I will be painting up a platoon of Universal Carriers, but I'm not sure when I will get a chance to paint them with the wedding in 10 days....

As always thanks for reading and until next time

Ben

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

British Parachute Company, Comparing 1st and 6th Para

So I thought For my first article I'd talk about my British para's. They were my first FoW army started last year and the one I enjoy playing the most. For this article I thought I'd compare the two lists out there for Late War, 6th Para(turning Tide) and 1st Para(A bridge too Far)

Combat and weapons platoons

The first thing before I go through the list is to note the core units (bar the main Parachute Platoon) cheaper normally 5-10 points, battery, so you will often get more 'bang' for your buck (or more stuff to paint). As for combat these are identical

Para-army


Anti-Tank, Heavy Anti-Tank, Airlanding Light Battery,

Again three units which are found in both lists. They are all cheaper for the 6th - the Light Battery 30pts cheaper! But for the 1st you can take 4 instead of 2 17pdrs, and for more points you can upgrade the 1st's light battery to medium support - personally I would never take that unit without the upgrade - fire power of 2+ and anti tank 5 plus the British artillery rules gives you a great attacking option.

Armour

 Now this is one of the options which I love for the 6th - the only downside is I can see all the options being good. You have an actual recon unit!! There are no others available in either list. On the other hand as an infantry force you're often defending, and will this recon platoon be useful? You then start getting to the real tanks, I love tetrachs from a historical view, and have found them great to get round the back, though I have to be careful no one looks at them in-case they fall apart!

Shermans

The Cromwell is an interesting option for a heavy tank, but at 450 Pts and no 17pdrs is something I'm less keen on. The Final available unit is the DD shermans, now they can take a firefly, but are only trained, and I often feel are sadly an easy target in a mostly vet army.
There is also one of the advantages I think of the 1st airborne, no armour - enemy anti tank is wasted!

Artillery 

The 6th also has access to 25pdrs and the big 5.5's. Whilst both of these offer more damaging artillery, they are both trained again. I have to say due to a lack of models I've never used 5.5's but hope with the rumoured market garden book coming out I'm interested.

Airlight

Air support

Again an interesting dichotomy, with the 6th getting loads of air, and the 1'st very little. But after using lots of air support, I think that the cheap sporadic is an excellent choice, often by turn 4 the enemy are so close I find air redundant.

Commando's and infantry platoon 

I struggle with the use of the infantry platoon, just because I normally have 2 full para platoons minimum, and would rather have a third than regular infantry, especially as due to their trained nature they're hit from over 16. The commando's have a great level of versatility and close combat potential, and are hard to shift, another welcome unit.
infantry

Glider pilots

A unit which as useless as I find, I love! They work best I feel as a counter charge unit, able to take on tanks with their bombs and/or Piat, or infantry with their SMG's . I have tried them in offense where mission tactics has helped keep them Moving, but the short range guns never quite help enough leaving them dead if unsupported

para close

Recon jeeps

If these guys actually had recon they'd be a definite! They give a useful amount of mobility, but lack a decent save. Coupled with a small unit size, they can get to an objective, but need support to hold it.

Jeeps

Engineers

Both armies have different pioneer options. Again I've tried the a couple of times the supply cart is my most common reason to take them. So if they get chosen I prefer the cheapest option! Another downside for the first is that they are rifle only. By and large I find big engineer groups are not my cup of tea and take the smaller parachute assault platoon

Special characters

So for the 6th you get pine-coffin, personally I find him underwhelming given the 50 points, his counterattack platoon is ok, but not groundbreaking For the 1st you get urquhart, not bad for 25 points, good in night fight where you can get to an objective quickly and dig in for the long haul. And the other is Frost. 65 points of awesomeness! Since picking up the para specials blister, frost has been a favourite. Your guns have an extra save, you get basically a free immediate ambush! And 2+moral to boot! All in all a legend.

frost


Conclusion

I found it interesting writing this article, having been a big fan of the first, but as I've analyzed the options and reflected on using the 6th in some games, I've discovered a certain love for that list - a love I'd probably sure more if I had some 5.5! Even though the 1st are more expensive you get more parachute options which appeals to me. I won't say which I'd use, but I will be trying out both. I also think that polish list deserves a spin - tanks, armoured cars, hmg carriers, but lacking ranged anti tank and artillery. May have an outing soon I think

Thanks for reading Drcox