With the new Great War comes Great Excitement, and I thought it would be a perfect time to start a new series of articles – Fez Froth!
While the other members of the blog are much better at balanced, in depth reviews of new releases, I often find myself fixating around one or two aspects of the release, and I figured it would be fun to put finger to keyboard and share these with you, explaining my logic and maybe inspiring a few projects along the way.
The timing of this release is exciting due to the perfect storm of my renewed interest in the WW1 themed Battlefield 1 video game, and the YouTube channel ‘Forgotten Weapons’ running a series examining the effectiveness of almost all the period LMG’s. (Click here to see the intro episode)
The ‘sensible’ first focus for my Great War collection would be to use the ‘old’ Brett’s Brawlers starter box I collected from the first release as the basis for an American army. The mix of Olive Drab, American rifles and French Guns and Tanks is really appealing from a painting perspective. Looking at the points on the new book, if I were to run them as the ‘Big Red One’ veterans, I would be almost at 100 points without adding any models!
As it is, I’ll probably drop the HMG platoon to only two guns in order to free up some points for those smexy French 75’s. Any gun that has a cocktail named after it is worth including and being a 4+ firepower template that ignores the re-roll for only having two guns is also rather tasty – and that’s without the direct AT shots!
The box-tank-of-doom is also a potential for the chopping board, as it’s just so….. ugly, especially when compared to the FT-17’s. I’ll have to see how the list performs in the new format and missions to really get a handle on what tweaks are really needed.
I’m excited to see how the V4 format is going to work on the smaller board game size of 4’ squared, given just now mobile infantry are now with blitz/follow me and dash moves without the terror of being completely MG’d to death.
With the inclusion of Trenches, and the new styles of reserves in use in the missions (all your reserves arriving on turn 3 with no rolling – Waylaid reserves, or only having to put one platoon in reserves to have it arrive in the flank of the enemy – Flanking Force), Great War is going to play very differently to your usual FoW game, and I relish the challenge of figuring out what is needed in an army to achieve victory.
The little extras such as ‘Cratered ground’ giving stationary infantry bulletproof cover over the whole board, and ‘Overwhelming force’ where the attacker can recycled destroyed units really help to sell the WW1 theme, and again give a new challenge to these games – The irrepressible onslaught of the Landships rule has the potential to cause some real tactical headaches!
On the modelling front I’m looking forward to including some WW1 biplanes in the form of crashed objective markers – there are plenty of 1:144 scale plastic kits to get creative with.
Talking of new models, my ‘flight of fantasy’ army would be a British Cavalry list – Those new sculpts look AMAZING. Calvary (and motorcycles) are always a nightmare to collect, as you need to do 2.5 times the painting – the regular infantry models, and then the more complex cavalry as well! Added to this is the fact that a sensible second army would be a German one to play games against my Americans – The appeal of sabres slashing through the ‘Hun’ is rather a strong one however…. Watch this space 😀
I hope that gives you a little light on what I’ll be frothing about over the next month – What are you most excited about fielding?
*Miniature photo credit to Battlefront