Wednesday, June 11, 2014
I've finished a box of the 15mm Battlefront plastic Soviet Tank Destroyers, and they are really lovely. The fit of parts is as good as PSC, and the metal crew figures are a nice bonus. Unlike PSC the box also includes decals, although be warned! They are very fiddly and prone to disintegrate. Sadly, there are no items of stowage to make the vehicles look less uniform. All the slogans are hand painted.
The box set allows you to make five SU-85s or Su-100s. I made three SU-85s, which first appeared in the aftermath of the Kursk battles. As a result, they don't appear in the Battle Group Kursk rulebook, but official lists were published for them in Dispatches 1, an occasional Battle Group supplement published on the official forum. The list allows SU-85s to be bought in units of three.
SU-100s appear in Battle Group Fall of the Reich, where they can be purchased as a battery of two vehicles, so that's what I did with the remaining two from my box set.
So there we go. Two units of tank killers from a very affordable box set box. I'm very happy about the increasing move Battlefront is making to plastic sets.
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Recently de-classified image of Captain Paul's crew on operations
Huge congratulations today to my mate and all round awesome bloke Paul of the Man Cave. He has been honoured in the Queen's Birthday Honours list with a Distinguished Service Medal for his leadership on recent operations. For those who know him, it is certainly no surprise that he has earned it, but its is fantastic to see this being recognised. Well done mate! I owe you a massive vat of beer.
Saturday, June 7, 2014
OK, predictable image, but I've hit 300 followers! Welcome Chevalier de la Terre, number 300. This deserves a competition, and I'll run one very soon.
Meanwhile, I've also been Liebstered by Neil Scott and Man Cave Paul. Awwww. Thanks guys. I was pleased to receive the award in a small ceremony held last night. As you can see, I was quite overcome by the emotion of it all.