Posts Tagged ‘Battlefront’

I have not gone over board with the Panthers and Shermans as they are meant for quick gaming.

Just enough to get me back into the flow.

The jeep and truck will be used for objective markers.

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I bought this from Peter Pig a while back and

I have finally finished it to my satisfaction.

You basically get the resin cast as in the picture

below and its up to you from there on in.

What I really like about the model is the crew

members that have tried to bail out too late.

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I think a bit of background is needed to start

this post off and to explain why I happened to have

six Tigers tanks just lying about !

I recently attended a wargames event with two friends

and we were admiring a beautiful WWII board set up for

FOW which happened to have an SS Division fielded on the

board. Admiring the SS Tigers my friend pointed out he needed

to buy some more Battle Front Tigers for his army and the lad

running the table pointed out they were not Battle Front Tigers

and belonged to a different manufacturer ! We argued against this

,until the lad let us kindly handle the tanks which resulted in

humble pie on our behalf. This got us all thinking because at a

distance of two feet none of us could tell the difference.

So knowing I had two different types of 15mm Tigers at home and

my mate had a third manufacturer we decided to do a bit of research

and buy the remaining 3 on the market.

The plan was simple. Compare the 6 main manufacturers of 15mm Tiger

tanks(sorry if your product is not included) and then devise a cunning

plan to test our eagle eyed wargamers to see if they can spot the difference.

The Review

The six manufacturers in question were:

  • Battlefront.
  • Skytrex.
  • Forged in Battle.
  • Peter Pig.
  • Zvezda.
  • Plastic Soldier Company.

Ok a word of warning on my review. It is based on the kits I had

available to me at the time and there are other kits produced by

the same manufacturers which come in varying periods of WWII and

materials.

Here are the six kits below :

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So from left to right a quick summary.

First up was the Plastic Soldier Company

This tank came from a box of four tanks priced at £19.50 plus 10% postage.

Its plastic and comes with options to build either early, mid or late which is

a really nice touch. You also get two crew members and stowage options. The

only one query/criticism was the width of the tracks ? They seemed a little

narrow to me ? Plenty of hatches.

Second was Forged in Battle

This is a resin cast that costs £7.50 plus £4 postage. First impression was

that the tank looked a little to narrow. Its also comes based which I am

not a big fan of. Its made of 3 main parts so assembly is quick and you get

one crew member.

Third was Peter Pig

You get a totally metal product coming in at £7 plus £3 postage. It has 6 parts

in total and not a bit of flash on the parts so well done. The tracks have

a clever insert so you are able to attach them in the exact position. You also

get two hatches and a crew member.

Fourth is Skytrex(Command Decision)

Price was £7.70 plus £5 postage. All metal parts and very solid. Criticisms would
be a lot of flash on the rear of the tank and no crew.

Fifth is Battlefornt

Mixed parts of resin and metal and costing £8.99 and £2.75 postage. Best thing

about this was out of all the tanks is gave the best opportunity to customise in

my view. Down side was that some of the parts are very small and extremely fiddly

to attach. Lots of hatches and crew. This is the early version of the Tiger.

Last and not least is Zvezda

Totally plastic and quick to assemble. Cost wise, £6.95 including postage. You

get no crew.

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So what’s my verdict ?

Well if I go onto the various forums for 15mm Wargaming and ask

peoples opinion on what Tiger to buy each manufacturer or supporter

of that product sings the praises of their model saying how great it

is compared to the others on the market, but the proof is in the pudding.

And in this case the pudding is going to be the finished model, the thing

you will see at two feet away on a board.

So I challenge you to identify the 6 Tiger tanks that appeared in
my earlier post. What I`m trying to prove is that once on the board nobody
cares who made the model because its all about the finished look and
playing the game, no matter what the bumf in the brochure tells you.

Follow the LINK

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The rules in a nutshell:

Look at the pictures below which contain 6, 15mm Tiger tanks from

Schwer SS Panzer Abt 101 driving down a Normandy road in 1944, made

by various manufactures. The Tigers have been painted, some are

slightly converted and camouflage has been added. So all 6 Tigers

are battle board ready.

Your job is to identify which tank belongs to which manufacturer,
simple ?

All you have to do is post your guess to be entered into the competition. You
must identify the maker of tanks. Each tank has a 3 figure number on the turret
and below it to identify it. You must match the tank number to one of the six
manufacturers listed below.

  1. Zvezda.
  2. Battlefront.
  3. Forged In Battle.
  4. Peter Pig.
  5. Skytrex.
  6. Plastic Soldier Company.

The competition will stay open until the end of June and the winner will be judged by me. In
the case of a draw the names will be put into a hat and a winner drawn out. Only one guess
per person is allowed.

The winner will receive a Battlefront 15mm Tiger Tank.

The pictures:

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Good luck everybody.

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Been playing around with basing anti tank guns and

wondered what you think of these bases ? Its aimed

to fit with a Normandy background. I think the walls

look a bit too pristine for my liking, perhaps something

a bit more crumbling ruin ?

Please ignore any static grass on the edge of the bases

as its just a tester.

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Feedback is very welcome.

15mm WW2 Wargaming Terrain Review

I have been building a lot of terrain as of late and decided to
write a review of what’s available on the market ,specifically
if your wargaming anything to do with Normandy but its still
relevant for most other WW2 wargaming at the 15mm size, particularly
Western Europe.
My review is based on many things including, how detailed the terrain is,
how large the terrain range is, how easy the terrain is to construct, the
uniqueness of the terrain and how customer friendly the company are.

The first 7 reviews are of terrain manufacturers  that I have bought,
modified, played and lived with. They are rated after the review out
of a total of 5 points.
Following that are a list of other terrain makers I have yet to
experience but deserve a mention. They are not rated.

1. Najewitz Modellbau.

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Najewitz has a 15mm range that covers Normandy, Italy and Historic. The
Italian range is not available yet but apparently available soon and the Historic
range is limited. Saying that, it’s the Normandy range that is the real jewel in the
crown. There is a Pegasus bridge(for all those who want to play with Horsa gliders),
a fantastic walled farmstead and various sets of houses to make up your Normandy
town or village. The resin buildings come as kits and are unpainted but are
extremely well made and high in detail. An example price would be 45 euros for the
farmstead(which includes a house, a barn, a hay loft, a small shed and a complete surrounding
wall and mini gatehouse for the farm). This sounds pricey but your getting some seriously
good kit. So far I have only found one other manufacturer
of 15mm terrain that produces buildings of this high quality.

Rating : 4.5 out of 5.

2. Loic Neveu.

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Yes it’s a French website, but hold your horses. Do not be put off by the French language
and look past the words and have a good look at all that beautiful terrain. Loic Neveu
is an ex French paratrooper who runs the site which is called Decors. All you have to do is send
him and e-mail for a quote and he will work out the costs and get back to you in English, easy !
Onto the models themselves. The 15mm terrain range is huge and is probably the biggest out there
that I know of, strangely not many people are aware of this. WW2 terrain covered includes Normandy,
France ,Germany ,North Africa and Russia.
The quality of the terrain is fantastic and comes with huge amount of detail. Its all unpainted but there
is a great selection from a tiny sandbag gun pit up to the gigantic Normandy church. There is even a range
of civilian cars. One thing I really like is the ability to buy nearly everything in the range as either perfect
or battle damaged.

Rating : 4.9 out of 5.

3. Flames Of War /Battlefront/

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Everybody has a piece from the Battlefield In a Box range and to be honest the stuff is quite good. It
comes fully painted and is instantly ready for battle. Its reasonably priced and looks good on the table.
Now the down sides. As mentioned everybody has a piece, so your terrain is not going to stand out
and will look like all those tournament games at your local wargaming show(couple of buildings thrown
on a green bit of felt with a strange floating road). The range is also quite limited and I found difficulty
in getting hold of various bits of stock.

Rating: 3.8 out of 5.

4. Keer and King

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Keer and King have a large range of terrain including French, Dutch, North African,Russian,
and Oriental. Included in this range is a large amount of fortifications and bases. The simple
French building pictured above will cost you £16 plus postage. I have one gripe with the product
and that is its feels and looks a bit block like to me. It is also not as highly detailed as the Goldfinger
and Najewitz terrain.

Rating: 4.1 out of 5.

5. Hovels.

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Hovels seem to have been around of ages and I think of them as the back bone of model terrain.
If you need a bit of terrain and cannot find it else where,Hovels will have it. Hovels have a huge
15mm range but only a small section is dedicated to WW2. One thing to point out though is that a large
amount of the 15mm ranges carry across to WW2 and will easily sit on a WW2 battle board. A drinking well
from the Napoleonic range or the great barn(see picture above) are timeless and will simply fit in,
which is a great credit to Hovels. Hovels terrain is very well priced and you can buy the
product ready painted if you choose. The Great Barn pictured above will cost you £13 unpainted.

Rating: 4.3 out of 5.

6.  Tiger Terrain

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Tiger Terrain as of yet only have a small selection(just covering Normandy) of stuff
but its high quality and the range is growing. I particularly like the Norman church and
the outhouse toilets are excellent. The walled gardens are also a great idea. All models
come unpainted and are resin. The house above on the left would cost you £9 without
the walled garden.

Rating: 4.4 out of 5.

7.  Timecast

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When the Normandy and Northern France models first came out I thought they were
a bit of a revelation. For me they were the first guys to build terrain specifically aimed
at wargaming Normandy in 15mm. If you want ready made buildings that are painted
then this is most likely the way to go. Now the draw backs. The terrain only comes
ready painted and for me that’s a pain as I like to personalise kit. It also to my eyes and
standing next to other WW2 15mm terrain looks slightly smallish in scale. One other tiny
fault is that I have found that over time the windows(which are stuck on inserts) drop
out. £17.40 will buy the church above.

Rating: 4.2 out of 5.

 

And now for the rest which are not rated just links and a brief description.

 

8. Crescent Root.

So far as I am aware the only 15mm terrain Crescent Root make is Middle eastern style.
Its made from textured coated MDF and from the pictures it looks stunning.
Lets hope they get into 15mm Normandy terrain shortly as their terrain in 20mm and 28mm
is also fantastic looking.

9. Gamecraft Miniatures.

Gamecraft miniatures specialise in MDF kits. They do a town and country range,
a foam board range(with lots of Middle East stuff), European town and villages
resins kits and modular tile and road systems.

10. The Miniature Building Authority.

They cover a 15mm European range which comes in pre-painted resin.

11. Miniatureworldmaker.

Specialises in 15mm terrain that would suit any period. There is no WW2 specific section.

12. JR Minis.

Small range of 15mm WW2 terrain.

13. Gelaendestuecke.

Beautifully hand painted WW2 scenery from Germany.

14. Total Battle Miniatures.

The 15mm range covers Eastern Europe, Western Europe and the Middle East.
On top that they do some very nice road systems suitable for 15mm as well. You can choose
painted or unpainted.

15. Paper Terrain.

Exactly what it says on the tin, terrain made from paper. The main advantage is cost,
you get a lot for building for your money.

16. Antenocitis Workshop.

Only a small range and its nearly all fortifications.

17. Warbases.

15mm MDF covering WW2.

18. Rifrafminiatures.

Its resin and comes painted or unpainted.

19. Epsilon.

Ready to play terrain all painted just for you.

 

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Hope you enjoyed my basic review and please note that I am

aware that not everybody was included. If you would like some

other terrain makers added then just please ask. I am happy to

review anything if its WW2 related and especially Normandy

themed. If any information is incorrect or out of date please

contact me and I will attempt to rectify it.

 

Please note : The views and ratings  stated above are solely my own

and may not reflect the views of the manufacturers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Normandy Tiger

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I have not painted up any German armour for a long while
so on finding a Battlefront Tiger 1 E early still in my
large box of things I have never got round to painting it was game on.
Now the initial impetus came from finally watching the film, “Fury” and
no need to go into the failings of that film. Linked to a recent trip to
Bovington Tank Museum and a new burst of activity on my Normandy terrain
boards it was full steam ahead. Those of you who know your Battlefront
kits will immediately realise I had a problem because the Tiger has rubber
road wheels, no spare tracks and most importantly no zimmerit on it. All
these things are kind of vital for a Normandy Tiger. My first issue was solved
by a few rubber wheeled Tigers still serving in Normandy specifically I went for
tank number 131 belonging to Ustuf Walter Hahn of the Schwer Abteilung 101 .
Next problem was the Zimmerit, so time to experiment with fine household filler
and a sharp knife. In the end is was rather tricky but worked.

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The model was airbrushed using Vallejo colours and it took me quite a few coats
to get the effect and colour I wanted. Unfortunately I`m no expert with an airbrush
and I`m sure a lot of people would have completed the job a lot quicker than me.
The spare tank tracks attached to the turret are PSC extras and so is part of the
stowage. The helmets are spare from somewhere ?

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Next up being Normandy and the sky being full of Allied planes just itching to bomb
something friendly or not ,some serious camouflage was called for. I have found it
really difficult to get camouflage correct on tanks as 9 times out of ten it just looks
crap. So in my best effort yet I went for the car filter scheme, which has been broken
up into tiny bits and sprayed green and brown . Scatter was then added for effect.
Decals were a problem as I was unable to find any tank numbers in 15mm that are
green with a white outline(colour of the SS 101). I partially solved the issue by
attaching clear decals with white outlines. The green of the tank comes through
the decal, its not perfect but way easier than attempting free hand.

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Hope you like it and the scenic backdrops ?

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I have wanted to make a Berge Panzer for some

time and decided on a Panzer III. Why a Panzer III,

well I had a spare FOW Panzer III that never got

built for Early War so it was ideal. Most 15mm

manufacturers already make a Bergepanzer but I

wanted to scratch build one myself.

Its was actually a straight forward build. All I

had to do was build a plasticard box to sit on the chassis

and a winch frame of some sort. I added a few spare

vehicle bits which any decent vehicle recovery unit

would have. I also used a bit of model ship chain, a

model ship pulley and ship rope for the winching gear. The

three crew are from various places.

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I have been playing around with backdrops for a

while now and I decided to take the plunge and

create one myself. So off I went with my trusty

SLR camera and found some French-ish looking

countryside(to be honest a hedge in England looks

just like a hedge in France) and snapped away.

I then paid a princely sum of £10 and got the

picture put onto Matte card.

The pictures below are the result. Beware they are

quite big photos and if you click on an image it

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So how did I get on. To be critical the trees in lower

section are too large and I should of stood back

a bit when taking the photo. The Matte finish seemed

good and I was pleased with the size(300 x900).

Overall it looks fantastic, especially when its behind

your models. I have been to a couple of wargaming shows

this year and as of yet I have seen nothing as good as this

backdrop wise, if anything at all. If you go to a model

railway show they use them to great effect but it seems

wargamers are missing a trick.

Anyway hope you liked them and perhaps it will inspire

a few more people to have a go.

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I`m done until I build some more boards and yes

I hear you all groaning… not more boards !!!!

No my next project will be some Infinity boards so

rest easy.

Anyway back to the Normandy boards. I have added and finished

two new boards to make a total of six for the playing

area(4 x 6). The latest two have a nice river obstacle with

hump back bridge. They also contain a fixed defensive trench

line and artillery battery area. The artillery battery area and trench

line are camouflaged to stop the allied Typhoons rocketing the

hell out of place.

Please note you can click on all pictures to enlarge

and some of the pictures are quite big.

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I have added a full Panzer Lehr Division and the British 11th

Armoured Division to the board so you can see how it all feels

to play with.

Arty preparing to fire.

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Target spotted.

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View from above.

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Look out the boss is watching.

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Life in the trenches.

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Ok whos walked mud into the trench ?

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British forces prepare to enter the bocage.

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Panthers trying to deploy in bocage.

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Panzer Grenadiers moving up to join the action.

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German infantry moving up.

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Panthers stuck in a sunken lane.

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MKIV in ambush position.

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Moaning minnies at home in the thick hedgerows.

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Halftrack traffic jam plus a bit of anti air.

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Anybody bring any hedge cutters ?

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Hold on, hump back bridge.

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Lost Panzer IV.

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JagderPanzer IV`s defending the left flank.

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Thankfully the sun came out and allowed me to take the

photos above.

I will post up a battle report soon to see how bocage fighting

pans out 🙂