Monday, 13 June 2016

Flames of War Tanks .... and lot's of them!

I now have the US and early German ready painted tanks, with the Soviets due any day now. I'm well pleased with everything so far. The fifteen T34's will face off against the Panzer Mk IV's and a platoon of up gunned Pz IVJ's, while the US tanks will face off against a late war German force. I'm intending - at this stage - to stick to fighting armour based games alone. All are resin/metal models by Battlefront and Forged in Battle, the latter being new to me but the models are really nice, so nice in fact that I could not resist ordering more! The FiB models are sold in platoon packs, resin hulls with metal parts, and are cast on resin bases which I rather like. They are reasonably priced, cheaper than Battlefront plastic kits and feature lots of fine detail.They match for scale perfectly. Of course I gave in to my well known love of Tigers and my order includes a three model box of Tiger I's. With little to do in the way of construction things should come together very quickly.

The US eBay purchase actually contained more than I had bargained for, I had not even noticed that included was a platoon of 3 self propelled artillery and 9 lovely little jeeps, I was only expecting 5 Shermans, 4 M10 tank destroyers and 5 Stuart light tanks. OK, so I have no idea how I'll use 9 jeeps, but they are rather smart. Thanks to James, (Mad Tin Hatter blog), I also have an additional 4 Shermans to come, very kindly gifted and gratefully accepted, cheers James. I was going to use them as lend lease Soviet tanks, the Shermans look good painted up with Russian markings, but as I already have (or will have) fifteen T34's it makes more sense to add them to my US armour force I think. I'm excited at the prospect of fighting 15mm armour battles again, and my plan is to play infantry platoon level games with Bolt Action, having slimmed down the 28mm armour, retaining just a couple of armour choices per force, so for example my BA US force retains 1 Sherman and 1 M10 with the rest going on eBay.

I sold a few of the tanks this week to a local wargamer John, who is the Chairman of Maidstone Wargames Club. It was nice to meet him and we had a good chat about the club and the games they play. We live just a few miles apart! I'm tempted to join, although not a naturally 'clubby' sort of person the convenience of meeting on a Saturday morning a couple of times a month sounds just what I need and it's only a 45 minute drive or so. John took a Tiger, StuG, pak40, and two M4 Shermans off my hands and assures me they will be well used so I'm happy, with funds being invested back in more 15mm tanks.

Some pictures of what's arrived so far. Should anybody require a couple of 15mm recce jeeps for their US army I'm happy to share them as I have far more than I need, drop me a line and I'll drop them in the post, no charge.

All models will be based to match the FiB models. Tracks need attention on the American tanks but no big deal. A few MG's feel of in transit, again not a problem sticking them back on again.

Stuart light tank platoon (front).
M10 tank destroyers in front, Sherman platoon behind.
So many jeeps!
Forged in battle on left, Battlefront on right.

Forged in Battle Pz IV's.
And a quick glimpse of the first AB figures painted, but not finished. I timed myself at just under an hour to paint these 8 figures, they will now get the final touch/detailing before basing.


  1. wow that is pretty quick for 8 figures and they are very well done

    1. Thanks John, I try to 'speed paint' by letting the flat black undercoat (not primer in this case) work for me, using dots and dashes with a fine brush and trying to be accurate to avoid too much touch up afterwards. With luck I don't have to repaint any of the black areas such as cartridge boxes, shakos etc. I find even the red and yellow cover much better over a straight Vallejo matt black base, more so than with 'primer'. The trousers I think would be better given a grey base coat before the Ivory though next batch as the contrast between the black and ivory is a little to stark. I'll touch them up later today. You know what John, I'm already thinking how good these wonderful castings would be based up in bigger units like yours, the AB's are so much finer than previously painted Essex figs and I'm not sure they will take individual handling! I'm tempted.

  2. An hour for 8 figs is very good. Takes me way longer to paint up 8 of my 15mm Confederate infantry.

    Impressive tank haul Lee - looking forward to reading some future Flames of War AAR's!

    1. Thank you Dai, see my reply to John above re speed painting. Comes from years spent painting large units on commission I guess.

  3. great to see your 15mm tanks have arrived, and thanks for the 28mm ones I picked up from you.

    You are welcome anytime at the Maidstone club, would be great to see you there.


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