05 February, 2014

Moderns Painting Blitz & AAR vs Israeli's

Catching some air after watching the movie "Rad?"


Well its been about a year since I first got my Modern stuff from QRF.

For those who want to get up-to-speed, here are past articles dealing with 15mm Moderns:

http://www.dicedevils.com/2012/12/wait-what-stuff-happened-after-1945.html
http://www.dicedevils.com/2013/03/blog-post.html
http://www.dicedevils.com/2013/07/cold-war-gone-hot-first-aar-soviet.html
http://www.dicedevils.com/2013/08/bought-myself-two-boxes-of-battlefront.html
http://www.dicedevils.com/2013/09/draft-moderns-game.html



Figured I'd get an infantry unit painted, now that I have decent models. QRF models are 'ok' but Battlefront is better, and with the recent release of the Egyptian infantry for Fate of a Nation, I decided to get a blister to get my 3rd Inf platoon.  I mean, good sculpts of guys with AK's and the right helmets?  Heck Yes!

I'll let the picture dump speak for itself below:



As you can see, the BF infantry mixes in very nicely with the QRF stuff. In the background are the BTR's they would drive around in.  Models on the right are the 9K11 'Malyutka' TOW missile, that used the outer casing of the suitcase it comes in as the launch base!   Counts as the Recoiless gun in FAON.


Close up of the Malyutka (AKA AT-3 'Sagger') and shoulder mounted missile team.



Each BTR would carry 2 fire-teams armed with AK-47s, and one fireteam had a RPG-7 guy (left stand, back guy kneeling) and the other fire-team had a machine gunner (right stand, front guy has the PKM with folded bi-pod)


I went with a 3 tone scheme for the camo, Flat Earth, Reflective Green and Green Grey.


Zvezda T-72 (center) and 2 QRF T-72s.  WW2 T-34 crew by Battlefront. The ERA blocks (explosive reactive armor) are the main visual cues on the Zvezda model's turret.  It's their new plastic, which is 1000 times better than their old stuff.


Front view.  The Zvezda sits higher and has a different front end.  I think this might actually be a T-80 (turbine engine not piston plus a few other differences) but I am no expert.


As you can see, the Zvezda tank is larger, though not by enough of a margin to be a big deal.   If you want cheap tanks, and have crew from another manufacturer, I can heartily recommend the Zvezda.  Note, that with the new plastic formula, this was $12.00 CDN though, far cry from the $4.95 T-34s

Side view, Zvezda on the right.  Wheels are different, as well as the skirting.  In a nice touch, Zvezda made the skirting optional, so it isn't one piece with the track.




How bout a quick battle?  1500 points of Fate of a Nation, I used Egyptian list, Duane was proxying Israeli's.. with nazi tanks...  He had ten vehicles, I had 30, plus 3 platoons of infantry.


I moved up to engage at long range his tanks, and my Spearheading PT-76s moved into the water.. because they could! (also to try and take out the AMX-13s)

Soviet Naval Ensign markings.. in a shallow pond!


Duane's gigantic Centurion model.  They look fantastic, it was a shame to blow them up on lucky 6's to hit (10 shots from 10 T-55s... got 3 hits!)

"Tiger"s were Magach's.  They took so much firepower, bailed out for most of the game.. it would take marching infantry up to them on the large hill (see below) plus Malyutka's to press the objective for the win.. would they hold up?
The dead-on accuracy of the Israeli tanks on the move plus storm-trooper plus Hens and Chicks meant this battle went to the wire.  Every time he fired I was losing 4 or 5 tanks.

Video Bat Rep with the 'thrilling conclusion'


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