Freitag, 20. Juni 2014
Chain of command - British Platoon Part 1
it was (as I recall) back in 1979 when "Wargaming" hits my live. We boyez tried our faith on "Avalon Hill". The game was "Squad leader" as I remember. Poor was our english then, little we understood but we played "war".
During the years "Rapid Fire!" is/was my game; I enjoyed it very much and played it as often as I can. These days I found a quite interesting (and new to me game) from the games smithy Toofatlardies: Chain of Command. A quite easy to learn and easy to play platoon level game. For me this game introduces personality of leaders. That fact is(was completely new to me. You will have certain leaders with individual background that directly influences leadership on the field of honor and the course of the game.
While reading the Chain of Command manual I noticed that I NEVER EVER build up a british infantry platoon. NEVER!!!!! My decision was quite spontaneous: Yes I will !!!! British infantry, all plastic, 20mm in size. I visited two local stores and bought (what I thought) all I need: A set of Revell British infantry. British infantry from Caesar and PSC. "Weapons" from HÄT.
Must say I am quite annoyed with my purchase... : Size does matter ! and NOTHING seems to fit together. Also the status of quality is quite drastic.... Here are some pictures for comparison:
In the center is British late war infantry from PSC. These figurines are OK but extremely small. Found them quite similar in size to the 1970s offerings from Matchbox. The green runner on the left is from HÄT; soft plastic, oversized heads, visible plastic seams. Ooooch.
The brown one is a Revell classic. Good details, good variety of poses but flat faces. Typical british nine food giants.
Next picture is Caesar versus PSC. Again size matters. And ... Caesar has good details, good sculpted faces, lovely poses, but is smaller than Revell and HÄT. Strange.... We have a 1.000 sets of 1/72 German infantry and four sets of late war british infantry that DON´T fit together in size and quality. Poor.
Usually I would stop here and leave this alone ... well not this time.
I will build up a British late WW2 Platoon in full plastic. Will share the results here during the next weeks. Hope you will follow.