Sunday, February 12, 2012

FOW Version 3

With all the noise and hub-bub about Version 3 of Flames of War (FOW), I thought it might be time to return to 15mm WWII for a change of pace.  Well that, and the fact that I was getting burned out of painting 28mm figures.

I really like FOW - it's a fun game and when I was new to the hobby it was a system that was   both easy to get into and enjoy.  I have a large lead pile associated with the game system so jumping back in required no immediate outlay of funds.

In the past, most of my lists were somewhat generic (just "germans" vs  "US").  After becoming a fan of the WWPD podcast and website, I thought it might be fun to field a "historical" unit (no game system bashing in the comments, if you please).  I've decided to build a unit around a Panzer Grenadier Company from the Panzer Lehr section of the Normandy books.  It has a nice balance of infantry and tanks plus I can use those "cool" Puma armored cars!  In order to build out the unit, I needed to add a second Panzer Grenadier platoon and their half tracks, a company command unit w/ half tracks.  For artillery support, I'm going with Nebelwerfers (150mm).  I through in a Jagdpanther for fun as well as some additional tank hunter teams for the other panzer grenadier platoon.  To be honest, I'm just copying the list from WWPD Panzer Lehr Grenadier Platoon list.

The half tracks are the new plastic ones from the plastic Soldier Company (PSC).  They're very easy to build but each 'track has 15 or so pieces (before details) so it takes about 10-15 minutes to assemble each track.  I like building the models so I don't mind the extra work and the price break makes them very attractive.  Size wise they are just about identical to the battlefront versions.

My apologies for the lack of posts but Jan to Mar is the heart of the robotics season and I'm coach 3 teams (2 of which my son is on) for different competitions.  It's a lot of fun but there isn't that much time for gaming!


indierockclimber said...

Good luck with the Panzer Lehr, I think you'll find them to be a ton of fun!

Christopher(aka Axebreaker) said...

FOW is very enjoyable game and quite popular at our club. I'm currently working on my 3rd army for it.
Even though I can pick up a copy of the soft cover from BF(very generous of them)I'm too lazy and will wait until they release the hardback and looking forward to it!


Ray Rousell said...

I'll look forward to the Panzer Lehr troops!!

The Angry Lurker said...

No rush my friend, take it easy, robotics are more important.....

paulalba said...

I have just picked up a huge load of FOW from a friend and am about to jump in with both feet.

I will be looking to do germans from Normandy as a buddy is doing canadians/british and my nephew is doing germans also.

Look forward to your project.

Monty said...

Glad you liked the PSC 251s, hope to see them soon :) nice one, Miles