WaT! : A Question of Scale and a Game
At the time, I had begun assembling some 15mm troops for Chain of Command. This was my first time with 15mm, using troops from the original Open Fire boxed set for Flames of War. I'd purchased it years ago and done nothing with it apart from read the rules. Yup, you guessed it. It didn't float my boat. So with the release of What a Tanker! I began work on some of the tanks that came in the box.
I knew I had two tanks in 1/35 scale in the loft. I had a lot of fun assembling them. However, it's a scale that looks absolutely stunning in a diorama because of the level of detail on them. This is not so good a thing when it comes to wargaming. The tiny parts have a habit of getting damaged even when you are trying your best to be careful with them. Plus, the kits are very expensive these days. You're not going to get much change out of £35 per tank. This is clearly out of my price range.
It would make sense to get some 28mm scale tanks since I'm doing everything else WWII in this scale now. But whether I go for 1/48 or 1/56 however, the cost is prohibitive for me as well. If only because I really want a few tanks. Okay, quite a few.
And if you're stuck between 28mm and 15mm (somewhere between 1/48 and 1/100) then there really is only one place you can go. 1/72, or 20mm gaming. And here's where everything becomes much more affordable. I saw many options for around £10. That was until I stumbled across Armourfast, an English company that give you not one but two tanks in a box for around £10.50 including p&p on eBay. If you don't believe me just type armourfast into your searchbox on eBay and you'll see what I mean. I took the plunge when I came across a deal for a box of Shermans for only £6 post free. Of course, there's still the fear of painting something smaller than I'm used to, but I think this is a logical way to go with the rules.
However, all this is academic because What a Tanker is a while off. We are committed to our ongoing IHMN campaign. So last Monday I set up for the next thrilling installment of Sir Rupert Utterley-Barkinge's New World Disorder. We normally play these games on a 4' x 4' table. Sometimes it's a 6' x 4'. But the scenario we had planned to play is set in a bustling town. I wanted to do something different. I wanted to do something more than just a square with a road running through the middle of it. I wanted to create the sense that the board was just a slice of a much bigger and busy town. In the wild west of course. So here's what I spent a while coming up with:
We got so carried away blethering about the amount of stuff he had been able to purchase and it's effect on our gaming plans that it had become 10pm before we had realised. There was no way we could fit in a game of In Her Majesty's Name. And it was as we began to pack away that I had a crazy idea...
"How about a game of What a Tanker?" I asked. It was a mad moment. My 1/72 tanks weren't assembled. They weren't much use anyway as I only had two Shermans at this point. But I did remember that I had two 1/35 tanks in the loft. A Panther Ausf D and a Sherman. This might just be possible after all...
What more could you want?
What's that? More tanks you say?
Well guess who's been busy working on his 1/72 Armourfast tanks? And it looks like I'll be able to introduce Andrew to the rules tonight!