Valiant Miniatures 1/72 German Paratroop Heavy Weapons Set

Valiant Miniatures have released a new plastic model kit. This, the 10th kit in their plastics range, features heavy weapons used by German paratroopers during World War II.

Available now – http://www.wonderlandmodels.com/products/valiant-172-german-paratroop-heavy-weapons-set/

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This set contains:
PaK 36 37mm AT Gun
AT Rocket for PaK 36
LG40 75mm Recoilless Gun
50mm Mortar
AT Rifle
Wheeled Weapons Container
11 Crew Figures

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“Extra firepower for your German airborne forces. The set contains the LG40 75mm recoilless gun first used in the battle for Crete, a PaK 36 37mm anti-tank gun with Stielgranate 41 anti-tank grenade option – as seen in action in the Carentan episode of Band of Brothers, a 50mm Granatwerfer 36 light mortar and an Panzerbüchse 39 anti-tank rifle. 11 figures with arm/ammunition options are supplied and the set comes complete with a wheeled drop canister. ”

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Japanese Forces

I have started working on the Japanese infantry. The Japanese infantry organisation is pretty simple (although there are conflicting accounts), and there are only a handful of tanks and weapons. So I should be able to add the Japanese as a new force fairly quickly.

There are a few points of note that make the Japanese forces distinct from other nations’. Most noticeably, the Japanese seemed to have large numbers of troops, but lacked weaponry. Indeed, there didn’t seem to be enough rifles to go around and SMGs were absent from the standard infantry company. They also seem to lack mortars, although every platoon contained 3 grenade discharges.

I have come up with a couple of special rules that would apply to the Japanese forces.

Katanas: The Officers in the Japanese forces carried Katanas, often ancient family heirlooms passed down through the generations from their Samurai ancestors. Japanese Officers equipped with a Katana gain an additional ‘shot’ when Point Shooting during Close Quarters Battle.

Code of Honour: The Japanese believed that it was a dishonour not to due for their country and Emperor. Surrender was not an option, and suicidal charges were common. As such, all Japanese units have the Fanatics special rule.

In addition to these, I am considering a special rule to reflect the Japanese lack of radios, even at battalion level, and their reliance of runners (of which they have many).

Tank & Field Gun Points Costs Complete

I have just uploaded the up-to-date copy of the Weapons Crib Sheets file with all of the points costs for the tank and field guns worked out.

http://www.focusedfirepower.co.uk/core-rules/

Each weapon shows its base points cost, and the modifier should you change the standard rounds for specialist rounds. You will note that exchanging for some specialist rounds actually reduces the weapon cost due to the rounds being less effective.

Points Costing Progress

I have been going through the updated weapons to try and work out new points costs for the field and tank guns. I had two different formulas in mind, so went through the crib sheets applying the formulas to each weapon and see what works best. After going through with both formulas, I have settled on a 3rd option that merges the other two together. Once I have it all worked out and have uploaded the new file, I will amend the points calculator document with the new formula. At some point I’ll also need to take a look at the small arms and see if I need to change the points costs there, but I think they are ok for now.

Once I have finished costing the weapons, I can take a look at the vehicles and see about working out the points for them. With the armour values changed along the same likes as the AT values of the guns, I would need to work out a different formula for the vehicles as well.

On a related note, I have been thinking about the Sloped Armour rule. Rather than having the rule apply to every shot against the vehicle, or noting the facings that the rule applies to in the special rules section, I am thinking of simply adding an ‘s’ after the armour values that the rule would apply to. this would mean that a vehicles armour profile could look like this; 7s/5s/4/2. This profile would indicate that the front and side facings have sloped armour, so the sloped armour special rule would apply to shots hitting those facings.

Weapon and Vehicle Data Overhaul

I have overhauled the weapon and vehicle data use in Focused Firepower, and the updated files are now available to download from the ORBATs and Dafaxes sections for each nation.

The ranges for all weapons have been updated to follow the same formula based on their real world ranges. The way that ranges and AT values are used for tank and field guns have been completely redesigned to follow the same range formula, and have a more accurate and wider range of AT values for each weapon taken directly from published penetration data.

Please note that the vehicle cards for German vehicles are still to be updated.

New British support vehicles

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Airfix have just released a new set of vehicles taken from their previously released bomber supply set.

The Bedford truck is ideal for use as your 15cwt trucks for Company level, or for troop transport vehicles in a British Motor Company.

The motorcycles are perfect for your messengers to whisk them across the battlefield in no time, often relaying IDF orders in the same turn they are issued.

While not part of the Company lists, the Tilly utility vehicle would be ideal for use in special scenarios or in terrain features.

http://www.wonderlandmodels.com/products/airfix-172-raf-vehicles-model-kit/

Plastic Soldier Company 1/72 Churchill Tanks

Available very soon come another fantastic set of 1/72 scale tanks from Plastic Soldier Company; the British Churchill tank.

The set contains enough parts for two vehicles that can not only be built as a standard Mk.IV vehicle, but can also be built as either the 75mm gun armed Mk.VI, 95mm howitzer armed close support variant, or the ACRE Churchill armed the spigot mortar affectionately known as the ‘dustbin launcher’.

http://www.wonderlandmodels.com/products/plastic-soldier-172-british-churchill-infantry-tan/