Modern Warfare

Team Yankee Tank Build

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While this is largely a WW2 Wargaming blog, the best of us get diverted and having been excited about the prospect of the Cold War in 15mm with a new ruleset and some great plastic kits I was delighted to see all the coverage for the Team Yankee range online over the launch weekend.

My pre-orders arrived just after and this Christmas break has been the first opportunity to build some of the kits.

I started with the T-72 as I’d recently had a chance to climb all over a real one. There is a basic build sheet in the box but a more detailed guide online. It went together very well and easily, starting with the tracks and hull, and then the turret. The main gun fits well, and the only fiddly bits were the smoke dischargers. Once built it looked great.

I then had a go at the M1. I can remember these thundering around central Germany in the 80s and this is a very nice kit. It includes options for later M1 Abrams models which implies Battlefront is perhaps looking ahead with is kit but I built the 80s version. Again it went together very well, everything snugly going together and no filler necessary. The size of the model even in 15mm shows what a monster piece of kit this was and still is!

I can’t wait to paint these as they are great models and I look forward to getting some M113s and BMPs next year.

Society Of Twentieth Century Wargamers

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I have been a member of the Society of Twentieth Century Wargamers for more than fifteen years now. I joined it during a period when I was coming back to Wargaming and liked the fact that it published a regular journal covering a wide range of periods, often having special issues devoted to one subject. The reviews were always very good and there were some superb articles on modern Wargaming which should be of interest to FoW players getting excited about Team Yankee for example. All of these older issues are available in digital form via Wargames Vault.

The Society has had its up and downs in recent years, and the gaps between journals have got longer, but a new team are running the society now and the latest journal, shown above, now has a colour cover and better reproduction of images and maps. Things are looking up and they have a thriving SOTCW forum and also a Facebook page.

The current issue of the SOTCW Journal (shown above) is Number 84 and has 56 pages of material covering a wide variety of periods in the Twentieth century and with an interesting piece on WW2 British snipers and a Soviet version of a Bridge Too Far! 

The SOTCW is a great organisation and for The Journal are always looking for copy: from articles to reviews. If you are into WW2 Wargaming in any way then becoming a member for £22 in the UK or just £12 for a digital subscription is well worth it.