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  • #100902
    Abwehrschlacht
    Abwehrschlacht
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    I got my copy of the Great War French Army Expansion this afternoon, I have written a quick review of the box components and the new French tanks if anyone is interested, you can find it on my blog:

    https://www.stormofsteelwargaming.com/2018/10/great-war-french-army.html

    Who else has it, and what did you think?

    http://www.stormofsteelwargaming.com

    #100929
    deephorse
    deephorse
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    I too backed the kickstarter for this, but for some reason didn’t order the tanks so they are coming separately.  My view of the expansion is;

    1. The new polythene type plastic has resulted in figure detail that is too ‘soft’ for my liking.  The banana-like bayonets are disappointing, as are the figures that are bent over at the ankles and already showing stress in that area.  Maybe someone along the line has tried to bend them back?  I’m not going to try that myself now because if they break they won’t glue back together.  I had no real issue with the original hard plastic figures.  Only the British were at risk of broken bayonets and I only broke two myself and they were easily repaired.  I discovered a technique for safely removing them from the sprue after that.

    2. I assumed that the correct number of figures would be in the box, but when checking I found that a British and a German Specialist were missing.  I’ve emailed PSC for replacements but have yet to receive a reply.

    3. The printing of the scenario maps in the new rulebook is very pixelated, giving me a certain amount of difficulty in deciphering which terrain tile should go where.  I’ve worked it out now.

    4. Changing the plastic type has also changed the colours of the figures so that they don’t match the originals.  I can live with that.

    5. The Specialists seem to add a bit more flavour to the game, but we’ve only played one scenario so far and they didn’t have much impact in it.  In some scenarios you can select a Specialist of your own choice, so that should be interesting.  A tiny bit of national characteristics has been injected by way of not all armies having exactly the same number or type of Specialist, e.g. the British have no flamethrowers (and no, that’s not one of the missing figures!)

    So overall a bit of a mixed bag.  New troop types and scenarios are very welcome, but for me the bendy plastic is a big step backwards.  Still going to enjoy playing it though.

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    #100934
    Abwehrschlacht
    Abwehrschlacht
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    Cheers Deephorse. I hear you about the bent figures, but I think if you use warm water to gently bend them back into place, that should work.

    I’ve not counted my specialists, but I am assuming they are correct and I hear you about the scenario maps, I didn’t notice that first time through, but a longer read of the rules last night flagged it up. Also I noticed in the first scenario there is mention of three bunkers, which don’t seem to appear on the map?

    I’ve not played it yet, but I am interested to see how the specialists change things.

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    #100946
    deephorse
    deephorse
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    I urge you to count your Specialists.  I had no reason to assume that the box wouldn’t contain the correct number of figures.  I only discovered this by chance whilst I was trying to work out if the officer with his arm raised should be classed as an Officer or an Elite, and I read the appropriate part of the rulebook.

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    #100950
    Abwehrschlacht
    Abwehrschlacht
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    Cheers, I did count them and they are all there thankfully. I hope you get your reply and your minis. PSC do have good customer service, so I’m sure you will do.

    http://www.stormofsteelwargaming.com

    #100954
    deephorse
    deephorse
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    That’s good news anyway.

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    #101036
    deephorse
    deephorse
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    Replacement figures are in their way, plus the Fench tanks, thanks to the wonderful Anita.  In “The Encyclopedia of French Armoured Vehicles 1914-1940” there is an amazing colour profile of a St-Chamond named <i>Chantecoq</i> which I just have to have a go at.

    Interesting, I get italics in the text box as I type, but once I hit ‘submit’ I get the <i> code instead.

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    #101050
    Abwehrschlacht
    Abwehrschlacht
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    Excellent, that is great news, PSC really are on it with customer service. I don’t have that book, but is this tank you’re talking about? If so, that is a great scheme!I’d love to see pics of your finished model.

    http://www.stormofsteelwargaming.com

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