Forged in Battle
About this deal
because I whined so thoroughly, Firged in Battle decided to do two packs of Graeco-Bactrian pike (one with pike held at the ready, one standing), which I’m thoroughly pleased with (they have the proper Graeco-Bactrian helmet and everything). For PDF download editions, each page has been run through Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software to attempt to decipher the printed text. I started with a dark grey gesso undercoat, then worked from the inside out – so flesh first, then tunics, then wolfskins, helmets, weapons and shields. Oath of the Crusade - A paladin oath that is passed down the generations as a tradition against adversity and pursuing one's cause.
rules by the Too Fat Lardies which will cover conflicts such as the Punic Wars, it was inevitable that I would succumb and start building some forces in readiness. Forged in Battle presents alternative rules for an Honor ability score that defines their devotion to the tenants of their personal Code of Honor.I’m aiming for around 3 cavalry for Light Horse, 4-5 cavalry for Cavalry, one elephant and a few hangers on for Elephant bases, 4 infantry for Skirmishers, 8-10 for Medium and Heavy Foot, and around 24 for Pike blocks. The main attraction of 40k is the miniatures, but there are also many video games, board games, books, ect. We liked the Forged in Battle line but it did not scale very well with Battlefront and of course were still resin and metal. The top of the howdah then needs to be attached, which also requires some filing so that it fits flush with the base of the howdah. Of course these are all new castings coming from new molds so we will have to see how Forged in Battle does with quality over time.
The variety of figures in the pack meant that I didn’t have any doubled poses on each base, which is something I always try to avoid if possible, except for large units where it’s inevitable. Also see our comparison of a Battlefront Sherman with a Plastic Soldier Company Sherman and the PSC SdKfz 251D halftrack. Obviously any 15mm WW2 minis are going to be compared to Battlefront’s extensive Flames of War line. He turned these unwanted orphans from the Angolan guerrilla war into one of the most respected and feared units to fight in Angola.This is not a fault of FiB minis per se but FiB needs to package their products better to avoid this issue. I have not actually measured them, but at least to my eye PSC and Forged in Battle (and BF) vehicles mix passably well. The line is expanding but they currently have infantry for American, British, German, and Russian forces.
The FiB MkIV scales well with the older Flames of War MkIVs but not their newer ones (the ones they started producing a couple years ago or so). The most obvious thing you will notice in the photos is the size difference between Forged in Battle tanks and Battlefront. A sizable collection of new weapons, armor, gear, and vehicles adds more firepower to your campaign, and Game Masters will find helpful hints on running combats in different terrain, using the changes in environment to better suit the tastes of your Soldiers, as well as all other characters interested in standing on the front lines. The figures took the paint well, didn’t lose any detail, and ended up looking pretty good (for my painting skills, anyway – I’ve seen other people make masterpieces of these figures).
Given Black Library's normally brilliant offerings I cannot help but wonder how on earth this got past the editing stage. I’d rate these figures as better than Old Glory and Essex (the industry standard in my opinion), about on a par with the Corvus Belli figures I have.