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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Top Five (Plus One) Early War Tanks


6) The Machine-Gun Box: Honorable Mention goes to anything wheeled or tracked that mounts a machine-gun. Extra kudos if it has TA 1. German Panzer Is, British Mark VIs, even half-tracks and armored cars. Light vehicles are so cheap and assault so well, that they put the Blitz into Blitzkreig. Pity EW infantry when a Panzer I costs less than 40 points.
5) The Hotchkiss: All the Hotchkiss variants share the same advantages. They are very cheap and very tough. FA 3 offers significant protection in EW. These tough little nuggets can hold objectives, discourage assaults, or machine-gun infantry. They can even occasionally kill tanks.
4) The Somua: A Somua’s heavy front armor protects it at range against most German opponents of AT 6 or less. Its own gun can make hash of light tanks in return. Against an unprepared opponent, a force of SOMUAs can grind up the middle of the table, pausing to blast infantry out of their holes or destroy opposing vehicles. Unfortunately, against a foe with a heavier gun, the disadvantages of French One-Man Turrets become readily apparent.

3) Panzer IV D: Words cannot express my love for this tank. It fulfills a really important role for the Germans, able to reliably crack open the tough French armor. With At 7, only the very heaviest tanks can survive its fire. With a FP 3+, things it shoots stay dead. (I hate those annoying EW bails.) Still, at 150 points it's darn pricey – a specialty tank, not a mainstay.

2) A13 Cruiser: The 6 pounder is a really awesome gun in EW. Combined with Tally Ho! for rapid–fire, the British Cruiser tanks can kill any German vehicle. With the price change, their glory days may have passed, but they are still formidable opponents.
1) Panzer II C: The Panzer II is an inexpensive workhorse tank, with a fairly average AT 5, FP 5+ gun. Upgraded to FA2, it is quite survivable and with RoF 3, it can win gun duels with most light opponents. It's cheap enough to take in mass quantities for assaults and flanking swarms.

11 comments:

Izimu said...

No Matilda?

indierockclimber said...

I gotta agree with Tom here. Matildas aren't that great in EW in practice. I'd vote for a char b over a Matilda any day!

Tyler said...
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Tyler said...

I'm excited to see what tanks appear in Barbarossa. Will the Germans receive better versions of the Panzer III? I feel like AT 7 RoF 2 would be ideal for cracking medium/heavy tanks (like the Panzer IV but without the bombardment). Scared to see what the T34s look like...

Stormtrooper said...

Your not going to get a better Pz III, it already has AT 7 in HF&B and it only gets upgraded in 1942 which is covered by NA, Shame the Pz III just doesn't cut it in any period for the Germans.EW it's the PzII,MW it's the PZ IV and latewar it's the Pz V, man i need more PZ IIs

Joey Carbone said...

You guys are nailing it with these lists.

DeanM said...

Cool looking tanks. Dean

Torbjörn Blom said...

I think you also forgot the all mighty Stuart which is lethal in EW and it´s armour is average. But you have to pay for it. In the tournaments that have been held in Sweden have the panzer 38t been a winner because fairly good armour and combination with protected ammunition makes it really good.

The panzer III is to expensive I rather go with the Panzer IV to get the 3+ FP. I find my self often moving around my tanks to get the pressure on my opponent. Which means that you rather have the 3+ FP.

Regarding the Matilda do I not believe is a game winner for you because it is so slow. The Matilda list is a rock, scissor, papper list in my opinion.

Uriah said...

I'm also missing the Pz38(t) from the list. Those crazy Czechs and their funky Pz38(t). It's even cool enough to be the escort tank for the LW German train.

WEBGriffin said...

Two comments:

1) No love for Stewie??? Come on guys!

2) Dare I say the Crusader Pre-BAR points?? Couldn't help it.

Good list!

Uriah said...

I think the Stuart and the Crusader(particularly the Crusader) are in the unfortunate position of sitting right in-between EW & MW. The Stuart is and stays strong/useful through MW, but the Crusader seems to get the short end of the stick in both periods. Re-priced as too expensive in EW & not effective enough in MW to justify its wide use.

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