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Friday, May 4, 2012

Jumbos Lead the Way!

We received the Sherman M4A3E2 "Jumbo" box in addition to the M4A3E8 Easy Eight Box to take a look at- and I couldn't be happier!  These are of course by Battlefront Miniatures for use in Flames of War .  The box comes with 4 Sherman Jumbos, which is the maximum number a tank company from Blood Guts & Glory can field.

Again, this is a very good kit.  I love the sculpt- the visible weld lines, the thick turret armor, and the separate hull MG particularly.  The extra grousers on the tracks look as good as you can expect at 15mm.  The box, like the E8s, comes with a lot of great extras: magnets, stowage, and decals.  The stowage really is nice, I'm sorry I was too lazy to include it for review.  It's not hard to love these guys.
There isn't really much negative to say about these guys.  It includes the same decal sheet as the Easy 8s box, which again isn't quite enough to do them up as Battlefront has them pictured.  But, if you don't mind the smaller stars on the turrets, you have more than enough.  I'm sure people don't like the idea of having to buy a box of 4 since it is the maximum number available, and most people probably won't use them all.  I'm sure an individual blister will be along shortly though, so I consider that a non issue.
Though I love the models, tactically I just can't think of how they will really fit my playstyle of US armor.  The tank stands in stark contrast to many of the other tank upgrades the Sherman sees in Blood, Guts & Glory.  It's an even more pronounced dichotomy than the Firefly/Cromwell mobility matchup!  Here we have the majority of our tanks moving 12 or 14" with this one lumbering beast trying to keep up at 8".

Of course, his ability to essentially negate 1 shot coming in from the enemy is quite nice.  Personally, I see upgrading my 2iC to a Jumbo and having him lumber forward on his own, lobbing smoke shells and joining platoons when he can to soak off incoming fire.  But I don't plan on mixing Jumbos into my standard combat units just yet.  Still, this is all in theory as I have yet to get them on the board!  I should give them a try before passing judgement!

42/45 Track Grousers


TheIra said...

Looks good! Glad to hear they do not have the same problems as the E8s.

jmezz382 said...

Awesome. I agree with using it in a 2IC role ... would be a nice option indeed

grumpus said...

they are tough as nails in Tank Aces .

Andrew said...

I could maybe see them used in platoons with E8s assuming that the E8s are moving <6" to keep up their fire. Personally though I really want to get the the 76mm version of this tank (yes they really did make them, and a significant number by FoW standards)
FA 12 AT 13, should make even Panthers think twice.

Adam1776 said...

I would think they would be great in a Tank platoon taken as part of an infantry(not available at this time)or Armored infantry list.

Chris said...

Another vote for the 2iC here. He is practically begging to get put in a jumbo

Sully2407 said...

I purchased the Jumbos the day they came out and I really liked the molds and all the details that have previously mentioned.
I'm not trying to be critical in the least but I found 75mm barrels that were provided to be much too narrow to properly fit in the large manlets that the Jumbos had. In case anyone else had the same issue, I recommend taking any spare M10, M18, or M5 barrels, cutting them down to size from the tappered end and using those as the barrels. They are much wider in diameter and fit much better. The wider barrels give the Jumbo an even more heavy and lumbering look I think. Ok, I'm done being picky... these tanks have completely changed the way I use my US Armor.

Sam Thomas said...

I'm no expert at the game so don't blast me for this but I put my Company Commander in a Jumbo in my last 1500 point game. I had him defend an objective I placed on my side. I placed the objective next to a road the had a bridge over a river. It worked great! Anything that came over the bridge got blasted. No movement necessary.

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