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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Lt. Col Creighton Abrams and Thunderbolt VI & VII

Here's a quick look at Battlefront's take on Lt. Col. Creighton Abrams for Flames of War!  Included in the box are 2 of Abram's rides: Thunderbolt VI (an M4A3 76mm), and Thunderbolt VII (an M4A3E8 Easy Eight with some custom work done to it).  Abrams can also ride in an M4 Sherman, but that is not included in this box.  Besides, who would put poor Abrams in such crap?

The box itself is pretty decent- it includes both tanks plus a decal sheet for the cool graphics on the hull, magnets, and a ton of accessories.  The M4A3 76 has a plastic sprue (I love the plastic sprues by the way) while the E8 has metal accessories.  I'm not quite sure why the box set is $35 US though- it comes with 2 tanks usually priced at $12.50 each... surely magnets and decals aren't worth $10?  Still, it's a fine box set if you plan to use Abrams - if not, the commander figure is great to use for a company command tank.
The only minor issue I had was that the tracks for his Easy 8 suffered from the teardrop shape issue.  I was fortunate with my box of Easy 8s, but my luck ran out here.  I decided to just paint it up anyway and honestly, once it's together, I forgot they even looked funny in the first place.  But remember, BF Customer service will replace the tracks if this happens to you.
Now let's take a look at Abram's rules, shall we?  Courtesy of Easy Army.


Lieutenant Colonel Creighton Abrams is a Warrior and Higher Command Tank Team rated Fearless Veteran. He is mounted in one of his "Thunderbolt" tanks as follows: 
M4 Sherman "Thunderbolt V" 155 Points 
M4A3 (76mm) Sherman "Thunderbolt VI" 210 Points 
M4A3E8 Sherman "Thunderbolt VII" 260 Points 
You may field Abrams in the Tank Company on page 23 or the Armoured Rifle Company on page 26.

That's the Shortest Way Home! 
A force led by Abrams may make a Spearhead moves (see page 261 of the rulebook) with up to two of your platoons at the beginning of the game.
Up Front 
Combat and Weapons platoons in a force led by Abrams use the German Mission Tactics special rule (see page 242 of the rulebook).
We're Going In 
A platoon led by Abrams may use the German Stormtroopers special rule (see page 241 of the rulebook).

Note that Abe's Easy 8 has 1 better armor front and side, AND has both a .50cal AA MG AND a regular AA MG.  Cool!

*Models Courtesy of Battlefront Miniatures

22 comments:

The Kiwi said...

They look awesome. Great job and excellent photos.
cheers

jmezz382 said...

Great job ... any tanker would be proud to follow them into battle

Braxen said...

definitely a must have.

Rhinexing said...

Thanks for the review. When seeing them on the shelf at my LGS, I also wondered why the box was $35. When you buy a box set, it's typically cheaper than buying the tanks individually. Even if it came out to $12.50 each, that would be cool. $35 is nuts.

Dirty Jon said...

Price matters. I'm not getting the inconsistency in BF pricing. For instance, this seems too much and the Battlefield in a Box line sees very cheap for what you get.

Private Snafu said...

Agree on pricing issues. My question is does he get 2 skill checks for self defense AA. I would let my opponent take 2, would you?

I'm building him in an M4 now. I think he would hide real nice with a platoon of 3+2+1. They would be gun tanking for 76's.

SonBae said...

Love the paint jobs you did. The mud effects were very nice....how'd you do them?

Steven MacLauchlan said...

@Snafu- yeah! I'd say two!

@SonBae- just drybrushed Milk Chocolate (a hobby paint cheapy paint)

Joyous_Oblivion said...

FYI: It's been about 2 months now since I contacted Battlefront for replacement tracks for my Easy 8s and no word yet when I'll be receiving them. I was told at first there were less than 6 requests for new tracks, so being 6th (or less) in line to get new tracks I would have imagined I'd get them by now. Never had this bad of service from Battlefront.

dmchodge said...

As a matter of interest, do you actually pay for all these models you review?

It looks to me that you are getting some of them before they go on general release. Free from battlefront perhaps?

Steven MacLauchlan said...

Hi Derek it's a mix of both.

@Joyous- Have you e-mailed them back? Last I heard most people on the forums had gotten their replacements.

dmchodge said...

Would it not be good practice to declare this fact in your reviews?

Steven MacLauchlan said...

Sure, you mean like the last line that says the model is courtesy of Battlefront Miniatures?

Dirty Jon said...

Actually reading the text ftw.

dmchodge said...

Hidden in the small print.

Dirty Jon said...

Read more carefully when you want to throw stones at people.

dmchodge said...

If you made things more obvious the problem wouldn't arise. And who was throwing stones?

Do you always put in such notifications?

Steven MacLauchlan said...

I don't think there's a problem at all.

We haven't always, but a previous discussion on TMP has convinced me- it's policy now.

We all okay? Let's move forward!

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Dirty Jon said...

All: Let's keep comments on the article, please.

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