Thursday, August 7, 2014
Bolt Action - Review: Bandai Wespe
I've been slowly working my way through a stack of plastic model kits this summer. These kits are from a variety of companies and are filling the vehicle void in my German army. Recently I finished up a Wespe self propelled artillery piece from Bandi.
I really like 1/48 scale model kits, as many of you know, but hate building them. So I have been having my dad build the kits for me. In exchange I paint models for him. It is a pretty good deal. The Wespe is a nice kit with lots of detail, but is assembly intense.
The Wespe is a decent addition to a German army. It has a medium howitzer, is armor 8+, and mobile. This means you can move or rotate and shoot, unlike a gun team. The medium howitzer means that when you hit you hit hard. It is a very flexible piece that is cheaper than a StuH 42 by 45 points. The StuH is definitely a better option, but if you can't spare 45 points the Wespe is a good alternate. Remember 45 points is 9 assault rifles.
Armor wise the Wespe is a 8+, but is also open top, so don't get too aggressive if you chose to field it. Remember rifle fire will put pins on you so give your opponent a juicier target. If you have to face off against a Wespe it is an ideal target for and infantry assault. So try to close with it and jump on it. However with armor 8+ you will have decent protecting against ATRs and be immune to HMGs.
Overall I am very happy with how this Wespe turned out, it will fit in just perfect with my growing German armor collection.
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