Anyway, the model is indeed absolutely fine. As you can see from the photo above, it was not a small aircraft for an observation plane, and so the model comes out at a reasonable size. Over the table the smaller scale is hardly noticeable.
A link from the Iron Fist Publishing site led me to a purchase of a set of markers for BGB. They are made by Commission Figurines, and I purchased them from their eBay store. They are laser cut from MDF and have all the possibilities you could want. In fact, there are rather more markers in the set than I am ever likely to need, so some have gone into store. For a fiver, you can't go wrong. As you will see from the link, they are left in a natural wood colour which I think works well, avoiding them being too intrusive on the table whilst still being obvious in use.
Now, the fact that there are no rules for armoured trains in BGB wasn't going to stop me using mine. I have already knocked up a set of rules for my train, with the help of some pointers from Piers Brand on the forum. Playtesting is yet to come. But then I recalled that a), my train had no assault car, being adapted from the Peter Pig Russian Civil War model, and b), Battlefront were now selling the elements of their own armoured train separately. So around 20 quid got me an assault car which I have added in to give me a complete train.
|The train is preceded by a Tatra T-18 draisine, perhaps the most pathetic armoured vehicle |
I have ever wargamed with. But I love it.
As finally completed, my train has most in common with the real armoured train no.51 'Marszalek'.
|Note in the photo the assault car is behind the loco. Most photos of Polish armoured trains show the assault car in front of the loco, hence my own arrangement in the photo above.|
The Battlefront assault car model was OK, but not really of the quality I would expect from them. The resin body of the car comes in 3 parts which plug together, the 2 ends being moulded separately. There was some deformation which made the fit of parts awkward and which produces a model which is OK for wargaming, but wouldn't please a model maker.
|A close up reveals the deformation of the main parts of the model.|
I seem to be using phrases like 'an OK model for wargaming' a lot these days. Very often the models I purchase are a bit, shall we say, average in quality. Maybe I should send them back more often, but the modeller in me always fancies the challenge of putting them right. When buying from small cottage industry companies, I accept quality might not always be the highest, especially when prices are cheap. But when buying from sizeable manufacturers like Battlefront, I don't really expect this sort of thing. They're supposed to have quality control, for heaven's sake.