|Egyptian T-55 platoon in 15mm - models from Battlefront|
The "Fate Of A Nation" roll-out on the painting table continues. Here is a group of T-55s from Battlefront. The models are 1/100 scale/15mm size.
The Battlefront T-55 model is nice, or at least a think it could be (stay tuned for more on this). It is a little larger than the T-55 available from Khurasan, and a little smaller than the one available from Peter Pig. I prefer the size of the Battlefront model to that of Khurasan or Peter Pig, but I have to say that Khurasan's model wins out on good size, value AND really nicely cast accessories (like hatches, MGs, options on the fuel tanks etc - see Dallas' post here for some pics - they are beauties).
|Decals from Battlefront|
|Usual combo of Zandri Dust, pin washing, sponge chipping and weathering powder|
These still paint up OK and one might wonder if, because of that, these little nitpicks on quality really matter? Well, they certainly matter to me. For what you pay Battlefront, there is frankly no excuse for crap quality and it is very, very disappointing. Khurasan's tank accessories, by comparison, are almost flawless - and if a one-man band like Khurasan can have decent metal bits cast, then an org the size of Battlefront can frigging figure it out too. It is very disappointing to see Battlefront get so many things right (the sizing, the magnets, the decals etc.) and then screw up on the quality of the parts.
|An easy target from an IDF gunner|
Battlefront does retain one important advantage over Khurasan - it is generally open for business, whereas Khurasan is increasingly either out of stock, or closed to catch up on orders, or both. This is why I ended up ordering Battlefront T-55s in the first place. It was a dumb move. Don't make the same mistake I made - avoid Battlefront, and dodge the Khurasan supply situation. Order from Peter Pig, which I should have done, and will do in the future...the Peter Pig tanks are a little heftier, but worth it for the combination of high quality and actual availability. It makes up for the headache you get trying to figure out their web site.
You can also try Old Glory - I haven't seen them myself, but their 15mm T-55s are supposed to be excellent. If you can figure out whether it is Old Glory 15s, Old Glory 25s, or Skytrex, or Quality Castings, or whatever the !#$#!@ it is, then good luck to you...
|I like to paint lenses...adds character to the model. In actual combat operations, I think they are often covered, but that's no fun!|