I really like the Team Yankee rules, as they are essentially FoW but with smaller forces (which is where the rules work better!), but have some visual issues with them. While the 15mm models are amazing and highly detailed (I own some), I have serious issues with the scale.
Let me run you through some numbers that lead to my issues with the rules:
- An M1 Abrams is roughly 32 feet long in real life (back of hull to front of barrel)
- M1 Abrams had effective kills at ranges above 8000 feet in desert storm
- That provides a vehicle length to kill length ratio of 1:250
- An M1 15mm kit is roughly 4" long and has a range of 40"
- That provides a vehicle length to kill length ratio of 1:10
SEE THE ISSUE I HAVE??? Most of you probably do, while Conscript Greg probably threw his hands in the air and is ranting about math and games not belonging in the same universe together!
Therefore, I went to 6mm, where an M1 is roughly 1" and if we keep the same 40" range, we get a ratio of 1:40 which, while still far below real life, at least looks and feels far better on the table (at least in my mind).
So, onto the show and tell, and despite using the US main battle tank in my example above, I am going to show off my Russian force today.
All the figure are either CinC or GHQ figures. They are painted to be used with Team Yankee as desert war or as USA vs Iraq war. Early on I decided that since Greg was doing European theater cold war gone hot stuff, I would do something different and focus on desert colours. This lets us do either Team Yankee cold war gone hot battles, or Desert Storm battles.
I based all of the vehicles and infantry to force some separation between them. Having learned from Greg, it really bugs me when I see tanks parked side by side on a table. with the bases being about twice the width of the vehicles here, even if you put the bases next to each other it would still look OK and represent at least 10-15' in real life between them (which is still too close, but better than some nimrods that park 15mm FoW tanks touching each other).
Still to do with the Russians is some aircraft, helicopters, and some artillery and anti-air firepower. Coming soon!