Table Top Wars and Warriors: Don’t leave home without your Mule

Opel Maultier 005Infantry, tanks and guns are what we usually think of when we think of armies.  The truth is that the best gun is nothing more than a road block without shells.  The most sophisticated tank is a paper weight without gas and the finest infantry in the world will surrender if they have no food to eat. What I am trying to say here is that in a real army the vehicle carrying supplies is as important at the ones fighting the front line.

Wargames do a poor job showing this important aspect of war. Sometimes you’ll play a game where you are raiding a convoy or something like that but wargamers like pieces that don’t carry the three Bs (bullets, bandages, and beans).  Don’t ignore these models because they can add a lot to a table and the look of any army.

Every army used humble transport vehicles like Opel Maultier (mule in German) to carry supplies, haul guns and move men.   Battlefront, the company that makes Flames of War, produces models of this sort and for a long time no one used them.

Transports for guns and troops always seemed like a good idea but they got killed and your troops died inside them.  With the 3rd edition of Flames of War, suddenly transports made more sense and I use them.  I don’t use them a lot but frequently enough to make them worth my money and time to paint.Opel Maultier 001These are Opel Maultiers from Battlefront, which will soon see use as Pioneer vehicles.  Pioneer vehicles are special because they give you a re-roll when trying to dig in your troops.  They also grant you minefields or barbed wire in certain missions. I stuck to a simple paint job using Vallejo green ocher for the body and cork brown for the flatbed.  A sky blue with a little white highlighting in silver-gray for the windshield.   The wash is Secret Weapon’s armor wash not my usual brand but what was available and its working well enough so far. Opel Maultier 002 The Maultier is actually a half-track so it can deal with the mud of Russian roads.Opel Maultier 003This particular Maultier is loaded with entrenching tools, mines, boxes of supplies and tanks of gas.Opel Maultier 004Hey you maggots unload the supplies!



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