Saturday, December 29, 2012

Big Kitty: Tiger II

Finally, I added one big kitty to my collection of minis. It is a Panzerkampfwagen Tiger Ausf. B, which is btw often wrongly referred to as King Tiger or Royal Tiger (a very interesting story).

I have to admin that I wasn't a big fan of Tiger II tanks in FOW. Usually, expensive and useless. However, it turned out that Tiger II fits very well to my gepanzerte panzerpioniers company. I hope it will be even more usable once I replace the StuGs with a platoon of Marders. I think they will synergize well together. Tiger II is a great weapon for cleaning the assault path from panthers and other heavy tanks, while marders give quantity when defending against hords of light and medium tanks.

I bought a Tiger II model produced by Battlefront - the box set (GBX14), which contains two types of turrets - design by Porsche and Henschel. In addition, you will also receive one Tiger Ace skill dice.

Generally, the model is beautifully sculpted. However, there is one thing that guys from Battlefront should definitely rework - the fenders. Their parts just don't fit each other. If you want to attach them to a model (they are quite characteristic element of the Tiger II silhouette) you will have to play with green stuff to make it work. As you see below, I decided to forget about the fenders...

And finally, long awaited size comparison with the FiB version of Tiger II (thanks to elcee).


As usual, couple of photos of finished model... You will find more in the gallery section.