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Friday, July 13, 2018

Tanker Plan

Since I don't have the right models ready for WWII What a Tanker quite yet, I'm thinking I might use some early modern AFVs instead and give them WaT appropriate stats.

If, as a starting point, we make the M48A1 Patton (with its 90mm gun) roughly equivalent to the M4A3E2, that gives us 9 armour, 9 strike, and the heavy armour characteristic, worth 19 points all told.

If we make the T-54/55 roughly equivalent to the Panther A/G, that gives us 9 armour, 9 strike, and the fast characteristic, again worth 19 points.

Based on this comparison I'll drop the Patton's heavy armour characteristic and replace it with rapid fire to reflect its greater ammo capacity, its greater firing capacity, and its better sights. I'll also drop the Patton's strike value by 1 due to inferiority in gun calibre vis a vis the T-54/55. For the T-54/55, I'll also add low profile and slow turret, and keep the fast characteristic.

The points formula for WaT seems to be fairly easy to reverse engineer. It looks as if it's just 1 point for each armour and strike factor, and then a series of pluses or minuses for other factors, these being:

-1
slow; slow turret
0
TD (usually)
+1
fast; small; rapid fire; low profile; TD (once or twice)
+2
heavy armour; iron fist

So that gives us this:


Arm.
Str.
Special
Pts.
M48A1
9
8
rapid fire
18
T-54/55
9
9
slow turret
fast
low profile
19

Next step then is to look to get a solo game in this weekend and see how we get on.

Adversaries line up for the national anthems...

EDIT: stats using Bill Butler's suggestions:


Arm.
Str.
Special
Pts.
M48A1
8
9
rapid fire
18
T-54/55
9
9
slow turret
low profile
18




10 comments:

  1. Thanks Ray, we'll see I guess!

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  2. Looks pretty good Aaron. The T55 should not be fast though. While the T55 is somewhat faster on the road the M48 has a better suspension and 16.6 hp/ton compared to the T55's 14.6 hp/ton making the M48 just as fast cross country. Also, NATO ammo tended to have better penetration. Both could penetrate almost 200mm at 1000 yards. I don't have the Modern Spearhead data, but both FFT3 and Command Decision modern (http://www.testofbattle.com/upload/bob/index.html0 give them equal penetration values.

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  3. damaged the link. It should be
    http://www.testofbattle.com/upload/bob/index.html

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  4. Also forgot to mention that the T55 had thicker armor than the M48, making the M48 arm - 8 and str - 9 compared to the T55. Dropping fast gives them equal points.

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    1. Thanks Bill, that sounds good to me!

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  5. Very cool, Aaron. I'm considering doing WAT in either 1/72nd or 15mm - Korean War, so this is very inspirational.

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    1. Sounds like a good project, Dean. Will be watching with interest!

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  6. Very nice. I've been wondering about adapting WAT to early modern (70s and 80s). Any thoughts about ATGMs?

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    1. Thanks David - no, no real thoughts as yet!

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