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New Plastic Kit: Carro Armato/Semovente Platoon

The M13 was the primary tank in use of the Italians in World War II - we're checking out the new kit.

New Plastic Kit: Carro Armato/Semovente Platoon
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The Kit

The superbly detailed new plastic kit is highly versatile, enabling assembly of both Carro Armato M13/40 or M14/41 medium tanks & Semovente M40 or M41 75/18 self-propelled guns. Indeed, in battle the Semovente was often deployed alongside the more common M13 tanks. The platoon box will enable you to build three of your choice.

Carro Armato M13/40 Medium Tank

Semovente M40 75/18

No attention to detail has been spared, check out the interior detailing:

The plastic sprues in all their glory:

The plastic box set is available for purchase here. You may think these tanks may only be for Italian Bolt Action armies, but you’d be dead wrong. Captured examples of the M13 were used by the Australians at Tobruk and the Germans were known to use Semoventes. The kit has you covered, including a decal sheet with Italian army, German army and Australian Army markings:

Special Offer: For a limited time: buy two Carro Armato/Semovente Platoon boxes and get 10% off. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or discount code.

Discount applied at checkout when two platoons are added to the basket. Offer ends 27/05/2020.

The Carro Armato M13/40 was an Italian World War II tank designed to replace the M11/39 in the Italian Army at the start of World War II. It was the primary tank used by the Italians throughout the war. The design was influenced by the British Vickers 6-Ton and was based on the modified chassis of the earlier M11/39.

The name refers to ‘M’ for Medio (medium) according to the Italian tank weight standards at the time, 13 tons was the scheduled weight and 1940 the initial year of production.

The M13/40 was used in the Greek campaign in 1940 and 1941 and in the North African Campaign. The M13/40 was not used on the Eastern Front, Italian forces there were equipped only with L6/40s and Semovente 47/32s. Beginning in 1942, the Italian Army recognized the firepower weakness of the M13/40 series and employed the Semovente 75/18 self-propelled gun alongside the tanks in their armoured units.

In Game

M13/40 AND M14/41 MEDIUM TANK

Cost: 108pts (Inexperienced), 135pts (Regular), 162pts (Veteran)

Weapons: 1 turret-mounted light anti-tank gun with co-axial MMG and 2 hull-mounted MMGs

Damage Value: 8+ (light tank)

Options:

  • Add an additional turret-mounted pintle-mounted MMG for +15pts
  • Downgrade the tank to an M13/40 for -10pts, making the tank Slow

Special Rules:

  • Vulnerable: because of the riveted construction, all shots to the side and rear of the vehicle get an additional +1 penetration modifier (i.e. in total, +2 for side hits and +3 for rear hits)
  • Slow (if downgraded to an M13/40)

SEMOVENTE 75/18

Cost: 136pts (Inexperienced), 170pts (Regular), 204pts (Veteran)

Weapons: 1 forward-facing hull-mounted medium anti-tank gun

Damage Value: 9+ (medium tank)

Options:

  • Add an additional forward-facing pintle-mounted MMG for +15pts

Special Rules:

  • Vulnerable: because of the riveted construction, all shots to the side and rear of the vehicle get an additional +1 penetration modifier (i.e. in total, +2 for side hits and +3 for rear hits)
  • HE: Instead of causing D2 HE hits, an HE shell causes D6 hits (75mm gun tanks)

Suggested Paint Schemes & Colours

Italian Army Carro Armato M14/41 in single tone scheme – Albania, March 1941.

Italian Army Semovente 75/18 in three tone camouflage – Italy, September 1943.

Italian Army Carro Armato M13/40 in two tone camouflage – El Alamein, North Africa 1942.

Italian Army Semovente 75/18 in desert scheme – Tunisia, 1943.

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Dan Hewitson
Dan can often be found contemplating the mound of unpainted minis building up under his desk. He has a tendency to roll lots of ones. He also has a tendency to complain about rolling lots of ones.