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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Beyond the Foxholes Episode 19

Welcome to Beyond The Foxholes Episode 19

In Act One we join Ben, Winner Dave and Adam as they chat about what they have been up to recently, Battlefront news with Early War sale, Barbarossa, new Fate of a Nation book plus more and finally they round out the act with Winner Dave's mail bag.

In Act Two the guys chat about the Euro GT, Adam and Winner give their AAR's and the guys think about how to improve the tournament going forward.

In Act Three thanks to a few technical problems we join Ben, Adam and Jessica to go through 10.1 and a look at how to deal with Super Heavy tanks.

Thanks for listening

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Monday, September 29, 2014

US Armored Rifles vs. SS Westfalen

Mailed in by Luke and Tarzan

The table
Oh... the humanity!!!  You ever have one of those battles where you know its going to be a giant yawn?  Well this was one for Luke and Eric. It started out with the random roll of Free-for-All which can be a bad mission for certain match ups. Eric had slow campy SS Westfalen war criminals and Luke had a bizarre tank destroyer ARO mix. We could both see exactly how this fight was going to down and I for one was not looking forward to it.  Eric was going sit and camp and Luke had to dictate the action and attack.  Any other tactic for either side was out of the question.

Eric's List Remagen SS Westfalen List:

HQ SMG Pzfaust
4 Trap Teams
1 Sniper
2 Panzerschrek teams

SS Aufklrung
SS Aufklrung
SS HMG platoon
Volks light Arty battery.. 6 guns.

Luke's ARP Remagen List:  CV
2 Batteries of Priests with upgraded M4A3 OP Shermans
4 Hell Cat Tank Destroyers
Cavalry Recon with Stuart
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Friday, September 26, 2014

Lists we Play: The Japanese

By Mitch Reed

When I started playing Flames of War I swore I would only do one list and stick with it. I chose late-war Canucks at first and then it just exploded, I ventured into mid-war with my Gurkha rifle list and then tried out early war with adding some Matilda's to my mid-war figures. At first I wanted to try out the EW Poles, but I had a hard time finding all the boxes and blisters I needed. So last last year at Historicon, Battlefront settled the matter for me by having the new Rising Sun book and boxes of Japanese ready for purchase.

Unlike the later periods of the war where I switch around from Commonwealth and German lists, I only play the Japanese in early war. To many, the inclusion of the Japanese was a surprise by Battlefront and especially in early war. However the Japanese were fighting since 1937 in China and in 1939 had a border skirmish with the Soviet Union, so I felt picking them for a new early war list was a smart move and opens up a lot of possibilities in the future.

Where to Find the Japanese

Right now the only book where you can find the Japanese in is Rising Sun, however you can find 4 different Japanese lists in this book that covers; light and medium tank companies, infantry, and cavalry. The Japanese also have the ability for both the infantry and cavalry companies to be turned into fortified lists.

The first thing to note about all the lists in Rising Sun that they all have a Fearless motivation rating; which is certainly an accurate and well deserved rating. As far as training, you can pick from both Trained and Veteran options in you tank and infantry lists.

Type-89 Chi-Ro Medium tanks

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

News from the Front Episode 82

Welcome to Episode 82!

This is a jam-packed episode with some serious red meat!

In Act I, the guys do the normal AAR and cover recent games, upcoming events and introduce some new sponsors.

In Act II, the boys dive in to a deep overview of the new Barbarossa book.  Lists, special rules, detailed points discussion and more!

Act III begins with the guys thoughts on Barbarossa -- what they like, predictions and such.  The guys also weigh in on the recent announcements from Battlefront about Easy Army/Forces of War.  The episode wraps up with our favorite segment - Commonly Overlooked Rules.

Know the Mission VII: Cauldron

The guys take you through setup, deployment and strategies for Attackers and Defenders.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Barbarossa Part Two: The Soviets!

If you missed Part One (The Germans), go catch up now! Otherwise, read on:

Russian Special Rules appear to be the same as or very similar to Rising Sun (The wave attack wording seems to be tightened up a bit). The tank lists still use offensive doctrine, meaning they are always attacks.

Leytenant Konstantin Samokhin may join a tankovy batalon and replaces the command BT-7 tank team in a BT-7 equipped light tankovy company for 40+ points or he may replace the battalion commander HQ tank in a T-34 tank for +125 points. Either way he gets a spearhead move with the tankovy company he has joined. His real worth come in the form of a re-roll any failed to hit rolls when he shoots with the main gun of this tank. Now that is sweet.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Barbarossa Part One: The Germans!

Barbarossa has been a long time coming! Thankfully, most of the lists currently available have been able to act as a stopgap for anyone really looking to play the era, but now it’s official! You’ve read about the book already, so we’re here to do what we do. Spoil it for your benefit! Read on as we look at the Germans in Part One, and the Soviets in Part Two.

If you need to “get in the mood” check out Steven and Throck’s recent Fauxbarossa game, or look at our Batreps to see a handful of Early War East Front games!

German Special Rules
Nothing too new here. Panzer Crew Tank-hunter platoons ignore Tank Terror as in other books.

Hero: Oberfeldwebel Hermann Bix
Bix is a Command Warrior Tank Team and is Confident Veteran. He replaces the Command Panzer III F(late) or G with Bix’s Panzer III G for +50 points. Bix’s platoon gets Spearhead, which is nice. Bix himself gets a new rule called KV Killer. With this rule, if an enemy tank team passes an armor save when hit by Bi’x main gun at a range of up to 8”, roll a die. On a 6, he destroys the tank.

This is a pretty neat combo and seems to be worth the 50 points for the Spearhead alone. The other roll is just gravy to me. High AT is at a premium in this book, and this rule will certainly help, but with only a 1 in 6 chance to work, it seems hard to count on it.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

King Tigers, and Working Through Lack of Painting Motivation.

These took me entirely too long to paint. The truth is, I lost my painting motivation because I just couldn't make up my mind. We have plenty of King Tiger Reviews here on WWPD, so I'll talk you through my painting anguish!

I wanted to have it all! I wanted to be able to run the King Tiger lists from both Remagen and Desperate Measures. The problem is, the DM Kings are Porsche King Tigers. No problem, right? Battlefront makes a box that comes with both turrets! But the problem is, they have zimmerett and I hate painting zimmerett.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Product Review: German Volkssturm (GE823)

Friends! Gamers! WWPDers....lend me your ears....eyes...yes, your eyes cause this is a web article and borrowing yours would work. Enough of that tom foolery. I am here to further discuss the German Volkssturm (GE823) by Battlefront for Flames of War. Mitch Reed did a great article for WWPD a few weeks back. And I agree with assessment...this is a GREAT set of figures. I don't want to retread the same ground, so this article is actually a 2 part series. This article will discuss the figures themselves as well as what I did to paint them. The second article will be by WWPD Steve and discuss the tactical use of Xyzax's Blood....I mean the Volkssturm Platoon.

These figures are actually the ones I did for Steve as a commission and were bought while we were at Historicon last July.

Mitch did a great job on the history of these units. I am going to do go into just a little bit more on the really cool accuracy elements:
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Thursday, September 18, 2014

German Late War 2cm AA

When deciding on support for my Remagen King Tiger list, I hemmed and hawed over which AA to take. Finally, I settled on the standard 2cm AA (GE542) because it was a light gun with a gunshield. I thought mobility would be helpful, especially as I planned to leave these in reserve if given the choice.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

US Armored Rifles vs. SS Medium Panzer Company in Pincer

Jon and I got together for a game. We decided to  play 1750 MW and unfortunately our wires were crossed on whether we were playing East or West Front.  Jon thought East and I thought West so it wasn't the themed game we had originally intended. We went with a mildly open board with more open areas, but wheat fields and buildings to provide the majority of cover. The mission was Pincer and I was the defender.

Jon's List:

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