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Friday, April 18, 2014

AAR: Pieper's Charge Scenario Turn 1

By Jeff "SonBae" Flint

RangerDane and I started playing the Peiper's Charge Scenario for Flames of War recently.  This is one of the many historical scenarios that Battlefront has but out on their website.  Take a look under the "Hobby" tab and then look under missions.  On the left side of the page is a LOVELY list of historical goodness.

This scenario represents Peiper's mad dash to the Meuse during the Battle of the Bulge.  The scenario can be played as one MASSIVE 3 table long game or 3 single table iterations.  We went with the single table version since we were playing at our FLGS and were limited by space.

The scenario briefing gives maps and army compositions for each of the 3 games that make up the scenario.

Since the forces are prescribed for this scenario, there are several units that we didn't have, so there are a few proxies...and yes...even an unpainted unit.  I know...I know... I KNOW... but now that you have been forewarned. This does go to show that even if you don't have the exact unit, you an come up with a work around...so there is no reason to stay away from trying one of these scenarios  ;-)

On to the scenario: 

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Review: Battlefront Heavy Rocket Mortar Battery (SBX32)

By Christopher Hecht

With the revisions to Red Bear and the addition of Desperate Measures, Battlefront created a new artillery piece for the Soviet forces: a powerful rocket artillery that is a massive threat to anyone dug in and holds the ability to remove its smoke trails with its special rules.  The release is the new box set of Soviet Heavy Rocket Mortar Battery (SBX32)! Moving into the realm of the heavier rocket support that the other nations have already had a taste of, the Soviets are given a bit of a treat.  Let's take a look at the kit.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Battle Report: German Armor vs Russian Armor in a Late war tank battle.

By Eric "Truckstop" Lauterbach

The Desperate Measures book for late war play in Flames of War currently has the best tank lists for the Germans, hands down.  So, I have been working on a few lists with my brand new, fresh off the line, PAK patrols.  I had heard these guys can be tricky to run but can be a deadly tool.  Bob Rossi, my opponent for the day, is known as an attacking tanker who runs a lot of Russians.  We wanted to mix it up and see what our lists could do so we did Free-For-All. 

The Lists:

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Reminder: WWPD4Vets

ATTENTION: We have matching donation UP TO $5,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project!  Please go to the DONATION PAGE NOW!  Double your contribution!

WWPD4Vets - April 12th, 2014 

Announcing the WWPD4Vets Event, Saturday, April 12th, 2014. 

The Mission: Raise at least $3,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project and other world wide veterans organizations. Follow the WWPD Community as they participate in 24 hours of global game-playing with live updates via Twitter (#WWPD4Vets) and live video feeds at the WWPD4Vets site.

LIVE VIDEO WILL APPEAR HERE AROUND 10:30am EST! Watch live video from wwpd_east on www.justin.tv HOW CAN YOU HELP? 

Follow Us on Twitter: Look for #WWPD4Vets updates on Twitter!  We are @WWPDPodcast

Give Cash! Head on over to the WWPD4Vets site and hit the DONATE button and select your charity. We suggest $1, $3 or $5 per hour of games played. Our goal is to reach $3,000 in cash donations to the Wounded Warrior Project. Other charities are an option for folks outside the US.

Clean Your Closet: Head on over to the WWPD4Vets and hit the DONATE button and select 'DONATE YOUR JUNK'. This will take you to a page with instructions on how to list your items on eBay and send the proceeds to the Wounded Warrior Project. After listing the item(s), please also post the listing in the WWPD Forums here. Please set your auctions to end on or before April 12th, 2014.

Buy Stuff: Please watch the WWPD Forums for things up for auction to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project here.  The WWPD Staff has plans to list many items, including a set of the World Famous Lucage, and other items.

Do Your Own Thing: If you want to set up your own event, please contact me jon [at] wwpd.net to discuss.

To cover the 24 hours of gaming madness, we will have multiple global gaming locations:

US EAST COAST: Group Captain: Jon Baber. 12 hours of gaming at the Game Vault in Fredricksburg, Virginia, including Flames of War, Eclipse, Firefly and more!!  Start at 10am!

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Projekt DAK Part 4: Historicon list finalized and Vehicle Detailing..

By Matt Varnish

Hey gang, Matt Varnish back with the next installment of my DAK Projekt.   Now that we know Historicon 2014 is Mid War, I have settled on a nice list, which sadly does not use any of the models I had already painted!  Lets dive straight in.
As you can see, it is armored cars supported by anti-tank assets, some Nebs and the FK-36(r) in the artillery/anti tank role.  32 inch range, 2 shot, AT 10 in an artillery slot? Bring on the captured Russian guns!

Courtesy Easy Army

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Wargaming Shirts Announcement

New release from Wargaming Shirts.
You might not have noticed but there have been a few changes over at Wargaming Shirts.

First off we now have a U.K. which runs along the current site at Wargaming Shirts UK which is ran by myself, Gary Martin (big –gazza on most forums and a few criminal databases).  This new site allows us to print and ship shirts directly from the U.S and U.K.  This should help reduce delivery times and costs to our international customers.  All designs will be available from both sites, so just pick the nearest location to you and grab your shirt. 

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Battle for the West Bank Isreali Vs Jordanian AAR

By Eric Lauterbach

Here we have another battle between Eric and John Sulek's Fate of the Nation Forces for Flames of War's new Arab Israeli line.  This time we decide to do 1700 points and the Mission is Hold the Line.  The Israelis will be defending this time so this should be different from our previous battles where the Jordanians just hide from long range tank shots.   It will be good to have the whole force of Jordanians on the table together. 

John's Israeli tank  force is only 5 platoons, pretty rough in a half on half off scenario like Hold the Line. 
Army lists courtesy of  EasyArmy.com

Here's my Jordanian Confident Trained Patton list. 

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Monday, April 7, 2014

News From the Front Episode 74- Return of the Jedi

Return of the Jedi!

In Act I, the guys welcome Steven back and jump right into a recap of recent activity.  The guys discuss the upcoming WWPD4Vets event and the next WWPD Global Campaign - Italy!  There is also some brief discussion on the new WWPD Rankings system.
In Act II, the guys talk more detail about Fortress Italy and Road to Rome, including opinions on top lists.  The guys - again - predict what will be seen at the next tournament, and will most assuredly be wrong!  Next, Eric talks a bit about running historical scenarios.
For Act III, Eric talks about how to customize your tournament, and encourages TOs to make adjustments to enhance the fun.  We close this episode out with Commonly Forgotten rules.

Click Here to Download Episode 74
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Friday, April 4, 2014

Italy Battle report: Elephants in the dark HG Pioneers Vs. 8th Indian Division

by Eric Lauterbach

A little while back, John Desch came over to test out the new Italy books Road to Rome and Fortress Italy.  We each wanted to get some toys on the table that we rarely use. For John that was the Elephant. So, he set down with the Fortress Italy book and came up with a life support system for two of the beasts.  His choice was Herman Goring Panzer Pioneers because of their great morale rules and the fact that they can have two platoons of Pioneers with their supply trucks, 3 Pak 40s and Stugs. I went off the deep end trying to make the most multi-national force I could get away with.   I settled on Indian Infantry, British Churchill tanks, American Stuarts and Tank Destroyers, and some more British in a breaching group.  I have had the silly AVREs for so long and never played them so it seemed like the thing to do. I also had 20 points left over and gave my Indians the Gurkha rating even though the figures are Siks.  Both forces were 1650 in preparation of the up coming Game Vault tournament on May 10th in Fredericksburg, Va.

The mission we settled on was Breakthrough, and both of us had Infantry companies, but a British company with a breaching group is an always attack force so John defended.  The table was a rough one in a mountain valley with a bombed out village.  When you are the attacker in breakthrough you select where the fight will be, so choose your objective locations wisely.  Always put one as close to the edge as possible where your troops will arrive.  I picked the corner with some woods and the hills since I had a lot of tanks. I also chose to do a night attack with the Infantry so the Elephants would not be picking me off from the start.

Objectives will be put in the top left corner by the woods.
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Review: Battlefront Tank Killer Company (SBX31)

By Christopher Hecht

Long ago, Battlefront released a box set of Soviet Tank Destroyers along with an old book (Stalin's Europe) that has since been rolled up into Red Bear. That original box set has long died out, but it has risen from the ashes as a new incarnation, the new plastic Soviet Tank Killer Company (SBX31)! This box set is a continuation of the push for Flames of War to move mass/common tanks into plastic from the old resin and metal. The Tank Killer Company kit comes with options to create the SU-85, the SU-85M, the SU-100, and the SU-100M, so from this kit you could build tanks to field in conflicts ranging from Mid-War to the Arab-Israel War and anywhere in between.  All of these options (the WW2 era ones that is) can be taken in pretty much any list that flies the glorious Soviet banner, and with the new revised Cat Killer (re. Semi-Indirect Fire), they are almost an essential part of any force.  Let's take a look at the kit.

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