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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Fate of a Nation - Hasty Attack 2150pts (Still can't buy a win!)

By Tom Burgess,

My luck against the United Arab Republic Tank Battalions continues to run cold. I've yet to beat them with my AMX-13 based Israeli Tank Company since I built it in October 2014!

So to the trouncings I have received, I am adding yet another AAR of a UAR Tank Battalion win against my AMX-13 Company.

This time I would get closer though when my friend Ron and I met for a 2150pt game.

My P'lugah Tan'kim was pretty much the same force I have been running, but I had to lighten up the Infantry platoon and drop a M3D 120mm Mortar Halftrack to keep with in the point limit.

My  roster.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

REVIEW: Colors of War

By Sean "Throckmorton" Sarah

I am a painting nerd. If you've followed my blog posts on here over time you'll notice they're mostly of a painting related ilk. It's my favorite part of the hobby so it's also the part I take most seriously. That... And I'm perpetually bad at rules, so might as well focus on what I know, ya know?

Thus, Battlefront's new Colors of War book had me SUPER JAZZED(tm)

All the painting guides in one place so I don't have to look through a billion books just to find out how pea dot camo is painted? Yes please. 

And, at first look, this is a pretty great resource for both the beginning and advanced World War II hobbyist out there. 

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Operation EPSOM, Codename HANGOVER epic scenario Battle Report!

This follows on from Part One which contains all of the scenario rules.
The forces were divided as follows. Dan had the German left (west) flank with the four PzIVs of 8/12 SS, and the twelve PzIVs of 5/12 SS coming in from reserve, plus the westernmost 88 to command against Eric's advancing first squadron of 2 F&F Y with 16 Shermans and a motor platoon.  Tony had the German right (east) flank and center with four platoons of 15/25 SS with four attached ATGs in the bocage on his right between Colleville and Mouen, the independent HQs security platoon in the red brick manor house forward of Coleville, the easternmost 88 and the two 20mm AA guns near

Grainville in the center, and the four Tigers coming in from delayed reserve on the east edge, to face Steve's Cromwell squadron of 2 N Yeo and his Sherman and Stuart squadron of 23 H.  All the Germans on or south of the railway line were concealed by blinds, and a number of dummy blinds filled out the German positions in the bocage.  Dan and Tony shared the command of the 12 SS Pio platoon in Cheux, with Dan rolling for attacks by Eric, and Tony rolling for attacks by Steve.  The players on both teams also shared their off board artillery assets as needed.  Even though this only gave Dan 17 models to push in the early turns, the battle on his side of the table against Eric's forces was a free swinging affair, with a lot of fire to resolve.  Tony played the more numerous SS infantry in a more static manner, keeping his troops under blinds and out of sight as long as possible, and Steve always plays fast and decisively, thus the two halves of the table stayed in sync with each other throughout the game.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Operation EPSOM, Codename HANGOVER Mega Scenario Game! Pt I

Eric and I had the good fortune to play an amazing scenario setup by Tony in his wonderful game room! In Part one of the battle report, I will post Tony's writeup of the scenariom while part two will be my battle report!

by Tony Jacoby
My friend Dan and I hosted Steve and his bud Eric to the kind of large scale scenario game that we like to play, usually based on a historic battle.  Games like this take much more planning and preparation (and collecting!) than ordinary pickup or tournament style games, but I think the extra effort and the team play make for a better experience and take FoW to another level.  The lack of a ground scale in the game design requires some telescoping of the terrain features; nevertheless, the goal is to model the key themes of the actual battle so the scenario feels right while producing a game that is challenging and fun for all players...

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Monday, May 11, 2015

News from the Front - Episode 91

The Old School lineup in in effect as Luke, Jon and Steven chew the fat about Flames of War!

In Act I, the boys do their AAR and talk about tournaments, painting, WWPD4Vets, terrible lists, Stah Wahs. Conquest and all manner of upcoming events and appearances.

In Act II, we talk about the Battlefront/WI split and mike wild guesses and baseless predictions about that. We move on to discuss various ratings on troops and when particular combos work and when they don't.

Rounding out Act II is a return to Commonly Overlooked Rules and discussion about the future of plastics, resin and metal.  In the end, there is a bit of free-form and a closeout of the show.
After Hours

Free for All!  The boys talk about movies and..... other stuff!  You will just have to tune in to find out!

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Chain of Command Game: US vs Germans

Sean and I followed up our last game of Chain of Command with similar forces, but we really wanted to add in some tanks! We stuck with Patrol as our mission, and got right down to it!

The battlefield.

The Governor's Mansion.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

WWPD4VETS 2015 is over! Thanks to all who supported our efforts!

Alright guys! As a community we managed to raise $3,796 bucks for the Wounded Warrior Project! That's awesome! Thanks to absolutely everyone who donated and a special thanks to our anonymous donor who matched donations dollar for dollar. You guys are the best!

The WWPD4VETS tournament at Game Vault was a blast- many people seemed to really enjoy the "ultimate re-roll" tokens they could buy for a buck. And now, here's some pics from the various WWPD4VETS goingsons. We hope to see you next year!

We were honored by Brigadier General Glenn Goddard's gesture. He presented us each with his challenge coin- a memento that will be proudly displayed in my house for the rest of my life!

 The tournament getting underway at the Game Vault.

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Pushing Panthers

By Sean "Throckmorton" Sarah

I loves me some German armor. They're sleek, futuristic looking, over engineered hunks of metal with a nasty rep. From the lowly Panzer II to the mighty Jagdtiger and King Tiger, I love to collect, paint and run German tanks of all shapes and sizes. Not only that, but their paint schemes are legitimately interesting and are a nice break from the drab green of the allies.

At the top of my list of favorite looking German armor things is the Panther. She may not be the most popular tank to take in our beloved hobby but man alive is she a sweet sweet ride. And, aside from the King Tiger, few other tanks have as much paintability and variety of look, especially in late war.

I love this tank so much it's literally what got me into the game. The first 15mm models I painted were Panthers. The first lists I ever built were based off Kursk for MidWar and KG Bake for Late War. So, needless to say I'm a fan.

Thus, when I got my sweet new Grex Airbrush rig I decided I should christen it with some new (and some repainted) Panthers!

The Last Legion, my late late war panthers.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

AAR: Soviet Hero Tankovy vs. German Panzerkampfgruppe from DM

By "Dirty" Jon Baber

Andy was nice enough to come over and help me test my list I put together for the WWPD4Vets event - I really try not to take a list I have never played to an event! I created something fairly silly, but maybe effective if I catch the correct list.

Andy brought Russians - which I won't face in the tournament - but I thought I had a pretty good chance. This list will should do well against lots of tanks. We rolled randomly and got Fighting Withdrawal and I was deemed the Defender, as Andy's list Always Attacks.

The Lists:

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Beyond the Foxholes Episode 28

WWPD presents Episode 28 of Beyond the Foxholes!

Welcome to Beyond the Foxholes Episode 28, we join Adam, Fez and Ben. 

In act one we join the guys in Adam's car on the way to The Art of War EW tournament. The guys talk about there armies and what they hope to get out of the weekend.

In act two Ben and Adam interview all the .different player who are going to the ETC )European Team Tournament. These include New Zealand, USA, England, Scotland, France, Northern Ireland, Wales and Finland. They also chat to the Tim and Steve who ran the event and Rich the owner of the Sanctuary Gaming Centre

In act three the guys are back in Adam's car with a full AAR of their games, a run down of the event and a few other random bits and pieces.

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