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Friday, February 27, 2015

US Cav Recon vs SS Westfalen (Hold the Line)

A few weeks back, Jason reached out to us about learning how to play Flames Of War. He discovered that he lived quite close to me, and after some scheduling conflicts we were able to figure out a day to play! Jason had not played Flames Of War before, but had painted up an absolutely beautiful Cavalry Recon force out of Bridge at Remagen. Knowing this was to be his first game, I decided to play both a historical and a static opponent. I went with SS Westfalen. We rolled for the mission and came up with Hold the Line. I knew it would be tough on him to punch through my lines, but I was also glad my turns would be quick so we could focus on walking Jason through the rules!

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

It's Always Night Attack in Philadelphia WINTER WHITEOUT Report

 By Mitch Reed
Photos By Sean "Throckmorton" Sarah

Philadelphia is popular destination for travelers due to the city’s rich history, sports teams that always seem to lose and of course cheesesteaks (Ed. Jim's Steaks is the best). Another reason to head to the City of Brotherly Love is to play in a tournament at Showcase Comics and Games, located in Swarthmore PA, a southern suburb of Philadelphia which is less than 15 miles from the center of the city. The staff has always been friendly and according to Cooper who mans the counter, "they are not barbarians". 

I have been heading to Showcase from Northern Virginia for almost two years now since they run some of the best tournaments in the area.  About twice a year Showcase holds a big tournament for about 20-30 people that draws folks from all over the Northeast and even some making the trip from as far away as Florida. 

If Superman played FoW, what list would he run? 

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Monday, February 23, 2015

AAR: Fate of Nation Israel & Jordan Pincer (2305pts) - Game 1

By Tom Burgess

Having done nothing but lose to the UAR T-54/55 Hordes with my Israeli AMX-13 Tank Company since the release of "Fate of a Nation," I was eager to get in some games against my friend Charles' Jordanian force for something different.

Since the Jordanian Tank Co is an "Always Defend" force we wanted to see how well that special rule worked for them.  So we randomly rolled up Pincer from the defensive missions.

My force was the same as I had in my last few Fate of a Nation AARs posted here on WWPD.net.  I am adding new kit like M51 Shermans and Recoilless Rifle Jeeps to give me more options. But for this game I had to fight with what I had for models, though the point level, 2305 pts, made me drop my air support, one Blindicide Team and the Halftrack Transports for my Infantry.

My Israeli Roster

My Israeli Tank Fore
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Friday, February 20, 2015

Dirty Jon's Favorite Tanks of Mid War

Mid War!  I really like this time period in Flames of War.  I feel like you get enough stuff to be dangerous, but not enough of the really late stuff that makes having a high armor stat meaningless - I'm looking at you, Late-Late War.  It always seems like I am struggling to either augment an Early War idea, or downgrade a Late War idea.  I never know what my opponent will do either!  A horde of little guys?  A few behemoths?  To me, that quandary is exciting!

Below, I will list some of my top picks for Mid War tanks and talk a little about why I like them.  This is a total opinion piece, so feel free to disagree and discuss your picks in our forum!

The US M3 Lee - Confident Trained - 100pts/Tank

Ahh, the M3 Lee.  I think this is THE tank of Mid War.  Usually, I like a very specialized unit like Marders or Nebelwerfers - do one job and do it very well for low cost.  Sometimes, a unit is just sooo good at everything, that I just can't help but love it (Armored Rifle Platoon, anyone?).  For me, the M3 Lee with the long M3 75mm is the best all-around tank out there.  With 5/3/1 armor, it is a pretty decent tank in MW - certainly matching the German Mediums.  The real value is in the versatility of the armaments.  The M3 75mm is able to punch just about everything out there, and the Stabiliser is just icing on the cake.  What really makes this tank shine is the M6 37mm gun that can tear up any light tank hordes, like the Panzer II, T-26 and T-70.  This gun can also rip up any halftracks or infantry that get in the way.  This tank represents a very, very good value and should be able to earn back its points in most battles.

The drawback to this tank is its middling toughness because of the Trained rating and 5 FA.  Some of the larger AT guns and tanks will be able to kill it easily, so it is important to be careful when those are encountered.

I really like this tank - especially in 5 Tank platoons - and it should be considered for any US lists.
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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Minairons T-26 Mod A or B Review

When I painted my Soviet armored train, I also had a box of T-26s sent to us by Minairons to knockout for a review. These T-26s are an earlier variant than you might see in Barbarossa or Eastern Front for Flames of War, but at 15mm they're close enough that I thought it was worth investigating!
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Monday, February 16, 2015

Williamsburg Muster Pic Dump

By the WWPD Boys

Williamsburg Muster is one of our favorite little cons.

It, and it's sister con Guns of August, are hosted by the fabulous folks of the Hampton Roads Wargamers in February and August every year.
Held at the oh so lovely Holiday Inn Patriot, the con sports a bevy of board games, historical wargames, Warhammer Fantasy and of course our very own Flames of War tournament. This year, the I-95 guys battled through illness to bring us a 1500 point early war tournament. 

The tournament sported 22 players, with one coming from as far as Danbury, CT. Each of the major early war books was represented and there was even a Dutch PDF list! In the end there were three, after an epic round 3 showdown between Dirty Jon and Stevie Mac, where only one could come out victorious, Dirty Jon Baber won the day with his Confident Vet German Panzer Companie. Rounding out the top three were Jeff Knoke at number 2 with Fallschirmjagers from Burning Empires and Sean "Throckmorton" Sarah with 3rd Sensha Rentai from Rising Sun. 

But that wasn't the only fun the team had. Friday Dirty Jon hosted a Netrunner tournament and Saturday after the Flames tournament Steve hosted a Lord of the Rings gaming night for 17 folks with raffle prizes. Of course, there's a ton of pick up games, board games and all the other great gaming fun we've come to expect from this great little convention.   

"What the hell does this card do?"
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Friday, February 13, 2015

UAR vs the Israelis in a micro armor dust-up

By Eric "Truckstop" Lauterbach

It's part two of the John Desch micro armor battle day! After my first Fate of a Nation game in 6mm with the new rules resulting in a good kick in the pants, I decided I really need to change the list.

First, I found that the Isherman has been priced out of its performance level. So now I think that the, Magach 3 is the way to go for the Israelis. Thus, my new list is made up of two platoons of 3 Magach tanks along with the HQ and 2ic Magach, plus anti-tank gun jeeps and mortar tracks.

John's list did not change from the first game and seams to be a solid way of playing UAR: three companies of T-55s sporting stabilizers and some ZSU anti-air for good measure.

We randomly rolled a mission and dust-up was the answer the dice gave us.  We both thought it would be a good test of the Israeli army so off we went.  Having only 4 platoons hurts, but both sides had this predicament and hard choices were made. ....or not really the Magachs were all going on table! John had two full T-55 companies on table and one off with the ZSU. I of course had my soft and chewy mortar halftracks and jeeps off table. I needed every barrel possible to kill off the tank horde.

The dust up table.

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

On the Road: Williamsburg Muster 2015

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Steven and Jon talk about Muster 2015 in Williamsburg VA where they had a fantastic time! The dudes did a Netrunner tournament, a LOTR LCG cardgame, and of course- a Flames Of War tournament! Tune in to hear the fellows recount their experiences.
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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Twice the Fun: Playing in a DoublesTournament

By Mitch Reed

One of the interesting aspects of the “tournament scene” are the different ways in which clubs and game masters create fun and interesting spin offs of the game.  Perhaps no better example is the doubles tournaments, where two players are pitted against two others in a regular Flames of War mission.  While these types of tournaments may be common in this region (Mid-Atlantic USA), I have not heard much of them elsewhere and felt that the word should get out on this great gaming experience.

The Basics
In a doubles tournament the team is comprised of two players who usually have a total of 2000 points in which to build their forces.  The forces the two players pick can be from the same nationality or in some cases from two allied forces.  Often this rule is more strictly interpreted and is up to the tournament organizer to make a ruling; in most cases I have seen a mix of British/Canadian or Heer/SS lists being allowed for one team where a mix of Soviet/US is something I have not come in contact with (and for good reasons is probably not allowed).  With this said, players are not limited to picking forces from the same list, company type, or even book, so it is possible to field a 1000 point infantry list from Grey Wolf with a 1000 point tank list from Desperate Measures.  Each team can, in most cases, “swing” about 200 points from one list to another, making one 800 points and the other 1200. Other than the selection of forces, the game is otherwise played the same as any other FoW game.

Another of my Favorite Doubles

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Monday, February 9, 2015

AAR: Early War Germans vs. French

By "Dirty" Jon Baber

Tom and I had not played a game in quite a while, so we got together to play an Early War game with my Germans in preparation for the Williamsburg Muster 1500 point tournament.  Tom graciously agreed to put together a list to face off against mine - thanks Tom!

With the new EW stuff out, I decided that my old Light Panzer Company just would not cut it.  I figure that someone is going to bring some T-34s or other heavy tanks and I need to be able to deal with them. My solution is Air.  I am not sure how that will work out, so I wanted to give it a shot.

We rolled randomly and got Fighting Withdrawal.

Jon's List:

Tom's List:

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