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Monday, July 27, 2015

Micro-Modern Flames of War

By Tom Burgess,

Even with Cold War Flames of War coming out later this year, some of my friends just could not wait.  Many in our gaming group have very large collections of 1/285th "Micro Armor"  so using a "Homegrown" modern FoW rules adaption that our friend Ron found on the internet, we decided to give "Cold War Gone Hot" a try. Even though these undoubtedly would be different rules than what ever Battlefront releases later this year, we just wanted to give modern "Micro Armor" a try to see how it felt.

We kept the games measurements in inches and played the game on a standard 6' by 4' table. The first thing I noticed about going "micro" was that the board felt a lot bigger.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

News from the Front - Ep 93 LIVE from Historicon 2015!

We are back again at HMGS Historicon!  The guys cover their time at the convention so far and auction off a surprise Dream Date!  There is a brief talk about the Japanese in Early War - spoiler alert - we like'm!  In the Q&A session, the guys talk Flames of War Cold War, the recent Berlin book, changes to the premium subscription, predictions for Version 4 and more!
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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

PanzerSturm Halftracks (Review of GBX85 Sdkfz 251 Platoon with GSO180 IR Equipment)


By Jeff "SonBae" Flint

Oh man!  I just love that image of the IR Scoped MG42.

Sooooo S-I-C-K!!!!

When Battlefront's last army book for WWII Flames of War, Nachtjager, hit the shelves I knew I had to have these halftracks. They provide the inherent transport for the equally, nasty IR equipped Assault Rifle/Panzerfaust teams of the Panzersturm Platoon (GE848)...Drooooool...As soon as my LGS can get their distributor to fulfill my order for these Vampir equipped infantry, I will have a review of them as well. Until then, I just couldn't help but start the review process.

There is plenty to do too.  Here, I will talk about how to make these IR equipped halftracks, do a review of Battlefront's Sdkfz 251 Night vision set (GSO206), their new Plastic Sdkfz 251 Transport Platoon (GBX85)and compare the new plastic half tracks with the old Battlefront Resin ones as well as with Plastic Soldier Company Sdkfz 251 Auf C plastic set while I am at it.

Phew!  This will be a long one (that's what Luke said..couldn't resist, you knew he was going to say SOMETHING anyways), so sit down, grab a cool drink and let's get started!

First lets talk a little on the Panzersturm Platoon....

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Halftime Report - Villers-Bretonneux Campaign

By Tom Burgess,

As our Villers-Bretonneux Game concludes it's second turn and reaches the halfway point, I thought this might be a good time to reflect on how this effort has gone so far and to maybe try to predict what might lie ahead in "the second half" of the campaign.

Primarily the campaign is achieving what it set out to do; generate some awesome "Great War" Flames of War games! So far the various groups involved in the effort, led primarily by the Lone Star Historical  Gamers and the BattleVault Gamers, have played some 13 games in order to resolve the five battles of turn one and five battles of turn two. Overall, the Germans have been winning the vast  majority of the battles, but at a price and those wins that do elude them seem to be the critical ones.

In campaign turn one, the German C-in-C, Jokull, was obliged to follow the campaign game plan for the first three attacks shown at the right  The Germans handily won the C3 and B4 battles, but they were repulsed in the center at C4.  Out of these three attacks, C4 was the most important as success there would allow Jokull to use his 4th "breakthrough" attack in turn one to make an immediate assault into Villers-Bretonneux. Instead, Jokull had to use his "4th Attack" for a second try at C4.  The second effort ultimately worked for the Germans, but they were now behind the German C-in-C's timeline and worse yet both Firestorm Stoss Truppen units were lost during turn one. So despite the fact that they took three zones in turn one, the Germans had paid a high price and we'd have to award turn one to the British, led by Jon as C-in-C.

The Lone Star group fights out the "Southern Prong" of turn one with a 4:3 German Win at B4.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Huzzah Hobbies 1390 EW Tournament Report

By The Gang

This past weekend, we rolled up to Huzzah Hobbies for a 1390 Early War tournament hosted by my man Scott Simoneau.  This was a pretty small affair, but we did get to hang out with a ton of our Flames of War friends, which was great!

Throck's beautiful Japanese tank army.

Chris Jacques and his British.  He isn't completely finished painting these - word has it that he was spraying models at 4:30am the morning of the tournament.

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Wargames Soldiers and Strategy's Great Wargames Survey 2015

The fine folks at Karwansaray Publishers have put together a 2015 edition of their Great Wargames Survey (See previous results), and you should definitely check it out!

Click here to take the Survey.

From the Article: After last year’s resounding success with the Great Wargaming Survey 2014, we decided to provide a follow-up. After all, some questions can only be answered by running a survey over and over (such as “Is the hobby greying” - a snapshot can answer if it’s grey, but it’ll require several to determine whether there’s a trend). So we’ve tightened up some questions, added a few new ones in, removed a few (that might return in a year or two) and we proudly present the Great Wargaming Survey 2015. Like last year, it should be doable in 5-10 minutes and, as before, if you leave your email address you’ll have a chance to win some very nice prizes. And again, there’s a 10% discount coupon for everyone who completes the survey.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

American Infantry: My Go To Army

By Luke Melia

As most of you know I am an American player, both literally and figuratively. I own Soviets and Japanese and have owned Germans, but I always feel most comfortable playing the U.S. So in this article I thought I would talk a little about my experiences playing Americans, in particular Infantry and why I always seem to keep coming back to the good ole U.S.A. when making lists.

#1 I'm boring. Maybe I have been married for too many years and am used to routines and consistency, but I like what I like and when I am comfortable with something I have trouble letting it go. Maybe that is part of the reason I have been buying the same style of Disney shorts for the past seven years.

I know what I am getting with the Americans and after so long playing them I know how to handle most situations that arise in any given game. That does not mean it always works, but I have seen most play challenges come up and faced most all of the army lists with the U.S. Also, I do not play as much as a lot of people out there, so for me it is hard to get tired of playing my lists. Maybe that would change if I was playing several times a week, but right now I have the "Old Faithful" mentality.

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Summer Tournament Diet

By Matt MacKenzie

With warmer weather, a growing list of things around the house that need your attention, do you have time for tournament war gaming?

Read on and find out how you can still get the most out of your competitive spirit during the summer!

There comes a point where sometimes you have to look at the busy life you lead and wonder if you have the time to fit it all in. Once the winter blahs are gone and the sun of Spring turns into Summer sweat, playing games indoors may not be on your radar. Playing tournaments present problems all on their own. Long weekends, vacation time, and spending time with family, it all plays a part in your ability to get away with your army and crush your opponent on the virtual felt.

Simple things in the winter, like painting and preparing your army might be a little harder to do once the warmer weather rolls around. Maybe you have a deck to stain or a tree fort to build instead!! Put down the brushes!

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Chain of Command German Infantry vs US Infantry

 By Eric Lauterbach

Bob Rossi and I found time recently to get in game of Chain of Command with Bob's new American army.

The forces were a standard US Infantry force vs a German Infantry force since Bob and I were rather new to the game, so we did not add a lot of extras.

The table was set and away we went, thanks to the fabulous buildings Joe Moore left at Bob's house we had some good buildings to fight over.

The Germans moved out first on the patrol phase coming from the board edge.  I wanted to get to the middle wood but Bob beat me to it. I had a good jump off points on both flanks.  Bob had jump off points in the courtyard of one house, in the large field. and one in the alleyway.  With that set we moved out....

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Review: The New KV-1e KV-1 and the KV-2

 By Eric Lauterbach

Battlefront has updated their KV series of models and I wanted to see how they compare to the old sculpts.

I love the KV tank in the game. The Kliment Voroshilov, named after the Soviet Defense minster, first made its appearance in the Winter War versus the Finns.

The performance, with its almost impervious armor, made it superior to almost everything on the battlefield. Battlefront updated the KV-1 obr 1939/1940 and the KV-1e plus while they were at it the super heavy and somewhat silly KV-2.

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