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Friday, August 31, 2012

Pioneer Support Platoon

In Devils Charge you are able to field a US Engineer Combat Company, also known as "Those Damn Engineers". The combat platoons in the US Engineer Combat Company consist of Engineer Combat Platoons made up of one command team, four rifle teams, two heavy machine guns and an optional four bazooka teams.  If you choose, you are allowed to replace your HMGs with rifle teams at the beginning of the game.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Churchills vs Grenadiers in The Cauldron!

Eric and I got a game in at Jon's house. Eric was running a test list for Masters and I wanted to make a mid war list using all "Panzer Grey" stuff. The mission we rolled up was Cauldron!  Since I was at Jon's place, I didn't do a great job of keeping up with the action in photos so will largely let the pictures I did get do the talking.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Dirty Jon Goes Early War: Part II - Panzer III F Platoon

In my continuing effort to get in to Early War Flames of War, I finally started to build up my forces from the mound of stuff I have collected. See Part 1 here.


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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Battlefield in a Box Terrain: Craters (BB14)

As you all know, I am a huge fan of painted terrain.  I just hate making terrain for some reason!  In general, the Battlefield in a box line has scored high marks with me!  So let's take a look at these craters, shall we?

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Spotlight: Armored Infantry

Having just recently played my US Armored Rifles for 6 games in the US Mid War Nationals, it occurred to me that in only ONE of my games did I send my halftracks to the rear.  That is a huge change from my tactics in V2 - one that I thought was worth exploring!  So I wanted to take this opportunity to look at armored transports from 3 different Nations: US Armored Rifles, Soviet Rota Razvedki, and German Gepanzerte Panzergrenadiers.  I thought about including British Motor Infantry... but then I laughed.  I will look at their rules, general paradigm, and tactical viability and uses.  So, without further ado, let's get going!
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Sunday, August 26, 2012

More Soviets in Liberated Vehicles!

 Just a quick post today!  As part of the very generous package sent to us by Mike "Grumpus" (we mention this in Episode 41), I (of course) nabbed some of his captured vehicles!  I touched them up just a bit to make them match my armies, slapped some hastily painted stars on them, and called it a day!
Thanks again Mike!  There will be plenty more posts like these showcasing Mike's generosity!
Have a look!
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Saturday, August 25, 2012

WWPD Partner Picks for August 25th, 2012

Break Through Assault: Carentan House Review
Since the Carentan house is so similar to the Calais house, we decided not to do a full on review on WWPD (see our Calais House review here).  Thankfully, we have Ben from Breakthrough Assault to step up to the plate!  He takes a good look at the 2nd house in the "House of the Month Club" from Battlefront.  I must say, the two houses do look good side by side- a nice little village is starting to form!
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Friday, August 24, 2012

Open Fire Details Released!

editor's note: This just in!  The price is confirmed at $70 USD.  Nice!

Many of you may have seen this on the Flames of War site, various forums, smoke signals, or palantirs already, but here it is!  Open Fire!

Make sure to check WWPD.net every day for more information as we get it!

This is the official press release from Battlefront Miniatures:

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US Combat Engineer Box (UBX36)

Let's talk about the new U.S. Engineer Combat Company (Winter - UBX36) box set. Priced at $52, it provides a good start for a U.S. Combat Engineer Company from Devil's Charge. Clocking in at 84 figures, it gives you enough little men to build two full platoons, including the option to swap out the HMG for more rifle stands, four command stands, and still leaves about 15 figures left over! The box set also utilizes the newer style of Battlefront plastic base - the brown plastic ones with the holes precut out for the figures.

Here's a shot of what the box can make. You can get enough "pioneer" figures to put one per base - shovels, metal detectors, etc. You also get three booby trap markers!

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

L Patrol Part VI: Siege of Fort Benzetti

MacCall, walked slowly into the dusty office.  The freshly polished cane at his side reflected slivers of light streaming in through the open windows.  The sounds of a bustling marketplace outside echoed faintly around the oak paneled walls, glimmers of intelligible English periodically cut through the murmur of Arabic.  The growl of a lorry in the distance grew fainter.

"Captain, thank you for joining me.  All rested up then?  I trust the nurses took good care of you" the Major said with a wry grin.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Dirty Jon Goes Early War: Part 1

So.... once again I have totally gone back on something I said I wasn't going to do: I am getting into Early War Flames of War! I believe that I swore a couple years ago that I just was not going to do it at all. Then, about a year or so ago I said I was going to do a Tobruk force with Australians. Well, I guess all that is out the window! I tend to get in to stuff about a year and a half after they are all popular - US TD list in 2014! - EW kinda makes sense, right?

How did this all come to pass? Well, I got a very, very good deal on some box sets. I managed to pick up the German Light Panzer Company and the French Tank Combat Squadron dirt cheap. I figured that I could sell the French box set -- I still have not done this -- and just keep the Germans. Everyone hates Early War - sounds perfect for me! I really am getting in to it for a couple of reasons:

IM CHEAP!
Yeah, well, I got a deal! In fact, I got a great deal on all the things I need to put together some sort of force. I picked up all this stuff for about 50% of retail overall:

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Know Your Enemy - LW Heer Panther


Know Thy Enemy, and Thyself - LW Heer Panther!

Welcome to a continuing series of articles providing an in-depth mathematical analysis (or as I like to call it: Mathnalysis!) of individual units and their relative strengths and weaknesses on the Flames of War tabletop.

"It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle." - Sun Tzu (one of many translations from The Art of War)

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Ersatz StuGs and Panthers

During the Battle of the Bulge, famed Nazi Commando Otto Skorzeny and the 150th SS Panzer Brigade were tasked with capturing bridges over the Meuse River before allied forces could destroy them. As a part of their efforts, Skorzeny used captured allied uniforms and equipment. Requests for captured allied equipment sent to other German units fell short of the numbers needed for the Brigade. Of the 15 allied tanks requested, only 2 Shermans could be found, and the Brigade was flooded with Russian equipment by formations that did not understand the request was for American equipment.

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Rota Razvedki M3A1 Armored Transports

This project took me a really long time!  It held up the rest of my painting queue for quite a while.  But, I am proud of the end result!
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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Read my Blog!


I'm starting my own blog for my musings on war-games mechanics: www.buildingabetterwargame.com.

As you might have noticed, I'm a bit of rules tinkerer.  For the last few years, as I've been playing Flames of War, I've been thinking about how to take some of its strengths to other settings.  In particular, I really love space fantasy universes, like Warhammer 40k or Star Wars.  At first, I started by experimenting with adapting Flames of War to the 40k universe.  You can see some of the results here and here.  I quickly realized, however, that a space fantasy setting requires a completely new set of rules to handle things like tough monsters, giant robots, and powered armor.  So I started writing one.

Building a Better Wargame showcases my ongoing work on this project. Each post will present or revise draft rules for some aspect of the game, along with my design notes and musings. Eventually, the posts will add up to a complete rules set.  I may also veer off topic and discuss other things related to game mechanics and game design.

I hope you will visit and enjoy.

-- Tom "Mad Dog" de Mayo

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A World Aflame Review


A World Aflame Review
A World Aflame: Interwar Wargame Rules 1918-39 by Paul Eaglestone consists of a loose rules framework for players who wish to play scenarios in real (or fictional) wars of the 20s and 30s.  A World Aflame is very much a do-it-yourself sort of game.  The rules are simple and flexible, but players must supply their own background, army designs, and scenarios.

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Friday, August 17, 2012

Episode 42 and After Hours Now Live!




The gents are back!  Steven and Luke talk about their recent experience at Guns of August, Jon brings Steven a few Mojitos back from Aruba, we talk about Bolt Action .Net, and our new premium episode "Know the Mission!"  But wait!  There's More!  We also talk about the "Ambush" special rule, and Jon covers a book: "The Clay Pigeons of St. Lo".  Talk aout a monster episode!  Make sure to come back for After Hours- it's  a good one!

0:00- ACT I: Intro, AAR
1:14- ACT II: Ambush, Network Partners
1:47- ACT III: Preview of Anatoli's September Campaign, Rules Wonkiness, Clay Pigeons of St. Lo
Links discussed in this episode:

http://www.cgrpainters.com
http://www.odms-club.com/convention/
http://www.flamesofwar.com
http://www.wssmagazine.com/cms/
http://www.novaopen.com/
http://www.easyarmy.com
http://www.boltaction.net
http://network.wwpd.net

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Face painting is not just for kids...


Why Bother?
Flames of War is played on a table top where infantry are seen from three feet away and so you might ask yourself "Why you would bother with detailing a soldier's face?" Firstly I would like to confirm your thoughts and remark straight away that you don't have to. In fact I have found that it's with normal highlighting and shading that you can get the most "pop" out of a soldier's face on the table top. However, I really enjoy the modelling aspect of this hobby and so when it comes time to painting infantry, I go all out. This doesn't mean you should do the same for every soldier, however there may be that one character, general, or commander that you feel deserves the royal treatment.

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Homemade Terrain: Vineyards

One way to give your vanilla battlefield more style is by mixing in small amounts of unquie terrain.  This can help your battlefield capture an authentic regional look or give it the eye candy that makes the game more aesthetically enjoyable.

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Battlefront Königstiger (GBX69) Review

Battlefront sent us a new box set - Königstiger (GBX69) - for review. I had seen the previews of this and I really wanted to get my brushes on it!

The sculpt looked very nice. It is big and chunky and did not have much flashing. The tracks looked very good and had a remarkable lack of flashing as well. The model did grow a shade longer over previous versions that I own. I also thought that the faces on these models were very well done and more detailed than previous models.

I don't know why everything is turning out super-yellow and has a shine in my pics lately. The tank is darker than appears and does not shine in person. (Editor: This is why.)

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Picture Dump from Guns of August 2012

Guns of August 2012 has come and gone, and Luke and I made the short hop to Williamsburg VA to participate in the FOW tournament offerings!  Dave Dietrich ran two Flames of War events: a Friday night 750 pt tournament, and a Saturday 1750.  Both tournaments were 3 rounds with every mission being Free For All!  To hear more about our tournament experiences, make sure to listen to episode 42 of our podcast!

A Bolt Action demo game.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Firestorm: German 2.SS vs Rota Razvedki



FIRESTORM TURN 2 GAME 3
After the fall of Vitebsk, the North thrust of the Soviet advance was back in supply, and knocking on Minsk's doorstep!

The Germans won the initiative for round 3, and elected to attack from Lepel to Polotsk, despite Lepel being cut off from Supply. Sean is lucky, however, and suffers no ill effects from being cut off!

Victory in Polotsk will again cutoff the tip of the Soviet spear. With no firestorm troops in Polotsk, the Soviets fight at a slight disadvantage!

The mission is Fighting Withdrawal. Sorry for the poor lighting, I didn't have my good lighting available.

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Black Beards Raiding Aces


Some of us here at WWPD have caught a bit of desert fever, those that frequent the forums will know why. I'm no exception and decided to begin a small raiding force, which will be followed by a small 8th Army force and a Small Afrika corps force.

I decided to go with the SAS, the jeeps just look cooler then the chevs of the LRDG and I can't quite bring myself to play any other nation just yet.

4 blisters of SAS jeeps will get you 8 jeeps in total, enough to make a small, under strength, starting force. SonBae posted a full review of the SAS here.
However, there's only two sculpts for the jeeps and only one sculpt each of the driver and gunner, which leaves the Jeeps looking almost identical. No problem!

An SAS Patrol tares through a small village.
“Two sculpts for the jeeps and only one sculpt each of the driver and gunner"

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

German Grey SD KFZ 251/1Cs


Just a quick update today to show off some painting Dirty Jon did for me.  I've been fairly swamped lately, so these guys have been sitting on my painting desk for way too long.  Finally dirty Jon made a deal with me- he'd paint my 10 sd kfz 251/1C halftracks for me if I assembled 8 Plastic Bondi Warriors for his Saga Vikings.  I agreed, although I forgot how much I hate assembling plastics so he probably got the better end of the deal.

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Saturday, August 11, 2012

WWPD Partner Picks for August 11th, 2012

Frozen Gamer AK: Battlefront Stuarts
Our buddy Craig Baxter puts together 5 Battlefront M5A1 Stuarts, Lead by the ghost of their namesake.  With a well done homage to the Ghost Tank, and a convincing paint job on the unruly wraith, Craig's post is great fun!  Make sure to watch the FPSRussia video he's included.  Now I want some White Castle.  Actually, now that I think about... no I don't.  That place sucks.

Dispatches From the Front: Panzer Brigade 101

Lots of great WIP and final pictures of a Panzer Brigade being constructed and painted.  Some really great paint jobs on these guys!  Good tutorial to follow if you plan to paint a whole mess of panthers for yourself.

Da Gamer's Table: Home Made Stowage Rolls
This tutorial on making stowage rolls, camo tarps, and other various gypsy-like sundries to hang on your tanks is very good... but it's the 2 Soviet Soldiers urging you on in the captions that make this a standout piece!  Thanks Brendon for the great tutorial and some solid laughs!





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Friday, August 10, 2012

FLGS Spotlight: The Foundry in Huntsville Alabama


We have heard Steve, Dirty Jon and Luke lament on previous WWPD podcasts about the lack of an FLGS where they live and how they have to travel to The Game Vault to get a true FLGS experience. But what is this FLGS experience of which they speak?  Is the FLGS a rare thing?  Is it nothing but a myth?  Does it exist and is like Sasquatch or Nessie and just realllyreallyreaaaaaaaally hard to find?
To start this journey we need to define a full service FLGS.  The way I see it for a store to be an FLGS it boils down to a 4 key attributes:

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Know Your Enemy - LW Wiking Panther!


Know Thy Enemy, and Thyself - LW Wiking Panther!

Welcome to a new series of articles providing an in-depth mathematical analysis (or as I like to call it: Mathnalysis!) of individual units and their relative strengths and weaknesses on the Flames of War tabletop.

"It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle." - Sun Tzu (one of many translations from The Art of War)

While the roll of the D6 prevents us from 'knowing' with 100% certainty, Sun Tzu makes it clear that intelligence is the key to winning the fight. Knowing when to engage, when not to engage, when the odds are in your favor or against you are all key to playing well. This series aims to arm you, the player, with the information necessary to make the best decisions possible and lead you to victory.

Today's topic: LW Wiking Panthers!

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Homemade Terrain - Fields

Terrain is as important to our hobby as is collecting the miniatures to play the game. Terrain changes the character of every game we play by modifying the conditions our armies find themselves in. Just like the terrain in the real world, our scaled down terrain can benefit and hamper our troops and drastically change our tactics. One of the most common types of terrain found throughout the world is terrain related to agriculture. Those of us who have spent time in the Mid-West of the United States have seen this first hand. Crop production dominates the vast majority of arable land around the world.

For the purposes of most war gaming, we refer to these fertile lands as fields. Fields are areas of land which have been set aside for the purpose of growing and producing crops for human or animal consumption. Contrary to popular belief, fields are not just flat areas of open land.  Fields can be very dynamic and can offer a lot of flavor to any war game. Fields can be plowed, muddy, frozen, dry, ready for harvest and anything in between.  Fields can also be planted on or around hills.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Polish 10th MCB vs Mittlere Panzerkompanie

Played another Early War vs Patrik down at the club, this time he brought a much more interesting list compared to last week’s Czech Panzerkompanie. This was the first time I got to face a Mittlere Panzerkompanie.

I myself brought the 10th motorized cavalry brigade. The 1500pts lists looked like this.

10th Motorized Cavalry Brigade

Headquarters
Colonel Stanislaw Maczek: 60points
Regiment HQ: 40 points

Combat & Weapons platoons
Zmotoryzowanej company: 2 platoons with 2 HMG’s
Zmotoryzowanej company: 2 platoons with 1 HMG
Zmotoryzowanej AT gun platoon: 3 guns
Zmotoryzowanej AT gun platoon: 3 guns
Reconaissance tank platoon: 5 TKS, (2 with 20mm guns)
Reconaissance tank platoon: 5 TKS, (2 with 20mm guns)

Divisional Support
R-35 tank platoon

Limited Air support Pzl.23 Karas light bomber

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Know the Mission I: Free For All


We are proud to bring you a new premium episode series- Know the Mission.  This will be fairly irregular, recorded when we have an opportunity.  Make no mistake, it will not interfere with the regular podcast!  Additionally, for those of you subscribing to After Hours, these episodes will of course be available at no extra charge!  After Hours, News From the Front, and now Know the Mission- that's a lot of WWPD...  Can y'all handle it?

Without further ado: Know the Mission I- Free For All

The dudes have been wanting to record this for a while, and finally found the time right before Dirty Jon ran off to Aruba to escape his mountain of lead!

In the first episode of Know the Mission, the dudes put "Free For All" under the microscope.  Some of this may be old hat to you veterans out there, but we hope you may find some nugget of wisdom buried somewhere in the ranting and raving!
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Monday, August 6, 2012

Raiding Forces --- SAS

Keeping in line with my series of reviews on the raiding forces, the next up are....the Special Air Service… the SAS!  Previously, previously we talked about the Autosahariana and the  LRDG.

For the SAS, let’ start our review with a quick look at Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_SAS) for a summary of this unit in the Desert War.


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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Bolt Action Book Review

Editor's Note:  Today marks the launch of our 3rd blog, Bolt Action .Net!  Our good friend Judson MacCaull is at the helm of this new site, and his enthusiasm for Bolt Action is infectious!  So head on over to Bolt Action .Net and welcome in the newest site in the WWPD Network!  Check back for new articles every few days.  http://www.boltaction.net -Steven


This article is a duplicate from http://www.boltaction.net
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I first heard about Bolt Action (Osprey Publishing and Warlord Games) from my long-time, gamer compadre Dano. His FLGS had received a draft copy of the rules, and after checking them out, he called me.
Bolt Action, by Osprey Publishing and Warlord Games
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Saturday, August 4, 2012

WWPD Partner Picks for August 4th, 2012!

Welcome to a new series of articles that we'll be posting most Saturdays!  In this series we're going to prowl the WWPD Network Partners to bring you the content that we thought was interesting, insightful, funny, or just plain bizarre!  So to kick things off, let's pick 3!  Interested in joining the network?

Anatoli's Polish R35 Company
Anatoli is all about researching the Polish forces in the Blitzkrieg era for Flames of War.  If you haven't seen his September campaign yet, do yourself a favor and look it over!  Here, Anatoli has assembled a company comprised of 10 R35s representing the 21st Light Tank Company, one of 5 new tank companies forthcoming in his September Campaign v.2 campaign book!

Throck of War: Historicon 2012
The dudes over at Throck of War discuss their experiences at Historicon 2012!  With plenty of great pictures from the various setups and commentary to match, this is a comprehensive look at the convention!  Of particular interest is the 54mm scale FOW game "for the kids".


Dice Devil's Historicon Video Coverage
Okay!  I promise this is the last you'll hear about Historicon from us!  We just had such a great time that we want to share it with the world.  "Matt Varnish" over at Dice Devils took a ton of video.  So check it out and see what it was all about!


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Friday, August 3, 2012

List Dissection: Bersaglieri

I'm a huge fan of the Bersaglieri in Flames of War.  They certainly represent the cream of the crop for the Italian forces in North Africa which makes them not really representative of the "standard" Italian formation- but that's fine with me!  In Flames of War terms they're one of the more unique choices with their core combat units being comprised of such large numbers of multi-purpose guns.  These guys embraced the "Few Men, Many Weapons" ideaology with both arms.

In Flames of War, the Bersaglieri are a very interesting company. The combat platoons are very large and have a good chance at being elite. They have a 1/3 chance of being trained, a 1/2 chance of being confident veteran, and a 1/6 chance at being fearless vet, thanks to 8 Million Bayonets.  Their Combat platoons are comparable to US Armored Rifles- they can deal with almost anything on their own!  So let's build a list.  We're going for 1625, the current favorite for Mid War thanks to the 2012 US Nationals.

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

The WWPD Network keeps rollin out!

Hey guys, over the last few days we've been continuing the roll out of our latest endeavor: The WWPD Network. (network.wwpd.net)
Tying it all together
There's 2 main drivers behind the inception of the WWPD Network.
The first is to provide a resource to keep track of all of our stuff! We've got quite a lot of cool things going on on the web now like our podcast, our blog, our facebook, our blog about Saga, our (revamped!) player finder etc etc.  Now rather than requiring an entire bookmark folder, we have an easy to use page that can act as a springboard into all of our cool stuff!

In addition to the neat "Spider Web" detailing our sites (which was designed to be very touch friendly for tablets!), you'll see a consolidated feed of our articles on the bottom right.  We refer to WWPD sites as "Network Sites".  On our Network sites, you will notice a handy slider overlay on the right hand side.  Clicking it will make it "slide out" revealing some quick links to our various offerings.  We've also added a common footer to all of our sites; again in the spirit of easy navigation among the different WWPD Sites.  But we weren't going to just stop there!

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Battlefield in a Box: Calais House

As most of you probably know by now, Battlefront have started a new "House of the Month Club" subscription service for their line of 15mm Battlefield in a Box line.  For $21/month you get a new house on your doorstep (note- though it seemed like I was being charged for shipping at check out, I was NOT charged shipping when i got my receipt).  That's 12 fully painted Western European houses to add to your game table for around $250 USD over the course of a year.  But Wait!  There's More!  In addition to the 12 houses included in the subscription deal, you get 2 additional sets at no extra charge!  The first is a set of stone walls and monuments and the second is a set of "house extensions" to break up the boxiness of the houses and add some character to them.

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