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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Somethin' Else Sunday: Grular for Freeblades

As a followup to the look at the Trillians by DGS Games, here is the Freeband I bought to face them in combat: The Grular!  As with the Trillians, these were all painted by Jeff (AKA Sonbae).  Thanks Jeff!

Description text in italics below taken from www.dgsgames.com

Multitudes of Grular roam the world in pursuit of adventure, plunder and battle. Young Grular are raised on stories of legendary freebands and their adventures. Joining a freeband is the primary path for Grular to rise above their birth earning a greater place amongst Grular society. To the Grular roaming the world is their chance at glory and glory is the reason for living. With the release of our new Grular starter box, you are one purchase away from marshaling your own Grular free band. Be among the first to experience the thrill of marauding across Faelon for the glory of your clan, Khan and all of Grular!

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Review: Winter Log Emplacements, Gun Pits & Dug-In Markers

Battlefront was kind enough to send us some Winter Log Emplacements Dug-in Markers and some Gun Pits Log Emplacements for review.  These are being provided for the Battle of the Bulge series of books and models that are in-process.  The array of scenery items available to support this time period is very impressive.

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Friday, September 28, 2012

EW German Infantry vs French Infantry (Hasty Attack)

After the NOVA Open, Tom and I were feeling good about Early War again, and wanted to quickly follow up! We did, however, forget that we vowed to play infantry battles at lower points and settled on 1750. The board was set and the mission was Hasty Attack. The Frenchies naturally won to defend.
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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Review: Battlefront's US Recon

We have all learned fairly quickly that recon is a must have in Flames of War Version 3.  Whether you are trying to thwart Black Juan Melia's Tank Destroyers, or No Good Dirty Jon's Marder III Ms, any good strategy needs to include the use of recon troops.  Each nationality has a variety of recon troops available for their commanders to use.  From ground pounding rifle scouts to armored cars, these sneaky World War Ninjas can pick out an ambush, reveal troops that are dug in deep, or sneak up a flank at lightning speed, giving you the advantage you need to beat your enemy.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

NFTF Episode 45

Episode 45 and After Hours are now live!
News From the Front Episode 45 "Rick Priestley is the Man"

In this episode we are very lucky to be joined by Rick Priestley!  If you don't know who he is, google him now- you probably like something he's done!  We are joined with Judson to talk some Bolt Action before rounding out the episode by discussing some tactics around setting up assaults in Flames of War.
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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Crescent Root Buildings & Church Base

For those of you who have followed WWPD for a while, this should come as no surprise: I really love Crescent Root's Buildings.  There was a time when I had one of everything they've produced!  Then came the dark days.  Crescent Root shut down for around 2 years... but recently they've come back with a vengeance!  In addition to offering an expanding line of buildings, they've reintroduced their line of "building area bases".  Today I have the opportunity to show off the redesigned terrain base designed for their excellent church (and see our review here).  Stick around after the break to see me pulling out all of my 15mm Normandy stuff.  Also be sure and check out my 28mm desert buildings and 15mm desert buildings!  
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Monday, September 24, 2012

WWPD Now Available for your Apple or Android Device!


At long last, you can listen to "News From the Front", "After Hours", "On the Road", "Know the Mission" and our brand new "Bolt Action Radio" podcast in one easy to use place!  Available for both Android and iOS!

Features:
  • Streaming access to play episodes from anywhere
  • Always updated with the latest episodes and an archived back catalog
  • Playback resume (when interrupted by a call or other distraction)
  • Access to exclusive extras like show notes, wallpapers, interviews and bonus content
  • Quick access to all the contact methods for the show like call, email, web, Facebook, and Twitter

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Star Wars X-Wing Overview and Batrep

A little while ago, in a game room not too far away...  Joe Messerle and I sat down to play a game of Fantasy Flight Games' new darling Star Wars: X-Wing.  I must admit I was rather skeptical of this game.  I was luke-warm on Wings of War (although I later revised my stance once realizing that WofW works really well in large groups), and had heard this was a similar system.  So I was a bit skeptical at first, but the pre-painted miniatures looked really good, and I figured it was at least worth checking out.
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Saturday, September 22, 2012

WWPD Partner Picks for September 22nd 2012

Tank Aces at The War Altar
Our friends across the pond in Ireland take us through the start of a Tank Aces event held at their club.  This post has some really great "historical information" to accompany the Flames of War battle report.  The organizers report..."We knew we have our six club FoW players, regardless, but were delighted to gain six brand new players. The faction split was heavily in favour of the Axis, so I switched to an Allied army. Goodbye, sweet Fearless Trained King Tigers, we'll meet again. I swear it."

Game of Thrones CCG Review at Anatoli's Game Room
Anatoli takes an in-depth look at this collectible card game based on the popular books and HBO series by George R. R. Martin.  Anatoli goes into great depth and detail about the game, reviewing production quality, game mechanics and of course how fun it the game is!  This post and game are certainly both worth taking a look at.

Dispatches from the Front AAR: Dust Up
This ARR features a classic match-up that is much the craze these days:  M10s vs Panther.  The battle has customized lists based on what was available - just have fun with it, guys!  "The battle starts with the Panzer platoons moving forward at the double while the mortars dig in. Slightly disturbed by the sight of a lot of tanks advancing at speed, the Task Force opted to spread out with one Destroyer platoon trying to move round to the left flank while the second Destroyer platoon tried to move around the right flank."



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Friday, September 21, 2012

Raiding Aces Review- Office of Strategic Services (OSS)



The last Raiding Force that was used in our Flames of War Raiding Aces campaign was the American OSS. This is really cool force with some options that capture the mystery of the force that is the forerunner of the American CIA and the Green Berets.



As I have been doing in my other articles, let’s start with a look at the history of the unit.. “Quick, to Wikipedia!”

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OSS Patch

 “The Office of Strategic Services (OSS) was a United States intelligence agency formed during World War II. It was the wartime intelligence agency, and it was a predecessor of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The OSS was formed in order to coordinate espionage activities The Office of Strategic Services was established by a Presidential military order issued by President Roosevelt on June 13, 1942, to collect and analyze strategic information required by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and to conduct special operations not assigned to other agencies.

From 1943–1945, the OSS played a major role in training Kuomintang troops in China and Burma, and recruited Kachin, and other indigenous irregular forces for sabotage as well as guides for Allied forces in Burma fighting the Japanese Army. Among other activities, the OSS helped arm, train and supply resistance movements, including Mao Zedong's Red Army in China and the Viet Minh in French Indochina, in areas occupied by the Axis powers during World War II. …Other functions of the OSS included the use of propaganda, espionage, subversion, and post-war planning.”

From the National Park Service On line Library (I know!  The National Park Service right?)….An excerpt from pg 311-2 of the PDF provides some great information on the OSS’ efforts with the Italian Partisans:

“They provided much valuable information for the advancing American Army, such as enemy targets and where the retreating Germans were building defenses, erecting anti-tank ditches and emplacing mines. OSS Florence praised “Coletti” (Boni’s code name) for ‘the high level of intelligence you have been sending.’  The praise came from Lieutenant Irving Goff, who years later recalled that ‘We had eighteen radio teams speaking German, French, English, Italian in northern Italy….The intelligence we sent was called by Allied headquarters the best from any source. We had house-by-house….We had an overlay map of all the German positions. The American Army knew where every German was.’  Formichelli’s ‘Cayuga’ mission established contact with the unified Resistance command in the Parma area, which directed thirteen partisan brigades, nearly 4,000 partisans. …During the five-month ‘Cayuga mission, Formichelli subsequently reported that the partisans in his zone had been engaged in 182 actions, conducted 38 acts of sabotage, blowing up 6 railroad bridges and 7 highway bridges. They destroyed two trains loaded with arms and ammunitions, three locomotives, 41 trucks, and captured 57 trucks and numerous weapons and stocks of ammunition. They had attacked 43 enemy command posts and eliminated 26 of them, killed 612 enemy soldiers, wounded 750, and taken 1,520 prisoners…”

 The key “flavor” of this list is the small OSS contingent of US military personnel being supplemented by local Resistance/Maquis with US leadership.  The Flames of War lists capture this flavor in all its glory.  From Easy Army:





In our Raiding Aces campaign, our OSS player was Michael R. (Link2Edition on the WWPD Forums).  He is a regular opponent of mine, so I got to face the wrath of his OSS several times.  This review will focus on how Michael modeled his force and those figures.  You can see the BatReps of our Raiding Aces games here:

BatRep 1

BatRep 2

BatRep 3

For the US OSS in FoW, you have 3 main unit types:  the Operational Group, Guerrillas, and Partisans.  His Operational Group came from BFs US802 OSS Operational Group blister, the Guerrillas were a standard American Rifle Platoon (as they were armed and equipped by the US), and the Partisans were a mix of mostly the FR860 FFI Rifle Platoon and a handful of US Infantry for flavor.  For the figure review, we will focus on the OSS Operational Group and FFI Blisters.

Accuracy:  As has been battled ad nauseam on several websites, Battlefront infantry are not true 1:1 representations. They are on the “chunky cherub” side of things.  ‘Nuff said.  For the purpose of this review, I go beyond that and use “accuracy” to refer to historical vs ahistorical items; proportions internal to the figure; and the mix of figures in the blister. 

The OSS blister is a repackaging of several figures from the existing US Para Infantry and US Rifle Infantry sets.  This gives a good mix of US uniforms; but, how often did the OSS Operational Group members actually wear their US uniforms?  From different sources, I have seen over time, I have seen them wear local garb as standing out in US uniform amongst locals is a sure way to invite enemy fire.

OSS 1st Lieutenant George Musulin behind enemy lines in German-occupied Serbia, as Chetnik, during his first mission on November 1943 OSS Wikipedia.

Having the mix of US troops in US uniforms is a concession to gameplay for unit recognition.  As stated, the troops themselves are existing sculps and everything looks appropriate for that figure.  The uniform mix though is a bit of distracter if you just want to use the blister. Mixing some armed civilians on a stand with a few uniformed soldiers is a good balance; but the OSS Operational Group blister doesn’t include any armed civilians and you would have to buy that blister to get the desired effect.  Overall 8/10 out of the blister…If you add some armed civilians from the FFI Blister 9/10.

For the FFI Blister, you have a move to more of a 1:1 proportion; gone are the chunky cherubs…hello to the anorexic zombies.  I can't hide my dislike of the infantry sculps BF put out in this timeframe.  Striving for 1:1 proportions are fine, but it wasn't executed as well as it could have been. This move also brings up some quality issues to be discussed in a bit.  There are several sculps where the hands are too big, arms too long, etc…This detracts from the overall accuracy of the model.  The civilian clothes and weapons mix are nice and reflect the pictures and film clips I have seen.  They are armed with British weapons...many Free French were.  Having these British weapons in an OSS led force isn’t too farfetched, but feels a little off…very minor impact to overall accuracy.  Overall 7/10 out of the blister.

Quality: 

Figures from the OSS blister were very clean sculps.  Mike R said that figures in his OSS blister had just a little flash and no miscasts. Overall 10/10.

The FFI blister, however, was a different story.  Mike said these had a lot of flash, much more than “normal” for a Battlefront product.  He also had several miscast figures that were unusable.  The faces on many of these also seemed to be deformed, especially the figures with beards.  Cleaning these up really impacted the paintability of the figure as well.  Overall 6/10.

Versatility:  Again, this is where I measure how easy it is to convert/model the figures. 

The OSS blister can EASILY be used to fill in models in either an American Infantry or Parachute Infantry teams….since they are the same figures.  In fact, when we ran our Raiding Aces campaign, Mike R used teams from his US Armored Rifles to fill in for the OSS Operational Group.  Very high versatility. Overall:  9/10.

The FFI blister is very limited.  Short of using the figures for objectives or another Western European Resistance forces you can’t reuse them for anything else.   You might think you could swap them out in a Soviet Partisan Company, but remember…the FFI troops have British weapons…not a fit for Eastern Front units.  Overall 5/10.

Paintability

OSS Blister.  Very high.  Nice clean models with good detail.  This is Battlefront Infantry at its best.   Overall:  10/10.

FFI Blister.  On the lower end of the spectrum.  While you can really open up the color palette on the civilian clothes, the lack of detail on the faces, excessive flash and miscasts really lower this score. Overall 5/10.

Mike R used a mix of Vallejo and GW paints using a basecoat, wash and hi-light technique to great effect.

OSS Operational Group Platoon
OSS Operational Group Platoon (all sides)
OSS Operational Group Platoon with swap options
2/3 of a Partisan Company
Partisan Leader (US officer with Locals)
 


Overall:

OSS 9.5/10 and the FFI 5.75/10.  The OSS Operational Group blister is a great buy.  Great sculps and you can use the figures for several US lists.  The FFI, however, were a bit of a disappointment.  From bad body proportions, to excessive flash, to miscasts, to models that can only be used in 2 lists (the OSS and Task Force A), you have a blister that you might want to think hard about before you buy it. For a 3 foot army no problem…for a 2 foot Army I have second thoughts….for a 1 foot Army I would look somewhere else.

Summary and Lessons Learned:  You get some really cool options with this force.  The OSS Operational Group, Guerrilla and the Partisans all have an option to swap teams for HMGs, mortars, or AT Guns.  The OSS and Guerrillas have the "OSS Detachments" ability where you can swap up to eight Bazooka teams, up to six MG teams, up to two M1919 LMG teams, up to two M2 60mm mortar teams, up to two M3 37mm gun teams, or any number of SMG teams for all the OSS and Guerilla units as part of their base cost whereas the Partisans have to buy a 4th platoon for 95 points and can swap only 5 teams. 

 Michael R told me that in his games he used the inherent team swapping capability of the OSS and Guerrillas and left the Partisans as an infantry blob.  He kept one of the OSS platoons as SMG teams and used the other platoon of OSS or Guerrillas to swap teams for the heavy weapons.  Supporting Rifle/MG firepower came from the other Guerrilla platoon.  Partisans he saved as a Mass Infantry blob for assaults….15 stands of infantry in assault can be nasty.  His Partisans did so well in our games that we called them “Spartasians”… and continue to do so even now.  Not only does using the OSS platoon’s inherent swapping save points, but it also gives you Fearless Veteran teams vice the “Unknown” of the Partisans randomly determined morale/training which can be either Fearless Conscript (16%), Reluctant Trained (33%), Confident Conscript (33%), or Confident Trained (16%).

Speed of movement is an issue for this army…they are all on foot.  The OSS and Guerrillas do get the "Special Operations" ability where they can Double Time through difficult terrain…but they are still walking.  Both of these unit types can also Double Time at night.  When facing vehicles with wheeled or jeep mobility, you can find yourself out maneuvered very quickly.

The punch of the list is the OSS.  They get Tank Assault 3 and are a threat to armor.  The biggest thing, though, is that they are based on the small stands but pack the same “punch” in shooting and assaults as a medium based Infantry team.  This actually applies to all of the Raiders and is a very interesting point.  What this means is that in the space where I can have 2 normal (medium) based Infantry teams, I can have 3 small based OSS (or other Raider) team lined up base to base.  3 swings vs 2 in assault….7 SMG teams strung out across 4 (3.5 really) enemy infantry teams (which equates to 21 SMG shots to 8 Rifle/MG shots).

Michael also shared with me a neat little tactic he used with these guys…that of what to put in reserve.  It is situational dependent.  Should you need a big block of infantry on an objective early…start with Spartasians… I mean Partisans…or Guerrillas on board and make sure they are dug in.  That huge block will be tough to dig out.  If you have to move to get where you need to go, he likes to keep them in reserve and bring them on once the battlefield has developed and bring them on where their exposure to enemy fire is the least.  In one of our games, they popped out right on top of my CiC as he was getting ready to flee the board for the win!  I just couldn’t kill enough of them in one round to keep them from assaulting...where I died a heroic death.

This force also gets to use Interdiction Raids.  I won’t go into depth here since I talked about these nasty tricksy raids in my SAS article.  Check them out, they can pack a nasty strategic punch.

I Hope this was helpful.  The OSS list has a lot of flavor and can do quite well in a Raiding Aces Campaign.  Michael wanted me to pass on that due to the lack of mobility you need to plan ahead several turns, so it is not for the beginner….but once you get  a taste of the all the tools in the toolbox and how you can configure your force on the fly…it is a lot of fun to play.

SonBae (AKA Jeff Flint) is a long time gamer and painter and runs a blog at Journey Back To The Table where he posts photos of his work, reviews, BatReps and the “Painting Miniatures Declassified” modeling and painting tutorials.


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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Review: Frozen Ponds and Snowdrifts

Battlefront hooked us up with some of their Frozen Ponds and Snowdrifts for review. With all of the winter books coming up, it is no surprise that they would have some stuff for us to put on our gaming tables. Let's take a look!

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Know Your Enemy - MW US Sherman

Know Thy Enemy, and Thyself - MW US Shermans!

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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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Soviet Lend Lease Shermans (Emchas)

As I've mentioned many times, I love the look of US Olive Drab equipment in Soviet service.  So, after finishing up my M3A1s, I quickly got to work on 2 boxes of Allied Shermans by The Plastic Soldier Company.  Also visible here is Loza by Battlefront Miniatures in his M4 76.  Now I don't know my sherman models very well, but it looks like Loza is in an M4A3 while the Plastic Soldier company tanks are M4A2s.    Feel free to correct me on the forum!

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Monday, September 17, 2012

NFTF Episode 44 & After Hours Now Live!

Episode 44 and After Hours are now live!
News From the Front Episode 44 "Assault Cats"

Assault Cats ho!  The fellas have a bunch to report in the AAR.  The NOVA Open, Dropzone Games, Descent, and more!  Steven gives an overview of Bolt Action, followed by some discussion on airplanes and Assault Guns.

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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Somethin' Else Sunday: Trillian Warband for Freeblades!

Presented for your approval: The Trillian Seekers starter set by DGS Games.  These beautiful 32mm figures were painted by our friend and WWPD contributor Jeff AKA SonBae.  I am so pleased with his painting, I commissioned him to do 2 armies for Bolt Action for me!  I really love the description text and history from the DGS site, so I will be reproducing much of it here to best do these models justice!


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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Battlefield in a Box: Badlands

As Battlefront's Battlefield in a Box line keeps expanding, more and more options are becoming available not just for Flames of War and 15mm, but for 28mm as well.  We've received a few boxes of the new Badlands terrain to have a look at.
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Friday, September 14, 2012

Staghounds

I wanted to get back to some British Flames of War stuff, so I dug through my huge painting queue and plucked out some fine Staghounds! I originally got these so I could run the 2nd Household Cavalry Squadron out of Hell's Highway - I just might have to give these a try!


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Thursday, September 13, 2012

SS Panzergrenadiers Camouflage Tutorial and Spotlight

So, as usual, I cannot remember where I got this pack of SS Panzergrenadiers for Flames of War. At the request of one of our WWPD Network fans, Luke and I filmed a short video on how to paint infantry camouflage. Unfortunately, that was beyond our technical abilities with the equipment we have, so I have instead done this little write-up.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Red Army Strelkovy Crashes Into Finnish Infantry!


With a huge thank you to forum user "Grumpus" (Names have been changed to protected the self-proclaimed grumpy), I was able to finish my Strelkovy really quickly! He very generously donated a mountain of Soviets to WWPD HQ, and Jon, Luke and I picked through them like a Komissar looking for bodies to send to the front line.

So, naturally, I had to play mid war and run Conscripts! Sean obliged with his Finns. We rolled for the mission and came up with Fighting Withdrawal. The Soviets were, naturally, the attackers.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Soviet Strelkovy- 2 Full Companies finally done!

Thanks to Grumpus, Tom and Joe who all made finishing these 2 companies of Strelkovy possible!  Again, Grumpus was kind enough to send us a huge reinforcement pool of brave Soviets to fight for the motherland.  These guys are geared for mid war- each company has 9 SMGs and 18 Rifle/MG teams.  
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Monday, September 10, 2012

Review: Zvesda Sdkfz 222s

As Part of my journey into the harsh climates of North Africa, I decided I "needed" two opposing armies to complement my SAS raiding force. So I started shopping around and decided to settle on a British Light Armoured Squadren and a Gepanzerte Panzergrenadierkompanie.
I Opted to go for two very different style lists from my late war Brit Paras.
I am also looking to buy on a budget, which naturally lead me to Zvezda.
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Sunday, September 9, 2012

"On the Road" Episode I: Nova Open 2012

Download the Episode by Clicking Here!
As you know, I really like recording in the car! It makes for good, natural conversation, and it's the kind of chats you're probably having to and from gaming events as well! In this, the first episode in a new "freemium" series, Tom and I are returning from the NOVA Open 2012. We recorded our trip up where I discussed Bolt Action in depth, but it didn't turn out so you only get one way this time- sorry! We love Tom, but he isn't named "Mad Dog de Mayo" for nothing- be wary that our language can get a bit "colorful" at times. Children shouldn't be listening to us ANYWAYS, but consider this extra warning! Let us know what you guys think of the format by sounding off on our forum!

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Somethin' Else Sunday: Freeblades by DGS Games!

Some of you may have heard about or even played a demo of Freeblades, a skirmish game put out by DGS Games.  I was lucky enough to be able to sit in on a demo during Adepticon and thoroughly enjoyed myself!  (as an aside- a wedding was going immediately adjacent to one of the main gaming halls.  The people did not look pleased to share restrooms with a throng of gamers.  I overheard one bridesmaid mutter "This is hell.")

The game itself is a battle between Freebands (groups of Freeblades) who are fortune hunters that operate under a warrant from one of numerous factions set in the perilous world of Faelon.  The models are beautiful 32mm fantasy figures with all sorts of character.  I picked up two starter sets for the Trillians (who are essentially elves) and The Grular (Sort of a combination of Mongolian raiders and.. uh... demons).  The setting is well thought out and has a lot of depth, but does suffer a bit from being a fantasy setting that doesn't break a lot of new ground.  Freeblades seems a bit like a D&D campaign setting dreamed up by one of the guys and expanded upon as the years progressed.  This isn't necessarily a knock- hell, The Elder Scrolls series was apparently created in the same way!  There is some real depth to the world and the book is full of "historical" data and beautiful maps.
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Saturday, September 8, 2012

WWPD Partner Picks for September 8th 2012

Phil on World War Two: Montie's Pythons at Montesano Sulla Marcellana
Phil's regular force (Montie's Pythons) trades in their Brit armor to assist the Americans.  Fighting in Italy, the troops have "... have been assigned the job giving the Fish-Slapping Dance to an Italian Battalion near Montesano sulla Marcellana that had refused their country's orders to surrender."  It's not often you see Fucilieri on the board, especially not ones that can give yanks the business!  


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Friday, September 7, 2012

Soviet Strelkovy vs Polish Lancers in Fighting Withdrawal

This one's for Anatoli. Scott had a board setup featuring the Strelkovy in Wargames Illustrated attacking some Polish Lancers in a Fighting Withdrawal. The Soviets were insane! And confident Conscripts! Can the Poles hold out against the Crimson Tide? Tom made a deal with the Dice Gods that if he won he'd buy a Polish army.

Some fun rules of note: The Soviet tanks have to roll for "sabotage" at the beginning. I forgot to do that for the T-26s at first, so when you see 3 suddenly jump back out of the pack, you'll know why!

The Soviet Command teams are Command Komissar teams! That means if I roll the one after Komissarring someone (yes, I made that a verb), they shoot their own command team! Yowza!

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Thursday, September 6, 2012

N00b Zone: Even More Painting and Modeling Tips

...and, we're back! After a bit of a break, it is time once again for some painting and modeling tips. Today, I am going to focus on some terrain making tips. Terrain is very important in Flames of War, and can really improve your enjoyment of the game. These tips are especially geared for newer folks, but may be useful for veteran hobbyists as well.

Fixing
Using the right method to fix your scenic stuff can be tricky and you can waste a ton of time if you do not use the right thing. I use hot glue for rocks, fences, foliage on trees, shrubs, etc. Basically, if hot glue can be used, use it. Hot glue is super fast and you do not have to wait out long drying times. If you are not using a hot glue gun, you are very much wasting your hobby time. Be careful, as you can burn yourself very easily!
You will have to perfect your gluing technique -- you can easily get little glue-strand 'hairs' all over the place, ruining your look. When I glue something down, I tend to apply the glue, then wrap the strand around the tip of the hot glue gun. This does get glue on the end, but I can scrape that off with a hobby knife when the tip cools down.
I put the stuff on the bases below with super-glue and it started to let loose. I remodeled with hot glue, sealed the foliage, and it is all good now!

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Picture Dump from the NOVA Open 2012.

Thursday and Friday of Labor Day weekend, Tom and I rode up to the Nova Open to play in the friday 1500 point Early War tournament.  We got there fairly early Thursday night and took the opportunity to get some gaming in!

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

NOVA Open 2012 Results and Photos!

Just got home from NOVA Open 2012 and wanted to share the results and some pictures!

We had a one-day 1500 EW tournament on Friday and a two-day 1750 LW tournament on Saturday. All in all, I think everyone that showed had a great time. We look forward to doing it again in 2013!

Big props to Sean Sarah and Chris Huhn for the assistance as ringers when needed! A few photo highlights below, and TONS more can be found here!
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Monday, September 3, 2012

Episode 43 and After Hours Now Live!

Episode 43 Now Live!
We've 42 episodes behind us and there's nowhere to go but forward!  We have a lot of games we've played recently to discuss, in addition to Anatoli's newer September Campaign pdf!  We also discuss the rules for Combat attachments and Kampfgruppe.  The episode gets rounded out with a discussion on German Tank Hunters, and Jon's book review on "Origins of the 2nd World War".

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Sunday, September 2, 2012

The September Campaign v.2 Orders of Battle book released

While I was not planning for release on September 1st when I started working on the project, it ended up becoming a natural release date for the Orders of Battle book as I finished writing it roughly a week ago and have been proof reading and tinkering with stats and points up until now.

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Saturday, September 1, 2012

WWPD Partner Picks for September 1st, 2012

Steven made the mistake of giving me the keys to the car this week! Here are MY partner picks:

Frozen Gamer AK: DUST Warfare Review Review
Our man Craig Baxter takes and in-depth look at DUST Warfare. He has full information on the figures, and answers a ton of question I had about the game. Craig does a great job of going into the background of the game, gameplay and the future of DUST Warfare.
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