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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

US T27 Xylophone Rocket Launcher

A new toy for the Americans that can be found in Devil's Charge is the T27 Xylophone Rocket Launcher.  Mounting the same M8 rockets found on the Calliopes, the T27 is a cut down cheap piece of artillery for the US, similar to the mighty Russian Katyusha.  For 75 points, you get two T27s and for an additional 10 points you can give each T27 extra crew.


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Monday, October 29, 2012

US 2nd Cav vs KG Peiper (Fighting Withdrawal)

It had been a while since Sean and I played a game of FoW. I was wanting to try out the Cav Recon and Sean is still loving fearless trained panthers and so decided to run Peiper. We rolled for the mission and came up with Fighting Withdrawal.

All of the US support is Confident Veteran.

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News From the Front Episode 46 and After Hours!

Get The App | Download Episode 46 | Download After Hours

Editor's note: It's been a while!  But like a bad case of the "Dirty Jons", we just keep comin back!  This time we talk about our recent gaming, my New Zealand trip and of course- NUTS!  This episode might be a bit much for younger listeners- we're fairly raunchy from the get go so be warned!
  • 0:00 - Intro and AAR, App introduction
  • 0:46 - NUTS! also  Bolt Action Painting Contest Announced
  • 1:22 - World of Tanks Updates, Spartacus Preview
Links Mentioned in this Episode:

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

On the Pole -- Building a Polish Army, Part Two

“Fathers, our only job is to keep our daughters off the pole.”  - Chris Rock

Yay, horses! Wikipedia.
In my last article, I reviewed the various options for EW Poles, and decided to begin by collecting a Motorized Cavalry Brigade using the Battlefront model range.  (I also insulted the WWPD community and possibly the entire Polish nation, but let's not talk about that...)

Poland only had two such brigades. The famous Black Brigade wore a different uniform, unique in the Polish army.   My choice of model range therefore means that I will be collecting the Warsaw Motorized Cavalry brigade. Anatoli gives this brigade its own list; Blitzkreig lumps the two brigades together, letting the either take 7TPs (which the 10th Brigade didn't have) or fight alongside an armored train (which fought with the 10th Brigade, but not the Warsaw brigade). 

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Saturday, October 27, 2012


With all of the talk of the USTDs being super-powered in V3, I decided to collect some Pumas for my Late War Flames of War Germans.  It didn't hurt that I snatched up six of these for about 40% off in the flea market at Historicon -- or that I played Bill Dorias with a very awesome Puma list at the Game Vault this year - he totally killed me.

So .. why do I love these?

The platoon is done up clean - Dirty Jon Camo Style!
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Friday, October 26, 2012

Flames of War Hero: Audie Murphy

The Audie Murphy Hero can be found in the new Devils Charge book from Battlefront.  You can field him as a single hero or as a HMG bunker objective.  Below is a clip from To Hell and Back, a movie staring Audie Murphy about his time during the War.  This is a clip of the battle where he won the medal of honor.  Even though there are some inaccuracies it is still pretty cool.

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

On the Pole - Building a Polish Army, Part One

 “Fathers, our only job is to keep our daughters off the pole.”  - Chris Rock

Winged Hussars or Winged Hussies? A rather frightening enticement crafted by Weyland.

Steve started off with this thread in the forum: "Help me convince Tom to play EW Poles."  Shortly thereafter, I was deluged with highly sexualized enticements to begin an EW Polish army.  I've featured several of them on this page.

Does the thought of being seduced by the WWPD forum frighten you?  It does me.  Especially because I imagine everyone on the internet is an obese 45-year old man living in his parent's basement, bathed in the amber glow of his ancient monitor.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Review: ME 262 A2a Sturmvogel (AC009)

Battlefront was kind enough to send us one of their new ME 262 A2a Sturmvogel miniatures for a review.  Earlier this year, I saw an Osprey book about this plane and I wondered if we would get one for Flames of War -- we did!  I was also really excited to get my hands on the newer flight stands and to see what was included in the single plane packs.  Let's take a look!

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Peter Pig French Infantry

Guest post by Tom B. AKA "VonBurge from TMP".  Thanks Tom!

When Flames of War released “Blitzkrieg” I was very excited to start up a Early War French Tank Force. I always loved the look of the Soumas, Hotchkiss, and Renault tanks and BattleFront was producing some excellent models of them. That was all good news for me but the bad news was that the Early War French Infantry and Gunners have to be about the worst sculpts that Battlefront ever produced. They just would not do!!!

So I looked at alternatives for infantry and gunner figures to provide my tanks the proper support they needed.  I first looked to Old Glory/Command Decision miniatures.  The Old Glory miniatures seemed suitable enough,  but it did not appear that their infantry packs included necessary VB Rifle Grenades miniatures and the packing (by 50’s) would mean some waste when adding in the LMG to the teams. Forged in Battle had some nice Early War French infantry, but no artillery crews to go with them. So ultimately I turned to Peter Pig to get the infantry and gunners I needed.
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Monday, October 22, 2012

More details about my trip to Battlefront HQ

Hi everyone!  I know many of you have more questions about my trip to NZ, and I do apologize for somewhat vague information posted to date.  This was largely due to plans still being finalized and not wanting to speculate.  But, to answer your questions, concerns, and advice (which have ranged from the hilarious to the downright spiteful), I've decided to assemble a quick FAQ.  As you'll learn, transparency is of the utmost importance in this project so feel free to ask any questions below so long as you obey our golden rule!

Q. Why are you being flown to NZ anyway?
A. Battlefront have made some controversial decisions lately, as you all probably know.  The internet has been alive with discussion, and speculation at a fever pitch.  People understandably want to understand decisions and voice their concerns when decisions affect them.  My visit is one piece of a larger puzzle in an initiative by Battlefront to take a step back, and introduce transparency and openness into their operation.  I won't speak to any decisions because I am not privy to that information, but a wide range of issues are being considered and discussed within the organization.  My role is simple- I will be representing the community in asking the tough questions and allowing Battlefront the chance to respond to these concerns.

Q. But isn't it an all expenses paid trip?
A. Well, the plane ticket is covered, yes.  Why?  Though we strive to make sure WWPD is the most professional outfit we can make it, it is still our meta-hobby.  If we had the money to fly me to New Zealand on our own we would!  But Battlefront is keen to have this objective look into their organization and be shown to the outside world.  One does not simply walk into Auckland.

Q. So why you?  Can't anybody with a camera do it?
A. Sure, anybody with a camera could ask some questions.  But over the last few years WWPD has become the leading independent resource for FoW.  I am confident I can represent the community  by being thorough, and knowing the right follow up questions to ask.  Furthermore, Battlefront cannot do this themselves- that would defeat the whole purpose!

Q. So what exactly do Battlefront want out of this?  Isn't them buying your ticket a conflict of interest?
A. They want exactly what's been stated- a transparent look into their organization.  My primary "deliverable" will be a short documentary with commentary and interviews with the staff.  Additionally, we will have audio content for our podcast and I'm sure I'll squeeze an article or three out of my visit to NZ.  Once the video deliverable is met, I owe Battlefront nothing else, nor do they owe me.  No further relationship  has been defined- express or implied.

Q. Then what does WWPD get out of it?
A. We get the scoop.  This is what we do!  That and I can finally deliver this ring to Mount Doom and be rid of it.

Q. Can you elaborate on the process?  How do I know Battlefront won't just tell you what to do once you're there?
A. I've been very clear from the get go, and Battlefront has been in agreement that I have final creative control over the output.  We are working out the process now, but I will retain a copy of all of the raw footage shot.  Whether I end up doing the edits, or its a collaborative process (James from Battlefront is a practiced editor- I am not) I will have final say on the end result.  With my own copy of the raw footage you can be sure I won't let shenanigans go on.

Q. Can you elaborate on the relationship between WWPD and Battlefront?
A. Our relationship is exactly as it's always been.  We're friendly but neutral.  Yes, we love Flames of War and our love of the game has lead to many lasting friendships with Battlefront Employees.  But Battlefront has no say in how we run our show.  Battlefront periodically send us review items and we review them and post them on our site.  They also provide us with prize support for live shows.

Q. What if Battlefront tries to buy WWPD while you're there?
A. Unlikely, unless they're willing to come up with One Million US in unmarked bills.  *cough*.

Q. What if BF leans on you to stop reviewing other manufacturers?
A. I would be unhappy about that.  Our independence is important to me- WWPD is my baby after all.  I'm sure they'd love to have that deal with us!  Why wait for them to lean on me?  I'm fairly certain I could cut a deal right now if I wanted to- but I don't.  I know that you, the fans, value our independence.  Yes, we love Flames of War.  You won't see any of our posts going off and frothing at the mouth over the latest brouhaha, but you will not stop seeing other manufacturers on WWPD.  (I mean, maybe for the aforementioned One Million US…)

Q. Will you start silencing people on the forum who speak out against BF?
A. Not unless they are breaking our golden rule.

If you have more questions, please feel free to ask them on our forum.  BUT remember the golden rule here.

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US 4AD Armored Rifles vs German Volksgrenadiers (CV)

With Nuts out and in our hands, Joe and I decided to get a game in! Please don't re-read that first sentence. I was surprised to learn that Joe "N00B Zone" Messerle has yet to get a full game of V3 in! So we set out to play this one somewhat differently. I played the Germans, but fully announced my intentions and thought process for every move and placement. Then, subsequently, I guided Joe and helped him (from a rules perspecrive) how to accomplish things within the framework of V3. The tactics and decisions were still his to make- he was still in the driver's seat. Honestly, I think this made for a very fun game for both of us!

The mission is Counter Attack.

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

FLGS Spotlight-- Empire Games Mesa Arizona

Greetings all!

Recently I had the mixed blessing of having to go to Mesa, Arizona on a business trip.  A mixed blessing in that it was for work (eh), but I made wonderful discovery while I was there (yeah!).

I discovered another True Friendly Local Game Store (FLGS)!

Empire Games in Mesa is a great place....it reminded me in many ways of my FLGS in Huntsville, Alabama.  Empire Games has been in operation for 4 years.  In fact, they just celebrated their 4 year anniversary a week prior to my visit with a 40k Grand Tournament where they had 48 players attend.  The location is also very convenient ....easy to get in and out of the ample parking and onto the main road.

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Quick Spotlight: Ostwind (GE170)

I got my hands on one of the new Ostwind blisters for Flames of War.  This is one of the many, many uses for the now old Panzer IV hull, providing a familiar model to paint.

This looks of Ork make - weld a hexagon box on top and go!
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Friday, October 19, 2012

When Rifles Just Aren't Good Enough (Winter US)....

Here's some quick snapshots of two of the new U.S. winter support blisters - Weapons Platoon Winter (US706) and HMG Platoon Winter (US755). There's not a whole lot to say about these figures - a lot of the figures were duplicated in the Armored Rifle Platoon and Combat Engineer Platoon reviews I did earlier. I did take some loose step-by-step pictures of the Weapons Platoon in progress so you can see how they progressed. 
I started by gluing the figures in the slotted bases (which are awesome btw!) and laying a simple layer of  my usual basing material. Its not essential to 100% cover the bases since we'll be adding snow flock later.
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Thursday, October 18, 2012

On the Road Episode 2! Southern Front

Luke and Dirty Jon are joined by Eric Turner on their trip to Southern Front 2012!  They talk about their lists and their games.  Have a listen, won't ya?
Enjoy the Halloween edition of the American Minute by Jeff Hewitt!

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

BREAKING: I am visiting BF HQ in Nov- help me with questions!

Dudes of WWPD- I have been given the opportunity to join Battlefront at their Studio in NZ for one week in the last part of November.  I will be given unprecedented access to their design process, studio, and personnel with the intention of creating some media to give fans an inside look at the company!  This is part of a larger Battlefront initiative coming down the pike that I am extremely excited about- but that is for another day.

SO, what I need from you guys are questions you'd love to see answered!  Keep them clean and on topic and post them here.  The WWPD team and I will sift through them and come up with a mammoth list to bring with me to BF HQ.  This is a great opportunity for me to act as your proxy to Battlefront- so let's make this happen!

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BEF Highlanders from Forged in Battle

This is another great guest post by Bob 696!

Continuing my theme of odd company types, I decided on a company to represent the last time that highlanders wore the kilt in battle, France 1940.

Forged in Battle had released just the pack I needed. So I bought two.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Weird and Wonderful World of Soviet Tankovy

Denis Kosta sent us a great article on Soviet tanks, their history and unit composition.  This is a great read and hope you find this piece as interesting as I did. -Luke

Weird and Wonderful World of Soviet Tankovy
By Denis Kosta

The virtual annihilation of the Soviet armoured forces in 1941 led to drastic changes to the Soviet armoured forces.  With only small numbers of tanks left in the inventory, the Soviets did away with their tank divisions and replaced them with tank brigades with ever smaller numbers of machines assigned to them.  Even the new tank corps were actually closer to the size of a standard division than a traditional corps.
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Monday, October 15, 2012

KG Peiper vs US 2ID in Hold the Line

Luke was eager to try out his 2nd ID build, so I set up a table and rolled randomly on my list of German lists. I was a bit dismayed to come up with the KG Peiper- I am not known for running German armor well at Fearless Trained (by contrast, Sean has become a pro!). But I was eager to try them out, and get some King Tigers on the board!

We rolled for mission and got "Hold the Line". Ouch!

Luke's army list is approximate- I don't remember it 100%. But it's close.

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

X-Wing: The Last Transport is Away!

I made a quick scenario to use the new CR90 Blockade Runner I picked up on Amazon to play with Fantasy Flight's excellent X-Wing series.  Today's post will show the scenario as well as our first battle report using the scenario.    NOTE: The forces below are recommended. If you don't use them, we recommend using roughly 90-100 points for the Rebels and 120 or so for the Imperials. Feel free to experiment and let us know. The Blockade Runner is pretty powerful, but the TIEs being constantly recycled acts as a balancing factor.
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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Some Recent Board Gaming

Recently, Lydia and I have been having some regular board game nights with our friends Nate and Nikki.  They're huge board gamers and have introduced us to a ton of great games.  I'm not going to go too in depth here, but will give a brief overview of the games we've played with them so far!  I've played several other board games outside of this group, so expect more updates along these lines and of course on the podcast!
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Friday, October 12, 2012

A Quick Look at the Falaise House

Having purchased the Battlefront house subscription, I was pleasantly surprised when my 3rd house showed up.  We skipped the last house since it was so similar to the first one, but since this one had a new texture and a new color palette, I figured it'd be neat to do a quick unboxing and see what it looks like next to the others.  Read on!
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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Sentinel Miniatures 15mm Church

Greeting from the Left Coast

Today for review is my first major terrain piece for my game table. For some time now I have been trying to find building for my table and have been lucky enough to have received the first two houses from Battlefront. However, I was in need of central terrain piece to build my French town around. Lucky for me, my friend Peter shot me an email one day with some building he had picked up from a local studio: Sentinel Miniature

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Winter T-34 Tutorial

As you all have heard, our buddy Grumpus on the WWPD Forums shipped us a bunch of his extra stuff to see if we could use any.  There were a mess of Battlefront T-34s in the mix, so I decided to paint these guys up for winter.  I really wanted to try to paint some white-washed tanks, and this seemed like a perfect opportunity.  I think this might have been a New Year's Resolution for me as well, eh?
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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Eureka Infantry (Partisan Company by Bob)

Another guest post by Bob 696- thanks Bob!

I have yet to read many reviews of Eureka 15mm miniatures and as I had bought some a few years ago I thought it was about time for them to be noticed a little more.

I have always wanted an east front partisan company in 15mm. I spent a great deal of time searching and eventually I found the Eureka range from Australia and a stockist in the UK to boot (fighting 15s) so despite the hefty price tag (more on that later) I bought some.

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Monday, October 8, 2012

M24 Chaffees! (UBX33)

Ever since I saw The Bridge at Remagen many years ago, I've had a certain affinity for the M24 Chaffee.  At the time I watched the movie, long before I knew the ridiculous amounts of tedious WWII equipment knowledge I have now, I didn't realize the M24 was actually WWII vintage.  I assumed that the movie, like a lot of other movies made at the time, used more modern vehicles.  When I first discovered that the movie was actually historically accurate (...at least in terms of vehicles...), I couldn't wait until Chaffees were available for Flames of War!  

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Somethin' Else Sunday - FTL: Faster Than Light

I know we don't usually do 'Vidyo Gaims' around here, but Steve and I have been playing this so much we'd have nothing else to write about anyway!

The name of the game is FTL: Faster Than Light. You can find their website here.

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Saturday, October 6, 2012

WWPD Partner Picks for October 6th 2012

1000 points of Dystopian Wars French on Wargames and Painting
While Big Gazza's excellent painting blog is not technically part of the WWPD Network, BG is OG as it were, and his painting was too amazing not to show you!  Big Gazza's painting rightly graces the pages of the Bolt Action rule book, and his painting is second to none.

From the article: Didn't want to go for a historic 'Dazzle' pattern or copy the colour scheme from the box so I invented this new scheme with 4 bands of grey on the larger ships that get lighter to wards the front or at the water line of the ships.

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Friday, October 5, 2012

Review: Zvezda Matilda II

This is a guest post by Bob "696".  Thanks for taking a look at these Bob!  Forum user Ironarm also posted some pictures, see his post by clicking here.

The package of the Zvesda Matilda is exactly the same as previous models. Simple box containing two sprues and the game cards for Zvesda's own game of “Art of Tactics”

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

NUTS! Reviewed and Spoiled!

Hi guys, Battlefront was good enough to get us an advance copy of Nuts: The Siege of Bastogne.  The book is 80 pages of pure Bulge Battlin' Badassery!  With 3 new companies for the US, and 3 for the Germans, there's plenty of options to recreate the epic battles of this historic battle.  As with our previous spoiler posts, I will use a bullet point format to make navigating key points easier!  Here we go!

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Review: Armored Rifle Platoon (Winter)

Here's the new(ish) Winter Armored Rifle Company box set (UBX38). The box set, as do the other ARP sets, contains a huge pile of pewter, resin, and plastic. You get 58 figures and five half tracks with the plastic half track sprue to accompany them. You also get two sprues of stowage and a small handful of dynamically posed crew figures. (Great article on the stowage and crew here!)
Group shot!

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Review: Panther- Germany’s Quest For Combat Dominance

"Panther" arrived from Osprey publishing on my door step one day, and I opened it somewhat un-enthusiastically.  Why, you ask?  Because as I thumbed through the pages I saw close up photos of hatch arrangements, optics, track links, and every nook and cranny you can think of.  Now, I am not really a rivet counter and weighing in at 288 pages, I assumed Panther was going to be a struggle to get through.  But, you know what happens when you make assumptions.

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Monday, October 1, 2012

US Army Collection Video (and bonus Star Wars vid!)

Finally, it's here!  Part 6/7.  Next up will be my Germans.  This is dedicated to forum user Patton17 who stayed on me to get this done :)  Thanks dude!  Click into the post to see 2 videos!  All that's left are my Germans.  hmm, should I split them up into "early/mid and mid/late" or just do em as one huge video?  Let me know by clicking the forum link below!
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