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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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WWPD Steve's Brit 8th WiP - The Conclusion

(Looks like SonBae's wrapped up his commission work for Steve! Hope you enjoy the name "Leftenant Willoughby" as much as I did! - Judson)


"All  right now Smithers, lets head over to the artillery units.  We need to get some heavier firepower for these lads."

"Wait...Stop the jeep! You lot there.  Come here. I want to have a word with you."

"Sir?  How can we help?"

"I want you to report to my headquarters and tell them you are part of Leftenant Willoughby's team.  They will let your unit know what has happened."

"Will do sir, come on lads..."

"All right Smithers, carry on...lets get to the artillery park before dark."


"There sir, up on the hill..."

"Right you are Smithers, but first we have this check point..."

"Smart looking chaps there, what?  Remind me to contact their commanders so we can add them to the team."

"There sir!  The observers for the 25 lbers."

"You lot...I need to talk with you..."


"I need you lot for a special with Smithers there and he will collect the details and fill you in.  What's that down there?"

"Oh that sir? thats one of our 3 in mortar teams doing a little practice."

"Smithers, get with those chaps over there as well please.  I need to talk to this lot's commander."

In the darkness 2 days later, the team made their way through the wire and into the desert to take on Jerry.

Have to say I loved painting these guys.  Blacktree Designs did a great job with their sculpts.  Just hope the work does the models credit and brings Steve some victory on the table. 



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. He is also a regular contributor at WWPD.

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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

Soviet Army List Generator

Here it comes! The fourth and final (for now) Bolt Action List Utility from BoltAction.Net! The Soviet Lister!

Inexperienced Time!

Big thanks to Duncan for his big push to get all these done, and his continued work updating them. I'd also like to thank those of you that uncovered errors or inaccuracies in the listers.

How many squads can you fit into one, 1000-point list in Bolt Action? Ask the Soviets!

I must caution any of you that haven't downloaded one of these listers before - it's going to make you want to get into Bolt Action. I should have never even played around in this Soviet utility...

Hm. A zero-point squad. Isn't that interesting?

I made a sixteen-squad list with this thing - talk about an order dice advantage! Sure, it's all junk, but the Soviets get an extra chance to stay on the board if they are forced to roll to test morale. What nation handles the hazards of inexperienced soldiers better than the Soviets? They love them so much, they give you an entire squad of them, for free, with gear. All of the gear.

999 points gets you six infantry squads, a bunch of little (but potent) supports, and two officers to keep those inexperienced guys in the fight. How much better is a medic in an inexperienced list? And access to 30-point anti-tank rifles! 

I've gotta' split, 'cause I need to go buy three of these bad boys and two of everything else in the Soviet list.

Enjoy the lister, everybody!

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WWPD Steven's Brit 8th Army WiP---The Story rolls on

"Colonel Blatherington...Colonel Blatherington sir!"

"Curse it Smithers!...You startled me...what is it now? "

"Well sir, some of the men for the special mission are out training and I thought you might want to take a peek at them is all sir..."

"Splendid idea Smithers! we go now...there's a good lad..."

The pair walk not too far and they discover..."There sir, that is Leftenant Willoughby leading some men of the assault group."

"Excellent!  Smithers, who are those men over there to the left?"
"Those men are part of the Assault group as well.  They are just taking a break having run the course already."
"Outstanding!" and Colonel Blatherington slaps Smithers on the back, "Good show...anything else?"
As Smithers catches his breath from the back slap.." more...thing.."
"Well on with it old boy...what is it?"
"Well...sir...the support group at the...firing range... and..."
"Excellent...hop in the jeep and lets go...come on dawdling..."
"Smithers rolls his eyes and takes a deep breath and heads to the jeep.  After a short drive to the outskirts of Tobruk they arrive at a makeshift firing range.
"There they are sir..."

Lets hop up into the tower and get another look..come now Smithers..."
"Things are taking shape....but we need more firepower.  Those last reports showed that Jerry had mortars, medium machine guns and artillery support.  We have to pull some of that together for these lads.  Make a note of that Smithers.  Come now....Back to HQ,.  We have some more orders to issue.  The Battalion Commanders are going to love me for pulling more men from them."
And the sound of the jeep driving off into the distance is lost as the machine gun fire resumes at the range....
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. He is also a regular contributor at WWPD.

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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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Painting Contest!

You're already painting new models for Bolt Action - you might as well get rewarded for it!

These three images courtesy of good ol' Gary Martin.

That's right, we're kicking off the first ever BoltAction.Net painting competition!

I spoke with Paul Sawyer and Mike Majors from Warlord Games and they're very excited to support this painting contest with some fantastic models from their Bolt Action range!

Check out Gary's blog at for other spectacular work and much more.

The rules are pretty simple:

There will be three categories - best vehicle, best team, and best squad. Broad as they may be, those are the three categories we will be judging. Since this is a contest where Warlord Games is supplying all the the prize support, please limit entries to models from their Bolt Action line only.

Judging will be completed by your WWPD crew, and all submissions must be received by 23:59 EST on December 24th, 2012. That way, we'll have time to get your prize in Santa's sleigh; and if the delivery gets botched, he'll be to blame.

To submit an entry, take up to three images of your vehicle, team, or squad and post them on our forum in the BoltAction.Net Painting Contest! thread. Please, only submit one entry per category.

He's pointing at something important, undoubtedly.

Here's the best part - we're awarding every last item Warlord Games sends as prize support for this contest, so submit your entry! You've got a couple months to get it done! It would be a shame if all the loot went to one or two people, simply because not enough people submitted something. I am, of course, supremely confident that you'll submit some great stuff, though - and Santa will be slightly busier this year getting you your prizes from Warlord Games!

Enough reading! Get painting! And submitting!

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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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Armies of Germany Review

It's a wonderful yet terrible feeling when you get your hands on the copy of the book you've been waiting for on a Friday evening. On the one hand, you finally get what you've been waiting for! On the other hand, are you really going to spend Friday night reading it?

This is the worst/best parcel to ever arrive at my house on a Friday.

Why, yes. Yes I did spend Friday night reading Warlord Games' and Osprey Publishing's first supplement to the Bolt Action rules: Armies of Germany. Turns out, it was a Friday night well spent!
"All right, which one of you accidentally fired your helmet?"
So let's get down to it! Warwick Kinrade is the credited writer of this bad boy, and the credited photographers and artists involved are legion - but our man Gary Martin's work is again present on the beautiful pages.

The book will remind people of those eighty page soft cover books Osprey is famous for. It's sturdy for a softcover, and contains ninety-six pages of supplemental rules for the game. You can expect the same production quality you received with the main Bolt Action rule book, only this time in soft cover.

Awesome art and photographs? Sure!
The contents of the book are amazing. It starts off with a great table of contents, that really lacks nothing. It's specific enough so that you can look up each individual unit from it, which is convenient considering the amount of units you can choose from. If the table of contents had not have been so thorough, Armies of Germany would have started with a strike against it, but they hit a home run with this table.

The following fifteen or so pages gives readers some historical background on Germany's actions in the war - obviously a plus for those few of us in this hobby that didn't have a love for history before getting into miniature wargaming.

We knew that the book would expand the rules, but none of us outside the walls of Warlord Games and Osprey had much idea just how much expansion we'd get. I was surprised to read that there are eighteen lists in this book, representing German forces from all eras and theaters of the war.

Most important in this book, the list section starts with the general list, the same one you get in the main rule book. No changes were made to it. Following the general list is the German army units list. There were many, many additions to the units list. Infantry, for example, is expanded to reflect not only the gear differences between what they were using during different eras of the war, but also the types of troops you can choose. New entries like Kriegsmarine, Hitler Youth, and many more are offered, and each is unique in gear availability and special abilities. Of course, all sections of the arsenal were expanded, not only the infantry. Secretly wished they had included SDKFZ 251/16 Flammpanzerwagen in the main rule book? No sweat, dude, it's in the Armies of Germany book! If you never wished there were rules for it, what's wrong with you? And why were the rest of us only secretly wishing it was included?

I can't say enough about the amount of unit and list information crammed into these ninety-six pages!
Sweet, sweet art - and rules for new units and lists! Everything I wanted!
I have one complaint about the book, and truthfully, it may be more of an endictment on the way I play games than a valid complaint. I enjoy squaring off with someone and matching wits within the structure of the rules the brilliant designers came up with. It's therefore unfortunate that there are a couple references to being able to do something in the game as long as your opponent gives his approval, as well as using general terms like "suitable" to describe very specific things.

To provide an example, I'll quote a special rule on page 86 from the "1944 - Atlantic Wall Resistance Nest" list.

"Defenses: As well as pillboxes and bunkers, a resistance nest should also be well supplied with trenches, sandbagged dugouts, barbed wire and other obstacles."

Now, I appreciate that there's always the "it's just a game, man" defense when someone brings something up like this, but I really don't know how many pillboxes, bunkers, trenches, sandbags, wire, and other obstacles the quantity "well supplied" represents. I completely understand what the author is saying - make it realistic - but what if I'm playing this game and don't really know what realistic is for an Atlantic wall resistance nest? And what if my opponent decides that well supplied means "fill the entire table with crazy fortress stuff"?

Not to mention, I don't want to ask Dano's permission if I can do something awesome against him, thereby embarassing him in front of our peers as I crush him beneath the heel of my New Balance. I want to do that with the rules as they're written.

To all game designers: Stop trusting gamers to be sensible, reasonable people.

All that being said, this isn't much of a criticsm. It doesn't come up often in the rules, and is one of those little things that would only come up one in a thousand games.

A sample of the list section of the book. So good.
The book let's you take captured Allied vehicles for your German lists, which is great freaking news for those modelling fans that love the opportunity to paint vehicles colors they normally wouldn't be able to. History buffs will be happier, probably, than any other group of Bolt Action gamers out there. These lists get very specific into exactly what each list can historically take. If you want to use the 1941 Fallschirmjager list - you know, the guys that jumped into Crete - you aren't getting any vehicle support. Can't dump Tigers out of planes! If you want to play a list depicting the last, deperate defenders of Berlin in the final moments of the war, you're going to suffer fuel shortages and have access to troops of a lower quality than those available earlier in the war. Every list has been "seasoned" with unique units and some even have those special rules, like the fuel shortages rule mentioned before.

There's so much to say about this book, but it's hard to do much more than run around the room I'm in screaming and tightly gripping my new, precious, dear, Armies of Germany book to my chest. I can't imagine what more anyone could ask for in these supplements. This book, combined with the rule book, lets any German player play with accurate forces in any era of the war.

I'll leave it in the words of Mr. Kinrade: "This is a supplement for the tabletp wargame Bolt Action, and it deals with the German Army of World War II. Within you will find background and details of the German Army's organisation and equipment from the beginning of the war (the invasion of Poland in 1939) to the very end (the fall of Berlin in 1945)."

There you have it. If you're playing with, or against Germans, you need to check this out.

Now, back to reading this book for the tenth time.

"Oooooh! Bogward Wanze Ausf C!"

Some more history, for those of us that know more about Star Wars that World Wars.

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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 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

WWPD Steve's DAK The Story Continues (Plus Commonwealth Lister)

(Here's another installment in SonBae's series, and since the narrator is apparently British, it's only fair to unveil the Bolt Action Dot Net Commonwealth List Utility! as well. - Judson)

British Military Headquarters --- Tobruk

"Colonel Blatherington, sir....I hate to interrupt your Tea, but that SAS Captain is waiting outside and he says he has an update for you."

"Oh quite right ???....quite right.  Thank you Smithers.  Do show the Captain in now, there's a good lad."

Captain Blythe-Smith of the SAS enters the tent and spots Colonel Blatherington sitting at a field desk with a tea set and some biscuits spread out on the lid of tin. "Sir!  You shouldn't have!  A cuppa is just what I need after that trek I tell you." 

Captain Blythe-Smith stamps his feet and sand and dust fall from his clothes as he walks towards Colonel Blatherington and the tea set.

"Hmm?  What?  Cheeky lad...but of course come on over...just be careful not to make the tent look like a Khamsin just hit as you walk over.  What do you have for me?

"You're not going to like it, sir...the enemy position has strengthened.  I have some new photos of these additional troops.  They have support weapons now...a mortar and a Tripod mounted well as a handful of troops to support those weapons. First the aerial shots...."

"Now a's say more up close shots."

"Egad, Johnnie...not what I was wanting to hear."

"Then you're REALLY not going to like this sir....this chap here..." as he shuffles through the photos and points to a single German soldier with a set of binoculars...

"...see his red shoulder boards?  They have an artillery observer with them now."

"Hmmmm....You're right Johnnie..I do not like that at all. What else do you have for me?"

"All of them are Rommel's boys all right.  We think they are all Grenadiers from the 15th Panzer Division."

"Just HOW do you get this info and these no...don't tell me, I'm sure it something unsavory no kept as a secret. Wot?"

"That it is sir.  What now, if I may ask?"

"That's the easiest question I have had all day...smith-ERS!!!"

Smithers enters the tent  "Sir?"

"Gather the command and staff...we have to get a patrol ready to go have a little meeting with these blokes and welcome them to the neighborhood.  Let the staff know that I will want progress updates as they gather the force and conduct their the pre-raid rehearsals. I want to be ready to go in 3 you go...there's a good lad."

More to follow.......

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. He is also a regular contributor at WWPD.

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