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Monday, December 31, 2012

Rota Razvedki vs German Pioniers

Every year, the day after Christmas, Luke and I always play a game of Flames of War. We leave the setup entirely up to the dice. We decided on Late War, and flipped a coin between Western front and Eastern front. We got Eastern Front. I then randomly set up the board using the modified V2 terrain rules from the FoW website. The mission we rolled up was Pincer.

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Friday, December 28, 2012

Dirty Jon Goes Early War: Part 6 - THE LIST!

In Part 5, I completely dodged actually getting a list together for my Flames of War project for Early War.  Well, I finally got around to getting the list set, so here we go!

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Zvezda BA10M

I have thought about a Soviet Armoured car company for some time. Unfortunately, I am afflicted with deep pockets but very short arms so I am always on the lookout for a bargain. Along comes Zvezda with their plastic kit at just over 1/3rd the price per model of some of their competitors and suddenly the project is a go.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Choppers on patrol in Vietnam

There's somethin' happenin' here
 What can I say?  I've been drafted into 'nam.  Frankly, I have so much WWII stuff now, I was excited to paint something a little different.  These choppers were a blast!
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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Santa's... Jeep?

From the WWPD family to yours- may your dice roll nothing but 6s*!

(unless they aren't D6s- in which case may they roll high!)
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Monday, December 24, 2012

Store Review: Borderland Comics and Games in Greenville, SC USA

I live a blessed life.  I recently had to travel to South Carolina and visit my parents.  While there, I made a quick trip up I-85 to Greenville, South Carolina and visited Borderland Comics and Games.

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Friday, December 21, 2012

News From the Front Episode 48

Steven is back from New Zealand, and the dudes all get a chance to catch up!  The first audio interview with Jeff from Battlefront is in the middle of the episode.  It was recorded via a phone interview, so bear with us on the audio quality!  In Act III Steven talks about the Battlefornt Office and gives some general impressions before the videos start making their appearance!
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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Rematch! KG Peiper vs US 2ID in Breakthrough

I have yet to hit my stride with Fearless Trained German Armor. In fact, I'm only playing them here because Luke and I wanted a refight of our game featuring these forces to try the new Tank Destroyer rules! Let's see if I can finally unlock the secrets of Fearless Trained German armor!

So this game is using both the new TD rules AND the random terrain generator from the V2 Hardback.

The mission is Breakthrough.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Lebanon '82: Operation Peace for Galilee

It has been a long time since I took a look at a new counter game, so it was time to get back to my roots!  Lebanon '82: Operation Peace for Galilee is one of the Folio Game Series from Decision Games.  This game is along the lines of the many classics from Avalon Hill and GDW.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Dirty Jon Goes Early War: Part 5 - Panzer IICs

Ok, so I lied.  In Part 4, I said that I would get a list together next.  Well, I didn't.  I was bored, so I broke in to the Light Panzer Company box and immediately grabbed 5 of the Pz IICs (early) from the box.  I have a ton of these to paint, so I figured I would get right in there.

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Review: Battlefront Marder III (SdKfz 139)

The Marder is an essential piece of equipment for any German player’s Flames of War collection. It combines the firepower of an antitank gun and the mobility of a tank. While the Marder III M seems to be the most popular of Marder variants, the Marder III (7.62cm) is an alternative which can also be an effective tool.

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Friday, December 14, 2012

SU122 by Peter Pig

Recently I received a discount voucher (for previously using the online shop) from Peter Pig. I only really needed one pack of a new release, so I thought I would venture into new territory and buy some of PPs tanks.

The next choice was which ones. I pretty much have all I need of the standard fair but then my eyes alighted on the SU122. A quick scan of the army lists ensured it was used across a wide range of armies and as a plus point, 4 would let me field the light assault gun company using my 5 SU76s. Off through the electronic  ether went my order one cold and wet Sunday night.

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

List Dissection: French Escadron De Combat

With the recent changes to the French in FoW, their armor has become very good.  I've been a fan of the Frenchies from the get-go so I figured it was time they got their time in our list dissection spotlight!  I've decided to make an Escadron De Combat so I can have a large number of the excellent SOMUAs running amok.  German players beware!  I'll build towards 1500 points.

Let's start with the core:
HQ: 1x SOMUA S-34 (105)
No brainer, eh?

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

New Site Launch: Outpost Zero!

It's with much excitement that I introduce Outpost Zero helmed by our good friend Scott Simoneau!  Outpost Zero is going to be a more general purpose site to cover the rest of our gaming habits! It's launching with close to 50 archival articles from across WWPD and Scott Simoneau's own excellent blog.  You can find it at www.outpostzero.net.  Don't forget to add it to your favorite RSS reader, or follow the blog if you're a fellow blogger user!  

Outpost Zero will have articles on Sci-Fi, board games, video games, and basically anything not covered by either this site, BoltAction.net, or The Tapestry.  Keep your eyes peeled for some great articles by some great guys!
We expect to post a few times a week on the new site, and will settle into a more set schedule once we know what works best for all parties involved. 

With a 4th site added to the lineup, effective immediately WWPD (this main site) will no longer post on the weekends (at least not with any regularity). Since a large portion of our weekend articles are "Something Else Sundays" (which will now be covered by the new site), we decided the WWPD crew has earned the right to not worry about content for the weekends!

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Soviet Quad Maxim AA Gun

One of the latest offerings from Peter Pig is the soviet Quad Maxim AA gun of which 12,000 were produced from 1931 until 1942.

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Monday, December 10, 2012

KG Peiper vs US Engineers

While I was at BFHQ I didn't have much time for gaming, but finally on Saturday Mike was kind enough to head down to the studio and play! Mike was eager to try out his US Engineers. Despite rarely doing any good with Fearless Trained German armor, I decided to try KG Peiper one more time. The mission was Dust Up.

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Sunday, December 9, 2012

WWPD Partner Picks- December 9th 2012

There's been quite a lot going on since our last update!  This time of year has been incredibly busy for all of us with many real life endeavors all culminating at once.  I spent more nights away from home in November than at home!  Hopefully after the Holidays calm down we can get back to some sense of normalcy.  Thank you all for bearing with us- we know the podcasts have been a bit sporadic, but surprisingly it can be very difficult getting 3 busy dudes together for a few hours reliably!

Anyhow, thankfully there's plenty of awesome people producing great content.  This post will focus on 3 of my favorite blogs and some great new content from all of them!

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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Review: Battlefront's Artillery Templates

The Green Artillery Templates from Battlefront for Flames of War have been out for awhile, but I just received my "pie plate of doom, death, and destruction" (AKA The Devastating Bombardment Template) and noticed a few things about these that are not readily apparent to everyone....OK, at least it wasnt apparent to me. 

All the templates are offered in metric or imperial measurement.  The Standard is offered in a transparent green and red while the Double wide and Devastating Bombardment template are currently only offered in the green.

Standard Template and Double Wide Template:

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Friday, December 7, 2012

Dirty Jon Goes Early War: Part 4

Welcome to Part IV of my adventures in Early War Flames of War!  I knocked some things out over the Thanksgiving holiday - I guess I need to make a list soon, eh?  You can see the rest of the series here:

Early War Part 1
Early War Part 2
Early War Part 3

I am steadily making progress.  This time, I actually cracked open the Blitzkrieg Light Panzer Company box set and plucked out the Panzer III Es.  Although I have 5 PzIIIs already, I just love these guys - I had to paint them!
Pz III Es roll past an ammo dump in Poland.
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Thursday, December 6, 2012

List Construction: 50th Tyne and Tees

As most of you guys know, British Late War is my first love in Flames of War.  When Version 3 came out, I really only played my Market-Garden British and my Germans.  I am now returning back to my roots with this new list.  I am going with 1750 because, hey -- I'm old school.

I am using Turning Tide and the 50th Tyne and Tees Infantry Company, which is Confident Veteran.

Command - 30 points.  1720 left.
Easy enough. I have to get a command which comes with 2 Rifle teams.  As with most British lists, there are not a ton of upgrades here, so I will stick with the minimum.  I get to re-roll my first failed Company Morale check with Dead Men Walking.

(2) Rifle Platoons - 180 points each.  1360 left.
 Again, no real options here.  These come with 6 Rifle/MG teams, a light mortar and a PIAT.  At 9 stands, these are not too bad, but will not be the main platoons of my force.

It is now time to add some mobile assets.  I like to run with at least 2 platoons that can run around the board and engage enemy tank assets.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

US Shermans

I have a ton of Shermans for Flames of War.  When I first started, I got a bunch from my own and other people's old Open Fire! sets with the resin Shermans and StuGs.  I painted those guys up British and with a 'orrible color as well -- I think I used English Uniform for everything.  Over the years, I have collected up a ton of proper British Shermans and actually managed to paint them up the correct color for Late War.... mostly.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Battlefront Soviet Navy Infantry Review

This is a guest post by Anatoli- make sure to check him out at Anatoli's Game Room!

Another unexpected source for "Polish" miniatures is the Soviet Navy range that Battlefront manufactures. First a bit of background information, the Poles did not intend for their navy personnel to fight on land, as such there are no orders of battle for a navy battalion or anything like that in my September Campaign book.
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Monday, December 3, 2012

AAR: Panzergrenadiers vs. 50th Tyne and Tees British Infantry

Eric and I played another Late War Flames of War game this weekend.  We rolled up Encounter and got to work.

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Sunday, December 2, 2012

An Introduction to Solitaire Play: Action at Fritz's Farm

Solitaire play is a great way to play Flames of War when none of your regular opponents can play or when you feel like taking a short break from modeling and painting.  It’s also a great way to practice for an upcoming tournament, to test out new tactics, or just to learn the rules of the game.  Nevertheless, many people find solitaire play daunting: “How can I play both sides at the same time?”  It’s really not that hard, and in forthcoming articles we will try to demonstrate just how easy solitaire play can be.  To get started, here’s a simple scenario that can be played in a matter of minutes, including set-up time.  Imagine yourself playing this scenario as you read it, and that you are moving and rolling for each side in turn. 

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Saturday, December 1, 2012

New Zealand Trip Diary: Part 6

This will be the final entry before I hop on a plane back to the States.  I don't have many pictures for this post either, since my last day was largely spent wrapping up.  We recorded a short podcast for Radio Free Battlefront (or WWRFBD episode 1 if you will) which allowed a bunch of the guys to talk about their hobby with a relatively light focus on Flames of War.

We also recorded a brief discussion with the writers on a few pressing topics, which I think you all will find interesting.

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