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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

US Aircav defends a hot LZ!

With my first Flames of War PAVN company completed, I just couldn't wait to play a game of 'nam!  Having a scant 350ish points per side, we assumed the game wouldn't be all that exciting, but figured we could at least learn the mechanics.  We were in for a treat!
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Monday, April 29, 2013

News From the Front Episode 57!

News From the Front Episode 57 is now live!  Click here to download!
After a lengthy After Action Report (featuring 'nam, painting, Saga, and more!), the guys talk about the new FoW Errata, Soviet Anti-Tank Rifle Teams, Recce moves, and terrain.  The episode is rounded out with a discussion on mortars.  Boom!

Episode 57 After Hours is also available!  Click here to listen!

The dudes recorded their conversation on the way home from the recent Huzzah Hobbies Market Garden tournament.  Listen to their stupid "F it" lists, and their surprising results!  
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AAR: WWPD For Vets Bolt Action Game

The Frozen Waste WWPD Northern Research Station had a big Bolt Actions game for WWPD for Vets.  The Soviets fielded 24 units and the Germans fielded 18.  We had seven tanks on the board as the Germans and Soviets struggled for controlled of a sleepy village in the Ukraine.

Soviet infantry advance supporting their armor

 A KV-1 faces off against a might Panther

 A Zis-2 takes aim at the German StuG

 An MMG takes up position in the village

 Soviet infantry take cover behind a T-34

Soviet infantry swarm up the left flank

The KV immobilizes that Panther

 German troops move into the village

 Soviets begin their advance up the right side of the village

 The KV takes out the Panther

 German artillery falls of the soviets

 Soviets mortars hit near their target
 The T-34 sneaks up on the Panzer IV

 Soviets advancing across the open pin down the Germans in the woods

 Its hard to shoot back when your pinned

 The advancing Soviets move with confidence

 After dispatching the Panther the KV moves on to the StuG

 The riflemen inch their way closer

 Infantry come over the hill and exchange fire with the SS in the field

 A Soviet squad falls back after failing a moral test

 Tanks exchange point blank fire

 Anti tank rifle takes a shot at a German squad

 Soviet SMG's clear out the SS

 The StuG faces down bad odds

 A view from the German front

 The SS shoot back at the Soviets

 A German MG-42 riddles a Soviet Squad with bullets

 A fresh Soviet SMG squad attacks

 The Soviet artillery misses wildly, impacting on its own troops

 The StuG knocks out the KV

 Mortar fire impacts against the Germans in the woods

 The Panzer IV shreds a T-34

 SU-85 rounds bounce of the StuG

 After being hit by their own artillery the Soviet assault on the left stalls

 The last of the SS int eh field are gunned down by Soviets

 The assault on the right continues

 The Germans fire on the Soviet SMGs

 Accurate mortar fire takes out the remaining members of a Soviet squad

 Soviet and German MMGs shoot each other up

Mortar fire takes care of the rest of the Germans in the woods

The Soviets were doing really well and had the game momentum, until they rolled a one on their artillery die.  The Germans moved the impact point to the middle of the Soviets main assault and ended up kill five figures and dishing out two or three pins on four other units.  Then the Soviets rolled box cars and had another squad run off.  Additionally, the Soviets had a T-34 that never made it on from reserve. The Soviet attack never recovered.

The Germans were beat up, but still had a fresh SS squad and Heer squad left at the end of the game, along with most their support weapons.  The Soviet squads were all at or below half strength, half their tanks were burning, and a third of their support weapons where dead.

This was a hard fought won for the Germans.

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Friday, April 26, 2013

First completed PAVN Company!

As you know, I've been bitten by the Flames of War 'nam bug!  But, so far, I'm really the only one in my neck of the woods, so I decided I needed to do both sides.  Not a problem!  However, a fairly large volume of PAVN troops are needed (they're actually not as huge of a horde as I initially thought though), and so I decided to try a new speed painting technique.
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T-34/85 by Warlord Games

Just a few pictures today!  This is the T-35/85 by Warlord Games.  I picked this guy up at Cold Wars- it was one of the few vehicles I could find!  The Bolt Action stuff was positively ransacked.  This has been replaced with a newer plastic kit now, but this is the older resin and metal version.

I painted this guy up to support the dudes Joe painted for me.  The kit was in pretty good shape.  I did have 2 minor issues- one of the tracks was fairly warped and the front hull hatch was missing.  I stuck the track in boiling water and got it straight fairly easily.
I e-mailed WG about the hatch and did get a response, but after a few weeks the hatch never showed up so I scratch built it.  I am not much of a modeler, but I think from a distance no one will know that's built out of business card and a straw!
The model was painted with Vallejo Russian Green (it's called something else now- camo olive green I think?).  Highlight was done with Green grey.

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