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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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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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Thursday, April 25, 2013

German Schutzen vs British Rifles in Pincer

Sean and I decided it'd been a while since we visited the desert in Flames of War, and decided to change that!  We whipped together two army lists and rolled to see who ran what.  We also rolled for scenario- let the dice decide baby!

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Starting the 29th Infantry Division

I picked up a couple of the 29th Infantry Division Assault Company box sets, knowing that I had to do the 29th sometime, right?  Well, that time is now.  We will look at the first platoon I tried and see how I did.

Editor's Note: Real men work on the same army in different scales! -S

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Let's talk about the Stutzpunkt

One of the lists I was really excited about when Hellfire and Back came out was the Stutzpunkt list.  I really liked the look of the nests, and want to try to make the list work.  This is going to be different- rather than me telling you all how I've made the list, I am going to hope this starts a dialog on the forum!  
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Monday, April 22, 2013

Historical Scenario: Celleno by JC Winterbach

CELLENO, ITALY, JUNE 10th, 1944: On June 10th, 1944, the 6th South African Armoured Division deployed their entire 11th South African Armoured Brigade in the advance towards Florence. This would prove the first and also last opportunity during the entire Italian campaign in which the entire 11th SA Armoured Brigade could be deployed in unison. In a daring move, Major-General W.H.E Poole deployed the 11th SA Armoured Brigade without the necessary support from the Divisional Artillery.
Brigadier J.P.A Furstenburg realised that the German 356. Infantrie-Division would withdraw northwards. The German opposition encountered, comprised of the 356. Infanterie-Division’s left flank. Furstenburg’s intention was to turn the German left flank by ordering the Special Service Battalion (Armoured) to advance on the right.

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Cobra n stuff (Tour of Duty)

"Tour of Duty" was released on the same weekend that the WMMS was held in Wolverhampton, UK, which also happily coincided with my birthday giving me some spare cash. I had bought a PAVN force when BF did a special a couple of years ago. Unfortunately, my regular opponents have still not finished their free world forces so I decided to do a free world force of my own.
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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Soviet T-26s

After my last bout with Zvezda models ended in frustration, I was a bit apprehensive of painting these guys up.  Still, I forged ahead and ordered 30 of the buggers.  Fortunately, I found they were super easy to assemble!
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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Huzzah Hobbies Market Garden Tournament Photo Dump

This is a big photo dump from the recent Market Garden tournament held at Huzzah Hobbies and put on by the inimitable I-95 gamers.  I'll add descriptions where I can!  The event was top notch, but I think the pictures will speak to that- doesn't get much better than this!  Make sure to check out Scott's other photo dump on our forum for even more!
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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

First Nam Game: US Blackhorse vs PAVN Infantry

My first game at WWPD4VETS was my first game of 'nam!  I was playing against Glenn on a table setup by Eric Lauterbach of I95 fame.  He also generously loaned me his PAVN.  Glenn was running the US Blackhorse Cavalry.  His list (from memory) was 1 big cav platoon w/ 3 Sheridans, and 4 M113s + HQ M113s, a unit of Zippos, 2 M48s, and a unit of armored mortar M113s.  All of his tanks were beautifully painted- but not a chopper in the sky!
Glenn setting up
My list was a PAVN Battalion with 2 companies (each of 1 platoon, 1 with an extra LMG), a unit of recoil-less rifles, 2 units of 3 AA guns ea, 3 of the decoy civilian teams, 120mm mortars (off board), and 130mm guns (off board).  The mission we decided to play was Contact! Contact! Contact!
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Monday, April 15, 2013

News From the Front Episode 56!

Episode 56: Awakening the Bear

The fellas talk about WWPD4VETS, and their usual gaming "After Action Report".  In Act II the fellows interview Uwe Eickert of Academy Games, to discuss their hit game "Conflict of Heroes".  For act III the dudes talk about the new Normandy comp, and cover a few rules they've screwed up recently- namely Warriors in assaults.

Episode 56: After Hours

The dudes take the "F-it" option and discuss their lists for the Huzzah Market Garden tournament, decided right then and there!  The fellows go on to discuss "Pro Painted", and generally shoot the breeze!

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Review: Warriors of Market Garden (GE897)

We recently got in the new Warriors of Market Garden (GE897) blister in for review.  Since I am Mr. Arnhem, I got the opportunity to take a look.  The pack contains 2 small bases for Knaust and Euling, plus a 251 half track and a large base for the Sonnenstuhl staff team.

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Review: Sentinel Miniature's 15mm Cafe

- by Brian Fuller

Review: Sentinel Miniatures 15mm Cafe

Today I bring to you a quick review of SM's Cafe Model. First off the pictures.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Reinforced Trucks

As part of this year's Arnhem game at Cold Wars, I wanted to get some real reinforced trucks for the table.  I had previously purchased some Game Models trucks and thought they would be a great candidate for a conversion.  I certainly stole this idea from one of our readers Mike Haught -- so all credit to him! someone else.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

J.O.E. V' and friends tame some Tigers!

Jon and I decided to throw down a quick and dirty game.  He brought some Guards Armor with J.O.E. V' from Market Garden, and I took KG Hummel from Bridge by Bridge.  Jon's list was basically 8 Shermans and 2 Fireflies, some recce, and 4 M10Cs.  My list was 6 Tiger IE, 1 King Tiger, and a unit of pioneers.  The mission was Breakthrough with me on defense.

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Monday, April 8, 2013

WWPD4Vets - Thanks!

I would like to thank everyone for making WWPD4Vets a resounding success!  You guys supported the event with enthusiasm, and I cannot thank you all enough.

$3,263.34 for the Wounded Warrior Project!  PLUS the Auctions, which were over $300!

£167.00 for Help for Heroes!

No numbers for the RSA, but I am sure it was grand!

US EAST COAST: I would like to thank Chuck from the Game Vault in Fredricksburg, Virginia, for getting up early even though he was sick.  Eric Lauterbach and John Desch for general awesomeness.Glenn Goddard for his coin -- it is a great honor.  Chris Hecht for getting the video going flawlessly.  Aaron and Maurice for sticking with us the whole day, and the WWPD Crew for knocking it out!

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Friday, April 5, 2013

IS-2 Guards Heavy Tank Company Review

Guess what?  I got another bundle of deals at the Flea Market while we were at Cold Wars!  This time, I picked up the IS-2 Guards Heavy Tank Company.  Soviet tanks are always popular, and I pick up bargains whenever I can.  I think this box set was a little old, as I did not have the IS-85 barrel option like the new one.

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Operation Spark Scenario by Mike Bersiks

Operation Spark Scenario by Mike Bersiks
MARINO, RUSSIA, 12 JANUARY 1943: After a series of costly and occasionally catastrophic failed offensives to attempt the relief of the city in 1942, the final months of that year saw relative calm descend on the Leningrad front. The Soviets were faced with rebuilding 2nd Shock Army for the second time, whilst for both sides the attention of the high command was focused on the decisive battle in the south at Stalingrad.
By January Soviet forces had recovered sufficient strength for them to consider another major offensive. The commander of the Volkhov Front, General Meretskov, had realized that previous attacks had foundered on the inability of his command to gain bridgeheads over the Neva River. Now, in the deep winter, the river was frozen solid – sufficient to hold the weight of T-60 light tanks (T-34s would still require bridges to get them across to the far bank). By the 67th Army attacking the German positions along the Neva at the same time as the Volkhov Front forces attacked the defences on the other side of the encircling salient it was hoped that breakthrough would be achieved, as the Germans would be unable to transfer forces between the two sides of their position.
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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Finished Normandy Board Batrep

-By Brian Fuller

So, after a long hiatus I was finally able to get a game on my Normandy board. Peter and I decided the best way to break in the board was to run 1750pt lists out of the Normandy book. I ran my trusty 3rd Armor list and Peter ran Panzer Lehr Grenadiers.The mission was Hasty Attack with Peter defending.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Episode 55: After Hours

Episode 55: After Hours.
The dudes are driving home from the WWPD4VETS event in Fredericksburg.  Weary but happy!  The dudes discuss their gaming including 'Nam, BSG, Awakening the Bear, Bolt Action, and Lords of Waterdeep.  Listen to Episode 55 here.

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Luke Melia Painting?

I know I have never been known for painting. As a matter of fact, I believe the complete opposite is more correct. I am known for not painting. Jon and Steve are fond of saying that the only paint brush I own is 4" wide. However, recently I was recently working on some British tanks to sell at Cold Wars. I spent a few weekends with Jon and under his tutoring I felt like I was excelling at painting the tanks.

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