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Friday, May 31, 2013

Contact! Contact! Contact! A Vietnam AAR

A "Tropic Lightning" Rifle company is on a routine patrol, when suddenly an enemy of unknown strength engages them! With Armored Cav nearby, waiting to react, the US push forward.

Sean and I decided to try out a book mission for the first time, deciding on Contact! Contact! Contact! Up until now, we've only done quick and dirty homebrew scenarios. With about 930ish points per side, we figured a full board would work out okay. Sean is up to play the US, and he is excited to get some tracks on the ground. We aren't sure how the US will do at Confident Trained, having only played them as vets up until now!

Sean's US Rifle Company (25th Infantry)
  • HQ + Medic + Medevac + C&C Chopper
  • Rifle Platoon
  • Rifle Platoon
  • Armored Cavalry w/ 4 ACAVS and 2 Pattons
  • Huey Hog
  • 105 Battery (fire support w/ 3 tubes)
Steven's PAVN Infantry Battalion
  • HQ + 3 Booby Traps
  • Infantry Company w/ 1 Platoon and LMG
  • Infantry Company w/ 1 Platoon and LMG
  • Recoilless Gun platoon w/ 6 Type 52 75mm
  • AAA Platoon w/ 3 Type 54 AAA
  • 130mm Artillery (fire support w/ 6 tubes)
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Thursday, May 30, 2013

For Immediate Release: Overlord Delayed!

Orders came through. The weather is bad, its a no go!
Due to a customs issue the release of the D-Day Compilation books being released by Battlefront has been delayed until the 29th of June. As a result Battlefront has asked us to move the start date of the campaign back until the 29th.
I apologize if this affects your ability to participate in the campaign.
While you all sit around waiting to mount up, why not discuss the upcoming campaign, or anything else really on our forum.

We know many of you had planned games around the kickoff of the campaign.  Because of this, we will allow submissions of games that take place after June16th to count!  So get your games in, get your batreps written, and be ready to submit on launch of the campaign!

We are really sorry for this delay, but we couldn't in good conscience launch the campaign before the release of the new books from Battlefront, as that would make for an awkward transition mid-campaign.

Thanks, if you have any questions please sound off on our forum: http://forum.wwpd.net/viewtopic.php?f=31&t=8198

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Noob Zone in NL

Starting positions. Rene's objectives are among the trees at the top left, and the two trucks between the two platoons of T34s.
Back in March, my friend Rene van den Assem and I tried a couple of games of FOW using two small German armies he has in his collection. Having played blue on blue twice, we decided it 'tasted like more'. Some debate later, we opted for Russians (Rene) and Germans (that'd be for me!) and obviously the Eastern Front: big steppes, saves on terrain (Sorry Luke, we won't need Lucage for a while…). As we both have lives lots of wargaming projects and, much more importantly, are both complete FoW noobs with very little idea of what is actually effective in Flames of War, we agreed it'd be best to start out slowly, painting and collecting armies while we play a game every so many weeks.
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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

PAVN Anti Aircraft

The type 54 12.7mm Machine Gun (The familiar DShK for all of you soviet players!) was widely used by many nations.  In Flames of War Vietnam, the PAVN have access to these "Dragon Killers" as a means to keep pesky choppers at bay!

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Another M113 review and my ARVN ACAVs

Steve beat me to it on this one but here is my take on the M113 from an ARVN point of view.

Kits are great and I cant fault the ease of construction and the accuracy of them. Loved putting them together but contrary to the advice on the BF site I found it much easier to fit the top deck before the front plate. Everything else went together with no problems at all.
One box made up

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Plastic Soldier Company Tiger I E Review by Dane Tkacs

At long last, some new German Heavy Armor! The gang at WWPD were kind enough to send me a Box of four PSC Tiger 1s. This is my first experience with PSC and I was very pleased.   The box came with very clear instructions and clearly marked (color coded) parts giving the gamer an option to build early war, mid war and late war production models.  I have always been a Tiger fan, I don't know why that is?  Perhaps just seeing them in action on the Movie Kelly's heroes when I was young.  "When we was in the bocage country, we was assaulted by them Tigers!" 
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Monday, May 27, 2013

News From the Front 58

Episode 58 is here!
Operation Overlord is announced!  The dudes discuss the campaign, and their recent hobbying.  We also discuss the WWPD app in the Google App Store (which is available now!  Just search for WWPD!).  In Act II, The fellows talk about Historicon (and team tournaments in particular), and some recent news about FoW.  Act III sees the fellows discuss transports in our commonly overlooked rules segment, and the episode winds down with a discussion about Vietnam.
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Friday, May 24, 2013

Vietnam AAR: Here comes the Cavalry!

Our good buddy Brian Fuller was visiting Richmond recently and swung by for a game. He was curious to give Vietnam a shot, so I whipped up 2 lists that featured basically everything I had painted, and came up with a quick and dirty scenario.

Brian's US Airmobile Infantry
  • HQ + Medic + Medevac
  • Airmobile Infantry Platoon + Aviation Platoon w/ 4 Slicks
  • Aeroweapons Platoon: 1 Hog
  • Rocket Artillery: 1 Frog
  • Armored Cavalry (CT): 4 M113s, 2 M48A3 Pattons
Steven's PAVN Infantry Battalion
  • HQ + 2 HMG Nests
  • 1 Platoon Strong Company w/ LMG
  • 1 Platoon Strong Company w/ LMG
  • 6x 75mm Recoilless Guns
  • 3x Type 54 Dshk AAA MGs
  • 3x 130mm Artillery (off board)
Choppers approaching the LZ
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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Homemade Terrain - Center Pieces

While the guys over in Richmond are big on buying their scenery, I am the other side of the fence, I enjoy making my own scenery and would rather sit and make my own terrain regardless of time spent.

With wargames like Warhammer 40k and other sci-fi and fantasy games sourcing terrain is easy, any bottle, tube, broken toy and scraps can be turned into a piece of interesting scenery. With a historical game like Flames of War this isn't so easy, but with a careful selection of parts and a bit of imagination its possible to make some pretty convincing scenery.

CBaxter Already showed us how to make some pretty awesome looking roads (a technique I used below)

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

AAR: Irish Guards vs. Wiking

Luke and I got together for a Flames of War game to test out my new Irish Guards list from the new Market-Garden books.  Luke's has really taken a liking to the Panthers, so he made up a Wiking list.  We decided to just run a simple Free-For-All mission to get right into things.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Product Review: Battlefront T-54s

T54's rolling into West Germany, circa 1985
Well for anyone who has been living under a rock, Battlefront has recently released one of the most iconic Soviet Cold War tank, the T-54 (aka North Vietnamese K-2)  As a Canadian, I may not have as much interest in the Vietnam conflict, however this is a kit that can be used for a variety of eras, not just Vietnam.   But lets look at the models themselves first shall we?
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Monday, May 20, 2013

Product Review: Plastic Soldier Company Russian T70 Tank

I was fortunate enough to be asked to review the Plastic Soldier Company's version of the T70.  This is a 15mm plastic model that fits in nicely with Battlefront's Flames of War World War II historical miniatures game.

These are the first PSC models that I have fully assembled and painted and I was dying to know how they would fit in an army that had Battlefront models.  So, as part of this review, I also purchased, built and painted a Battlefront T70 for comparison.
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Friday, May 17, 2013

M48A3 Pattons (VUSAB05)

To be honest, I originally didn't have much interest in doing any armor in Vietnam.  But, everytime I took a look at the M48A3 Patton box set, some small nagging part of my brain said "You know you want to paint that!".  And, I finally gave in.
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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Review: Armament in Miniatures AC-47 Spooky

Even though Battlefront left aircraft out of Tour of Duty, I couldn't keep my wallet closed when I found this AC-47 Spooky from Armament in Miniatures (AiM).  I learned about AiM from Anatoli of Anatoli's Game Room.  Anatoli found some great Polish aircraft for his September Campaign, an all this Polish Campaign for Early War Flames of War.  In addition to learning about AiM from Anatoli, Mike over at Scary Biscuits scratch built a AC-47 several months ago.  Mike is a much better modeler than me, but when I found the Spooky on the AiM website I placed the order.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

PAVN Recoilless Guns

After playing a few games of 'Nam, it became clear that the PAVN need some heavy weaponry.  Fortunately, combining pieces from the Battalion HQ box and Weapons box, you can make a full unit of Recoilless Guns 6 strong.
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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Announcing our next Campaign: Overlord!

It's with great excitement that I introduce our next Massively Multiplayer Table Top Campaign!  Operation Overlord will start on June 16th and run for 6 weeks.  As with our Operation Sea Lion campaign it is available to people all over the world!  It's quite simple to participate, just head over to http://overlord.wwpd.net and sign up!  More info will be available here soon and on our forum, but we've been working closely with Battlefront to ensure this campaign has awesome support!  Now's your chance to refight one of the most iconic campaigns of WWII on the tabletop!

Yes, the video says "May 16th", but you can sign up now.  We didn't want to make people wait 2 days after the announcement.  So do it!
Go Sign Up! 

*Please note: Your address information will be kept confidential, and not shared with anyone other than WWPD and Battlefront Miniatures so that you may receive potential promotional material surrounding the campaign.  All address data will be deleted at the conclusion of the campaign.  You do not have to share your address information (you can just put "N/A" in the fields), but not doing so makes you ineligible for any promotional material.  More information on promotional material will be made available shortly.
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Monday, May 13, 2013

Even more Choppers for 'nam!

Not much to say here other than I've done 2 more choppers!  One more Slick (completing my Aviation platoon of 4 Slicks) and a Heavy Hog (with the grenade launcher upgrade making it a "Frog").  This brings me to 6 total choppers.  My planned list is 10 choppers- 6 slicks, 2 Frogs, and 2 Hogs.  But of course, I can't resist painting up some Cobras as well!  Anyhow, enjoy these pictures.  I dare you not to hum Ride of the Valkyries.  
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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Partner Picks

Once again a pick of some of the best articles from our WWPD Partners.

Anatolis Game Room

First up is Anatoli and his many fantastic articles of By Fire and Sword - I honestly think the publishers of this game should hire him to be the PR guy, as he's done an outstanding job pushing the game and made it appealing even to me, who has no interest in the era.

Aurelius Legion - Basing tutorial
I loved this tutorial so much I'll be giving it a go myself.

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Friday, May 10, 2013

Guards Armor in Market Garden

The Market Garden books have been out for a while now and I am still struggling to put together a new version my old Guards Armored list.  The increase in points cost that came along with AT 15 for the 17 pdr guns has really thrown me for a loop.  With that in mind, I would like to take a look at a couple of possibilities.  Please note that this article is NOT about "Here is the super new perfect tournament list!" - this is about exploring some possibilities and starting a little discussion.
Canadians?  Nahhhh!

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Quick and Easy Elephant Grass for 'Nam

I had an extra door mat that was rarely used as a wheat field except in a few cases.  As Sean and I were discussing easy ways to make our 'Nam battlefields look more like.. well.. Vietnam, I remarked how easy it would be to tear up one of those mats to make some elephant grass.  So, we grabbed 2 pairs of scissors and went to work!  Within about 10 minutes we had a box full (We cut up a 2' x 3' mat) of elephant grass which would probably be enough to cover 2 6'x4' boards!  Super easy to do- here's what we did:
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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Diesel N' Dust Episode 2!

It's DnD2! (Click to Download)
Ben speaks out about his secret passion, a real Australian monster.
Everyone goes bridge to bridge in 1750, 
our favourite LW tank and why, Sabre 3 battle report & Bombardments, who can call em’, how to combine for them, who can join them, special rules associated with them zzzZzzZzz!
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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

US M113 ACAVs in Vietnam

Battlefront's new all plastic M113 kit is really quite spectacular!  Now, as some of you may remember- I dislike plastics. It's not the end result, or the weight, or anything like that.  It's certainly not the price (this new box retails for $35 for 4 vehicles- a big savings over the previous resin and metal offering).  It's just the assembly.  I hate assembling plastics.
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Monday, May 6, 2013

'Nam AAR: Get to the LZ!

Sean and I decided to try out another 'nam game to get some of our new terrain on the board. We didn't use an existing mission, but rather just whipped up our own scenario on the spot. Since the last game we played had the US defending an LZ, this time we wanted them up and out of their foxholes and hoofing it to an LZ. We were fast and loose to keep the game exciting as we went along, since our primary goal was simply to get familiar with the unique 'nam rules and forces.

The Buffalo grass was waist high, essentially giving concealment to all infantry and man-packed guns in the open. The US started with their infantry platoon and independent teams with the choppers in reserve. The PAVN started with nothing on the board, and everything in Guerilla reserve.

Neither force will be subjected to company morale checks.

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Friday, May 3, 2013

Alternative Spray Colors: Krylon Woodland Light Green

Since we have been without spray paint from Battlefront for over a year, I have started to search for some alternative colors for use with my Flames of War armies.  With my considerable stockpiles running low, I spied out Krylon Woodland Light Green as a possible solution for my Late War British armor.  Let's take a look!
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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Store Review: HobbyTown USA-Auburn Alabama

I was on the road again.  This time to one of my favorite places...  Auburn, Alabama.  Yep...I am one of those...War Eagle baby!  You know what I'm talking ...right SECFootball from the WWPD Forum?

Was down there this time not only to visit my two daughters who attend the school, but also to visit yet another great game store with a great group of players...  The HobbyTown USA in Auburn.

Photo by Daniel McCoy

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

8 Completed HMG Nests

Just a quick post today!  A while back Eric Lauterbach hooked me up with 8 resin HMG nests.  I finally got around to painting them at Jon's behest.  I did 4 for "europe" and 4 for "the desert" to cover all my bases.

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