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Friday, June 28, 2013

Operation Overlord Starts Sunday!

The fight for France is on at Overlord.WWPD.Net

Need help choosing a scenario? Check out this compiled list of suggested scenarios right here!

So get in those gliders, or landing craft and get ready to take the fight to Jerry!

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Peter Pig Vietnam Civilians

Back in march having just picked up Tour of Duty and having a quick scan through I decided I needed some resistance teams.

Off I trot to the Peter Pig stand at the WMMS and bought 3 packs of civilians. A pack of male civilians, pack of female civilians and a cart. All packs cost £2.80.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

News From the Front Episode 59

The dudes are back in action and ready to roll!  We discuss our recent gaming and painting, Operation Overlord, Historicon, and the Huzzah Hobbies tournament.  In Act III, the guys followup the commonly overlooked rules to discuss the effects of pinning, spearhead, and capturing objectives.

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The dudes talk about their careers filming commercials, and running trains.  In tournaments.

Edit: The WWPD Operation Overlord Campaign reward will be rewarded to participants after submitting 5 battle reports, rather then early signups. The podcast is recorded weeks in advance and the terms were still being discussed with Battlefront.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Building Lists Without Recon

So new book ABC with list XYZ you always wanted to run just came out - but low and behold your most favoritest and bestest list doesn't have a Recon Platoon slot.

While there has been much wailing and gnashing of teeth over this and there is no 'true' replacement for a good reconnaissance platoon, this article will examine the capabilities of a recon platoon and how to replicate those effects with non-recon units.

Please note this may require you to build your list in a way that you had not originally intended, but will provide a more well-rounded solution in a general tournament environment. It's also important to mention some army lists do not have the options to provide even these 'secondary recon' elements - I'm looking at you RT Panzer-brigade.

What do you mean I have to buy four 8-Rads?

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Review: Flashpoint Miniatures Vietnamese Huts and Palm Trees

Flashpoint Miniatures is an Australian wargame company that makes 15mm miniatures for Vietnam War and Modern Middle East conflicts.  Their Vietnam ranges not only includes a variety of troops and vehicles, but also terrain.  I recently picked up two sets of five huts for $25 a set and two packs of 24 palm trees for $15.  That gave me 10 huts and 48 palm trees for $80.

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Operation Overlord: Battlefront give away Doodlebugs!

From the Flames of War website:
It is a little over one week till the WWPD Operation Overlord Campaign kicks off and we want to see as many of our Flames Of War players getting involved! Sign up for the campaign and submit five or more results and you’ll receive a plastic V-1 Flying bomb as seen in the Open Fire! box set and the German Scientist and Camera man figures as our gift to you for participate in this exciting event. Make sure you add your address details when you sign up (or add them if you have not already) so we know where to aim the V-1...
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Friday, June 21, 2013

Dirty Jon's Latest Tank Adventures

I have been putting together some rather random stuff lately - the tremendous backlog that I have built up over the years has a wide range of stuff!  This will be a short look at some of my latest projects.

Guards Armour

Over the years, I somehow picked up two of the Cromwell Armoured Platoon (BBX12) box sets.  I got these sets, even though I already had and entire Welsh Guards Company....and had already sold a complete Welsh Guards Company a few years ago.  What was I thinking?  The Guards Armoured was one of the first lists I really went after and painted over time.  I had not achieved a consistent look to the tanks and I had messed up the decals and marking more than once.  Instead of flipping the box sets, I went ahead and painted both up.

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Papercraft: Bocage (Free Download!)

Papercraft: Bocage

Operation Overlord is nearly upon us! But there is still some time for preparation.

Continuing on from my previous article with my Normandy themed buildings, I have created another paper-craft template that will allow anyone who is short on cash or short on time to quickly assemble a Normandy themed terrain table.

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Review: Plastic Soldier Company Allied M5 Halftrack

Plastic Soldier Company hooked us up with their Allied M5 Halftrack box set for review.  In the box, you will find 5 complete sprues and an instruction sheet.  This kit allows you to make the M5 or the M5A1.
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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

M551 Sheridans for Vietnam (VUSBX06)

I was very much looking forward to these guys.  I love how they have that gypsy caravan look- covered with everything but the kitchen sink!  The box includes 3 Sheridans, decals, and magnets as you'd expect.  

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Plastic Soldier Company Zis 2/3

Let's take a look at the Plastic Soldier Company Zis 2/3. For the odd person that is unaware, recent errata/changes made the soviet Zis 2/3 guns medium guns rather than large and reduced the crew from 5 to 4 for the non artillery guns. This means that the dedicated anti-tank battery armed with the Zis can now be placed on a medium base rather than a large base.

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Product Review: Vietnamese Huts (BB169)

PAVN and Free World Forces Clash over a “Strategic Hamlet”
 I have been playing Flames of War “Vietnam” ever since the publication of “The Battle of Ia Drang” in Wargames Illustrated 266. Though I purchased both the initial PAVN Bn and US Airmobile Co sets and have gamed with them for years, I never got around to adding Vietnam terrain to game with.  I simply used my European based terrain and made do. So I was excited to see Battlefront producing some terrain for its Vietnam range. But, I was also a bit apprehensive about getting the Vietnamese Huts (BB169) because they looked so similar to the earlier Rural Farm Buildings (BB139) which Steven reviewed on WWPD.
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Friday, June 14, 2013

Vietnam AAR: Indian Country (Airmobile)

Sean and I were able to get in a Memorial Day game of 'Nam, and with my 2 Cobras, 2 Loaches, and 2nd PAVN company (almost...) complete, we decided to do an Airmobile battle. We settled on the mission "Indian Country". It was my turn to play the Americans, and I was excited to have so many gunships on the table!

Steven's Airmobile Infantry
  • HQ + Medic
  • Airmobile Platoon
  • Airmobile Platoon
  • 4x Slicks
  • Pink Team w/ 1 Loach and 1 Cobra
  • Pink Team w/ 1 Loach and 1 Cobra
  • Heavy Hog w/ Grenade Launcher
Sean's PAVN Infantry Battalion
  • HQ + 4 Booby Traps
  • 2 Platoon Strong PAVN Company w/ 2 LMGs
  • 2 Platoon Strong PAVN Company w/ 2 LMGs
  • 3x Type 54 AAA Guns
  • 6x 75mm Recoilless Guns

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Product Review: Battlefront PT-76 (K-3)

Soviet PT-76 using shipping containers for cover after an Amphibious landing!

With Battlefront's release of Vietnam Tour of Duty kits, it is such a blessing for folks like me who do a bit of 'Cold War Gone Hot' and the PT-76 release is no exception.  I have to admit, I knew next to nothing about Soviet armor, and initially thought these were BMP personnel carriers (A bit of knowledge from playing Battlefield 3) but turns out they were one of the very first amphibious light tanks, used as recon and by the Soviet Navy for landings.  Since I am doing Cold War gaming as the 'Red Team', I knew these would be right up my alley!
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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

OH-6 Loach Plastic Kit Review and AH-1G Cobras

The OH-6 Loach is one of Battlefront's earliest forays into an all plastic kit, and I am a really big fan.  The kit is easy to assemble, is comprised of few pieces, and is relatively inexpensive at $26 for two Loaches (including 2 flight stands, magnets, and a sheet of decals).  Also included are two optional metal door gunners.
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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Paper Terrain Grass Shacks and Huts

As I was building up my Vietnam terrain, our pal Scott Washburn on the forum contacted me about reviewing some of his paper shacks that he sells through his company Paper Terrain.  Scott sent me his Grass Shacks set as well as the Grass Huts set.  I've used Paper Terrain landing craft for years in my D-Day games, so I was happy to give them a shot!
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Monday, June 10, 2013

Know the Mission III: Breakthrough

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Here it is!  The third installment of our Know the Mission series.  This time we take a close look at Breakthrough.  If you haven't signed up for the WWPD Premium service- maybe now's the time!  
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Friday, June 7, 2013

US Tank Destroyers vs German Pioneers

On Memorial Day, Luke and I decided to play a quick FoW game.  As we usually do on Holidays, we let the dice decide our armies and the mission.  He ended up running Tank Destroyers (ha!) and I, German Pioneers.  The Mission is Free For All.  Because we played quickly, I don't have as many pictures as usual, but will do my best to describe the action.

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Suggested Posts for D-Day

To celebrate this momentous day in History, I've compiled a list of WWPD articles and battle reports related to D-Day for your weekend reading.  Don't forget to sign up for our Operation Overlord which is set to begin at the end of this month!

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

D-Day Special - Paper Normandy Buildings

With the up coming Operation Overlord Campaign I thought it best to help people prepare. For those of us who don't have stacks of terrain but still want to participate. I threw together some very modest paper  templates (4 buildings and 1 bunker). They are nothing special, designed to be simple and fast to put together, but a sure way campaign participants can take part in the beach and town battles.
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Reveiw: Peter Pig PBR - Patrol Boat River

Patrol Boat River (PBR) was a heavily armed river boat used by the American Navy during the Vietnam War to patrol the rivers of Vietnam.  Armed with forward facing twin .50 cal machineguns, one rear deck .50 cal, up to two side mounted M60 machineguns, and a Mk19 grenade launcher, the PBR’s crew of four was capable to laying down a huge volume of fire.  The boat itself offered little protection to its crew, who relied on the PBR’s speed, approximately 28 knots, to escape danger.  PBR crewmen were some of the most decorated men of the War, but also suffered one of the highest casualty rates.  By wars end one in every three PBR sailors would become a casualty of the War in Vietnam.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Quick Look: Battlefront's Paddy Fields

There's not much to say about these Paddy Fields, that isn't fairly self evident- but we'll take a look anyway!  As part of the first wave of Battlefront's Battlefield in a Box line for Vietnam, the Paddy Fields give gamers our first taste of some South East Asia terrain!
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Monday, June 3, 2013

Historical Scenario: Disaster at Sidi Razegh!

SIDI REZEGH, LIBYA, 23rd NOVEMBER, 1941: South Africa’s participation in the Western Desert campaign got off to an inauspicious start during the Operation Crusader battles, leading to recriminations and continuing distrust between the South African and British high command. The South Africans blamed the destruction of 5th SA Infantry Brigade at Sidi Rezegh on a failure to come their aid by the supporting British armour – a recurring theme in the Western Desert where the 8th Army were unable to meld their largely Commonwealth infantry formations and British armoured units into the effective all-arms battlegroups deployed by the Germans. 

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