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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The British are Coming (For Team Yankee): Iron Maiden, a Quick Spoiler

Holy Smoke, we got to preview the upcoming expansion for Team Yankee that features the British contingent that were a part of the NATO forces in West Germany.  In this article, I will give you a brief overview of the new book and in the next few weeks it will be my Burning Ambition to give you a detailed look at the lists and weapons in Iron Maiden.  When I first looked over the book, I got the same kind of excitement that I had when I first saw Leopard.  I think many folks will really like this book because it is a bit different than the other three nationalities in the game. If you like a very diverse force and good infantry, this book may see your Wildest Dreams come true.

The book is based around the British 3rd Armoured Division - also known as the “Iron Division” - who were also featured in Flames of War when they were an Infantry Division who hit the beaches of Normandy.  The Troopers in this unit have a long history. Iron Maiden features 4 different formations from the 3rd, an Armoured Squadron, Mechanized Company, an Airmobile Company, and a Recce Company with fast moving vehicles who can Run to the Hills on your opponent's side of the table. I really love the fact that the guys from Battlefront are putting out more diverse formations with each new release. 


I will spoil the Chieftain - main battle tank featured in Iron Maiden.  While I saw some forum talk that the MBT featured in this book should be the Challenger 1, I feel that the limited operational history of the Challenger 1 and the problems it had makes the Chieftain not only more historically accurate, but also more playable. At 6 points a tank, the Chieftain is a bit better than that T-72 with its front armor rating of 17.  For an extra point, you can add “Stillbrew” armor which makes the FA an 18, but it increases your “Cross” rating to a 3+.  These slow tanks will not be Running Free all over the table.


The Chieftain comes in a platoon of 2 or 3 tanks. If you run the armor list, you can have 4 platoons of them and beef up your HQ with an extra tank, so you can place a Number of these Beasts on the table.


The British have really good infantry in the book - more on that in a later article.  I don’t want to leave you in Purgatory here, so I will tell you that the British have the ability to flood the table with Milan anti-tank missile teams and can make your opponent a Man on the Edge.

I also have to say that the Recce lists looks good, where you can take a mixture of Scorpions of Scimitars.  These guys do not have much protection but they can move, so Be Quick or Be Dead with them.



When it comes to divisional support, the British have some good options: Blowpipe and Rapier anti-aircraft missiles. The Blowpipes have the ability to be used against tanks and infantry.  The Harrier also makes its appearance and uses a new special rule called “Jump Jet” which means you only have to roll a 3+ vice a 4+ to get your air on the table.


In a upcoming article on Iron Maiden I, will break down all four of the lists in the book and provide details on what goodies you can have in them.


One thing I do love about the book is the name; I can assume is in reference to former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher who was given the nickname the “Iron Lady” by a Soviet journalist.  It also plays into the name of the Iron Division, or the guys at Battlefront really like 1980’s hair bands.
I am going with the last assumption, and while I do not know what is in the next releases, I would still like to make some recommendations for future book titles and topics.

Twisted Sisters:  North and South Korea
Bon Jovi: The Italians
Great White: The Canadians
Damn Yankee’s: US National Guard units sent to Europe for WWIII
Night Ranger: US Special Forces and Soviet Spetznaz
Saigon Kick: Vietnamese Army (Alt title “Hanoi Rocks”)

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24 comments:

Stephen Weber said...

But how close is it to midnight!? I have a fear of the dark!

Fingolfen said...

Best Team Yankee blog post... Ever!

Matt Varnish said...

Im glad this book is finally comng out.. its given me Piece of Mind

Froggars said...

Awesome Review.

Little correction; Iron Maiden is a "New Wave of British Heavy Metsl" Band.

Abuelo Cebolleta said...

Great news. Westland Lynx (slurps)
We want spanish armoured div, too.

Nick Livesey said...

Wash your mouth out! Iron Maiden have never been a 'hair metal' band, but good old fashioned heavy metal...

darkriea c said...

No challenger mbt

Sparker said...

Terrific news all round!

Diesel N Dust PC said...

"Scream for me Team Yankee!"

"SCREAM FOR MEEEE TEAM YANKIEEEE!!!"

"The IRON MAIDEN!"

Porkchop said...

What!! No swing fire and again with the M109s. I needed Abbots! I want the Brits To Tame This Land!
The Brits are also supposed to have a tion of MILAN per section. Oh well1
But I have to say I love this teaser, and I am glad to miss out on the Germans for this lot.

Mark Francis said...

Abbots will probably within the Armoured Formation itself and not Divisional support. Same with Swingfire being in the Mech formation. I just hope the Recce Formation has Strikers.

Panther-Fan said...

Abbot and Swingfire are listed on the release list!

Tankerman said...

I am thinking that the Soviets may need an upgrade or the whole game will be turning in blue games (Americans vs Germans etc).With all these A/T missiles, 100 cm range vs 80 cm of the T72s, ROF2 vs ROF1, front armor of 16 against western AT 22, a weak infantry against tanks (they can't harm a tank), it will be very very hard for the Soviets to contest a game.....

Tankerman said...

Adding to the above, still missing the BRDM (1 and 2, one of the main soviet armoured vehicles) or an advance T72 (B)or T80 with better arsenal that would be balancing somehow the field, otherwise once the German or US or British shoots, the player with the Reds will be losing at least his half force from first round.....All are vets (+4) and the Reds are trained (+3).

Scott Davey said...

Obviously Stephen Weberror it will be two minutes to midnight DUH

Lilan said...

This spoiler rocks hard! Yeah!

Porkchop said...

Well, don't I have egg on my face. It's all here!! Sniff! I am so touched.

Mikko H said...

British steel. :)

darkriea c said...

Wait And see

Tony Oglesby said...

Bradley IFV. Now.

Mike-Alfa-Six-Five said...

Go and cover yourself in sackcloth and ash's for calling 'Iron Maiden' a hair band!

Mikko H said...

Mullet band, perhaps? ;)

Conundrum said...

No SAS, so only the Americans and Russians can have special forces? Surely some mistake...

Mark Francis said...

Soviets and US have special forces? Not in the Team Yankee that I own.

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