New Flames of War articles

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Feb 10th, 2011
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The Flames of War website has been updated with new articles and product spotlights

Articles
Rommel: The Rise of the Desert Fox
Rommel hit the world’s headlines as ‘The Desert Fox’ in 1941 when he and his Deutsches Afrikakorps ran rings around the British in the deserts of Libya. His renown grew in the following year when his Panzerarmee Afrika threw the British back to El Alamein and nearly won the war in the desert, and then in 1943 when he smashed the Americans at Kasserine Pass.

How To Start a Flames Of War League Part Three
In the third and final stage of the escalation league that our war gaming club started last November, we increased the size of our army lists from 1000 to 1500 points. After starting with 600 point forces just eight weeks ago many players reveled in the high cost options that were now viable. Also, since the points cap for the league was 1500 points, many players took the opportunity to put together tournament style lists to practice with.

Victor’s Hungarian Assault Gun Battery Part Two
Progress is going well so far with my Hungarian army. I’ve just finished the armoured components of the force so thought I’d share some pictures and techniques I used. I had fun with these, and with each platoon looking different it didn’t feel like I was painting 17 vehicles all in one go.

Dressing French Tanks For Battle
All French tanks had their camouflage applied in the factory before being sent to their units. Each factory had their own camouflage schemes, although they changed over time. It is common replacement tanks to have a different camouflage scheme from the rest of their unit.

Monty’s Meatgrinder Scenarios
With the release of the new D-Day compilations, Turning Tide and Earth & Steel; the scenarios that featured in the original books were omitted in order to make space for all the new army lists. However, we didn’t want these to disappear altogether so we decided to provide the scenarios featured in these books as PDF downloads for your enjoyment.

Turning Tide Design Notes
My main focus was Turning Tide, while Wayne tackled Earth & Steel. In Turning Tide we have included all of the Allied forces you have come to know and love in D Minus 1, Bloody Omaha, Monty’s Meatgrinder, Villers Bocage, and Cobra. We’ve brought all of these lists into line with our current books, adding easy-to-use company diagrams,
updated points, and fixed a few small errors here and there.

Flames Of War on YouTube
Jeff Brooks demonstrates how to paint the German Panzer IV/70, the Soviet 76mm Sherman and the SU-100 from Stalin’s Europe.

RHQ-TV has just released episode two with one of the videos was dedicated to Flames Of War. In this epiosde, Gavin “Slardy” Clarke un-boxes the Sd Kfz 231 (6-Rad) (GE320) and the Kradschutsen Platoon (GBX37). He also paints up the 6-Rad and talks about that and 15mm painting in general.

Product Spotlights
Generalmajor Rommel (GE892)
General Erwin Rommel is most famous for his exploits as the ‘Desert Fox’ commanding the Deutsches Afrikakorps, in the Western Desert in 1941 and 1942. He began the Second World War commanding Hitler’s bodyguard. Despite his inexperience with armoured forces, Hitler supported his request to command 7. Panzerdivision in France. The speed of Rommel’s advance led to the division being nicknamed the ‘Ghost Division’ as neither the enemy nor his own commanders had any idea where it would be next.

Renault AMR-35 (FR011)
The Automitrailleuse de Reconnaissance (AMR), or Reconnaissance Armoured Car, is the opposite of the AMD. Where as the AMD scouts far ahead of the army, tracking their advance, the AMR fights the covering battle in front of the French lines.

Renault UE Carrier & Trailer (FR211)
The French infantry divisions were easily the best equipped in the world for First World War-style trench warfare. Every battalion had a resupply section with Renault UE carrier. These could be used to carry or tow the battalion’s weapons into position across shell-torn ground under fire, but more importantly, they could resupply the battalion under fire.

Machine-gun Platoon (FR704)
The Hotchkiss Mle 1914 became the standard heavy machine-gun of the French Army during World War One when it broke German attacks as they advanced across No Man’s Land.

Mortar Platoon (FR705)
Almost every mortar used by every nation in the Second World War (and since) was essentially derived from the outstanding Brandt mle 27/31 (introduced in 1927 and updated in 1931) mortar. Even its 81.4mm calibre became the European standard used by both Allied and Axis forces.

75mm Artillery Battery (FRX02)
Despite its age the 75mm mle 1897, known to the French as the Soixante Quinze, or ‘Seventy Five’, remains a revolutionary weapon. More than 40 years after its introduction it is still a devastating weapon, particularly when used against infantry in the open. 4,500 of the guns form the core of the French artillery arm.

Heavy Artillery Battery (FRX03)
Of more advanced design, but fewer in number than the 75mm mle 1897, was the excellent little Bourges 105mm Court mle 1935. It too had a relatively high rate of fire and was designed with a split trail that splayed the guns’ wheels outwards to provide additional protection for its crew.