TGN Sunday Snippets

It’s Sunday. Hopefully you had an epic Saturday of gaming. For those that went to Salute, I hope it was a blast. I’m really jealous of those that were able to go. It’s a show I’d love to make it to at some point in time.

My Saturday was full of building the Eisenkern APC from DreamForge-Games. Expect the review of that kit later this week. Sneak Preview: There are 12 trooper minis inside the model. Each model is made up of about 11 pieces. So that’s well over 100 parts just for models inside the tank.

Anyway, on to our regular Sunday piece of collecting the bite-sized stories we’ve come across over the past couple days and presenting them to you now.

In this batch we’ve got: Entire 28mm Fantasy Dwarf range now released at Alternative Armies, Zen Bins Dice Masters Cases on Kickstarter, More Installments of The Fiver from The Meeple Mechanic, CROM: Conan Rise of Monsters Circle of Iron tease, Kromlech New Release – Legionaries Spike Hammers and Biker Legs, Battlefront releases Twin 8.8cm FlaK37 Railway Car, Sally 4th Free textures & furniture for Terra Blocks, New Dwarf Beer Maiden from Kabuki Models, Dark Art Studios Spring Releases posted, and Terrible Kid Stuff – New release – The Child Thief.

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Battlefront releases plastic British Comet Platoon

Battlefront has released their plastic British Comet Platoon for Flames of War. Note: They’re not actual comets. They’re tanks. If they were real comets, that’d change Flames of War from a Historical game to a Sci-Fi one. Though, perhaps some day in the far future, we will use actual comets during warfare, so it could be Historical then. But I’ve gotten way off-topic here.
Anyway, their new plastic British Comet Tank Platoon is now available.

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Battlefront Releases SAS Jeeps (Europe) for Flames of War

Battlfront expands their SAS line for Flames of War with the release of their Jeeps kits. If you need to get somewhere fast, like scouting out the enemy location, or perform a flanking maneuver, there’s not much better. Capable of quick hit-and-fade strikes, they’re a good addition to your invasion force.

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Flames of War State of the Union

Battlefront might be busy dealing with Dust Studios right now, but they’ve not forgotten about the game that got them to where they are: Flames of War. They’ve posted up a look at what they have coming up for the game. Expect to head to Germany’s borders and then further on to Berlin. There’ll be fights on the Mekong river in Tour of Duty. There’ll be a trip back again to WWI. Then we rocket back forward again to conflicts between NATO and the Warsaw Pact in Fulda Gap. Finally, the year will end in the Pacific with conflicts between the Japanese and Americans.

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Battlefront Features Artillery HQ and Crew for Fate of a Nation

Battlefront doesn’t want you to have to leave your artillery pieces without crew and looking like there’s no leadership. So they’re showing off their Artillery HQ and Crew for Fate of a Nation. While most of the artillery was surplus from WWII, it doesn’t mean it was any less effective on the battlefield.

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TGN Saturday Edition: Review Roundup

We’ve got another Saturday here on TGN and that means a collection of the review stories we found throughout the week. What are others saying about the games you’re interested in playing? Read on to find out.

This time we’ve got reviews (and a couple previews) for games/models like: Rivet Wars, Eight Minute Empire, Kromlech’s Orc Warchief, Witness, new Nachtjager releases for Flames of War, Scoville, Wizard Dodgeball, San Juan (the game, not the location. Though one is based on the other), Xia: Legends of a Drift System, Out of Dodge, Hoyuk, the 5th Edition Monster Manual, Amerigo, and King of New York.

That should keep you busy for a while.

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Forces Of War: NOW LIVE

Battlefront has released their Forces of War army-creator website for Flames of War. Now you can quickly, easily, and electronically create, track, and make sure you’re using the correct rules for your forces.
You can make your forces and print them out so you don’t even really need the army books anymore.
They’re working on bringing older material to the site, but already have several of the supplements up online to check out.

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Battlefront features T-34 obr 1940 Company for Flames of War

Battlefront gives us a deeper look inside their T-34 obr 1940 company set for their Operation Barbarossa expansion for Flames of War.

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The tank divisions formed the hard hitting core of the mechanised corps. They were armed with a mix of tanks with the best armed based around the new T-34 tank. The new T-34 tanks were issued to a number of tank divisions in the mechanised corps, and the Germans began to run into them within the first few days of the invasion. The T-34 caused the Germans to often avoid direct engagement with this well-armoured tank and powerful 76mm gun.

Dice, Markers, and Tokens on sale from Battlefront

Battlefront will be having a sale on those items to help stuff the holiday stocking of the gamer in your life.

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For the month of December from the 1st to the 31st we are running a Stocking Filler promotion. We are going to be offering the codes we have listed in the On Sale tab at 50% off retail for the duration of the promotion. When the promotion is over these codes will be removed from sale permanently.

Battlefront features the Flammpanzer for Flames of War

Battlefront has a new Operation Barbarossa article up. This time they look at the Flammpanzer.

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The first purpose built flame-thrower equipped tank that saw service with the German Army during the Second World War was the Flammpanzer II. Built on the chassis of a Panzer II D or E, the design mounted two separately operated flame projectors on the front of each track fender.

Battlefront features the Uparmored Panzer 38(t) E / F for Flames of War

Battlefront is showing off the uparmored Panzer 38(t) E/F for Flames of War’s Barbarossa expansion in this new article.

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The rapid expansion of the German panzer forces for the invasion of the Soviet Union has seen a number of panzer divisions equipped with Czech built tanks. These are still being produced by the Czech factories under German management.

Battlefront features the Panzer IV F1/F2 for Flames of War

Battlefront gives us another look inside the Barbarossa set for Flames of War with a look at the Panzer IV F1/F2.

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The Panzer IV Ausf F was the heaviest tank in the German arsenal at the start of the war in Russia. A new gun, almost twice as long as its original weapon, fitted to the Ausf F2 version from the middle of 1942 kept it in the forefront of the action as one of the most effective medium tanks of the war.

Battlefront features their StuG G Platoon for Flames of War

Battlefront gives us a deep look inside their upcoming StuG G Platoon for Flames of War.

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The StuG G assault gun (Sturmgeschütz) served on all fronts of WWII, as infantry support tanks and as tank-hunters. With their low silhouette, StuG assault guns were easy to camouflage and difficult to spot. The StuG G was the most produced armoured vehicle of the Wehrmacht, with over 7,500 being made.

Battlefront features Greatcoat Mortar Platoon

Battlefront continues to show off their new greatcoat-wearing units with a look at the new mortar team.

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While the mortar platoons of the Allied armies have just two tubes, the German equivalent has six 8cm GW34 mortars. This gives the commander of a German infantry battalion timely and flexible local artillery support in a way that the Allies cannot match.

Although the mortars are nominally under the direct control of the battalion commander, this firepower is made available to the individual rifle company commanders.

Battlefront features Greatcoat-wearing HMG Platoon for Flames of War

Battlefront continues the previews for their Barbarossa releases for Flames of War with a look at the greatcoat-clad Heavy Machine Gun Platoon.

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Armed with the versatile MG34, the HMG platoons of the German army were able to pour fire into an enemy to either suppress them in attack or pin them down in defence.

Battlefront features the Infanterie Platoon (Greatcoat) (GE862)

Battlefront is featuring their new Infanterie Platoon in greatcoats for Operation Barbarossa for Flames of War.

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The SS and a few elite motorised divisions are mounted in trucks. These motorised formations are able to keep pace with the fast moving panzer spearheads that lead the advance. The motorised divisions are the second line, following the panzer troops, securing ground and holding off enemy counterattacks.

The bulk of the German infantry travel on foot. This does not diminish their fighting ability or importance to the German war effort. They fight with the same determination and skill as their motorised brothers-in-arms.

No matter their transport situation, Infanterie Platoons are well-armed with a MG-34 machine-gun in each squad and access to anti-tank rifles and Panzerknacker teams.

Battlefront features the ZIS-30 for Flames of War

Battlefront is showing off another new piece for the Barbarossa set for Flames of War with a look at the ZIS-30 anti-tank gun.

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The ZIS-30 was amongst a handful of designs created by the Soviets as a stopgap measure in an attempt to stem the German tide after the opening phases of Operation Barbarossa. In August 1941 the design bureau at Gorky Factory no. 92 mounted the 57mm ZIS-2 gun onto the chassis of a Komsomolets artillery tractor. It proved a successful design and was quickly pressed into service.

Battlefront features the KV-1e tank for Flames of War

Battlefront gives us a further look inside Operation Barbarossa for Flames of War with a look at the KV-1e tank.

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The initial KV mounted both a 76.2mm and a 45mm gun in the turret with single machine gun in the hull. With the outbreak of the Winter War the KV was sent to the front, but only after the 45mm was replaced with a 7.62mm machine-gun, while another machine-gun was mounted in the rear of the turret to protect the tank from infantry assaults.

Towards the end of 1940 the 76.2mm L-11 tank gun was replaced with the new 7.62mm F-32 gun, this became the KV-1 obr 1940. In the spring of 1941, in response to intelligence on the Germans a decision was made to increase the armour of KV-1. Additional armour plates were bolted to the hull and turret. This modified KV became the KV-1e (“e” means “ekranirovaniy” or “with shields”). At the start of the German invasion the Red Army had 639 KV-1 tanks.

Battlefront rolls out another new tank

Battlefront is showing off another new tank they’re working on for Flames of War. This one’s the KV-2.

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Experiences fighting in Finland, especially against fortified positions left Soviet high command with the realisation that the Red Army desperately needed a tank capable of dealing with reinforced bunkers. Three design programmes were hurriedly put together with one successfully prototype completed in time to see action during the Finnish campaign.

The design mounted a modified 152mm howitzer into an enlarged KV turret and was referred to as ‘Dreadnought’ by it crew. However, once it was adopted by the Red Army it was designed as the KV-2.

Battlefront features the KV-1 obr 1939 / 1940 (SU080) for Flames of War

Battlefront is showing off a new tank for their Barbarossa supplement for Flames of War with a preview of the KV-1 obr 1939/1940.

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The KV tank was a new type of heavy tank, a rejection of the multi-turreted designs like the T-35 and T-28 that had dominated the 1930s. During combat tests against the Finns during the Winter War, the new design proved itself superior to multi-turreted SMK and T-100 designs.

Battlefront features the Sherman Armoured Platoon for Flames of War

Battlefront has posted up an in-depth look at their Sherman Armoured Platoon for Flames of War.

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The reliable Sherman tank equips the armoured regiments of most British armoured brigades and divisions. The armoured divisions place their faith in the new Sherman V with its Chrysler multi-bank engine. The armoured brigades make do with the older Sherman I, II, and III.

All of them are equipped with the excellent Sherman Firefly VC armed with a long-barrelled 17 pdr anti-tank gun, ideal for taking out the big German tanks. The Firefly will keep the enemy tanks occupied as your Shermans rush around the flank to finish them off.

Battlefront posts Barbarossa Design Notes

Battlefront has posted up the design notes for their Barbarossa book for Flames of War.

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Operation Barbarossa began a struggle of epic proportions that would result in four years of bitter fighting between the Germans and Soviets. It all began in the early hours of 22 June 1941 with a German surprise attack across the border of the Soviet Union with three army groups and 3.8 million Axis soldiers.

The Germans soon found many of the Red Army units they faced wanting, but other units held out with grim determination, fighting off the Germans until they were surrounded. However, the Germans were to encounter some nasty surprises against the Soviet mechanised corps’ counterattacks, facing new heavily armoured Soviet T-34 and KV tanks.

Red Army counterattacks, stubbornly resisting pockets, and the autumn rains, followed by freezing weather, delayed the German thrust towards Moscow. The freezing conditions played into the Red Army’s hands, and they launched a counter-offensive that would push back the Germans back from Moscow!

Battlefront Early-war Sale: Last Chance

Battlefront has their Early-War sale for Flames of War coming to an end. If you want in on the action, better hurry.

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This weekend marks the end of our Early-war celebration and the conclusion of our sale. On Monday afternoon (New Zealand time) our pricing regime will return to normal. So make sure you log into the online store and order everything you want now.

Whether you’re building a new army in anticipation of the upcoming release of Barbarossa, or you’re putting the finishing touches on an older army, this is a great opportunity to get everything you need. Don’t forget that the Early-war books are also on sale.

We have also had a lot of enquiries from customers asking if their orders can include non-sale items to take advantage of the capped shipping rate. We thought that was a great idea; so you can now add any Flames Of War product (excluding products from the Battlefield in a Box range) to your order and get the great rate on shipping!

Battlefront’s Early-war Sale is now Live

Battlefront wants you to party like it’s 1941 with their Early-War Flames of War sale.

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Have a look in the online store, if you see this logo then you know you are going to be getting a great deal. We are excited to kick off the Early-war Sale and the celebrations about the upcoming book, Barbarossa. Whether you are taking the opportunity to pick some of the Early-war codes that have been difficult to get over the past few months or starting a completely new army this is the time to do it.

Battlefront posts Barbarossa Sneak Peek

Battlefront gives us a look at their upcoming Flames of War book, Barbarossa, in this new preview.

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Operation Barbarossa began a struggle of epic proportions that would result in four years of bitter fighting between the Germans and Soviets. It all began in the early hours of 22 June 1941 with a German surprise attack across the border of the Soviet Union with three army groups and 3.8 million Axis soldiers.

The Germans soon found many of the Red Army units they faced wanting, but other units held out with grim determination, fighting off the Germans until they were surrounded. However, the Germans were to encounter some nasty surprises against the Soviet mechanised corps’ counterattacks, facing new heavily armoured Soviet T-34 and KV tanks.

Red Army counterattacks, stubbornly resisting pockets, and the autumn rains, followed by freezing weather, delayed the German thrust towards Moscow. The freezing conditions played into the Red Army’s hands, and they launched a counter-offensive that would push back the Germans back from Moscow!

Party Like Its 1941

Battlefront will be running a sale on their early-war Flames of War books over in their webshop next week.

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Next week we are launching an Early-war sale covering pretty much every tank, gun, infantry team (as well as a few other things) with an E on it. For a limited time you will be able to buy two and get a third for free. We will also have special pricing on the Early-war books (Blitzkrieg, Hellfire and Back, Burning Empires and Rising Sun) so you can complete your collection or start a new theatre. We are also going to put a cap on the amount you are going to pay for shipping so you can spend more on figures and less on freight.

Model Dads posts Wargames Illustrated’s sneak peek at Barbarossa video preview

Model Dads gives us a look inside Wargames Illustrated at the article talking about Operation Barbarossa for Flames of War.

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Model Dads slips between the pages of September’s Wargames Illustrated to update you on the long-awaited Barbarossa intelligence handbook for Flames of War.

Model Dads posts Battlefront’s 15mm Carius’ JagdTiger & Crew video review

Model Dads takes a look at the 15mm Carius’ JagdTiger and crew from Battlefront in this new video.

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Model Dads returns for the new term fresh-faced and full of beans to take a closer look at Otto Carius’ last steed, the Jagdtiger

Battlefront features the Infanteriekompanie HQ for Flames of War

Battlefront keeps your Infanteriekmpanies in order with their Infantreriekompanie HQ.

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Excellent German technology has given us the tools we need to overcome the British tanks and trenches, including powerful anti-tank rifles, devastating flame-throwers, and more.

Battlefront features the M4A3 late war Sherman Platoon

Battlefront features the M4A3 late war Sherman Platoon for Flames of War over on their website.

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By late 1944 there was no such thing as a standard M4 Sherman tank. The basic design had proliferated into a variety of improved and specialised models. These were issued as available and mixed together in whatever fashion the commander on the spot desired.

Battlefront features their US Rifle Company for Flames of War

Battlefront has a new article up featuring their US Rifle Company for Flames of War.

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The GI’s of the rifle company are the backbone of the US Army. They have little to fear from tanks as they are well supplied with bazookas. Every soldier is armed with a semi-automatic rifle, so they can fire effectively on the move and deliver a withering hail of fire against any enemy. Backed up by a weapons platoon with LMG’s and Mortars, the rifle company can hold their own against any enemy.

Battlefront features the Arado 234 B for Flames of War

Battlefront takes to the skies with a feature article on the Arado 234 B for Flames of War.

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The best known action involving the Aroda 234 B was at Remagen in March 1945. After American forces captured the Ludendorff Bridge intact, aircraft were sent to attack the bridge in an attempt prevent the Allies from establishing a bridgehead. The bridge finally collapsed on 17 March 1945 due to damage sustains by failed demolition attempts and battle damage.

Battlefront helps your little mans walk safely

Battlefront is showing off their new Mine Roller for Flames of War.

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Based on their experiences in North Africa coupled with intelligence coming out of Europe left little doubt in the mind of the Allies that minefields would pose a serious threat once the liberation of Europe begun. Developing the ability to clear said minefields under combat condition quickly became a top priority.