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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 holding a Vietnam Sale

Battlefront is having a big sale on their Tour of Duty minis over in their webshop.



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As many of you may know, the end of March marks the end of the fiscal year for many companies. Here at Battlefront, our taskmaster of an accountant has given us a mandate: Make my end of year Stock Takes easy!

So we've come up with a plan to get even more Vietnam models onto tabletops around the world. We will be offering 40% OFF! all Vietnam codes, with the guarantee that at the beginning of the sale everything will be in stock. No complicated spreadsheets, just 40% off, right here in the Battlefront store. Once an item is out of stock, it will no longer be available, so jump in early!

To sweeten the pot, we're discounting the Tour of Duty Vietnam intelligence briefing to $10 USD. That's 66% off!

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Battlefront features the A-1 Skyraider

Battlefront is featuring a new mini for Tour of Duty with a look at the A-1 Skyraider.



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In the early days of the US involvement in the Vietnam conflict, the Geneva Convention forbid the US military to use jet aircraft in a military role. Enter the Skyraider! The powerful aircraft served the Air Force and Navy well for those first few months until the restriction was lifted and the more powerful bombers were brought online. However, that was not the end of the Spad's career in Vietnam. It had a lot more still to offer.

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Battlefront features the M42A1 Duster for Tour of Duty

Battlefront is featuring a new vehicle for Tour of Duty over on their website. This one's the M42A1 Duster, though I'm not sure how well it would tidy up a room. Seems like it'd make a mess, rather than clean one up.



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M42A1 Duster (VUS161) includes one M41A1 Duster & one American head sprue.

The experience of the Korean War led US Army officials to begin the phasing out of the M24 Chaffee in favour of designs based around the more modern M41 Walker Bulldog. Included in the M24 family of vehicles was the M19 GMC. Developed towards the end of the Second World War, the M19 was armed with two of the highly effective 40mm Bofors anti-aircraft guns mounted in an open-topped turret capable of traversing 360º.



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Battlefront features the M551 Sheridan for Tour of Duty

Battlefront is featuring another unit for Tour of Duty. This one's the M551 Sheridan.



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M551 Sheridan (VUSBX06) includes three individually sculpted M551 Sheridan, five crew figures, one decal sheet & six rare earth magnets.

The M551 Sheridan was developed as an amphibious cavalry tank or air-landing tank capable of tackling Soviet tanks. As a result its main armament was an anti-tank missile launcher that could also fire conventional shells. Getting this complex weapon system to work delayed the introduction of the Sheridan, but it finally reached Vietnam in 1968. Once there, its crews liked its firepower, speed, and ability to cross flooded rice paddies, but missed the thick armour of the much heavier M48 and its ability to smash its way through thick jungle.



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Battlefront features Local Force Company for Tour of Duty

Battlefront is featuring their Local Force Company for Tour of Duty over on their website.



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Local Force Company (VPABX10) includes one HQ Section with optional Type 58 LMG team & Type 31 60mm mortar, three Infantry Platoons each containing five Rifle teams, six Local Resistance teams, one Small three-hole base & twenty three Medium four-holes bases.

Known as the Vi?t c?ng (a contraction of Vi?t nam C?ng s?n, Nationalist Communist, or alternatively Vi?t gian C?ng s?n Communist Traitor to Vietnam) in the south, the ??a Ph??ng Quân (local forces) are a mix of southerners returned from the north since the partition, and local recruits disaffected by the Saigon regime.



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Battlefront features the M113 Passengers and Crew box set

Battlefront has a feature article up looking at the M113 Passengers and Crew box set for Tour of Duty.



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M113 Passengers & Crew (VUS710) includes ten Seated Passenger figures, four Mortar Crew figures, four M60 Gunner figures & four Vehicle Commander figures.

Extensively used in Vietnam, the M113 proved to be a solid workhorse capable of breaking through heavy jungle and transporting infantry through to enemy positions.



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Battlefront features the M577 Command Vehicle for Tour of Duty

Battlefront is showing off the M577 Command Vehicle for Tour of Duty.



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M577 Command Vehicle (VUS200) includes one M577 Command Vehicle & one Vehicle Commander figure.

The M577 is a derivative of the M113 series of Armoured Personnel Carriers; it is essentially a standard M113 but with an elevated roof that begun just behind the driver’s position. Originally designed as a command post vehicle, the M577 was also used as a fire-direction centre, communications vehicle and to provide mobile medical treatment.



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Battlefront features the M109 for Tour of Duty

Battlefront has a new featured article up. This one's for the M109 tank for Tour of Duty.



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M109 (155mm) (VUSBX08) includes three M109 (155mm) Self-propelled gun with M108 (105mm) option, four Vehicle commander figures, one M109 decal sheet & twelve rare earth magnets.

The M108 (105mm) and M109 (155mm) are the latest self-propelled artillery pieces in the US Army. Initially the lighter M108 was preferred for its ability to carry more ammunition and the relative ease of resupply. Later they were phased out in favour of the more effective M109, as the supply problems were reduced when operating from fire support bases.



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Battlefront features OH-6 Loach for Tour of Duty

Battlefront is featuring the OH-6 Loach for Tour of Duty over on their website.



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OH-6 Loach (VUSBX04) includes two plastic OH-6 Loach sprues, two Door Gunner figures, two plastic Flight Stands, one OH-6 Decal sheet & eight Rare earth magnets.

The OH-6 Cayuse was quickly nicknamed the ‘Loach’ after its initial designation LOH (Light Observation helicopter). Its high speed, manoeuvrability, and small size made it an excellent scout helicopter, even though much of its work was done at low speed while flying at or below treetop level.



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Battlefront features the Centurion Mark 5 for Tour of Duty

Battlefront posted up an article featuring their new Centurion (throw him to the floor!) Mark 5 tanks for Tour of Duty.



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Centurion Mark 5 (VANBX01) includes two Centurion Mk 5 tanks, two Tank Commander figures, four Rare earth magnets & one Centurion decal sheet.

Of the many nicknames that the tankies of the 1st Armoured Regiment acquired from the infantry, the most unkind was probably ‘koalas’ (a reference to koalas being a protected species, not to be sent overseas, and not to be shot at), a reference to them not being sent to Vietnam until 1968. The ‘turret heads’ dealt with that nickname in their first battle, and after that the infantry requested tank support whenever contact with the enemy was expected.



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Battlefront posts Anzac preview for Tour of Duty

Battlefront has a preview up of their upcoming Anzac forces for Tour of Duty.



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Normally we post spotlights for new products a week before they are released. We thought we should do a slightly early sneak peek for the Vietnam Anzac figures, since this Thursday happens to be Anzac Day.

The Vietnam Anzacs are personally significant to me because they are the first complete range of figures I have sculpted. As with any creative endeavour, there are some things about the figures I would probably change with hindsight, but I am quite happy with how they have turned out, and I can’t wait to see how they are received.



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Battlefront features M113 Platoon for Tour of Duty

Battlefront features the M113 Platoon for Tour of Duty over on their website.



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M113 Platoon (VUSBX07) includes four M113 plastic sprues with options for M113, M113 ACAV, M125 (81mm), M106 (4.2in) & M132 Zippo, four M113 Commanders, four M113 Drivers, four Optional M125 / M106 crew & one M113 decal sheet.

Extensively used in Vietnam, the M113 proved to be a solid workhorse capable of breaking through heavy jungle and transporting infantry through to enemy positions.



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Battlefront features US Army Machine Gun Platoon for Tour of Duty

Battlefront is featuring another unit for Tour of Duty over on their website. This one's the Machine Gun Platoon.



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Machine-gun Platoon (Airmobile) (VUS708) includes one Command M16 team, two Machine-gun Squads each with two M60 LMG teams, one Small three-hole base & four Medium four-hole bases.

The M60 evolved as a result of the US Army's desire to replace the aging Browning series of machine-guns in favour of a general purpose machine-gun in a similar vein to the MG42 used by the Germans during World War Two.



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Battlefront features US Mortar Platoon for Tour of Duty

Battlefront is featuring more artillery for Tour of Duty with a look at the US Mortar platoon.



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Mortar Platoon (Airmobile) (VUS705) includes one Command M16 Rifle team, two Mortar sections each with two M29 81mm mortars with crew, one Small three-hole base & four Medium four-hole bases.

The battalion mortar platoon fields the new M29 81mm mortar. This is an improved version of the old WWII-era M1 81mm mortar with longer range. Perhaps as important to the crew, it was also 15 lb (7 kg) lighter than the older model.



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Battlefront posts Preview of the New Plastic M113

Battlefront has a preview up of their new plastic M1113 over on their website.



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Extensively used in Vietnam, the M113 proved to be a solid workhorse capable of breaking through heavy jungle and transporting infantry through to enemy positions.

The mechanised infantry were organised the same as normal rifle platoons with two exceptions. The most obvious was the provision of M113 armoured personnel carriers, known as ‘tracks’ to their crews. Less obvious, but more important in many operations was the addition of an M60 machinegun to each squad. This was a significant boost in firepower, especially when combined with the usual M16 rifles and M79 grenade launchers.



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Battlefront features 155mm Field Artillery Battery for Tour of Duty

Battlefront is bringing out the big guns in this feature with a look at the 155mm Field Artillery Battery for Tour of Duty.



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155mm Field Artillery Battery (VUSBX10) includes one Command M16 team, one Staff team, one Gun section with three M114A1 155mm howitzers with crew one Small three-hole base, one Medium four-hole base & three Large six-hole bases.

Development of the 155mm howitzer M1 began during the late 1930s, when the United States Army determined it needed a new medium field artillery piece to replace the World War One vintage howitzer M1917.



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Battlefront features105mm Field Artillery Battery for Tour of Duty

Battlefront has some heavy firepower featured today for Tour of Duty with the 105mm Field Artillery Battery.



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105mm Field Artillery Battery (VUSBX09) includes one Command M16 team, one Staff team, one Gun section with three M101A1 105mm howitzers with crew one Small three-hole base, one Medium four-hole base & three Large six-hole bases.

The M2A1 105mm howitzer was the mainstay of the United States artillery units during World War Two. First entering production in 1941, it quickly gained a reputation for its high degree of accuracy and exceptional firepower.



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Battlefront features Crashed Huey Objective for Tour of Duty

Battlefront gives us a look at one of their objective pieces for Tour of Duty with their Crashed Huey Objective.



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Crashed Huey Objective (VE107) includes one Resin Crashed Huey & one Plastic Huey rotor sprue. Shipping from 25 May 2013

The widespread use of the helicopter was the most significant tactical advancement of the Vietnam War. The UH-1 was by far the most important aircraft to the American forces serving in Vietnam and it quickly became an icon of the Vietnam War.



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Battlefront features the Weapons & Anti-Tank Platoons for Tour of Duty

Battlefront is featuring some more Tour of Duty goodness over on their website. This time it's the Weapons & Anti-Tank Platoons.



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Weapons & Anti-tank Platoons (VAR706) includes two Command M16 Rifle teams, one Mortar Section with two M2 60mm mortars & crew, one Machine-gun Section with two M60 LMG teams, one Anti-tank Section with two M20 Super Bazooka teams, one Anti-tank Platoon with two Anti-tank Sections each with two M18 57mm recoilless teams, two Small three-hole bases, six Small two-hole bases & four Medium four-hole bases.



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Battlefront features the M41A3 Walker Bulldog for Tour of Duty

Battlefront takes a look at another of the units for Tour of Duty with a feature on the M41A3 Walker Bulldog.



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M41A3 Walker Bulldog (VARBX01) includes three M41A3 Walker Bulldog Tanks, four Tank Commander figures & six Rare earth magnets.

Each armoured regiment fielded a Chi ?oàn Chi?n Xa (pronounced chee doh-ahn chee-an sah), a squadron of M41A3 Walker Bulldog light tanks.



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Battlefront features ZSU-57-2 Anti-air company for Tour of Duty

Battlefront has another of their features for Tour of Duty up. This one's for the ZSU-57-2 Anti-air company.



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ZSU-57-2 Anti-air Company (VPABX05) includes four ZSU-57-2 Anti-aircraft tanks, four PAVN head sprues & one PAVN tank decal sheet.

The ZSU-57-2 was a Soviet built self-propelled anti-aircraft gun that first came into service with the Red Army in 1955. The acronym ZSU stands for Zenitnaya Samokhodnaya Ustanovka, which when translated means anti-aircraft self-propelled mount; 57 designates the calibre of the weapons and 2 states the number of gun barrels.



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