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For the month of July, Battlefront will be having a sale going on for their NVA Regular army figures for 'Nam, their Vietnam miniatures game. You can get these figures for 25% cheaper than you'd usually have to spend, so why not check it out?
Tomorrow is International Table Top Day. And Battlefront is celebrating with a weekend-long deal on their 'Nam miniatures game. They've got some new releases. And they've got a special sale. Get yourself some gear for cheaper than you'd usually spend!
Battlefront has been really busy over the past couple weeks. They've got a new website up for the 'Nam game, as well as they're currently running a sale over there. They've got a new FAQ for Tanks, which should help everyone make sure they're playing the game right. And they've also been prepping for the next show: Hammerhead 2018.
My dad was drafted for the Vietnam war. Though he never ended up in-country, he did train to drive an APC. Considering what I learned later during a Vietnam War History class that I took, I'm glad he didn't end up over there. It probably wouldn't've gone well. The Vietnam War is one that's not often talked about in gaming circles. But Battlefront is looking to change that with 'Nam, their minis game set during that conflict. They've got a new website up and running, and they're celebrating with a sale on everything in the shop.
As we stand here, on Friday afternoon, on the precipice of the weekend, it seems appropriate to make a profound and meaningful statement about life, itself...
... ... ... Anyone got anything? ... Anyone? ... Ah well, instead how about we just munch on some bite-sized gaming stories? Sounds like a plan.

Today on the platter we have: Woodland 25mm und 40mm flat Bases Available From Tabletop-Art, Khurasan releases Vietnam War range, and 100 Oddities for a Treasure Hoard Available From Skirmisher Publishing.

Not sure why, but this week's been a time enigma. I woke up this morning going, "wow, already Wednesday!" But since I've been here at the office, it's been the exact opposite. "How is it only 10am? I feel like I've been here forever!" What might help is noshing on some bite-sized gaming stories.

Today in the platter we have: Brigade Models New Release Update, New Ammunition Chain Sets From Tabletop-Art, Victoria Miniatures Female Victorian Guard Now Available, Motherland Tokens now available from Advanced Deployment, Dek-Den: Deck Building Game Assistant On Kickstarter, Aenor Miniatures First Releases Now Available, Terrible Kids Stuff releases Goblin Shaman, Kromlech New Release: Legionary Heavy Thunder Gun with Heavy Flamer, Khurasan releases Tah-sig (non-humanoid alien) range, Ulisses Spiele GmbH To Take Over Publishing Fading Suns RPG, and 25x50mm flat bases Now available From Tabletop-Art.

Friiiiiiidaaaaaaay! The gateway to the weekend. Hopefully you've got some gaming planned for the next couple days. I don't have anything specific lined up, but there's still plenty of time. At the very least, I'm thinking I want to make some brownies this weekend. Though I might throw in something a little special...
That being cayenne pepper. You know, I've heard a lot about mixing "heat" with "sweet" and am finally gonna give it a go. I'll let you know about the results.

Anyway, before we get to those tasty bites, we have some tasty bites here to deal with.

On today's platter we have: New Thousand Sons Legion Transfer Sheet From Forge World, Lead Adventure Miniatures Launches Astropolis Kickstarter, Terrible Kids Stuff Posts September New Releases, New Damage Trackers From Proxie Models, Syrinscape Releases Geek & Sundry’s Critical Role: Goblin Raid SoundPack, Code Orange Games Running Free Collision Model Giveaway Contest, Kromlech Weekend Promo: Jump Packs, Turncoat Games Running WWII Cavalry Kickstarter, and Sally 4th Posts Free Combat Patrol - Falklands War Supplement.

One of the things that made Vietnam such a difficult conflict was that just about anyone could be working for either side. Unlike previous wars, there was no real set "front." It wasn't so much that you could easily point at a spot on the map and go, "the enemy's here, but they're not over here." There are many factors that led to this. Many local peoples were working for either the Communist or Imperialist forces, and it was nearly impossible to tell who was who. Now, that confusion can come to your tabletop with Battlefront's new Local Resistance box for Flames of War Vietnam.
Battlefront helps protect your soldiers from overhead attack with the release of their Local Forces Anti-Air Company for Flames of War Vietnam. Used to great effect against enemy helicopters, these Type 54 12.7mm anti-aircraft guns would be placed in a triangle, and when the enemy would be near the center, they would open fire, catching their foes in a killer cross-fire. They could then be taken apart quickly and moved before enemy counter-fire could pin them down.
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 is having a big sale on their Tour of Duty minis over in their webshop.


From the announcement:

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!
ToeHub has a whole new set of Tables of Order and Equipment for this brand new year.


From the announcement:

New historical TOEs (tables of order and equipment) are now available from TOEHub via Wargame Vault. The new releases for January are:

- US Army TOE 17-57G (SRC 17057G610), Armored Cavalry Troop, ACR (M551/M114/M113A1), as of 1966

- US Army TOE 17-57G (SRC 17057G620), Armored Cavalry Troop, ACR (M60/M114/M113A1), as of 1966

- US Army TOE 20-500G (SRC 20500G800), Scout Organization, as of 1968

TOEHub provides accurate force building information for post-modern historical wargamers. Not simply “army lists,” each product includes personnel and equipment information gamers can take and apply to any rules set they wish.

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


From the article:

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.
Baker Company has posted up their August releases on their website including new ANZACs and a Victorian NW Frontier line.

From the releases:

Added to our web-store is a new range within our Victorian Wars category: The Afghan Northwest Frontier of the 1890s. It currently contains British Infantry with command and Afghan Tribesmen.

These 28mm white metal miniatures are from our friends at Studio Miniatures.

Available now are the first three ANZAC packs for the Vietnam range!

As you will see, there are currently the command and support weapon pack, ANZAC Rifles (encompassing running and firing poses all armed with SLR) and the SASR pack full of different weapons and special forces goodness!

Coming soon will be ANZAC Scouts and a patrolling section. We will then also offer a platoon pack special deal to work with the Ambush Alley Vietnam game. These extra packs are available now as pre-orders and will be completed by the end of August. Any order that contains a pre-order will be refunded the postage, worldwide!

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.

From the website:

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.

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

From the website:

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.

Battlefront is featuring their Vietnamese Huts Battlefield in a Box set for Tour of Duty.

From the feature:

Vietnamese Huts (BB169) includes two pre-painted Vietnamese huts with seperate roofs.

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

From the website:

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.

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

From the article:

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.

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

From the website:

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.

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

From the website:

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.

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

From the website:

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.

Battlefront has another Aussie feature over on their website. This one's for the Anzac Rifle Platoon.

From the website:

Rifle Platoon (ANZAC) (VAN702) includes two Command SLR teams, one Medic team, one Rifle Platoon with three Rifle Squads each with two SLR teams, two Small three-hole bases & seven Medium four-hole bases.

ANZAC rifle companies contained a significant number of veterans of the fighting in Malaya and Borneo, making them some of the best troops in Vietnam when it came to jungle patrols, moving silently and maintaining excellent camouflage discipline.

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

From the article:

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.

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

From the update:

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.