Sunday, 1 July 2018

Battlefront Open Day, FoW Discussion

Hi folks,

My 400th post I think!

I've just finished watching the live stream of the Flames of War/TY discussion from Saturday's Battlefront Open day, and thought it might be worth putting down some of what was discussed.

FoW (Mid War):

- Next two books, due August 25th 2018 are for the Eastern Front, 'Iron Cross' and 'Enemy at the Gates'
- These cover the Stalingrad battles
- 36 Plastic kits in the range, plastic Nebelwerfers were specifically mentioned, almost entire Russian range is in plastic
- Panzergrenadiers are included, but will not have half tracks in the book, there will be a web article to use half tracks, but a proper half track mounted army list will not be available until the 3rd Eastern Front book (Kursk).
- They are working on a plastic German Half track 251/1C model
- Plastic kits will include as many variants as possible, for example the KV-1 kit includes options for Flame tank and 85mm version
- Eastern Front being split into various books, with the Kursk book being after the first two
- Romanians and Hungarians being available as digital lists along with 'hopefully others', no dates given.
- Command Cards for Russians include blocking detachment (can shoot up a friendly unit, giving a bonus to motivation depending on number of hits, forcing pinned units forward), NKVD, Militgia, Naval Infantry, Cossacks, Unstoppable (KV-1's can still shoot when bailed) and Unkillable (KV-1's force re-rolls of German last stand tests within a radius).
- Commissars, if present, make units use better stats, if absent the unit reverts to worse stats.

Specifics mentioned for Russian Infantry:

- Hit on a 3+ (rather than a 2+)
- Save on a 4+ (rather than a 3+)
- 6" charge range (rather than 4")
- Assault on a 4+
- options for smaller, better, infantry units with worse motivation

Work also done on how Russian tank formations work, no real specifics given.

Scenery:

- Plastic unpainted 'city ruins' which are modular and can be combined into large structures, detailed inside and out, includes roof bits, can be made into various shapes
- resin painted factories and red brick house chimney stacks
- Gaming mat, one side city fighting and one side Kursk terrain

Great War:

- Getting the 'Osprey treatement'
- New book coming early 2019
- Will include Belgians, Cavalry, Armoured Cars, more options for Brits and Germans and 'a few other bits and pieces'

Osprey:

- Using Osprey to stop 'other periods' from going defunct
- Mentioned Vietnam, Arab Israeli and Great War specifically
- Later mentioned that FoW 'Early' WW2 may be done by Osprey for retail reasons (not a period widely supported or played and not something retailers are generally willing to stock as it does not sell).
- also mentioned 'possibly other in the future' but this may have been a reference to the 'early' WW2 stuff.

Oil Wars:

- Covering the wars in the middle east during the 80's, including the Iran Iraq war
- mentioned plastic Israeli Merkavas
- Interesting period as many nations had a mix of American, Soviet and UK equipment.
- My impression was that these books were covering the Middle East generally but that they would fit in with Team Yankee. While the more modern equipment was talked about at the same time, I don't think it will necessarily be included in this book.

Team Yankee: 

- New version due out in October 2019 fully bringing TY in line with V4
- When the next army books are done for the Brits, Yanks and Soviets the 'next generation' equipment will be included, including M1A1's, Bradlys, Apaches, T-80's, BMP3's, Challengers and Warriors. MRL's were also mentioned.
- Czech and Pole books due out October 18, two separate 24 page books due to the inclusion of unit cards for each force. Will include T-62's, RM70's, OT64's and Dana's.
- These two books will also give options for Soviet use of the T-62's, from what I understood.
- T-80 with reactive armour due to go into design 'soon'
- Future Soviet book would unfortunately replace 'Red Thunder' and become a compilation of sorts, but would include more 'modern' kit such as the T-80
- New British book also due out October 19
- Discussion being had in studio regarding 'infantry and towed weapons' such as mortars and artillery, and options for inclusion. These were left out initially in order to get armies out quickly.

Late War:

- The Breakthrough Assault lads reported that the v4 '100pt' books for late war will be out on the 6 June 2019
- First late war 100pt book due out if Normandy
- The BA guys reported that the plan is to produce 2 to 3 campaign books per year and that the late war stuff will be pointed or referenced against a tiered system to represent 'early late', 'mid late' and 'late late' to help balance the late war period out.
- Initial book (before Normandy release) will be for a German Para book covering mid and late war. This book will have '100pt' lists for mid and late war, and cards for 1500pt late war... meaning that it is compatible with mid war, 100pt late war and 1500pt late war lists. An American Para book was also mentioned, but I wasn't clear as to timing of this - it may be the same time as the German book?
- British para book will apparently be later, after Normandy
- New 'Open Fire' style box will come out with v4 Late War (June 2019?)


Other:

- Brief mention of a 'modern' tanks game, using the TY models
- Talk about BF's regret over the launch of v4. No issues with the rules - BF are happy with the way the game plays and maintain that a change was needed as v3 had grown into a monster, but big lessons learnt about the release method, the initial contents of the release (lack of army options), communications, etc. Insisted that lessons had been learnt.
- The feed quality, via Facebook live, was pretty poor, so no images of the slides, although there are some around Facebook and I'm sure other sites will publish stuff in due course.

That's all I've picked up from the live feed and from a quick check on Facebook for what else is being reported.

Friday, 29 June 2018

Holidays 2018 - Dorset and Wales

Hi folks,

Sorry for the lack of posting recently, I've been off gallivanting around the south of England and the middle of Wales!

Hobby wise, I had the chance to pick up the new Team Yankee book 'Free Nations' as well as a few FoW bits and bobs which have been sequestered away by the lady wife for my birthday. I also managed to pick up a few interesting books - 'Fighting the Invasion', which is full of translated German reports relating to D-Day and 'Assault Crossing', which covers the 49th Wessex Divisions crossing of the Seine. '6 Armies in Normandy' is also interesting, covering the perspective of various forces fighting in Normandy. From the Tank Museum, I also picked up some copies of documents regarding my grandfathers regiment and a book about modelling Sherman tanks.

Hobby wise, as usual I took along some stuff to build - having first asked permission! I find that taking some stuff with me to assemble in an evening means I then don't have to spent as much time building models at home when I could be painting them...




German halftracks from PSC and Battlefront (the Battlefront ones were by far the easier to assemble). 4 of the PSC ones are built as 'Stummels' using the PSC upgrade kit, while one is built as a 'standard' 251/1D transport. Two of the PSC ones will be HMG carriers while the other two have been upgraded to Mortar carriers, again using the PSC upgrade sprues.

Another 5 German Panzer IV's, from PSC, And a single Tiger, also from PSC. All now filed away awaiting their turn in the painting queue. Having just painted 12 Panzer IV's I do feel like I should start on those I've just built, but at the same time I'm a pit sick of painting Panzer IV's and I've still got German armour in the painting queue currently!

Locations wise, I got to spend a day in the archives at the Tank Museum and Bovington as well as a visit to the Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovil.












I also stumbled across a 'vintage vehicle rally' which had a load of WW2 stuff:







And a couple of random plinths in some of the seaside villages we visited:



As well as the obligatory Welsh castle - which also included an ECW battlefield:



View of the Battlefield site from the castle grounds

All that remains of the castle...
 And with views like this:



It's easy to see why someone would build a Castle up there in the first place! It offered views into both England and Wales, I understand.

I also saw a load of these both on the ground and in the air:



As well as F-15's, V-22 Ospreys, Chinooks and Hawks in flight over Wales and Dorset.

Other than the hobby and military stuff (which is, as usual, my main focus when it's about), we had a lovely time in both countries, with the weather being amazing in the second week and the only failing of the Welsh holiday home being the internet - but it had a pool and a hottub, which made up for that slightly. It was also set in a very rural location up on a hillside with some stunning views. We travelled a lot to the seaside, ate bucket loads of ice cream and tried to keep cool! Great couple of weeks!


Sunday, 10 June 2018

Finished: Command Panzer IV's and Flakpanzer 38t's

Hi folks,

Better progress with painting in the last week or so, with four tanks finished in this week. I've also managed to get the next two on the modelling table - a couple of Brummbars. I may also add my German radio truck, but will have to sort out figures to go around that.

These finished models are again for 12th SS Panzer Division. 

First up, my two command tanks for my Panzer Companie. This time around, these are Battlefront models, which scale pretty well with the PSC ones. They do have slightly different hull shapes, but I am happy enough using these as my HQ vehicles. Again, some seafoam branches were applied - I've a new method of doing this, using gloss varnish instead of superglue, and matt varnishing before I put the leaves on. This sped the process up and seems to bond the branches well to the hulls.




These are numbered 704 and 705. 705 is actually the commander, while 704 is the 2ic.

To provide some cover from the dreaded Jabos, I've also got a couple of dinky little Battlefront Flakpanzer 38t's.





These are un-numbered, as I could find no decent info on what markings they should have. Online searches showed possibly the number 12 in use, but no context or confirmation that the vehicle shown was even 12th SS.

Gun crews received some greenstuff on their helmets, to make them the SS covered style. A small amount of stowage and some tree branches finishes them off. As usual, I also mixed up the uniforms, so they have a mix of Heer and various SS camo patterns.

Only the Brummbars, 3 Stugs, 5 Panthers, the radio truck and 3 Kubelwagons to do of the planned German stuff, so progress is being made!