Posts Tagged ‘team Yankee’

Mega Team Yankee Game! Soviets vs. United States

Posted on November 30th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

 By John Sulek

The Spotsylvania Area Gamers decided to pull out all the stops for a big Team Yankee game.  We played Free for all with  Wayne the Soviet player as the attacker. Wayne ran his army out of Red Thunder. Ren and I ran our armies out of Stripes. We set points at 150 per side. Ren chose to run a standard M-1 Tank Company of 1 M-1 HQ, 2 x 3 M-1 Tank Platoons with 4 VADS and 2 Cobras. He topped out at 69 points. I ran a Mech Infantry Combat Team out of Stripes with 1 HQ M-113, 2 full mech platoons minus the extra Dragon team, 2 VADS, a 6 gun M-109 Btry, FIST, and then tried out a few of the new units in the new Stripes book. 1st up, an IPM-1 platoon of 4 x IPM-1’s. The extra front and side armor worked good going up against Wayne’s T-72’s.  Next was the new Scout sections. I ran 2 and the extended deployment area helped out also. Then I ran 2 x SAM Stinger teams. I used 2 M-151 Jeeps with dismounted stinger teams for proxy. Then last but not least, I ran a Platoon of my 82nd Airborne Paratroopers that are also included in Stripes. Not exactly as I envisioned them but overall not bad. I took a full platoon of 7 stands plus 2 x M60 GPMG’s and an extra Dragon team. In Stripes, they ride into battle in UH-1’s but I chose to proxy 4 of UH-60 Blackhawks. With the Soviet AA on the board, I waited to deploy them until turn 4. Unfortunately, they were too late to change the outcome and the right flank in the county side fell.  Ren went up against Wayne’s T-64’s and BMP’s and was pretty much overwhelmed by turn 5 in the city. My scouts were within 14″ of an objective when Wayne’s T-72’s assaulted my Arty Btry and they finally gave way. Overall a fun game. Lessons learned and I look forward to running this again.


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Mega Team Yankee Game! Soviets vs. United States

Posted on November 30th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

 By John Sulek

The Spotsylvania Area Gamers decided to pull out all the stops for a big Team Yankee game.  We played Free for all with  Wayne the Soviet player as the attacker. Wayne ran his army out of Red Thunder. Ren and I ran our armies out of Stripes. We set points at 150 per side. Ren chose to run a standard M-1 Tank Company of 1 M-1 HQ, 2 x 3 M-1 Tank Platoons with 4 VADS and 2 Cobras. He topped out at 69 points. I ran a Mech Infantry Combat Team out of Stripes with 1 HQ M-113, 2 full mech platoons minus the extra Dragon team, 2 VADS, a 6 gun M-109 Btry, FIST, and then tried out a few of the new units in the new Stripes book. 1st up, an IPM-1 platoon of 4 x IPM-1’s. The extra front and side armor worked good going up against Wayne’s T-72’s.  Next was the new Scout sections. I ran 2 and the extended deployment area helped out also. Then I ran 2 x SAM Stinger teams. I used 2 M-151 Jeeps with dismounted stinger teams for proxy. Then last but not least, I ran a Platoon of my 82nd Airborne Paratroopers that are also included in Stripes. Not exactly as I envisioned them but overall not bad. I took a full platoon of 7 stands plus 2 x M60 GPMG’s and an extra Dragon team. In Stripes, they ride into battle in UH-1’s but I chose to proxy 4 of UH-60 Blackhawks. With the Soviet AA on the board, I waited to deploy them until turn 4. Unfortunately, they were too late to change the outcome and the right flank in the county side fell.  Ren went up against Wayne’s T-64’s and BMP’s and was pretty much overwhelmed by turn 5 in the city. My scouts were within 14″ of an objective when Wayne’s T-72’s assaulted my Arty Btry and they finally gave way. Overall a fun game. Lessons learned and I look forward to running this again.


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STRIPES – Making New Lists from Team Yankee’s Newest Book

Posted on November 28th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

As a mostly West German player up until now, I haven’t been tempted by other armies.  It took me 6 months to paint the one I currently have.  But looking over at the new previews for Stripes has me considering my options.  I still want to work on a Soviet or Warsaw Pact Force eventually, but the Americans were not on my radar.  This was mostly because it appeared that they wouldn’t be as competitive as their other NATO allies.  This book changes that, and gives the kind of tactical flexibility I would want in a force.  I will be making some lists out of the new kit, and let you know what I would want to be playing when the book comes out.

I apologize for the quality of the pictures, getting selected PDF copies of the pages proved a titanic pain.  I resorted to the phone.  I’ll have it figured out next time.

1. US Airborne – with Sheridan
2. A Patton Company (marines)
3. Armored Cavalry Troop

For the sake of this tournament season, I’ll make all my lists at 64 points, since that will be what a lot of North American places use.  I think its a good amount,

List #1 – 82nd Airborne

 UH – 1 Huey Infantry Combat Team

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STRIPES – Making New Lists from Team Yankee’s Newest Book

Posted on November 28th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

As a mostly West German player up until now, I haven’t been tempted by other armies.  It took me 6 months to paint the one I currently have.  But looking over at the new previews for Stripes has me considering my options.  I still want to work on a Soviet or Warsaw Pact Force eventually, but the Americans were not on my radar.  This was mostly because it appeared that they wouldn’t be as competitive as their other NATO allies.  This book changes that, and gives the kind of tactical flexibility I would want in a force.  I will be making some lists out of the new kit, and let you know what I would want to be playing when the book comes out.

I apologize for the quality of the pictures, getting selected PDF copies of the pages proved a titanic pain.  I resorted to the phone.  I’ll have it figured out next time.

1. US Airborne – with Sheridan
2. A Patton Company (marines)
3. Armored Cavalry Troop

For the sake of this tournament season, I’ll make all my lists at 64 points, since that will be what a lot of North American places use.  I think its a good amount,

List #1 – 82nd Airborne

 UH – 1 Huey Infantry Combat Team

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Fight Outnumbered and Win – The U.S. Army in Team Yankee’s Stripes

Posted on November 14th, 2017 under . Posted by

By Tom Burgess

The 1980’s were an amazing decade for the U.S. Army. Through these years the U.S. Army went through incredible changes in doctrine, organization, and equipment in order to better confront the Soviet hordes that were poised to surge across the Iron Curtain into Western Europe. The new Team Yankee intelligence briefing “Stripes,” tries to represent the U.S. Army right in the middle of this decade of massive modernization and expansion.

During the 80’s, “AirLand Battle” became the new operating concept for the U.S. Army. This concept would rely more on fast and mobile counterattacks rather than simple static positions. The mantra for this new U.S. Army operating concept was “Fight Outnumbered and Win.” To do this, the U.S. Army would require better equipment to out-tech the East Block opponents the U.S. Army Would face. Chief among these was the “Big Five;” the M1 Abrams tank, the M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), the AH-64 Apache helicopter, the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter, and the Patriot air defense missile system. These were not the only new pieces of kit the U.S. Army would field during this period. The ubiquitous jeep was replaced by the High Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), the shoulder fired anti-air missile replaced the older Redeye systems, and the Multiple Rocket Launcher Rocket System (MRLS) joined division and corps level artillery units.

There would also be significant changes to U.S .Army Organizations. Under the “Division-86” plan, tank battalions would go from three to four companies, but the tank platoons in those companies would go from five to four tanks. Division Cavalry would give up its tanks, and “light” infantry divisions would come into existence.

The novel “Team Yankee” and the “Stripes” intelligence briefing are set in 1985, right in the midst of this massive re-equipping and reforming of the U.S. Army. As such it allows U.S. Army in Team Yankee to field old style U.S. Army units or the new advanced Division-86 formations. So let’s work our way through “Stripes” and take a deeper historical look at its formations and units.

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Fight Outnumbered and Win – The U.S. Army in Team Yankee’s Stripes

Posted on November 14th, 2017 under . Posted by

By Tom Burgess

The 1980’s were an amazing decade for the U.S. Army. Through these years the U.S. Army went through incredible changes in doctrine, organization, and equipment in order to better confront the Soviet hordes that were poised to surge across the Iron Curtain into Western Europe. The new Team Yankee intelligence briefing “Stripes,” tries to represent the U.S. Army right in the middle of this decade of massive modernization and expansion.

During the 80’s, “AirLand Battle” became the new operating concept for the U.S. Army. This concept would rely more on fast and mobile counterattacks rather than simple static positions. The mantra for this new U.S. Army operating concept was “Fight Outnumbered and Win.” To do this, the U.S. Army would require better equipment to out-tech the East Block opponents the U.S. Army Would face. Chief among these was the “Big Five;” the M1 Abrams tank, the M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), the AH-64 Apache helicopter, the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter, and the Patriot air defense missile system. These were not the only new pieces of kit the U.S. Army would field during this period. The ubiquitous jeep was replaced by the High Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), the shoulder fired anti-air missile replaced the older Redeye systems, and the Multiple Rocket Launcher Rocket System (MRLS) joined division and corps level artillery units.

There would also be significant changes to U.S .Army Organizations. Under the “Division-86” plan, tank battalions would go from three to four companies, but the tank platoons in those companies would go from five to four tanks. Division Cavalry would give up its tanks, and “light” infantry divisions would come into existence.

The novel “Team Yankee” and the “Stripes” intelligence briefing are set in 1985, right in the midst of this massive re-equipping and reforming of the U.S. Army. As such it allows U.S. Army in Team Yankee to field old style U.S. Army units or the new advanced Division-86 formations. So let’s work our way through “Stripes” and take a deeper historical look at its formations and units.

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Stripes: Reviewed and Spoiled by Sarge!

Posted on November 12th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

We here at WWPD got lucky to get our hands on the new Team Yankee book, Stripes, which focuses on the Americans and gives them some great upgrades.  This luck was compounded by getting some famous people who once wore stripes to talk about what they initially thought of when they read the pre-release copy.  We at WWPD thought this would be a great way to commemorate the upcoming Veterans Day and to have these enlisted icons tell you a bit about what is new in Stripes. Before we get to the Sergeants, I will tell you that this book is what every US player has been waiting for and really adds some flavor and color to the US lists from the original Team Yankee book. I know some folks really wanted the Bradley IFV to be in this book, however you get so many neat new toys here I just do not see any room to complain. Also in Stripes the developers take some liberties with some of the units and weapons that were around in Europe during the period (1985) that the game takes place in. Once again, no room to complain because the alt-history in Stripes really is minor and I like what they did here with this new book. Now off to those NCO’s of Hollywood!

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Stripes: Reviewed and Spoiled by Sarge!

Posted on November 12th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

We here at WWPD got lucky to get our hands on the new Team Yankee book, Stripes, which focuses on the Americans and gives them some great upgrades.  This luck was compounded by getting some famous people who once wore stripes to talk about what they initially thought of when they read the pre-release copy.  We at WWPD thought this would be a great way to commemorate the upcoming Veterans Day and to have these enlisted icons tell you a bit about what is new in Stripes. Before we get to the Sergeants, I will tell you that this book is what every US player has been waiting for and really adds some flavor and color to the US lists from the original Team Yankee book. I know some folks really wanted the Bradley IFV to be in this book, however you get so many neat new toys here I just do not see any room to complain. Also in Stripes the developers take some liberties with some of the units and weapons that were around in Europe during the period (1985) that the game takes place in. Once again, no room to complain because the alt-history in Stripes really is minor and I like what they did here with this new book. Now off to those NCO’s of Hollywood!

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Little Not Yankees

Posted on October 24th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

First ever game of Team Yankee, the Flames of War spin-off. but not at the expected scale and no Yankees involved.

Arranged by Kieron and using 6mm (1/285scale) instead of the expected 15mm. This was a clash or Russian and German forces. Jim and Derek are the Russians, Dave M and Tel the West Germans.


The Russians have to hastily capture a wood or failing that capture the nearby town. The Germans have to choose how to split their forces with an inconvenient river splitting the two objectives.

Things did not start great for the Germans with their precious Leopards taking a pounding early on.
The Russain advance was temporarily halted by some artillery on the ford. Also, the German APCs, having disembarked their troops who are now entrenched in the woods, dealt with most of their counterparts before being destroyed by the tanks.

A disastrous couple of morale roles by Jim saw half the Russian force disappear into thin air, while Derek belatedly launches an assault onto the woods with his remaining troops while his tanks skirted around it planning to support the assault on the town by Jims now nonexistent forces.

The movement seems better at this scale than at the standard FoW 15mm. As the table now represents a bigger area there seems to be more room for manoeuvre and the spacing of the units more spread out and defuse. It should also allow for bigger battles.

A quick search online shows this to be quite a popular scale to play it at with a Team Yankee 6mm facebook group having 1200+ members.

Little Not Yankees

Posted on October 24th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

First ever game of Team Yankee, the Flames of War spin-off. but not at the expected scale and no Yankees involved.

Arranged by Kieron and using 6mm (1/285scale) instead of the expected 15mm. This was a clash or Russian and German forces. Jim and Derek are the Russians, Dave M and Tel the West Germans.


The Russians have to hastily capture a wood or failing that capture the nearby town. The Germans have to choose how to split their forces with an inconvenient river splitting the two objectives.

Things did not start great for the Germans with their precious Leopards taking a pounding early on.
The Russain advance was temporarily halted by some artillery on the ford. Also, the German APCs, having disembarked their troops who are now entrenched in the woods, dealt with most of their counterparts before being destroyed by the tanks.

A disastrous couple of morale roles by Jim saw half the Russian force disappear into thin air, while Derek belatedly launches an assault onto the woods with his remaining troops while his tanks skirted around it planning to support the assault on the town by Jims now nonexistent forces.

The movement seems better at this scale than at the standard FoW 15mm. As the table now represents a bigger area there seems to be more room for manoeuvre and the spacing of the units more spread out and defuse. It should also allow for bigger battles.

A quick search online shows this to be quite a popular scale to play it at with a Team Yankee 6mm facebook group having 1200+ members.

Test Your Team Yankee Skills at Fall-In!

Posted on October 10th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Come test your Team Yankee skills against the guys from WWPD at HMGS’s Fall-in!  WWPD will be running Team Yankee Demos Friday and Saturday (3-4 Nov) at Fall-in, come find us near that day’s Flames of War tournament and play a 30-minute, 35-point game with us and get a free Team Yankee sprue! Win and you get a $5 coupon from Battlefront towards and army box set. Maybe even play against a list from Stripes!  No models needed just show and test your skills! 

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Test Your Team Yankee Skills at Fall-In!

Posted on October 10th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Come test your Team Yankee skills against the guys from WWPD at HMGS’s Fall-in!  WWPD will be running Team Yankee Demos Friday and Saturday (3-4 Nov) at Fall-in, come find us near that day’s Flames of War tournament and play a 30-minute, 35-point game with us and get a free Team Yankee sprue! Win and you get a $5 coupon from Battlefront towards and army box set. Maybe even play against a list from Stripes!  No models needed just show and test your skills! 

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Product Review: Battlefront’s BB228 Apartment Block

Posted on September 27th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

By Ranger Dane

The most recent Battlefront property released as part of the RED THUNDER battlefield in a box terrain series is the Apartment Block. The Apartment Block is an impressive 3-story building capable of housing even the largest platoon.  Each floor measures 1.5” x 5” x 3.5”    and can hold: 4 (medium base) Infantry Teams.   This building is typical of the apartment buildings seen all over Europe.  This building is a welcome addition to Battlefront’s new modern building line for use with Team Yankee.

The 3-story Apartment Building comes with Air Conditioners (window units) and HVAC systems for the roof, or side yard

Let’s take a look at a few typical European apartment buildings.

Here we have Battle Front’s Apartment Block, product code BB228 and retails for $50.00 USD.

The model comes with:
• 1x ground floor with doorway.
• 2x elevated apartments with balcony.
• 1x roof.
• 1x package of 6x air conditioners and 4x HVAC units.

Each level of the Apartment Block could stand alone as a town building and are large enough to accommodate 4 infantry teams.

The roof is perfect for those SA-14 Gremlin or Fliegerfaust Teams.

I really like this model.  It is very representative of many of the city apartment blocks in Europe. Though this set comes pre-painted, it would be easy enough to change exterior colors to add a little Variety. It is a great terrain piece on the game table, especially when combined with other Team Yankee Terrain. Though some may not appreciate the $50 price tag, this is a lot of building for the gamer’s money.  The quality is there and there is a lot of resin in this 3-story building.  I believe I will get a few more of these and create an apartment block for those Urban-city fights.

This building rates: Ein Prosit und eins! zwei drei! trinken!
This Building was provided by Battlefront.

Product Review: Battlefront’s BB228 Apartment Block

Posted on September 27th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

By Ranger Dane

The most recent Battlefront property released as part of the RED THUNDER battlefield in a box terrain series is the Apartment Block. The Apartment Block is an impressive 3-story building capable of housing even the largest platoon.  Each floor measures 1.5” x 5” x 3.5”    and can hold: 4 (medium base) Infantry Teams.   This building is typical of the apartment buildings seen all over Europe.  This building is a welcome addition to Battlefront’s new modern building line for use with Team Yankee.

The 3-story Apartment Building comes with Air Conditioners (window units) and HVAC systems for the roof, or side yard

Let’s take a look at a few typical European apartment buildings.

Here we have Battle Front’s Apartment Block, product code BB228 and retails for $50.00 USD.

The model comes with:
• 1x ground floor with doorway.
• 2x elevated apartments with balcony.
• 1x roof.
• 1x package of 6x air conditioners and 4x HVAC units.

Each level of the Apartment Block could stand alone as a town building and are large enough to accommodate 4 infantry teams.

The roof is perfect for those SA-14 Gremlin or Fliegerfaust Teams.

I really like this model.  It is very representative of many of the city apartment blocks in Europe. Though this set comes pre-painted, it would be easy enough to change exterior colors to add a little Variety. It is a great terrain piece on the game table, especially when combined with other Team Yankee Terrain. Though some may not appreciate the $50 price tag, this is a lot of building for the gamer’s money.  The quality is there and there is a lot of resin in this 3-story building.  I believe I will get a few more of these and create an apartment block for those Urban-city fights.

This building rates: Ein Prosit und eins! zwei drei! trinken!
This Building was provided by Battlefront.

Team Yankee 6mm

Posted on September 13th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Just to reinforce the fact that I can not keep myself on one track here is a trial paint job on some EBay goodness.I won a couple of lots on Ebay to start my Team Yankee 6mm project, I love the Cold War gone hot scenario and love GHQ miniatures, despit…

RAF Regiment Scorpion

Posted on September 11th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

On a recent visit to RAF Cosford Museum I took some more photographs of the RAF Regiment Scorpion that was on display in the Cold War exhibition. The RAF Regiment’s mission is protection of RAF bases from ground attack, and patrolling a large area arou…

Team Yankee West German Forces

Posted on June 1st, 2017 under , . Posted by

These are the last of the West German forces for the Team Yankee World War 3 game. Lots and lots of tanks, infantry and air forces. Someone is going to have fun using these. All these were painted up to level 3 quality and following the colour scheme camoflage of […]

Tinkering with ….. Battlefront Iranian Chieftains

Posted on January 13th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

 Yet more Chieftains! Iranian reinforcements!Following up on the ArmiesArmy Chieftains, I now have a load of BF plastic Chieftains and am most impressed, generally…. So, The pros…. plastic format allows loads of conversion poten…

15mm Modern Team Yankee BM-21 Grad 122mm Multiple Rocket Launch System…..

Posted on December 17th, 2016 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

….from Battlefront!The BM-21 is a Soviet truck mounted 122mm multiple rocket launcher, the “Grad” stands for hail! A minimum range of 1.6km and a maximum of up to 40km and is the most widely used multiple rocket launch system in the world!3 resin BM-…

15mm Israeli and US M109 Self Propelled Howitzers from…..

Posted on November 27th, 2016 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

……Battlefronts Team Yankee!Painted a while ago and to be honest they are more scenery than anything as they have a real life conventional range of 18km but I like them, not the right version as well but they’ll do me.Added some 15mm extras fro…

Team Yankee: Chieftain painting guide 2 (final steps)

Posted on November 13th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

Final result of the Chieftain Mk5with BAOR camouflage.Here is the continue the painting of the Chieftain Mk5 painting guide for my coming BAOR force.For previus steps see this bloog post: Team yankee chieftain painting guide 1Step 9: Hand painting step…

Team Yankee: Chieftain painting guide 1 (air brush step)

Posted on November 6th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

As I mentioned in previous post will i document my painting steps for the Chieftain tanks for Team Yankee. The models are assembled with plastic glue and look rely good. I paint the turret, body and the tracks seperat it´s easier to get coverage in all…

Mid War Plastics At FlamesCon 2016

Posted on October 21st, 2016 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Its pretty traditional these days for Battlefront to bring a few rapid prototypes of some of the new plastics we can expect to see over the coming months. This time was no exception and we had a few of the new Mid War plastics we can expect to see on s…

Team Yankee: Iron Maiden has arrived

Posted on October 20th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

I have been intressted in Team Yankee for a while and I bought two starter boxes for the Americans. But it never took off at my gaming club.But now with the Germans and Britts does it seam that it´s getting momentum. I took the bait for the brittish an…

15mm FOW Battlefront Team Yankee ZSU 23-4 "Shilka", 1.5 million hits…….

Posted on October 11th, 2016 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

……….and has anyone seen my blog rolls?A couple of 15mm ZSU 23-4 from Flames of War new Team Yankee range set around the time of the cold war in the 1980’s, the pieces are resin with metal parts, they’re not too bad apart from some damage to the h…