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There and Back with the Volksarmee – A Historicon 2017 Team Yankee Nationals AAR

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

by Tom Burgess

I really wanted to get out to Fredericksburg for Historicon this year before it moved back to Lancaster, PA. – and being that this might be my last Historicon for a while, I wanted I really wanted to get the most out of it. So I signed up for the I-95 Late War Doubles, Team Yankee Nationals, and Mid War Nationals. That was going to be ten games over three days! But the focus of this AAR will be on the three games of the first ever Team Yankee Nationals.

Most of my Team Yankee “Soviet” collection was completed before I knew I could actually commit to going to Historicon. The problem was that it was mostly a T-72 collection and had not been terribly effective in any of my Team Yankee games. Turns out that a battalion of T-72s (I had 21 of them) just is not “meta.” Sad face. However the Volksarmee book opened up some new options by offering a weaker, but cheaper T-72 and also expanding some cheap BRDM options in both the recon and Anti-Tank roles. Even though my force was painted as “Soviets,” Volksarmee would let me use almost all of my existing collection on the table at once! But in a sense, my entire army was “proxied.”

My Historicon force as designed by my friend Chris

The force I rolled out with was designed by my friend Chris as the most effective given my model collection limits. This forces was:

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Armor Of The Arab-Israeli Wars – Or – Mike’s Visit To Yad La-Shiryon Part 3

Posted on July 17th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

In this third installment of my article covering the plethora of armor at the IDF museum and memorial Yad La-Shiryon we will be looking at the armor of the Arab states, generally Egypt and Syria, used in the 1967 and 1973 wars. One thing to remember from all of these photos, most, if not all, of these tanks have been repainted by museum personnel at some point so the paint colors are not necessarily original.

As Soviet client states, Egypt and Syria began to receive large numbers of T-54 and T-55 tanks, and these would form the backbone of both the Egyptian and Syrian armored forces in both the 1967 Six Day War and the 1973 Yom Kippur War. The T-54/55 was one of the first true modern main battle tanks, and despite some early teething problems in the late 1940’s, it would go on to become the most numerous tank in history (by production numbers) with estimates as high as 100,000 units being produced in total from all sources.

T-54 Tank – this is an earlier version

The T54/55 would go through several modifications over the years, and while the Soviet Union would eventually phase it out in favor of more modern designs, the type remains in use today by over 50 nations – often in highly modernized forms. Unfortunately much of the Soviet armor is parked very close together, so it is hard to get full views of each tank without a wide angle lens, which I didn’t have with me for this trip.

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Armor Of The Arab-Israeli Wars – Or – Mike’s Visit To Yad La-Shiryon Part 3

Posted on July 17th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

In this third installment of my article covering the plethora of armor at the IDF museum and memorial Yad La-Shiryon we will be looking at the armor of the Arab states, generally Egypt and Syria, used in the 1967 and 1973 wars. One thing to remember from all of these photos, most, if not all, of these tanks have been repainted by museum personnel at some point so the paint colors are not necessarily original.

As Soviet client states, Egypt and Syria began to receive large numbers of T-54 and T-55 tanks, and these would form the backbone of both the Egyptian and Syrian armored forces in both the 1967 Six Day War and the 1973 Yom Kippur War. The T-54/55 was one of the first true modern main battle tanks, and despite some early teething problems in the late 1940’s, it would go on to become the most numerous tank in history (by production numbers) with estimates as high as 100,000 units being produced in total from all sources.

T-54 Tank – this is an earlier version

The T54/55 would go through several modifications over the years, and while the Soviet Union would eventually phase it out in favor of more modern designs, the type remains in use today by over 50 nations – often in highly modernized forms. Unfortunately much of the Soviet armor is parked very close together, so it is hard to get full views of each tank without a wide angle lens, which I didn’t have with me for this trip.

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Tom’s Road to Team Yankee Nationals 2017 – Part 3 of 3

Posted on July 14th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

In Part 1 – I talked lists and models (insert link once earlier pieces are published)In Part 2 – Alex Perry and I played out the holding force scenario from the Leo 1 rulebookAnd now, in Part 3, my Full West German list for Historicon will get its firs…

Tom’s Road to Team Yankee Nationals 2017 – Part 3 of 3

Posted on July 14th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

In Part 1 – I talked lists and models (insert link once earlier pieces are published)In Part 2 – Alex Perry and I played out the holding force scenario from the Leo 1 rulebookAnd now, in Part 3, my Full West German list for Historicon will get its firs…

Tom’s Road to Team Yankee Nationals 2017 – Part 2 of 3

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

Part 2 of Tom’s Road to Team Yankee Nationals 2017 at Historicon in VirginiaIn Part 1 (insert link here please) I showed my army list, and some of the reasons behind what I put into the list.I had a chance to play a few games with Alex Perry up at Kirw…

Tom’s Road to Team Yankee Nationals 2017 – Part 2 of 3

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

Part 2 of Tom’s Road to Team Yankee Nationals 2017 at Historicon in VirginiaIn Part 1 (insert link here please) I showed my army list, and some of the reasons behind what I put into the list.I had a chance to play a few games with Alex Perry up at Kirw…

Tom’s Road to Team Yankee Nationals 2017 – Part 1 of 3

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

My Journey down the rabbit hole of team yankee can be blamed on one man.  Mitch Reed.  He knows what he did.  All the articles, battle reports, and excitement, coupled with talking to vets I know that served during the period in question…

Team Yankee North American Nationals 2017: Mission Selection

Posted on June 7th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Over the last few weeks I have been planning the upcoming first ever Team Yankee Nationals that will be held at Historicon on 14 July 2017.  One of the issues that seems to have gotten a lot of comments on various forums are the missions we plan to select for each of the 3 tournament games. I held off on this decision for a while because I wanted to get the advice of others and I wanted to see what lists players planned to run at the event. I know that any decision I could make would draw the ire of the denizens of the forums.
My thoughts on making this decision were based on two major factors, 1) keeping the selection fair for all players and 2) not wanting the insane to run the asylum.

What I have notice so far in playing this game since it came out is that you do not have a very wide selection of lists from each nation to choose from and that there is a vast difference in the composition of the available forces. At 100 points an East German player can have 63 T-55AM2’s while a West German Player tops out at 9 Leopard 2’s, each list costing 99 points.  However list selection is left up to the players and that is something I didn’t want to get involved with. However based on the rules of the mission, a player can end up with a mission that their force is not built to accomplish. My thoughts on this is for players to build a better list that can handle any type of mission. However that thinking could be more based on Flames of War and may not be applicable for Team Yankee based on the lack of list diversity.

This lack of diversity is not Battlefront’s fault, modern armies are standardized and have a cross section of combat capabilities within them. The main difference in an armor force as opposed to a mechanized unit is one armor battalion is swapped for a mech unit. Combat support for both units will also be relatively the same.

So based on this I took a look at the “Expanded Missions” pdf that was put out to augment the number of missions that are available for players. Also in this expansion is mechanic called “Battle Plans” where players can bid to attack or defend and bases on that selection a type of mission is given o them and they roll off.  At first I did not care for this method, I felt that TOs should dictate what missions are played in order to make sure it is fair for all and that using battle plans rewards players who have on trick pony lists.

Another things I factored into the decision is that a lot of folks feel battles will time out. I feel that 2.5 hours per game is enough time and players who want to be competitive know they have to act aggressively and try to win the game instead of having a tie. Some players feel that certain missions lead to a tie more often than not, however I feel that good players know how to win and put forth tactics to achieve their goals in the time allotted. 

So after doing my research I feel that using the Battle Plans for the tournament is the right call and is a really neat mechanic. Deep down I still think it may favor certain types of lists which I will not go into here, however it is way we will go for the 2017 Nationals.

So let me set up the ground rules
– Players will have a copy of the Team Yankee Expanded Missions on them at the event. A link can be found here.
– Players will have 5 mins from the time table assignments are given to review the table and their opponents list, pick a “Battle Plan” and roll for a mission.
– Players will accept the mission that is rolled and will not re-roll even in both players mutually agree that they do not wish to play the rolled mission or have played that mission previously during the event.

So with this put to rest I want to once again plug the event.  The prize support and the fact that it is the first of its kinds means that you can have fun and be a part of history. Now if we can get more players who are not in love with the Leopard book we will be set.

You still have time to register; please send your list/force selection to [email protected]


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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 […]

Team Yankee Nationals Update

Posted on May 22nd, 2017 under , . Posted by

Can you hear the rumble of the massed tank formations getting closer? If you do it is because the first ever North American Team Yankee Nationals is fast approaching. We at WWPD are excited to host the event along with the folks at Battlefront and we really think it will be a premier event that players will remember for years to come. Right now, we have over 30 players who have committed to the event and we are still almost 3 months away from rolling dice; so if you want to reserve a spot please follow the directions listed here.  While we need to have your final lists – linked page above – in by 30 June, you are free to change it around as many times as needed before then.  If you’re worried about getting s spot, just send in your name and faction to the email listed on the info page.

I am really blown away by the prize support for this event. It seems that many of the participants will be walking way with something besides Wolfgang’s Bratty Wagon! Prizes for the best player from each nationality and best “team” will give you that much more to play for.  So far we have no “teams” registered so the competition may not be that steep.
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Many of Team Yankee’s players are new to the game having never played Flames of War before and may be worried about what an event will be like. First of all the atmosphere will be fun and if it is your first time playing the game, many of the old vets will show you the ropes. To prove this point I talked a friend from work, who has never played historical minis before to play in a recent event put together by Brian Sherry and details of which can be found on his excellent blog. After two games, “D-Rell” really got the hang of the game and even thwarted my DDR tank blob with a few well-placed Leo2 tanks. The take away here is that you do not need any playing time to learn and have fun with the game.

As of right now, we have not picked the missions; however we are recommending that everyone become familiar with the missions in the Team Yankee rulebook and the Expanded Missions PDF.  We will not be using the “Battle Plans” rule mentioned in the PDF because we want everyone playing the same mission each round, so plan your forces accordingly.

For scoring, we will be using an enhanced scoring matrix for the event.  The only difference is that when you hand in your card after a round, we want each player to add up the costs of all their units that were destroyed or not in good spirits when the game ends. This method lets us figure out the relative ranking of players who win with the same score and ensures that you will play an opponent who is on par with your performance.  For many of you this method will be invisible if you know how to add.

Let me also take some time to answer a few questions that have been asked so far. The two upcoming Team Yankee books will not be out before the sign up deadline, so you will not see them at the event. Another question was on the BRDM-2, Gaskin, and Spandrel units being allowed on Soviet lists.  I have seen nothing official on this yet and I will do some research before the event, however as of right now they cannot be used with a Soviet formation. The other big questions was on proxies, which are models used to stand in for another. In some cases, like if you wanted to paint up and use some T-55’s from Vietnam or AIW as East German T-55AM2 tanks that is fine. However if you cannot find enough Scorpions/Scimitar vehicles for your list you cannot use Panzer II’s from WWII to fill in for them.

So keep the sign-ups and questions coming and I will try to answer them here on WWPD when I can.
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