I have been slowly getting back into Flames of War. My friends and I have recently played a few games of v4 using the new army points/cards/lists. These games have been fun and it has been nice to get my collection back on the table. For a very long time I have wanted to add armored rifle platoons to my US forces. About 5 years ago I built the half tracks for this unit but I never got back to the infantry. I have fixed that and discovered I have enough unpainted to do an entire company so that has been added to the project list.These figures are the old Battlefront metal figures. They are technically the late war set but with the new v4 concept it turns out the mid-war and late war units are now identical. The half tracks are plastic models from Plastic Soldier Company and I have a separate post about these.
I played another game of proper Flames of War v4 over the weekend. This time I pulled out my Tunisian US tank company. I have not played this army for a couple of years so it was nice to get is back on the table. I took this three tank M3 Lee platoon for the first time but I needed to paint it. For the game I just had the base colors on it. It performed well in the game and so I thought it deserved to be finished. These have been sadly sitting in my to-do pile for a few years. I painted them based on a tank from the 13th armored regiment, 1st armored division in Tunisia in early 1943. I am not sure how accurate my reference material is but I like the look of them.
Well, there's much to discuss. First, the Battlefront Team Yankee line is just going strong as usual, and what I am seeing is interesting, namely, Oil War!Taken from Battlefront WebsiteIt's not just the book which is interesting, it's the product line. Not only do we get Israelis, Iranians, Iraqis, and a host of other stuff (US 9th Division everyone!) but we're getting M1A1's finally! So yes, 15mm players rejoice, no more scratchbuilding required. We'll stay on this news but I have attached Episode 38 of "No Dice, No Glory" for further details on this release. Thanks to contributor and reader Jorge Del Rio for this big heads up!Now, let's discuss the big news for the Twilight: 2000 fans in the room. Marc Miller has told us that a V4 is being worked on by Modiphus Entertainment and a formal announcement will be made in the fall. I am cautiously optimistic regarding a V4. But considering what happened with Twilight: 2013, that caution is akin to Charlie Brown seeing Lucy with that damn football
First commission of the year for a fellow PAW member. A large 15mm Bolt Action army representing US Airborne forces.These are Battlefront Miniatures, 158 figure and 4 jeeps.
Editor's Note: Matt has been very kind to provide a couple of "how to" articles on his 15mm Twilight: 2000 armies. May I say I am honored to host them here for the readership!American Mechanized Forces (ETO) by Matt Weaver-UzelacWhen I design my wargaming armies I try to make them as flexible as possible, so what started out to be elements of the 5th Infantry Division’s Cavalry Troop ended up being much bigger but have so many more options. This philosophy allows me to use the troops and vehicles to represent almost any American unit that a scenario might dictate. All of the units are 15mm in scale and everything is based on magnets. The vehicles are on magnetic sheets cut to size, and the infantry is based on ½ inch round magnetic buttons I found at the Lakeshore teaching store/website (they sell them in a 300 count pack for around $9). Heavy and support weapons as well as sniper teams are based on 1 inch magnetic buttons.Available Forces (Pictured)Infantry: I have approximately 60 i
The last few pieces of Al's British army Bolt Action commission. So three mortar teams, two PIAT teams and a couple of left over infantry.Next up on the Commission front from Al are about 140 WW2 US Paratroopers, again Battlefront miniatures for Bolt Action
Another US assault platoon for one of the PAW club members.Battlefront miniatures, not too bad. I think that makes 5 platoons I have painted as part of this commission.
Not all of the British given too me were paratroopers, most of these are regular infantry, so no Denision Smock for them....So 8 paratroopers, lots of brenguns and an officer. A selection of 'Tommys' regular British infantry All are battlefront miniatures but bases as singles for Bolt Action games, or what ever else Al wants to use the for.
Team Yankee has really captured my gaming imagination over the past couple of years and whilst I started with World War II and Napoleonics, the passion for WWIII has always lurked just under the surface (much like a Los Angeles submarine hunting its prey) waiting for a chance to burst out.I have a few armies on the painting table and for the past few months I've been slowly putting together a plan to add a Czechoslovak force to that list. I cannot really explain why this particular force has captured my eye other than perhaps a strange liking of the Vz.61 Skorpion thanks to playing Twilight 2000 all those years ago?The Czechoslovak People’s Army in Team Yankee is much like the other Warsaw Pact nations in that they have 2nd line tanks with the T-72M and T-55AM2, along with a few other (super cool looking) locally built vehicles like the DANA SP Artillery and OT-64 APC. They lack the really first line gear that the Soviets have but make up for by just being cool.Other than gear, where the Czechoslovaki
When I have so my much of my own to paint and complete why do friends give me commissions to do for them! But I am too nice and never say no.These are Battlefront WW2 British Paratroopers, they are actually a repaint as my friend bought them as a part painted project.I must admit I did enjoy painting these figures and am quite pleased with how they turned out.The pictures are not the best, the figures are not as dark as they look.