How to Speed Paint the New Honey Stuart from Battlefront

By Ry

I’m back and I have managed to get my hands on one of the new Plastic Honey tanks from Battlefront. With all the new version 4 kits on the way and a pile of Team Yankee that stands higher than me. It’s time to look at quick ways to get the new releases on the table as quick as possible. Not to mention that they are just 5 points for a troop of 3 tanks and to fill a full squadron you’re going to need 3 boxes for 27 points (did I type that… oops)

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More Version 4 news

Version four news direct from Peter from Battlefront.

These points are taken from his interview on the latest WWPD podcast. Enjoy!

MW pacific card sets- will allow you to play V4 pacific armies in V4. No plans for new books at this time.

Late March early April release for V4.

Free V4 rule books for everyone.

Rule book will be downloadable as a PDF from BF web.

V4 release will see next ‘open fire’ style box and rules. This will be accompanied by two army deal boxes.

V4 Rules will be approximately 110 pages.

V4 rules will come with a v3 to V4 EW and LW conversion chart.

Forces of war will come with a button to change your existing v3 lists into a V4 version.

In V4 artillery will re-roll misses when dropping a repeat bombardment.

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Diesel N Dust – Episode 27

Diesel N Dust – Episode 27

We interview the next generation of Flames of War players and report on the EWGT.

We are now on Itunes on the following

Itunes link

Don’t worry Android/PC users you can get the podcast from libsyn here.

Android/PC link

There is also a RSS feed available here.

RSS Feed

Soviet Tank Killer Company box set

By Ben

Here is one of my painting jobs. Three boxes of Su 85M’s!

SU85M These are going to be painted up in straight green, green and tan and blizzard snow cam. Of course I will be doing it with spray cans, blu tac and a brush.

 

 

imageThe miniatures are crisp and the lines sharp. They go together without difficulty. There is effectively five models of SU you can put together from these sprue. imageThat’s great value.

 

 

However, this unfortunately leaves a lot of excess. But some of these extra bits are very useful.

 

 

 

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Fast Play Flames: the need for speed

Fast Play Flames: the need for speed

By Ry

Late last year I had my first experience in playing 1250 point fast play tournament held at Games Cube Parramatta and it was a heap of fun. The fast play challenge starts well before the dice start rolling, the limited points and mobile missions creates a challenge for Flames of war gamers of all levels. With limited time to paint a new force, I took a guards Sherman list hoping that the unflappable and semi indirect fire special rules would make up for my usual poor rolling. For the most part it worked, but supporting Sextons and Stuarts failed to punch their weight or became useless in a fight with big cats. Resulting in a respectable 6th place, with the highlight being winning against Paul Collins Australia’s number one player, it was more luck than skill 😉

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Extreme Makeover: British 25 Pounder Medium Artillery Battery Upgrade – Step by Step – Part 2 of 2

Extreme Makeover: British 25 Pounder Medium Artillery Battery Upgrade –

Step by Step

By David Geddes

From Maitland Wargame Group

Fellow Aussie David Geddes has kindly given Panzer Angriff permission to post his amazing painting guide from the Flames of War Facebook group

LINK TO PART 1

 

PART 2

Now….to start on the figures.

VMC 886 Green Grey for the shoes…..if I go over the black shoes in grey….they don’t look like they’ve just been fitted at a shoe store.

VMC 921 British Uniform now for the pants and all figures.

Again….I’m trying to leave the cracks and crevices black and just paint the raised surfaces.

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Extreme Makeover: British 25 Pounder Medium Artillery Battery Upgrade – Step by Step – Part 1 of 2

Extreme Makeover: British 25 Pounder Medium Artillery Battery Upgrade –

Step by Step

By David Geddes

From Maitland Wargame Group

Fellow Aussie David Geddes has kindly given Panzer Angriff permission to post his amazing painting guide from the Flames of War Facebook group

 

I don’t know about you….but as I get older and progress through my hobby I get better at painting figures. It gets to a point where you look back at what you painted when you started and it’s so bad that you don’t want to take it out of the case anymore. This 25 Pounder Battery is such a case. I bought and painted them about 6 years ago and don’t even want to look at them anymore. As a result I’ve decided to re-do them and give them a…. extreme makeover.

Please note that David uses a mix range of paints, to make it easier for the reader all paints have be matched to the Vallejo Model Color.

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Hail Mary – 504th PIR, 82nd Airborne

Hail Mary – 504th PIR, 82nd Airborne in Flames of War

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By Mitch

Throughout the past 18 months I’ve spent a lot of time researching the Market Garden campaign.  I’ve been mainly focused on the British airborne as that was the 1st flames of war army I used. However, I’ve also become inspired by the actions of the 82nd Airborne and in particular the 504th PIR who completed the daring river crossing led by Major Julian Cook.

Drawing on this inspiration I’ve started painted an 82nd Airborne list that I plan to use for several Late War tournaments at the beginning of next year, being Clash of the Titans, Sabre and the inter-club challenge.  I’m planning to stick with the same 1750 pt list throughtout as I like continuity with a list.  The list I’m using has the option to auto attack so I’m planning to be quite aggressive with it and try to spend more time out of the fox holes then in them.

So without further ado, here is the list:

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HQ

Apart from the compulsory OiC and 2iC, I’ve loaded up on Bazookas to combat attach out to my para platoons to increase their anti tank capabilities.

Warrior higher command team – Major Julian Cook

I had to include Major Julian Cook, the daring commander of the river assault. Major Cook brings a lot to the list. He allows the force to auto attack and if they take this option the parachute rifle platoons and airborne engineer platoons can make a spearhead move. He allows your artillery to ignore smoke when trying to range in. He gives the platoon his attached to 2+ motivation. He allows your infantry to ignore the sitting ducks rule when crossing a river, however I don’t expect this to come into play often.

Parachute Rifle Platoons

These guys will be the spearhead in attack and the rock in defence. They have a good mix of firepower with rifle/mg teams, 60mm mortars and bazookas. They have great anti-tank capabilities with gammon bombs, bazookas and panzerfausts (the 82nd airborne captured a truck full of panzerfausts at Nijmegen). The panzerfausts will stick around awhile as well as the platoon has mission tactics.

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Parachute Mortar Platoon

This platoon has a simple purpose and that is to lay down a precision smoke template.  When I’m attacking with this list, I plan to be putting down a lot of smoke templates every turn and the mortars will be vital to that plan.

Divisional Recon Platoon

Since I’m planning to attack with this list, I really wanted some fast recon to deny ambushes and remove gone to ground.  Not to mention these guys are armed with .50 cals, so they have the ability to put down some great firepower should the opportunity arise. I can also dismount this platoon before the game.  This is probably something I’ll do when defending against medium tank companies.

Airborne Engineer Platoon

I always like to have a 3rd infantry platoon, whenever, I do a trackless infantry list and I really like the flexibility of this platoon.  It starts with 4 rifle teams, 3 bazooka’s and 2 LMG teams, with the option to swap the LMG teams for rifle teams at the start of the game.  These gives the platoon a lot of great firepower with some versatility should I be facing infantry or armour.  Also they are pioneers, so provides me with some options if I’m ever attacking fortifications.

Airborne Anti-tank platoon

I wanted to have some anti tank guns to help me when I am defending, particularly against medium tank companies, which is where these guns will shine.  Placed on an objective, the ROF3 will make any tank platoon think twice about assaulting.  They could also be used well in an ambush, with the capability to fire 12 shots when revealed.  The downside to this platoon is that they have no HE, however, I think they ranged AT capability they provide to the list more than makes up for it.120914_0948_photos4.jpg

Parachute Field Artillery Battery

I love pack howitzers, a great tool for smoking and pinning, they are cheap, they are light guns (meaning they can be concealed when dug in in open ground).  These guys will be vital to cover the advance when I attack.

Glider Field Artillery Battery

I’ve included this platoon to give me some medium artillery to help dig out infantry and also provide a ranged threat to armour.  Being confident trained, means I get them quite cheaply, which really helps when you have a fearless veteran list.  The special rule from Julian Cook about ignoring smoke when ranging in will provide great synergy with this platoon, which I hope will really help me on the attack.

Airborne Anti-aircraft Artillery Platoon

I’ve been burned by air support to many times to not include AA, I view it as an essential tool required for the list.

So there you have it.  I think this list is going to be a blast to play and I can’t wait to get my 1st game in with it.  Here is a sample of some of the models I’ve painted so far, I’m hoping to get a lot painted over the Christmas holiday period.

 

Thanks for reading.

 

 

How to Paint an A7V tank step by step

By Ry

How to Paint an A7V tank GGBX01 Battlefront

Well I was planning to enter my A7V’s in the Battlefront Great War Painting Competition but could only get my Stoss Platoon ready in time.

For me the A7V’s were the first items built from the great box set Biltz’s Battlegroup (GGEAB1) and took about 2 minutes to clean-up ready for the painting table.

After spending far too much time on google images looking at A7V’s it was time to start.

Check out the finished result.

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The Lazy Painter Guide to Winter Weathering

By Ben

The Lazy Painter Guide to Winter Weathering

I love this kind of job. It’s very effective but so easy. It’s just washing, dry brushing and picking out the detail.

Here is the example I’m going to use:

imageI always wash, clean and assemble all of my work before painting it. This saves time, ensures that the miniature is firmly assembled and it means I don’t have to come back and clean up glue damage on the fully painted model afterwards.

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