Going Big for Red Banner

with Chris Townley

A few years ago I painted up a T-34 Battalion for Late War, putting myself under a bit of pressure to knock out the 21 models over 28 day. You can find out more about the army here…

As a deadline painter, having a definite finish date helped me to focus and actually get the job done on time.

Five years later with the release of Red Banner I thought it might be fun to dust off the army and challenge Casey (my office nemesis) to a big game where I got to put the entire battalion, plus a few Mid War models borrowed from the work collection, on the table for a big tank smash.

Since we wanted to keep it “all about the tanks” I chose not to add any infantry or “pad out” the Force with any Formation Support options. I did however have a look through the Command Cards and found a few fun ones to add in.

Guards Tank Battalion (1 point) – this increases my chances of remounting to a 3+. Seemed like a great way to spend a point, especially since I need all the vehicles moving or firing.

Desperate Heroism (1 point) – I really don’t have a plan for this. I figured it was 1 point and it might be situationally useful to be able to guarantee that I passed a Follow Me Movement Order.

Ram Attack (2 points) – Once again, I don’t have a plan in mind here as the chances of pulling off a successful ram attack vs a Tiger is pretty darn low

T-34 Passing a Skill Test 33.3%
Tiger Failing to Avoid 33.3%
Chance of Winning the Dice Off* 8.3%
Kill Chance (failure means a Bail Out) 50.0%
0.462%

*to win the Dice off I need to roll a 5 or 6 and the Tiger needs to roll a 1 (or a 2, if I roll a 6)

However, an almost 1% chance of killing or bailing a Tiger in the front is significantly more likely than the 0% chance of killing (or bailing) it through the front with the T-34’s 76mm gun. Seemed like an implausible but amusing way to spend 2 points.

The real question is, how am I going to use the army to beat Casey? I know he is bringing Tigers and Panzer III escort tanks so that means I’ll have a couple of different types of targets to destroy. Luckily for me the disparity in their armour means whilst I am closing to flank (and kill) the Tigers, I can shoot up the Panzer III tanks.

I suspect the match up will come down to terrain as much as anything else because Casey will be using it to protect the flanks of his Tigers, whilst trying to stop me from advancing up behind it and avoiding his fire.

May the numerically superior army win!

Kursk Live Launch is a Go!

Good morning, everyone!

Over the next two days, the Auckland studio will be launching Ghost Panzers and Red Banner. These two books will give you lists and units to field during the Battle of Kursk on the Eastern Front.

Keep and eye on the blog over the next two days to see battle reports, list building, modelling and painting, and a whole lot of other neat stuff.

 

Ghost Panzers/Red Banner Landing Page

Over two days in November we launched our two Mid War Kursk Books, Ghost Panzers and Red Benner. You can check out all the Launch Action below:

Previews and Releases
Kursk Books live on Digital
Kursk live on Forces
Iron Crossover
Human Waves to Storm Groups (Part 2)
Firestorm: Kursk
Eastern Front Battlefield in a Box Terrain

Forces and Projects
Going Big for Red Banner
Das Reich, Forward
Building a Battlefield – Prokhorovka
Victor’s ‘Das Reich’ T-34s
Grey Panzers Follow-Up
Panzerjager I Unit Card
I&R Platoon Unit Card
Semovente 37/42 Unit Card
Chris’ Red Banner List
Painting the Red Army
If I Could Turn Back Time…
Gareth’s Ghost Panzers
Andrew’s Speedy Assaulters
Casey’s Waffen-SS
Beutepanzers- Modifications and Markings
From Stalingrad to Kursk
Wayne’s StuG Force

Battle Reports
Allies at War
Dave vs Brian T-34s vs Panzers Battle Report
How Long Does a Turn Take?
TANKS! The Battle for Prokhorovka
Tank Invaders

 

 

Iron Cross and Enemy at the Gates Live Launch Landing Page

On the 23rd and 24th of August we had the Iron Cross and Enemy at the Gates Live Launch. During this time we updated the website with plenty of information, lists and pictures and a fun day was had by everyone here. Check out all the content we posted below.

Previews and Releases
Eastern Front Books Live on Digital…
City Fighting 101…
50 Shades of Feldgrau…
The Block: Stalingrad. The War Starts Here…
Firestorm: Stalingrad Preview…
Eastern Front on the Flames Of War Website…
Human Waves to Storm Groups. What to Buy…
Forces Of War Comes to V4!…

Studio
Auckland Studio Getting Started…
Lunch Comes But Once A Day…
StuGs About Town…
Sniper War – Intro Article…
Casey’s Eastern Front Table…
Tanks at the Door (Part 1)…
Tanks at the Door (Part 2)…
Friday, Friday, Gotta Get Down On Friday…
Building My Sniper Hide…
Sniping On The New Double-sided Gaming Mat…
Finishing Up The Live Launch (for now)…

Army Planning
Fighting For Mother Russia!…
Fighting For Mother Russia! Army Planning…
Two Armies, One Week…
Stalingrad to Berlin and Back Again…
Stalingrad to Enemy at the Gates…
Back in the Saddle Again…
Za Stalina to Enemy at the Gates…
Fighting For Mother Russia! The Debrief…
Painting the Black Death…
Hauptmann Lonnie of the Panzer Korps…
From Ostfront With Love!…
M3 Lees with Yellow Stars?…
Victor Consolidates and Paints Panzers…

Videos
German Armour Plastic Rotational Video…
Soviet Plastic Vehicles Rotational Video…
Beasts of War talk Eastern Front…
Bonus Launch Content… Plastic Katy Speed Build!…

 

Bonus Launch Content… Plastic Katy Speed Build!

We grabbed some of the writers and graphic designers of the Auckland Studio team and gave them the new plastic Katyushas to assemble.

This was the first time any of these guys had built the model.

We also gave the old metal and resin version to Evan (who sculpted it many many years ago) to build at the same time.

Can the veteran modeler and sculptor beat a group of people building the new plastic Katyusha for the very first time? Stay tuned for the drop tests at the end…

Finishing Up The Live Launch (for now)

Hi everyone. Whilst we have a few things that we still want to share next week, including our overdue Q&A session, the time has come for us to go home.

We hope you enjoyed all the content and are as excited about the new books as we are. There is plenty of great information, lists, pictures (and more) in Iron Cross and Enemy at the Gates so please head out to your FLGS this weekend to check them out for yourselves.

Don’t forget to have a look at the new Forces website, there may be a few little bugs lurking in the system but we’ve been doing plenty of list noodling (we mean testing….) and it is a great tool to quickly build a list.Finally, make sure you swing by the Beasts of War website over the weekend as they have some Eastern Front Flames Of War content coming, along with a series of videos over the coming weeks.

Hobby on!

~The Battlefront Team

Victor Consolidates and Paints Panzers

with Victor Pesch

The first Flames Of War models I ever painted were Panzer III’s and Tigers from the 1942 list in Ostfront. They were very much a beginner painters army, so Iron Cross presented the perfect opportunity to revisit Midwar Panzer Grey.

I wanted to pick a composition of tanks that would work for both FOW and TANKS!. I settled on 5x Panzer III’s and 1x Tiger, with the aim to work on some Assault Pioneers at a later date to create a Flames Of War force.

TANKS!
Tiger I (early) – 29 points
Panzer III (long) – 14 points
Panzer III (long) – 14 points
Panzer III (long) – 14 points
Panzer III (long) – 14 points
Panzer III (long) – 14 points
Total – 99 points
(this leaves me with 1 point spare to pick an upgrade later)

Flames Of War
Grenadier Company
HQ – 2 points
Assault Pioneer Platoon – 14 points
Assault Pioneer Platoon – 14 points
Panzer III (uparmoured) Tank Platoon – 40 points
Tiger Heavy Tank Platoon – 29 points Total – 99 points

Time to get to work!

—DAY 1—

Assembly went fairly quickly, and more time was probably spent deciding how much extra stowage to add. In the end I decided to keep it pretty minimal as I already have an Afrika Korps force festooned with stowage. However I did modify some mudguards to be missing to add variety.      After lunch I tested out some colours and decided to start with a fairly dark blue-ash grey, and work it up by adding white. I did about three stages with the airbrush. I purposefully went brighter than I usually would, knowing that it would likely get quite dark again with washes/weathering. This brought me to the end of day one. I was happy to get to this point and pleased with the results so far.

—DAY 2—

The next step was to add some definition to the details. I did this with a dry brush and selective highlight with a pale grey blue.

To start to tone everything down and blend in my highlights, I coated everything with a very thin Panzer grey filter.

To cap off the day I applied some chipping using a fine brush and sponge. I used a red brown to simulate red oxide primer.

I feel like I’ve good headway with these, and can hopefully get them finished in the not too distant future. After painting in the details and decals, all that will be left is some weathering.

Then it’ll be time to plan the Pioneer platoons…~Victor

Forces Of War Comes to V4!

For many years people have been using Forces, the company builder for Flames Of War. We are excited to announce that we have a completely updated version for Version 4.Forces takes the heavy lifting out building an army. With a few clicks you can begin building an army, confident that you have built a legal Force. Once you have finished building you can easily print out (or PDF) a list, perfect for submitting to tournament organisers or to give to your opponents. It even provides the card reference information to help you track down the appropriate Unit Cards from your collection.Because V4 Flames Of War works a little differently to previous versions, there have been a number of changes made to how Forces works. Even if you are a veteran of Forces should take a few seconds to read the basic primer over on the  Flames Of War website.

Make sure you also take a look at the Sample (Free) Panzer III Company listed in the Quick Links section as this will give you a chance to try out Forces before you buy.

V4 Forces Primer…

Check out the V4 Flames Of War Forces website…

Please note that Command Cards are still to be integrated with Forces and will be added as soon as possible