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April 22nd, 2017
Ostfront Publishing is excited to announce the release of Westfront, a WWI tabletop game aimed at company to battalion level games and representing the feeling of the great war for those at the front.
Westfront is based on first hand accounts of the war and implements many of the features that provide the flavor of WWI. Communication issues, misguided orders, vehicles bogging down in mud, creeping barrages of artillery giving your men cover as they advance, gas attacks, reconnaissance, getting lost, and more. All presented in a simple and fast-play format, with games taking around 2 hours.
Westfront includes army lists for the central powers and the allies, and has a freeform army list system where you can choose infantry, artillery, vehicles, trenches, barbed wire, pillboxes and cavalry, creating the list you need to fulfill your orders. The lists are split up into early, mid, and late war, showing the evolution of units and tactics throughout the war.
Orders are generated from the dynamic order system, where each player draws a playing card before the game and is given objectives. Sometimes these orders even change mid-game!
Westfront is aimed at 1/72 and 15mm scale, but would work just as well at 10mm or 6mm scales. It puts the player in the shoes of a Field commander who must contend with orders from above, deal with the chaos of the battlefield, all while attempting to command, resupply and communicate with his forces.
April 9th, 2017
Ares games has announced a series of changes to their popular World War 2 game Wings of Glory, including a new Starter Set and a new format of airplane releases: Squadron Packs.
Battle of Britain Star Set
The Battle of Britain Starter Set will be a new entry point for the Wings of Glory game. The set will include four pre-painted ready-to-play models, rulebook, scenario book, counter, rulers and console boards. Axis and Allies will square off with the four planes included in the set: two versions of the Supekrmarine Spitfire MK.I and two versions of the Messerschmitt Bf.109 fighter.
WW2 Squadron Packs
Along with a new starter set comes a new way to expand the game. WW2 Squadron Packs will each feature one ready-to-play pre-painted model and a decal sheet to mark the plane from any of a series of famous squadrons. Each pack will also include a base with game stats, altitude stands and a deck of game cards.
The first wave of Squadron Packs will be:
- Supermarine Spitfire Mk.I (610 Squadron)
- Messerschimitt Bf.109 E-3 (Jagdgeschwader 2)
- Hawker Hurricane Mk.I (303 Polish Squadron)
- Junkers Ju.87 B-2 “Stuka” (Sturzkampfgeschwader 77)
The new Wings of Glory Starter Set and Squadron Packs are expected to release in the second quarter this year (Q2 2017).
March 28th, 2017
The Desert Rats are the only thing standing in the way of Axis conquest of North Africa. Despite suffering repeated defeats at the hands of Rommel’s Afrika Korps, they remain undaunted. Their speedy Crusader and Honey tanks can run circles around their opposition, backed up by the heavier Grant squadrons. Their motorised infantry are equally adept in attack or defence. With support from the Royal Artillery and the Desert Air Force, they are a formidable and versatile force.
The German Afrika Korps is a hard-fighting force of tough veteran troops who have won many battles and expect to win many more. Their Panzer III and Panzer IV tanks outclass the British tanks they face, and have been steadily upgraded to maintain their edge over the opposition. Their infantry are organised to have ‘few men, many weapons’, so they pack a ferocious punch whether facing infantry or tanks. These are backed by the famous ‘88? dual-purpose anti-tank/anti-aircraft gun and the Stuka dive bomber.
March 12th, 2017
Terra-Block:Exotic Locations is a set of 28mm tabletop wargames terrain inspired by the movie industry.
The Locations are Rick’s Cafe, The Museum of Antiquities, The Ancient Souk and Riad El Hasam.
Rick’s Cafe is the ‘core location’, you need the pieces from this to complete the other locations, so for example The Museum of Antiquities contains the pieces that you need to add to Rick’s Cafe to transform it into the Museum.
For each location we have developed ‘Set Dressings’. These kits provide the pieces to furnish the Sets, so for example the Set Dressings for Rick’s Cafe includes the tables and chairs, heart shaped bar etc. and the Set Dressings for the Ancient Souk contains the market stalls, packing cases, hand cart etc.
To finish off the range we have ‘Props’. Props are the detailed resin and metal castings that bring the tabletop world to life. The props for the museum include a wide range of exhibits, designed to fit into the display cases from the museum’s set dressing kit. The exhibits include an Egyptian sarcophagus, urns, books, statues and many other items. Props for the souk (or marketplace) include fruit, vegetables, spices and pulses to fit the tables and stalls in the Souk set dressings kit and the Riad Props set consists of cushions and an old fashioned colonial style fan. The final set is titles ‘Exotic-Location Props’, these are cast in pewter and contains 31 separate pieces including telephones, lamps, place settings, tagines and a mantelpiece clock that can be used to finish off Rick’s Cafe or any of the other locations.
Exotic Locations was initially available via Indigogo and is released as a retail product, available for immediate shipping today
March 10th, 2017
Want to gear up for late 1944 with the new plastics? Need your weapon teams in M-1943 pattern uniform? Look no further than these excellent little conversion packs to bring your Airborne troops bang up to date in your Warlord Games 28mm Bolt Action Miniatures games!
These packs are an excellent opportunity to experiment and individualize your teams and your army look!
US AIRBORNE WEAPONS TEAM CONVERSION PACK A (SNIPER, BAZOOKA, OFFICER) contains everything you need to convert enough figures into your Sniper, Bazooka, or officer teams.
US AIRBORNE WEAPONS TEAM CONVERSION PACK B (57MM ATG AND MMG) contains everything you need to convert your 57mm Anti-Tank Gun & crew plus a Medium Machine Gun team.
US AIRBORNE WEAPONS TEAM CONVERSION PACK C (75MM PACK HOWITZER & 60MM MORTAR) contains everything you need to convert the plastic Airborne to crew the 75mm pack Howitzer & 60mm Mortar teams.
March 8th, 2017
Battlefront features Battlefield in a Box: Small Desert Houses 15mm terrain for Flames of War WW2 Miniatures.
Scenery has always played a vital part in Flames of War. With the pending release of 4th Edition and the return to the desert for Mid-war, we’ve taken the opportunity to refresh our range of Battlefield in a Box desert terrain.
Four walls and a roof provide the infantryman with protection from small-arms fire and shell fragments. Making them difficult to winkle out without the aid of some real firepower.
March 5th, 2017
Brigade Models is expanding on the railway options available in their Small Scale Scenery range, with two different engine sheds and some new track types.
One engine shed is a large (250 scale feet long) three-span rectangular shed, the second is a more distinctive circular one based on the Camden Roundhouse in London.
They also have a new pack of double track (12 pieces), allowing side-by-side running (which would have been difficult with our existing curved track) and finally for this week, a very useful set of assorted crossing track – single and double road crossings, X-crossings and left- and right-hand crossovers
March 2nd, 2017
Battlefront have released their Battlefield in a Box: Medium Desert House for Flames of War 15mm WW2 Miniatures.
Scenery has always played a vital part in Flames Of War. With the pending release of 4th Edition and the return to the desert for Mid-war, we’ve taken the opportunity to refresh our range of Battlefield in a Box desert terrain.
Four walls and a roof provide the infantryman with protection from small arms fire and shell fragments. Making them difficult to winkle out without the aid of some real firepower.
Also released are their Desert Escarpments Battlefield in a Box set. These naturally occurring slopes are a tank crew’s best friend. Blocking line of sight; allowing room to manoeuvre and outflank the enemy or providing concealed firing position when taking up a hull down position.