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Flames Of War D-Day Boot Camp: Saturday

Flames Of War D-Day Boot Camp: Saturday

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Justin takes a look at the packed Hit the Beach Box Set

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Justin is joined by Chris from Battlefront Miniatures to talk about what’s found in the Hit the Beach box set.

the box set is packed with two full forces for you and a friend to roll out on the table. But in addition to all the tanks and infantry, it comes with all the player aids, instruction manuals, and dice so that you can get a game up and running as soon as possible.

Which force would you like to run on the tabletop?

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pagan8th
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Never played Flames of War, but heard good things about it.

That is a nice starter box. I suspect I’d want more to expand the battlefield.

What size table does it normally play on?

elessar2590
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6×4 or a 4×4 but I’ve found (for the Desert) the bigger the better.

I’ve had one game of 120 Points on an 8×4 and it was epic.

pagan8th
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Suspected it would be fairly large based on vehicle speeds and ranges.

I think I like the look of the game more than the rules. Perhaps I just wanted to paint some tanks instead of war-game miniatures for a change.

WW2 tanks and vehicles look so much cooler, more angular than SF or modern vehicles. I hate the look of modern cars, can’t tell them apart really.

astralwraith
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looks great, almost certainly going to be getting a box, hopefully at the battlefront open day

deadhead
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i will definiately be getting this set

roboute73
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This has to be one of the best value starter sets for any game I have ever seen. I actually thought someone had made an error when I saw the price at first.

roboute73
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There are a few errors in the video guys.

There are 3 of the 76mm ‘Wet’ M4A1 upgrade kits in the box, for 3 x 76mm Shermans and 5 x 75mm Shermans. This from the FoW website and other box opening vids. ‘Wet’ means the ammo was stored wet, as the main cause of Sherman’s catching fire was ammo cooking off (not the petrol, which is a myth).

You _can_ build the Shermans as British used tanks (and I think you could use either of the transmission covers, as the different styles were just an evolution of the same design), but only limited units used the M4A1 variant of the Sherman in Normandy. None of the British units used the 76mm Sherman.

For those that care about trying to be historically accurate, you’ve basically got 4th (Independent) Armoured Brigade (Royal Scots Greys (Sherman II & Firefly VC), 3rd County of London Yeomanry (Sherman II & Firefly VC) and 44th Battalion Royal Tank Regiment (Sherman II & Firefly VC)) using M4A1 Shermans in Normandy. However, these units did not use the 76mm Shermans, so build them all as 75’s and buy a box of Sherman V’s when they come out to add in the Fireflies. Incidentally, the 4th Armoured Brigade had a Motor Battalion attached (2nd Battalion King’s Royal Rifle Corps) who would be in halftracks.

Later on (much later – into Germany late 44/45), some units did use 76mm Shermans. Mainly (to my knowledge) the Poles and possibly the Canadian 5th Armoured Division. But these would be post D-Day and you would have to hope BF made entries for them.

zorg
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A great box of stuff.

lordbob
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That’s a lot of plastic in one starter! Very tempting.

bennu
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Looks like a great starter set

wolf320f
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showing me stuff like this will have my bank manager in tears lol

khy0te
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Nice, bigger forces than I was expecting from a starter box.

jimwesterfield
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Infantry. That is good.

tgunner91
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The US Airborne used the M1919 LMG as squad support weapons. They took the basic M1919 and added a bipod and stock. I want to say that this was the M1919A6, but I’m not too sure. That’s why US paratroopers in the game are rifle/MG teams rather than normal US rifles.

I think this is a wonderful set… but why did BF ditch the cardboard terrain and gaming markers? Those pieces add a lot to the game and made it very playable right out of the box because you had terrain and the necessary markers to play. That’s the only disappointing thing to me about this new set.

jodain
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That is a nice looking set there and I like the options in it/.

msenli
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That’s a lot of content for a starterbox.

bloodstrike
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great box set, and like others have said the change to PzrIV from the stugs in openfire are great

coachjose59
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So much in the box, what ah deal for $50 bucks U.S. I need two!

antiquitas
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Great starter box. Everything you need for you and a friend to get into game.

darkdanegan
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Looks like a very good entry point. 15mm is so wee!

elessar2590
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The set looks fantastic, great to see the FoW Guys bringing out epi starter sets.

Not sure who told you that about teh BAR @dignity but they’re wrong.

The BAR was issued to and used by the US Forces in WWI, the reason it didn’t get even more use was manufacturing not secrecy.

If you use something the enemy will get their hands on it, the Allies couldn’t even keep tanks out of the enemies hands let alone rifles and everyone on all sides at all levels knew that. The idea that you would create something, spending incredibly valuable resources to do so then be scared the enemy would get their hands on it so you just lock them away doesn’t make much sense especially for something like a rifle.

There was actually a US Marine Battalion who got in trouble for trading/finding/borrowing without Permission (a Marine would never ever even dream of stealing would they @oriskany 😀 )BAR’s from an Army Division to the point they officially had their BAR’s taken off them.

andre77
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The box is a very good 2-player starting box. I can fully recommend it.

gingerrich
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Two of the most lovely people I’ve met gushing about FoW. Bloody awesome.

wilco92
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nice looking set

skodamarine
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My will is weakening… The wallet says no,but it’s such good value!

buggeroff
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That’s such a great starter set. Great improvement on the open fire box set and a great price

pafetikbazerka
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Looks like the ticket to get me into 15mm wàr gaming

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