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  1. In anticipation of the upcoming Fate of a Nation release for Team Yankee / Flames of War, I've been planning out my armies and looking for additional good references to get them all painted up and ready to go. AK Interactive has released a book covering the Middle East Wars from 1948 to 1973, and it is a rare gem. Packed with color photos and illustrations throughout, the book covers the major conflicts in the region in good detail. https://miniordnancerev.blogspot.com/2018/02/book-review-ak-interactives-middle-east.html
  2. Mike's East German Build Log - updated 1/19/18

    Finally got some decals that work!!! Peddinghaus to the rescue! https://miniordnancerev.blogspot.com/2018/01/markings-for-my-nva-vehicles.html Peddinghaus 1/87 vs. Battlefront vs. custom 1/100 from Peddinghaus! On a vehicle! Hoping to have the T-72s done by the end of the weekend... then just need to find the battery charger for the good camera!
  3. I thought that was just for the event, is that for the convention as a whole as well?
  4. new No Dice No Glory podcast...Avanti Reviewed

    No Sicily though... so I have a boatload of minis I'd bought that get to sit... :(
  5. When can you sign up for the convention? I may actually make it this year... with fully painted NVA!
  6. Team Yankee TRANSFORMER CHALLENGE for 2018

    I like it... still need to get my original force finished though... ;)
  7. I'll likely have a primed / unpainted army (with blu-tac) I could use for Opposing force for Team Yankee. My East Germans should be close to done too...
  8. Stripes

    Looking back through, the LAV formations are also going to very useful... The LAV-AT in a unit of four all with Hammerhead are going to be a tough nut to crack unless you want to throw a LOT of dice at it. The other LAV formations are going to be useful to counteract BMP Spam as well...
  9. Mike's East German Build Log - updated 1/19/18

    Achieved breakthrough over the break on the NVA - no they're not done, but I can see a pathway and the techniques are providing the desired result! I'm using the Ammo of MIG Black and White technique on these - so everything gets pre-shaded. I'm starting with the T-72s and BMPs as that's about half of the force... then "everything else" gets done. Turrets: I then use panzer putty to mask the camouflage: Then the weathering (photo doesn't even BEGIN to do it justice): More on the blog: http://miniordnancerev.blogspot.com/2017/12/nva-build-log-painting-progress-on-t-72.html
  10. I'm still trying to get there today - we had a major power issue up at the house / farm I'm working this morning...
  11. Stripes

    But the M60 has the same gun as the M1... and you get twice as many of them... Run a couple of units of 5 marine M60's with some decent support and you'll be in good shape...
  12. So I figured I'd start a thread on the upcoming Team Yankee release for "Fate of a Nation" - the Arab-Israeli wars of 1967 and 1973! The original Flames of War Fate of a Nation release only covered the 1967 war, and Battlefront has confirmed that the new release will include the 1973 war as well. I'll be starting with an Israeli for, but will likely be doing at least a Syrian force, if not an Egyptian force as well. To get you in the spirit, here are a few of the vehicles from those conflicts on display at the Latrun tank museum in Israel - and lots more in parts 1 through 4 of my blog (with parts 5 and maybe 6 on the horizon) Part 1: Early tanks and Shermans: https://miniordnancerev.blogspot.com/2017/12/armor-of-arab-israeli-wars-or-mikes.html Part 2: Magach and Merkava: https://miniordnancerev.blogspot.com/2017/12/armor-of-arab-israeli-wars-or-mikes_73.html Part 3: Arab Forces: https://miniordnancerev.blogspot.com/2017/12/armor-of-arab-israeli-wars-or-mikes_8.html Part 4: Conversions and self-propelled guns: https://miniordnancerev.blogspot.com/2017/12/armor-of-arab-israeli-wars-or-mikes_24.html Lots more to come soon - including modeling tips, tricks, and techniques!
  13. Stripes

    Given that there were no points cost changes from the original Team Yankee book to Red Thunder, I'm not sure why you thought there would be points changes for anything in Stripes. I understand that the first line main battle tanks are fairly expensive, and they remain so. Germans and British have the same problem, and honestly the T-72 and the T-64 aren't really cheap either, but you do get a lot with Stripes.: The M60. Don't dismiss it as "2nd line equipment" - at 4 points a pop with the same gun as the Abrams you have a lot of good AT going downfield... and you can get units of FIVE if you go Marines. You've got a built-in cure for East German T-55 and T-72 SPAM. The Scouts. The Firestorm Red Thunder campaign revealed this as a fatal weakness of U.S. forces - closing it fixes a multitude of sins! Huey Infantry Combat teams - Use these like the Soviets use Afghansty - you can blitz them onto the table and secure objectives Sergeant York - VERY useful against BMP spam The HMMWV Tow teams can also be very useful as they remain Gone to Ground while moving. Sheridan - AT 21 or AT 22 for only 8 points for a unit of 4... sign me UP Credible infantry formations (Marines) So honestly I think this certainly brings the US in line with other forces at this point. Battlefront has indicated that things like the M1A1, the Bradley (though honestly it should be there now), the T-80, Challenger, reactive armor, etc. won't come until there is a "Late War" version of Team Yankee. With Vietnam and Fate of a Nation coming out next year, I figure we'll start getting our "Early War" version of Team Yankee covering the 1960's and early 1970's. The current version, "Mid War" for the sake of argument, is late 70's through about 1985... From where I sit, Stripes makes the U.S. worth fielding... and I'll be putting together a fun list or two for my son...