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    ZEKE got a reaction from phyfor88 in TanksGiving 2018   
    Mr. Nelson,  Thanks again for organizing this event. Had lots of good games and enjoyed the day. You have given me some ideas for next year and hopefully I will be more in gear to run it again.
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    ZEKE got a reaction from phyfor88 in Thursdays gameplay at Guardian Games - 2018   
    I was referencing the closures for Saturday, January 28.  And for anybody else that may be coming in from the North.
    During the week, it can be a crapstorm and understandable 
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    ZEKE got a reaction from Lord Hanaur in Enfilade 2018 v4 mid-war Flames of War Tournament (Official Thread)   
    Excellent event. Had a lot of fun and great group of participants.  I am still trying to figure out how I won, yeah I know Stuart swarm, but my first look at those Stuart's being hit on 2+ really had my doubts but I figured it would be fun destroying lots of tanks. Chalk it up to "sun shines on a dog's ass every now and then".  Thanks everyone.
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    ZEKE got a reaction from phyfor88 in Mid vs Late FoW?   
    From the tankers point of view, this is generally how the different periods  go.
    Early War - lots of BAILED out tanks due to weapons systems having a higher firepower.  Because of the lots of bailed out tanks on the table, Instead of being outright killed, most tanks seem to be sitting in the penalty box (bailed) for a while then get back in the game.
    Mid War - probably the most balanced of all the periods
    Late War - lots of insta-kills.  With the higher AT numbers and the Lower firepower, things go poof more easily.
     
    TEAM YANKEE - insane amounts of insta-kills.  "I WAS winning ... and then I lost 5 tanks."
     
    As for the new V4 rules,  this new MidWar stuff is born out of the V4 system, while Late War is currently using conversion rules.  So, V4 will feel kinda glitchy.
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    ZEKE got a reaction from phyfor88 in Thursdays gameplay at Guardian Games - 2018   
    I Brought MW americans
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    ZEKE got a reaction from phyfor88 in V4 FOW thoughts   
    Been using some borrowed Brits so I learn the V4 rules and it's been fun.  Play is a little smoother & slightly quicker with the data cards (so worth it if they come out with a pack of them that you can purchase).
    Airplanes are really fun.  They are more interactive with the game and can operate closer to your troops.  You'll get them 1/2 the time on average. You get 2 planes, each one shooting at their own targets. But as they get shot down, they don't come back, just like the rest of your army.
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    ZEKE got a reaction from Raindog in V4 FOW thoughts   
    Played a good learning game last night at Oregon City Geeks & Games.
    A friend of mine lent me his british stuff to use, 120 pts wysiwyg. Had a basic infantry company, a basic crusader II company (with a grant platoon), a full Honey Stuart company (with a grant platoon), 25 pdr arty, OP stuart, and a couple Hurricanes.  That,s a lot of stuff especially now that HQ are considered platoons. The game I played was against mostly uparmored PzIII, arty, inf plt, couple 8rads and a couple 88s.  
    1) Airplanes did alright, they were able to get on board 50% and they did knock out the 88s and a PzIII.  you have to have 2x airplanes and the wave off is not measured 16" from friendly troops to airplane but 8" from friendly troops to targeted teams allowing planes to operate closer to friendly troops. those huricanes were fun to use.
    2) Was surprised  to see the stuart being slower than the crusaders (as far as tactical move & shoot ability).  But on the "Dash" moves, the stuart is faster.
    3) platoon morale check after being shot at is now done during the players opening turn after teams have a chance to bail-in, un-bog etc (not after they were shot at and again on your turn when you are below strength). Now these Brits I was using are formed into 3x team platoons. After 2 tanks are knocked out they have to start rolling for morale and the Brit built in morale is 5+ which makes them run easily, but they are cheaper and therefore more platoons so you don't lose your entire army to a dice roll.
    4) Artillery, yeah I know that they neutered its ability to kill tanks. In V3 the game did favor infantry and allowed anything to kill tanks causing the metagame to evolve into mostly infantry companies at tournaments and making it very hard for tank companies to compete.  This is why I agree with pairing down the arty.  But ranged in token placement is better since it doesn't have to be on a team, you can place that marker anywhere, and Mortars also get ranged in token.  
    All in all the game was still fun, still same amount of time, just a different flavor. I did win the game, not by taking objectives but by forcing company morale which they couldn't make because the Huricanes blasted his only CIC. Since I am mostly a "Beer & Pretzles" type of player (meaning I don't get uber tourny competetive just playing a game) this new V4 is no problem & makes some things more fun rather than work. Will be playing more.
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    ZEKE got a reaction from phyfor88 in V4 FOW thoughts   
    Played a good learning game last night at Oregon City Geeks & Games.
    A friend of mine lent me his british stuff to use, 120 pts wysiwyg. Had a basic infantry company, a basic crusader II company (with a grant platoon), a full Honey Stuart company (with a grant platoon), 25 pdr arty, OP stuart, and a couple Hurricanes.  That,s a lot of stuff especially now that HQ are considered platoons. The game I played was against mostly uparmored PzIII, arty, inf plt, couple 8rads and a couple 88s.  
    1) Airplanes did alright, they were able to get on board 50% and they did knock out the 88s and a PzIII.  you have to have 2x airplanes and the wave off is not measured 16" from friendly troops to airplane but 8" from friendly troops to targeted teams allowing planes to operate closer to friendly troops. those huricanes were fun to use.
    2) Was surprised  to see the stuart being slower than the crusaders (as far as tactical move & shoot ability).  But on the "Dash" moves, the stuart is faster.
    3) platoon morale check after being shot at is now done during the players opening turn after teams have a chance to bail-in, un-bog etc (not after they were shot at and again on your turn when you are below strength). Now these Brits I was using are formed into 3x team platoons. After 2 tanks are knocked out they have to start rolling for morale and the Brit built in morale is 5+ which makes them run easily, but they are cheaper and therefore more platoons so you don't lose your entire army to a dice roll.
    4) Artillery, yeah I know that they neutered its ability to kill tanks. In V3 the game did favor infantry and allowed anything to kill tanks causing the metagame to evolve into mostly infantry companies at tournaments and making it very hard for tank companies to compete.  This is why I agree with pairing down the arty.  But ranged in token placement is better since it doesn't have to be on a team, you can place that marker anywhere, and Mortars also get ranged in token.  
    All in all the game was still fun, still same amount of time, just a different flavor. I did win the game, not by taking objectives but by forcing company morale which they couldn't make because the Huricanes blasted his only CIC. Since I am mostly a "Beer & Pretzles" type of player (meaning I don't get uber tourny competetive just playing a game) this new V4 is no problem & makes some things more fun rather than work. Will be playing more.
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    ZEKE got a reaction from phyfor88 in Thursdays gameplay at Gaurdian Games 2017   
    that's a bummer.   don't know about saturday yet, will think on it and get back to you by tomorrow.
    As for today, I did bring stuff for Yeam Tankee and thanks to a friend letting me borrow his stuff, I have mid-war British stuff for learning V4.
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    ZEKE got a reaction from Justjokin in Team Yankee Fulda Gap'86 Escalation League and Campaign begins THUR, JUNE 8   
    That's OK, we're trying to play this out more openly.  For the Generals portion (with the big map and moving all the counters on the map), those who show up get to participate. There are no dedicated sides or dedicated commanders.  This campaign does have a Narrator, that's Barca. He will be pushing along the storyline using whoever shows up for the generals portion and using the combined results of everybody's individual games. Individual games can be played at the store, at home, in another state.  So essentially, we have the Narrator and the rest of us will contribute whichever way we can to help the narrator more things along.  You can play West German, then play Russian, then be a General for the day when the generals portion comes up.   Just Participate Participate Participate and have fun.  The campaing/story will go however it rolls.
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    ZEKE got a reaction from phyfor88 in Thursdays gameplay at Gaurdian Games 2017   
    I can do 97 pts for team yankee, which I am bringing, and I am interested in the new V4 midwar stuff.  I only have a few german tanks so essentially I don't have stuff. I have been thinking of asking Boss if I can borrow some of his brit stuff so I can learn, till then I wouldn't mind if anybody has stuff I can push around. I want to learn this new V4 midwar stuff since I keep seeing new people playing it and they are enjoying it.
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    ZEKE got a reaction from taran.shannara in V4 direct fire smoke markers   
    I copied the image from battlefronts site showing the smoke markers, pasted them into CAD, sized them accordingly, made multiple copies and put it on an 8.5 x 11 pdf attached here if anybody is constructive enough to paste it on cardstock or foamboard & cut them out.
    V4 direct smoke markers.pdf
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    ZEKE got a reaction from taran.shannara in Team Yankee - your old paint sets are NOT obsolete   
    The main thing I noticed with the Team Yankee paints and Colors of War paints is that they use the same serial number even though they sometimes change the name, example:
     
    TYP341 NATO Green = FWP341 Tankovy Green
     
    So then, I just had to find the colors of war conversion charts to vallejo
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    ZEKE got a reaction from lazarus in Tanksgiving Event Nov 12, 2016   
    I noticed that I forgot to put the start time.  It is the usual 11:00 am start time.  I will show up around 10:00 to start setting up tables.
     
    Being that this is all vehicles, games should go quickly.  I am allowing about 1-1/2 hours for each session which can be shortened if all games are done quickly.  I am planning on a 45min lunch break between games 1 & 2 and about 20 minutes between games 2 & 3 unless everybody wants to jump straight to the last game.
     
    Again this is an event more than it is a competition. Prizes are small but numerous.  I did put in some of time & skill and painted up some of the prize stuff to help make it better,
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    ZEKE got a reaction from Noland in FoW Tournament - Northwest Invasion 2016 (Official Thread)   
    Thank you Washington Players for the games and for making this happen, I enjoyed it.
     
    On a side note, there was some serious discussion about what I think were some advanced and complex rules.  I have been asking BF forums about their opinions, haven't heard back from any actual Battlefront staff but here is some of the findings. 
     
    List specific rules do Clown the standard rulebook.
     
    Example:
    A list that states specifically how to deply certain units happens before the mission states half-on / half-off. So, if you are running 6 platoons and 2 of which get deployed by your list specific rules, you deploy them per your rules. The remaining 4 platoons are then deployed as normal, thus putting only 2 platoons in reserve.
     
    Another thing I am still trying to find out is the effect of night-time on Airborne/Glider insertions.
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    ZEKE got a reaction from lazarus in FoW Tournament - Northwest Invasion 2016 (Official Thread)   
    Damn you, Damn you to hell. The problem with people from Vancouver is you don't know where their allegiance  lies. Could be warshington, or whoregon, or even worse, canadian, the other white meat.
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    ZEKE got a reaction from lazarus in Tanksgiving Event Nov 12, 2016   
    Only a month to go. Haven't heard many peeps chiming in so I'll lax on the lists. You DON'T have to include a special character/warrior team. But if you do, I'll add 3 pts to your painting score. If you don't have a warrior/character then your HQ element will be used for paint judging.
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    ZEKE got a reaction from Noland in QUESTION of tactics: When is an ARV worth taking?   
    Oooh, I like the idea of attaching them to a platoon to take hits, never thought of that.
     
    Thanks for the tip, it'll go well with Jumbos. Once you do get past a jumbo, the only thing you kill is an ARV.
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    ZEKE got a reaction from Noland in Of Game Scale and Ground Scale - Redux   
    Having served in military intelligence I too have participated in wargaming exercises at div and corps HQ level. We spent every hour of every day of every week work out all aspects of the exercise and it took a couple battalions of men to work the logistics. Trust me there is no game in existence that can simulate combat. Therefore, I only like to play what is fun and enjoyable and as soon as a game is no longer enjoyable I'm out. And if someone is going to be an ass about 'have to finish' or 'then I win' they ruin the game for me putting a bad taste in my mouth thus killing the game for me.
     
    As for the 285th scale minis, you could still use flames of war rules, just change the inch symbol to cm. 32" gun range equals 32 cm. You could make a travel fow set
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    ZEKE got a reaction from Noland in Are You Ready to Try Out TANKS! at GG   
    Agree about it being 1 dimensional.  For us wargamers well versed in the more complicated, it would seem like Chute & Ladders.  But as a hanging out with friends (that aren't deep into wargaming) & drinking beer it sounds like fun.  One of the reasons why I like Wings of Glory, it's simple enough for average people to enjoy & have fun.  But as for tank action, I still like Tank Aces the best.
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    ZEKE got a reaction from taran.shannara in fow upcoming events map   
    Here is an update to the
     
    Tankgiving Event
    at Gaurdian Games
    Date: 11/12/2016
    Era: LW 1500 *special
    http://www.ordofanaticus.com/index.php?/topic/28352-tanksgiving-event-nov-12-2016/
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    ZEKE got a reaction from Romans832 in Tanksgiving Event Nov 12, 2016   
    WHAT: TANKSGIVING at Guardian Games
    This is more of an event rather than a competitive tournament.
    WHEN: November 12, 2016  STARTS 11:00 AM.
     
    COST:    $15.00
     
    GAMES: 3 rounds of games, Missions will be tank friendly.
     
    LISTS: 
    1500 pts LW, NO gun teams, NO infantry teams per arsenals, except such teams as cmd, staff, observers that come with Tank Team units like Priests, Sextons, Hummels or Katyushas. Airplanes are allowed.
    MUST HAVE a warrior team OR a historically known person (Lt Boggess of 4th armor who made first contact to break the seige of Bastogne) OR a fictional movie character (brad Pitt, fury)
     
    Painting requirement:
    is ONLY FOR the warrior/person/character. This gives you 5 months to get your special figure and get it painted. I know some players only have infantry so this allows you to borrow tanks without giving up on the best prize of this event.

    PRIZES:
    Best surviving special character gets first pick of the prize pool.
    Best painted special character gets second pick.
    Fan favorite gets third pick.
     
    All the rest of the prizes will be handed out via a lottery system. You earn your choice of lottery tokens by winning games.
     
    I will personally be painting up as many prizes as I can.
    basic US infantry company
    2x brit shermans
    churchill arv

    PAINT JUDGING CHECKLIST: This is what I will use to judge the Warrior/Character teams. (again, the rest of your army does not have to be painted,  nor will it count for your warrior team)
    1pt figure & base are cleaned with no flashing, molding edges, excess glue
    1pt Basic Base Colors over entire figure
    1pt Shading over entire figure
    1pt Highlight over entire figure
    1pt Decals applied
    1pt Decals blended in so they don't look like a decal
    1pt Weathering & extra effects (dirt,dust,grease,fading etc, flocking,foliage,extra bits,etc)
    1pt a Write-up about the warrior/character. If it is a historical character, must have information about what makes him famous. If it is a Media character from a movie, must have a picture.
    1pt Basic Display stand. A 6" base with basic paint colors & flock.
    1pt Advanced Display stand. Same as above along with shading, highlights, weathering, foliage, extra bits.
     
    EVENT SEATS:  12 seats max, first come first serve.  
    Email your lists to Steve Z at   zeeckster@yahoo.com.
    Name / special character / list verified
    1. James Barca
    2. Steve McCuen
    3. Ryan McGee
    4. Bpoli7
    5. Bolo
    6.
    7.
    8.
    9.
    10.
    11.
    12.
     
     
     
    SteveZ
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    ZEKE got a reaction from taran.shannara in Tanksgiving Event Nov 12, 2016   
    WHAT: TANKSGIVING at Guardian Games
    This is more of an event rather than a competitive tournament.
    WHEN: November 12, 2016  STARTS 11:00 AM.
     
    COST:    $15.00
     
    GAMES: 3 rounds of games, Missions will be tank friendly.
     
    LISTS: 
    1500 pts LW, NO gun teams, NO infantry teams per arsenals, except such teams as cmd, staff, observers that come with Tank Team units like Priests, Sextons, Hummels or Katyushas. Airplanes are allowed.
    MUST HAVE a warrior team OR a historically known person (Lt Boggess of 4th armor who made first contact to break the seige of Bastogne) OR a fictional movie character (brad Pitt, fury)
     
    Painting requirement:
    is ONLY FOR the warrior/person/character. This gives you 5 months to get your special figure and get it painted. I know some players only have infantry so this allows you to borrow tanks without giving up on the best prize of this event.

    PRIZES:
    Best surviving special character gets first pick of the prize pool.
    Best painted special character gets second pick.
    Fan favorite gets third pick.
     
    All the rest of the prizes will be handed out via a lottery system. You earn your choice of lottery tokens by winning games.
     
    I will personally be painting up as many prizes as I can.
    basic US infantry company
    2x brit shermans
    churchill arv

    PAINT JUDGING CHECKLIST: This is what I will use to judge the Warrior/Character teams. (again, the rest of your army does not have to be painted,  nor will it count for your warrior team)
    1pt figure & base are cleaned with no flashing, molding edges, excess glue
    1pt Basic Base Colors over entire figure
    1pt Shading over entire figure
    1pt Highlight over entire figure
    1pt Decals applied
    1pt Decals blended in so they don't look like a decal
    1pt Weathering & extra effects (dirt,dust,grease,fading etc, flocking,foliage,extra bits,etc)
    1pt a Write-up about the warrior/character. If it is a historical character, must have information about what makes him famous. If it is a Media character from a movie, must have a picture.
    1pt Basic Display stand. A 6" base with basic paint colors & flock.
    1pt Advanced Display stand. Same as above along with shading, highlights, weathering, foliage, extra bits.
     
    EVENT SEATS:  12 seats max, first come first serve.  
    Email your lists to Steve Z at   zeeckster@yahoo.com.
    Name / special character / list verified
    1. James Barca
    2. Steve McCuen
    3. Ryan McGee
    4. Bpoli7
    5. Bolo
    6.
    7.
    8.
    9.
    10.
    11.
    12.
     
     
     
    SteveZ
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    ZEKE got a reaction from Noland in Going small...Modern Armor 1/285th   
    I was just doing some math and wondering, Using micro-armor and 1/285th scale stuff to go with, can you play FOW on a miniature table? if so, how do you convert the scale measurement?
     
    Answer is YES and Conversion is easier than you think.  In the FOW rules, where-ever  you have inches, read it as centimeters. Technically its a little off but its small enough that your not going to notice it. 12" converted down would be 4.59" and 12 centimenter is closer to 4.75" (close enough).  
    Standard game table that is 48" x  72" (or 4'x6') would be 48cm x 72cm.   
    Standard tank movement would be 12cm,  
    Standard infantry movement would be 6cm.
    Most tank main gun ranges would be 32cm.
     
    That would be a 19" x 28-1/2" gaming table.  That could be the outside of a briefcase unfolded and laid out flat and there is the table, inside the briefcase could be smaller containers holding terrain and game pieces. What an interesting concept! Anybody in for this?
     
    I'm not saying this would be easy gaming, especially without tweezers, but if you have alot of that micro-armor just sitting around, it can be put to use as "Travel - Flames of War".
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    ZEKE got a reaction from Threejacks in Looking into FoW   
    I've been running US tank company for 8 years now and I have found 'BGG' to be the most fun, especially when using Abrams.  'BGG' does give you the JUMBO but not the 76mm JUMBO (that one comes in 'Remagen'), but it is still fun to bounce those insta-kill panther rounds off a sherman.  'Remagen' gives you the 76mm JUMBO and pershing tanks, along with Tank companies using the Chaffee.
     
    Glad to hear you bought the Hardback Rule Book.  There is a benefit to buying that over the mini-rulebook. When the new Version 3 rules came out, those of us that bought the V2 Hardback were able to get a FREE V3 mini-rulebook. So, if they come out with a Version 4, BF will most likely do the same thing. Hold on to your Rulebook.
     
    For MW, there is only 1 book, 'Eastern Front'
     
    For EW, 'Barbarossa' is a really good book for both German and Russian.
     
    If you want to try out US Tank Company before getting too involved, I have a huge motorpool available and with the Overlord firestorm campaign running, that's all I bring to Thursday Night gaming at GG. Though I am still working some of those more exotic things like Calliopes. Stop on by, have a look, help me push tanks around.
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