#77 – October ASL Sale – Hatten CG After Action Report – Shipping Armies Of Oblivion

Armies of Oblivion

MMP has started shipping Armies of Oblivion to their pre-orders.  Luanne has told me that we retailers can expect our copies sometime next week.  If you missed the pre-order cutoff with MMP, don’t worry, you can still get it here at the pre-order price with free shipping.

 

October Sale:

MMP:

Yanks – This is the perfect time to upgrade this core module.  Crisp new counter artwork, new SK style boards and dozens of new and updated scenarios.  On sale for $99 from the usual $128.

Le Franc Tireur:

Kampfgruppe Scherer with slightly creased box (contents are mint) for $99.00.  That’s $34 off the regular price.  We have very limited quantities so this item may not last the month.  Don’t forget to add in the Player’s Guide when ordering.

Deluxe Pack

Also, we are continuing the sale on the Deluxe pack until we sell the last five we had set aside for last month’s sale.

Bounding Fire Productions:

Poland In Flames with free Polish Precision Battle Dice

Heat Of Battle:

SS I II

SS Pack IV – 33% off

Now is your chance to pick up these classic Waffen SS themed scenarios that were originally released in ‘Fuhrer’s Firemen’ and ‘No Quarter No Glory’ for only $20.

 

ASL News and Rumors:

-Beyond Valor will be back in stock within the month

-MMP is planning a re-release of Streets of Fire and Hedgerow Hell

-LFT 14 including the entire Italian OB and 30 scenarios will be out by Christmas

-BFP is planning a reprint of Onslaught to Orsha

 

Hatten in Flames CG Review:

 

Jack Daniels and I agreed to play CG1 from Hatten In Flames.  This is the bigger of the two campaign games that come in the box covering five possible CG dates.  The battles raged as follows:

 

January 9th

I purchased two infantry companies because I had a lot of ground to cover and hold, and the quality of the infantry was very good.  Lots of 5-4-8’s and great leadership.  I also purchased a platoon each of PzIV’s, StuG’s, and JGPZ IV’s and finallyu a module of 100mm OBA.  I chose not to purchase Panthers at this time as the armor on the JgPz’s were almost as good and I got three in the platoon instead of 2 panthers.  They would serve as my tank killers while the StuG’s and PzIV’s would support the infantry and provide Smoke.  Jack Left the cemetery vacant which gave me an easy VP location but defended heavily the line between the synagogue and Eglise St. Michel.   Early on, Jack destroyed a PzIV in CC when I sleazed his 6-6-6 in order to move a stack up. I lost a 9-2 to sniper fire.  Fortunately, his Hellcats failed on all APCR rolls which enabled my JgPz’s to make quick work of them.  By the end of the day, the German’s had secured three of the four objectives while destroying five of his AFV’s.

January 10th

I purchased another company infantry along with two platoons of Panthers and a module of 100mm OBA.   Jack purchased more tanks and more infantry.  The German assault continued taking the center wooden building area of the map and pushing deeper into Hatten proper.  For this scenario, the German’s only have to have a net gain of one victory location.  I managed to capture another 3.  Highlights were tragic American losses including 7 tanks and close to 20 squads.  The Germans lost 20 CVP including another 9-2 leader to a critical hit from a bazooka.  One of my Panthers was immobilizes and abandoned from 60mm mortar fire.

January 11th

I passed on this date as I already had enough victory locations to win the campaign.  Since Jack passed as well, this date was idle.

January 12th

US High Command recognizes the gravity of the situation and plays a dawn attack chit to wrestle the initiative and a VP location back from my Germans.  As there are many more victory location in the town of Hatten, this is where I fortify the most. Much to my surprise, his attack is in the direction of the cemetery.  I suppose he is trying to outflank the town and swing around, recapturing the cemetery and the synagogue.  Fortunately, a module of 120mm OBA, 2 JgPzIV’s, and a Panther contain the attack in a bottleneck with the RR tracks to one side and the arty one the other.  At this point I released my reserves deep behind the town of Hatten (about where the king of spades lies in the photo above) and the Jack conceded.

I would have liked to play the remaining CG date but it was already decided by this point so there was no point in continuing.

Final Thoughts

US player: insight into defending as the American.  Set-up the fortified buildings well behind the lines as there is no way to stop the German onslaught on the first day.  Fall back and conserve your forces.  The Americans with their 6 morale can’t stand up to the German 8 morale for long, especially when there a two 9-2 leaders all but nullifying the stone building protection.  Hunt the German weak armored tanks in packs and save your APCR shots for the beasts.  Go for deliberate Immobilization against the Panthers and JgPz’s if he will close to within 6 hexes.  Use your mortars against the tanks (Jack’s mortars took out two of my tanks including a Panther).    Don’t be discouraged as you will battle harden a ton of your squads every day into 6-6-7’s.  It does get better.

German Player: Insight into the attack. Break / surround / destroy.  I cannot count how many times his squads were eliminated for failure to rout in our playing.  At least 90% of his casualties came from this method.  Prep fire with 20’s, 24’s, 30’s and then wherever something breaks, skoot a vehicle (even a BU ht) behind him and a hs in front of him and voila, a break in his line and GI’s that will never rally.  If he gets bold enough to send in his armor, send in you tank killers.  Have your heavily armored vehicles hunting and your StuG’s and PzIV’s in an overwatch position.   Do not forget to shoot IFT at his Hellcats as they are CE.  If you Stun/STUN/SHOCK one of the M18’s during his turn, he won’t be CE and able to fire/CC until his next turn, allowing you to do all types of nasty things to him during your turn. CC by a single squad could be as high as an 11 because of open top, ATMM, immobile, ambush, etc.).  Be calculating and deliberate  focusing on the weak areas while always keeping your eye on the ball snatching up those VP locations.  The -2 DRM for winning a scenario helps a bunch during the refit phase.

Overall impressions:

I had a blast which was in no small part because I enjoyed playing against Jack.  He is a wonderfully skilled opponent who never forgets that playing is a social event.  Hatten In Flames is exactly what I like about CG’s without all the stuff that I dislike.

Positives: Small scope, beautiful map, fun toys, manageable order of battle, much of the bookkeeping done for you, no night scenarios (if you don’t like night), very few special rules, streamlined purchasing and refit phase, no depleted units, very affordable at $50 shipping included.

Negatives: Only five CG dates, no night scenarios (if you like night).

If you have never tried a CG game, I suggest that you start right here with this one.

#76 – Ritterkrieg September Sale.

September Sale:

I am going to try to have featured items on sale each month.  Hopefully this will be an incentive to try some of the great products that you may have been on the fence with.  To start this off, I am going a little over the top…

This months specials will be:

Le Franc Tireur: Deluxe Pack #1

The perfect solution for our aging eyes and shaky hands. Deluxe pack 1,  containing 7 new deluxe boards with 12 scenarios.   $30 off regular price of $85.  Do not forget to pick up Winter Offensive #9 (2018) which includes another 5 Deluxe boards.

Heat of Battle: Operation Merkur: German Air Assault On Crete (Kreta)

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We are offering this great game at 25% off.  These will never be printed again so get this epic module portraying the battle at Maleme airfield before it is gone forever.  Fallschirmjagers dropping from the sky onto prepaired commonwealth positions on the island of Crete.  Includes the updated map.  17 scenarios and a linked scenario campaign game.

Bounding Fire Productions:

Although I am not allowed putting any of the BFP items on sale, I will include a free set of Japanese or Chinese Battle Dice with the purchase of Blood and Jungle, the Magnus Opus of all Pacific modules.

Blood and Jungle with Free USMC Dice

Blood and Jungle with Free US Army Dice

Blood and Jungle with Free Japanese Dice

Blood and Jungle with Free Chinese Dice

Blood and Jungle includes the following:

  • 47 Action-Packed Scenarios.
  • 4 full sheets of counters, depicting more units, weapons, vehicles, and planes that are depicted in the scenarios.
  • The first ever double-wide 16″x22″ geomorphic mapboard. This map represents a large urban area, made up of buildings and huts. (BFP DW-1) This is actually printed in two 8″x22″ sections on heavy card stock.
  • One 8″x22″ geomorphic mapboard, printed on heavy card stock, depicting a port village on a river. (BFP G)
  • Huge magazine with articles on tactics, histories, units, countries, tank hunters, etc.
  • Rules pages describing new terrain counters, vehicle listings/notes, and special units.
  • A divider card with new unit capabilities and terrain counter notes.

 

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Armies Of Oblivion Update:

I spoke to Luanne yesterday and she told me that they have most of the components and should start shipping to us in about 6 weeks.  You can still order it here at pre-order price with free shipping.

Armies of Oblivion Pre-order

 

LFT 14 Update:

I touched base with Xavier and we are still on track for Christmas 2018.  This will include the entire Italian OOB and dozens of scenarios.

Dice Tower Update:

The Towers sold out in the first 15 minutes after posting them.  I should have a couple ready to bring to ASLOK and then more before Christmas if everything goes well.

Xavier Vitry, owner of Le Franc Tireur, sporting his new custom Dice Tower.  Notice the ‘Division Azul’ t-shirt.

 

 

 

 

 

#75 – Special Ops #8 – Battledice Restock – Dice Towers – Dice Towers

 

Heat of Battle Retraction

After many considerations and developments, I will only be associated with HOB as the retailer of their fine products.  Ritterkrieg will not be reprinting any of the modules or countersheets.  We will continue to honor the 20% off coupon code ‘HOB20’ until the end of the month.  This is a great time to get your hands on the classics like Kreta (Fallschirmjager air assault on Crete), SS pack, and Berlin Red Vengeance.

Special Ops #8  Magazine

Special Ops #8 has nine articles, two ASL scenarios, two ASLSK scenarios, and the game Avenge Pearl Harbor.

Featured articles cover Operation Mercury (GTS), It Never Snows (SCS), card play in Avenge Pearl Harbor, Russian setup in Red Barricades (ASL), Dean Essig’s design intent behind the various Gamers series of games, Fallschirmjaeger (SCS), tips for playing the Battalion Combat Series (BCS), and designer’s notes for last issue’s game Autumn For Barbarossa (SCS).

Avenge Pearl Harbor was originally published in Game Journal #60 as Storm Over the Japanese Homeland and allows players to simulate Operation DOWNFALL, the hypothetical invasion of Japan in November 1945. The game uses the same basic system as What Price Glory? Operational cards are used on both attack and defense. Game components include one 22″ x 34″ map, 200 counters, and 32 cards.

 

Dice Towers are Complete

 

By the time I was ready to post that the towers were complete, all but one was pre-sold.  I have 4 more almost done so hang tight.

Hatten In Flames

 

We are expecting HIF to arrive by the last week of August. Until then I am still taking orders at the reduced price of $55.00 shipping included (in the USA).

I had the opportunity to play a couple of scenarios from Hatten at the Spreading Blaze tournament in Atlanta recently and here are my thoughts;

  1. The winter map  is great and gives you a feel for the frigid battles that took place.  The oversized hexes making counter density a breeze.
  2. The two countersheets were not needed to play the scenarios.  If memory serves me, one countersheet was control markers for the CG and the other was miscellaneous extra vehicles and units.
  3. The Special rules were simple.  There were no new rules to learn, just a short list of old rules that were in or out of play.
  4. The scenarios were small to medium and played quickly.  The German forces are quite good considering the year (1945), comprising mostly 5-4-8’s,  4-6-7’s, some great leadership and fantastic vehicles like Panthers and flak ht’s.  The US forces are a mixed bag of Elite, 1st line, and 2nd line troops.  The ROF and MP’s on those Hellcats are nothing to laugh at.
  5. Although this product includes a campaign game, it does not look as daunting as some of the bigger CG’s available.  I have always preferred the smaller campaign games like this and various Lone Canuck products to the Tarawa sized endeavors (just my personal preference) as I spend less time thinking/purchasing/setting up and more time in the action managing a company instead of a battalion.

German ASL 30th Anniversary and Italian Europa Series Dice are Back in Stock

International Shipping Explained

There is a lot of confusion regarding international shipping rates so until the new website is up and running where we will have an accurate calculator built into the checkout, I will try to explain how the shipping is calculated for international orders.  Of course,  shipping inside the US is always free.

A flat fee of $50 is added to all international orders.  This is NOT what you will pay in most cases.

  1. If your actual shipping costs are less than $50, you will be refunded the difference.
  2. If your actual shipping costs are between $50 and $60, you will not be charged an additional amount (ie. I will absorb up to $10 in shipping costs)
  3. If your actual shipping costs are greater than $60, I will contact  you to send a Paypal payment for the balance at which point you can either pay the balance or cancel the order for a full refund.

#74 – Le Franc Tireur Kampfgruppe Scherer Player’s Guide. Kampfgruppe Scherer Reprint.

 

Heat of Battle Retraction

after many considerations, Steve and I have agreed to continue our great business relationship as it has been for these past years, only as a retailer of his fine products.  Ritterkrieg will not be reprinting any of the modules or countersheets.

 

 

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Ritterkrieg is now distributing for Le Franc Tireur in North America.  This deal is going to bring you their products quicker, cheaper, and more reliably through our store, the other fine stores that already carry LFT, and new stores that are carrying the line for the first time. If your favorite retail store does not carry LFT, please let them know about the product and pass along my number.  We have received the bulk of the existing stock acoss the pond with the brand new KGS Player’s Guide.  In the works is LFT 14, concentrating on the Italians.  This will include a counter sheet with the entire Italian OOB so you can play the included scenarios along with all the other Italian scenarios.

New Product From Le Franc Tireur

 

The player’s guide from LFT has arrived and it is a great addition to one of the best campaign games ever made.

KGS players guide

All is in its title : 60 pages for KGS fans, as well as 9 scenarios and a SASL mission.

 What’s inside :
  • 9 scenarios + 1 SASL mission
  • A big article which details the biggest KGS scenario (Carl Nogueira)
  • Some designers notes on several KGS scenarios (Hershey, Brackin)
  • Players aids within the mag (LFT crew)
  • An AAR of the Summer CG (Brackin, Fred and X)
  • An article about both campaign games (Brackin)

If you do not own the Kampfgruppe Scherer Module, it can be purchased with the guide for one low price.  This is the last of them and we will not be getting any more.

Spreading Blaze Atlanta Tournament

For the first time ever, I attended Spreading Blaze ASL tournament in Atlanta Georgia.  I really wanted to see and support my friend Gary Bartlett.  I had a wonderful time seeing many old friends and making new friends.  I had a great game and even better conversation with Brian Abela, beat me rotten in WO27 Checking out.  Brian went on to take second to Mike McGrath in the final.  A new rule I learned from Brian (and I was surprised to see almost everyone else we asked got the rule wrong as well) was that you cannot change the CA of a Gun (in Building, Woods, Rubble) in the same phase if it has already taken a shot, even if it retained ROF or is eligible for IF.   What game have I been playing all these years?    My favorite scenarios I played were both from the new Hatten In Flames, which Gary was kind enough to let me test drive.  Great fun if you can get past having 3 ht’s and a PzIVJ destroyed in one phase by hidden Hellcats.   Note the great winter maps

Playing Eric Shipley in the mini final
Trying desperately to hold off John Dober’s aggressive American attack in the mini semi-finals. John drove all five of his Shermans right in the crosshairs of my hiding Hetzer, only someone forgot to bring the ammo. Rolled boxcars on the first shot. Repaired on turn 3 (yes I was that desperate to risk a recall).

 

Ritterkrieg Products

The dice towers are done and now I am working on the matching trays.  Soon I hope to post a video of the process.

Ritterkrieg Web Page

I am looking to redo the webpage…Completely.  If any of you are web page savvy and have real experience building commercial webpages, please contact me to discuss costs/arrangements. 336-462-4035.

 

About me

It has been a while since I have just chatted with you about where I am and where Ritterkrieg is and where it is going.  It has been a long and dynamic past two years.  My wife and I split in the spring of 2016.  Raising two children, one full time and one half time, along with taking care of the house and two businesses solo for the first time in my life meant that I had to adapt and I had to cut back on certain time consuming activities.  This is the reason the Ritterkrieg posts have gone from about one every week to one every couple of months.  I also get together with my best friend Tim Brieaddy to play about once every 6 weeks now, where we used to play every week.     But like the Soviets after the Battle of Kursk, I can say that the worst is over and I am stronger and more sure of the future than ever before.  I met a wonderful woman (that you may know from attending Where the Iron Crosses Grow Team Tournament or if you follow my personal posts on Facebook) and we plan to marry in the Springtime.  I have also hired another employee at the shop so I am much less overwhelmed than I have been in recent memory.  You may have noticed that packages are once again going out for delivery the same day as they are ordered.  The business is growing from the days where I just wanted to sell some OBA cards near cost, to acquiring the distribution rights to the great products of LFT and HOB and even doing some reprinting of modules that deserve table time once again.  I want to thank all of you, customers and followers for giving me the support to keep doing this.  I always welcome your ideas and love meeting you face to face either at my little tournament or the bigger ones.

Amy and I at the lookout in Montreal, Canada. June 2018.

 

#73 – Farewell to Darrell Wright – Giant News – LFT invades America! – Hatten In Flames – What’s in the box: Forgotten War ASL Korea.

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Our good friend and fellow ASL player Darrell Wright has passed away.  One of the people that was in our lives for all the right reasons.  In his memory, I pledge to appreciate the time we have left with each other by looking up from the map a little more often than before, exchanging a few more stories, and accepting a few more invitations to dine with you or have a drink with you instead of rushing to get in one just one more scenario.  The tournaments will not be the same without you.

This post (cropped) is from Darrell’s father, Bob Wright:

This is to let all of Darrell’s many friends know that he died on Friday, May 18th, while on a trip for work in Baltimore, Maryland. He was 55. He was, without a doubt, the gentlest and sweetest individual one could know, and he will be sorely missed by his family and by everyone who had the good fortune to know him.

 

 

Le Franc Tireur and Ritterkrieg

In an effort to bring LFT to your door and table in a more timely and inexpensive method than ever before, Le Franc Tireur and Ritterkrieg have collaborated to distribute throughout North America from right here in North Carolina.  Not only will this reduce shipping costs from Europe, allowing lower prices to you and your favorite ASL store, but this will also reduce shipping time and inventory woes.   More products, lower prices, quicker turn around.

What is Le Franc Tireur?

Le Franc Tireur, often shortened to LFT because of the difficulty in pronouncing that last word, is a French company, headed by Xavier Vitry which is responsible for some of the absolute best ASL Modules, scenario packs, periodicals, and accessories. Their scarcity and outrageous pricing on ebay once OOP will attest to the quality and collectability.

Periodicals:

Named Le Franc Tireur #1-13, each periodical contains scenarios and articles, usually based on a specific campaign.  There have been 13 of these printed but only LFT 13, dealing with the battles for the Crimea, is still in print.  There is also Kampgruppe Scheer Player’s Guide which is days away from being relaeased.

 

Scenario Packs:

The Scenario packs from LFT are called ‘From The Cellar 1-8’.  The new FTC 8 is still readily available but FTC 5, FTC 6, and FTC 7 are all but gone with only a handful left in inventory worldwide.

Deluxe Pack #1:

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With all new artwork that makes the terrain pop, this pack includes new deluxe maps and scenarios.

Modules:

(Thanks to Chris at Battleschool for the photo) LFT has produced 2 Historical modules, St.Nazaire: Operation Chariot and Kampfgruppe Sheer: The Shield of Cholm with maps, counters, historical notes, and designer’s notes.  I find it difficult to convey just how beautiful, well researched, and fun to play these modules are.  Both sold out quickly but we are expecting a tiny reprint of Kampfgruppe Scheer: The shield of Cholm.  Along with the player’s guide, this is our last chance to get our hands on this incredible module.

Accessories:

The ever popular and handy Rat Charts, now in their third version ( v. 2+).  There are less than 100 of these left in print.

 

New to Pre-Order from MMP

Hatten In Flames

we are taking orders now at pre-order price but please not that we will not be shipping before August, 2018

we are taking orders now but please note that we will not be shipping before August, 2018.

ASL Korea, The Forgotten War – What’s in the Box

Once again, I did the video sideways.  Sorry guys.

 

Reinforcements:

Product                                                         Manufacturer                        Expected

Dice Towers                                              Ritter Krieg                         <30 days

KG Scheer  Player’s Guide                LFT                                           <30 days

KG Scherer                                                LFT                                           <60 days

Hatten In Flames                                   MMP                                        <60 days

Red Factories                                          MMP                                         This Year

Starter Kits                                               MMP                                          This Year

Beyond Valor                                          MMP                                          Unknown

Armies of Oblivion                              MMP                                          Unknown

Rising Sun                                                 MMP                                          Unknown

 

 

 

ASL Woodworking:

A little project I have completed.  This is a variation of my ammo crate to store ASL maps.  This one contains a secret drawer for the Deluxe maps.

KG Sheer player’s Guide                    LFT                                           <30 days

#72- ASL Korean War now shipping to retailers – Armies of Oblivion pre-order – Updated Wacht Am Rhein from LCP

Forgotten War Korea

Luanne from MMP informed me that Korea will start shipping to retailers (that’s me) this coming week of the 5th of February. That means all of you extremely patient ASL’ers should hopefully be receiving them by the end of the week/beginning of next week.

 

Armies of Oblivion pre-order

ARMIES OF OBLIVION adds the Axis Minors order of battle to the ADVANCED SQUAD LEADER game system. (Note that for this reprint, a preorder number has been assigned, but we expect to print the module as soon as all components are ready, regardless of whether or not that number has been reached.)

Counters note: We are not including in this reprint the German, Russian, British, and Italian counters that we printed in the original ARMIES OF OBLIVION. We printed the corrected counters for prior modules in BEYOND VALOR 3rd Edition and in FOR KING AND COUNTRY, or will include them in the reprint of HOLLOW LEGIONS. The counters for the German Sturmtiger and SdKfz 10/5 came with prior historical modules, and we printed them in HAKKAA PÄÄLLE!, along with all the new Russian (mostly lend-lease) counters. Instead, we are using that space to print new First Fire counters for optional use that indicate which specific weapon(s) have fired, e.g., First Fire-Inherent, First Fire-MG, First Fire-MA, etc. We hope players will find these useful.

Contents:
• one box and lid
• four 8″ x 22″ geomorphic map boards (48-51)
• overlays Hi8-Hi12, Rv1, Wd12, Wd34
• six countersheets
• Axis Minor Chapter H (pages H143-H172)
• errata pages A51-A62; D21-D26; S27-S34 (Note that pages A51-A62 and D23-D26 were updated in HAKKAA PÄÄLLE!; these updated pages are included here)
• two SASL Axis Minor (Generation and Random Event) cards
• 32 currently out-of-print ASL scenarios, updated and rebalanced as needed, and including:

from PARTISAN!:

27 The Liberation of Tulle
28 Ambush!
29 The Globus Raid
30 Sylvan Death
31 The Old Town
32 Subterranean Quarry
33 The Cossacks Are Coming
34 A New Kind of Foe

from the original printing of ARMIES OF OBLIVION:

111 Balkan Sideshow
112 Out of Cowardice
113 Liberating Bessarabia
114 Cautious Crusaders
115 Huns of Steel
116 The Sixth Blow
117 With Tigers on their Tail
118 Downsizing the Uprising
119 Ancient Feud
120 Return to Sender
121 End Station Budapest

from ASL ANNUALS, ASL JOURNALS, and ACTION PACKS:

A26 Beachhead at Ozereyka Bay
A62 Paole Zion
A81 They Fired on Odessa
J48 Blood Enemies
J83 Bloody Nose
122 Extracurricular Activity
J107 Operation Schwarz
J108 Danica Air
J109 Break for Hungary
J112 Prelude to Dying
J129 Mountain Hunters
AP45 Reaping Rewards
AP49 Retrained and Rearmed

Wacht Am Rhein, second edition – Volume 1

George at LCP has released an updated Wacht Am Rhein.  This version has counters too.

 

 

Winter Offensive 2018 #9

 

Did someone say Deluxe?  This year’s W.O. is all Deluxe, featuring 5 new scenarios and 4 new map boards designed in the exact style of the original modules Streets of Fire and Hedgerow Hell.  Pricing disclosure: This pack is sold with all profits going to charity so the pricing structure is exactly at my cost including shipping, Paypal fees and packaging (MMP does not offer a wholesale discount to retailers on the W.O. packs) .

 

Friends in the ASL community

Lest we forget that the best part of this great hobby is the wonderful friends we make who share our passions with us.  I am so sad to say that two among us have left this world in January and will be sorely missed.  Goodbye to Seth Owen and Bartow Riggs.  Our community is that much less without you.  Give our regards to all the war heroes that you meet in the next life.

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Go Fund Me for the Argent family: Perry Cocke has starter a go-fund me to help with the medical bills for the Argent family.   Please follow the link to help out

https://www.gofundme.com/supporting-the-argent-family

 

 

On a happier note… My good friend Nader ElFarra, a pillar of the ASL community, surprised me with this awesome coaster in the mail today.  Thank you for your generosity and friendship.

 

 

Armies Of Oblivion – Pre-order

#71 ASL Korean War – Obj: Schmidt – Dice storage – Where the Iron Crosses Grow tournament date

MMP has begun shipping ASL Korean War and by all accounts it is another fine gem in the ASL catalog.  If you missed the special pre-order price from MMP, you can still order it her for that price for  another few days.  As soon as MMP finishes shipping their pre-orders, we should be receiving and shipping your orders to you (Probably 2-3 weeks).

 

Objective: Schmidt

The first copies of Objective Schmidt from BFP are finally arriving and should be shipping out to you no later than Tuesday.  Thank you all so much for your patience.  You can still order a copy of Obj: Schmidt here for the pre-order price of $88 shipping included.

Dice Case

Exclusively from Ritterkrieg, we are offering this hard case, foam lined storage container for your Battledice.  What better way to protect, organize, and show off your collection of precision ASL dice.  The case can store up to 92 dice (50 x 16mm, 36 x 14mm, & 6 x12.5mm).

 

 

 

 

Actual film footage from our tournament last year.

‘Where the Iron Crosses Grow’ Team Tournament

The 4th Annual ‘Where the Iron Crosses Grow’ ASL Team Tournament will be held March 23th – 25th 1st, 2018.  World renowned as being the best and oldest ASL Team Tournament in the entire Kernersville, NC Area.

Spirit Of The Event:  This event is held for fun.  If you are the type of player that never looks up from the table to make eye contact with your opponent, doesn’t make small talk or tell stories, will only play scenarios that you have mastered, or get’s offended by jokes about Ken’s mom, then you might not have a good time being here and we probably won’t have a good time having you here.  Sorry to be so blunt but we take our lack of seriousness very seriously.

Format:  Team Tournament. Each team is made up of 1 Veteran, 1 intermediate, and 1 Novice player.  Each player plays round-robin games against the other players in their class gaining points for their team.

Location: 918 Maxine St. Kernersville, NC. 27284.

When: Friday March 23rd–Sunday March 25th, 2018 (open play begins Friday but the tournament begins Saturday)

Cost: Free (but bring money to pitch in for Pizza)

Accomodations: Ray Woloszyn and I may both have room for travelers to stay with us at our homes (Ray lives in the neighborhood next to mine) unless you are really creepy.

Scenario list: None.  Play something that you would like to play not what I would like you to play.  All scenarios choices are upon mutual agreement of the players.

Prizes: Too many to mention.  Plus some participation awards so everyone feels like a  winner.

Limited Space and Availability:  There are only 16 spots total for this event so register early.

Players confirmed

Contact information:

Derek Ritter 336-462-4035 or E-mail

#70 Objective: Schmidt (pre-order) – Black Friday Coupon – Free Stuff!!!

BFP’s Objective: Schmidt

BFP just announced that they are 4-6 weeks from shipping this pack so we are taking orders now so we can get these out to you on the day they come in.

 

Black Friday Coupon:

10% off most items in stock, minimum purchase of $100 (no pre-orders). Expires 11/26/2017. Enter coupon code ‘turkey 2017’. Don’t forget to add your free product (see below) to your cart as well.

End of year special:

Spend $100 and chose one of the following items for free!

#69 – New Lone Canuck Publishing – New Friendly Fire – New T-shirt of the Month

Anzio – New LCP Scenario Pack –

Estimated shipping date: November 16th

This 7 scenario pack comes with 140 counters representing the Herman Goering Panzer Division and the FSSF.  All this for only $16 shipping included!  Don’t forget to add the new St. Lo campaign game from LCP with this order if you don’t already have it.

Friendly Fire 11 – Eight Scenarios

Estimated shipping date: November 16th

we are waiting on shipment of the brand new Friendly Fire.  You can order it now to ensure that it ships out the day it arrives here (Hopefully next week).  We are also running a special on the entire Friendly Fire Collection of 11 scenario packs.

FrF85 Junkers Junkyard

FrF85

Ypenburg Airfield, Netherlands, May 10, 1940: The Germans had an ambitious plan: to knock The Nether-lands out of the war in a single day. Airborne troops would first capture three airfields near The Hague, then the Dutch cabinet and the queen. Ypenburg airfield was defended by two grenadier companies, about two dussin AA guns and six Landsverk armored cars. An early-morning bombing attack and Fallschirmjäger both failed to neutralize the AA defenses, and the slow Junkers carrying the airlanded main force met a devastating fire as they came in for their approach.

Designer: Mattias Rönnblom

FrF86 Belgian Tigers

FrF86

Kapelle op den Bos, Belgium, May 17, 1940: In 1935, the Belgian government agreed to purchase 25 French-built AMC 35 tanks, armed with a 47 mm gun and a Hotchkiss MG. Over the next years, for economic and political reasons, the order was reduced to only 10 vehicles. When Hitler’s army invaded Belgium on 10 May 1940, the AMC 35s were the best armored vehicles in the Belgian arsenal. By 16 May, German forces had broken through Belgian lines along the entire front and two of these tanks were about to charge into battle for the first time.

Designers:

  • Peter Struijf
  • Chris Mazzei

FrF87 Mormal Forest

FrF87

Northwest of Locquignol, France, May 20, 1940: The battle of France raged on. The 4. Panzer-Division was tasked to seize Aulnoye-Maroilles line and continue to secure the northwest edge of the Mormal forest. The division’s reconnaissance battalion passed through the forest near Locquignol without enemy interference. Two hours later, the reinforced Schützen-Regiment 12 followed in its tracks. By then the road was closed by competent hands of French colonial troops supported by Renault R35 tanks of the 39e bataillon de chars de combat.

Designer: Mattias Rönnblom

FrF88 Panzer Shield

FrF88

Ryschkowka, Belarus, July 13, 1941: On 12 July, Guderian’s Panzergruppe 2 had two bridgeheads across the Dnepr; one east of Kopys and Shklov and the Bykhov bridgehead south of Mogilev. Mogilev’s defenses had been under construction since late June, and were by now deep and extensive, with minefields, anti-tank ditches, trenches and log bunkers — all in an reminiscent of World War I. XXIV. Armeekorps was to attack out of the bridgehead to the north, and destroy the enemy southeast of Mogilev and open the Dnepr crossing, but its 4. Panzer-Division was quickly forced on the defensive.

Designer: Mattias Rönnblom

FrF89 Red Tears Shed on Gray

FrF89

Karpova, Ukraine, August 18, 1941: Under German-backed dictator Antonescu, Rumania joined its Nazi ally in the fateful Operation Barba-rossa. After two months of defeats, the Soviet Army in the Ukraine was reeling. Second line units, factory militia and ageing equipment were thrown into the path of the Axis invaders. On 17 August, the Rumanian 11th Infantry Division approached the town of Karpova, a key railway junction 30 km northwest of Odessa. The factories and warehouses near the railway station were defended by a ragtag company of Soviet units.

Designers:

  • Peter Struijf
  • Chris Mazzei

FrF90 Speed is the Essence of War

FrF90

Slim River, Malaya, January 7, 1942: The British were in full retreat from northern Malaya. Two battered Indian brigades were arranged in depth back through Trolak to the Slim River bridge. In the early morning hours of 7 January, a Japanese tank company accompanied by truck-borne infantry charged down the road. The Japanese tanks quickly overran the bulk of the 12th Brigade, and next up for lighting-fast defeat was the 28th Brigade. Because of very poor British communications, the brigade were unaware of the impending threat, and the Japanese caught them on the move.

Designer: Mattias Rönnblom

FrF91 Moonlight Drive

FrF91

North of Yigo, Guam, August 8, 1944: Although the Japanese had been blasted out of Yigo, they had enough strength remaining to trouble the US 77th Infantry Division. Encouraged by a recent armored night raid, which had wreaked havoc in the lines of the 305th Infantry Regiment, the Japanese decided to put the 306th to the same test. Late in the evening, several enemy infantry patrols felt out the American positions. At 02:00 tanks were heard approaching from the north. The Americans readied bazookas and flame-throwers, the only anti-tank weapons available in the moonlit night.

Designers:

  • Peter Struijf
  • Chris Mazzei

FrF92 Arms Race

FrF92

Lonnecker bridge, Twente Canal, Netherlands, April 1, 1945: The British Guards Armoured Division were ordered to break through the German lines and reach Hamburg via Bremen. In other sectors, the Germans were in full rout, but ahead of the British tankers was the experienced and battered, but still cohesive, 7. Fallschirmjäger-Division. A step on the way was the Lonneker bridge between the Dutch towns of Hengelo and Enschede, and the rocket-equipped Shermans of the 2. Squadron, 1st Battalion set to capture it in a surprise attack.

 

Hidden Gems:

I just realized that I have had these FTC packs (FTC 5,6, and 7) in stock for over a year and never posted them to the web site for sale. These scenario packs are on sale and in stock now:

Also, remember to order the brand new From The Cellar 8 which should be arriving this month.  Order all 4 and get a free T-shirt (click on t-shirt and select your size (scroll down to the free t-shirts, the photo will not match but do not worry, you will get this uber cool red Tiger shirt)).

 

#68 – New From Le Franc Tireur: From The Cellar 8. – New LCP Module

Xavier and the gang from LFT have released the newest installment of From the Cellar.  It is on the way to us and will ship to you the moment it arrives (hopefully the second week of November).  Click on the image below to order your discounted copy with free shipping.

From the Cellar pack 8

Estimated shipping date: November 23rd

More than a scenario pack, this new product is something between our FTC packs and our regular LFT magazine. Its release is scheduled for mid November and it should start shipping as early as Nov 15th. It will contain 56 pages and 15 scenarios.

The subject ? Well, the cover says it all !

This product contains both a 56 pages magazine and 15 scenarios. The magazine itself contains historical and technical articles on subjects you never dared (or even imagined ?) asking.

What will be a FTC without scenarios ? The 15 scenarios are the products of a variety of designers, from France (of course !), but also from Canada, Germany and even Corsica !

The scenario mix depicts mostly Free French units, alone or with allies but not only. Four of the scenarios can be linked in a mini-campaign :

FT209 Euphrates Clash vs. 5 turns

MAYADINE, SYRIA, 29 September 1941 : After the conquest of French Levant by the Allied, the garrison of the region was mostly done by Free French units. The Bataillon de Marche n°2, part of the 1ère Division Française Libre, was given garrison duty in the eastern part of Syria. On 29 september, a light supply column was attacked by a thousand (according to French sources) Bedouins at the village entry. The 5th company of the Bataillon de Marche n°2 in a defensive position in the military police building reacted swiftly to help their comrades.

FT210 The Longest Week vs. 5 turns

MOUNT SAN BASILIO, SICILY 5 August 1943 : A dramatic week of battles starting 31 July characterized the fierce inland fighting in Sicily during Operation Husky. The American Seventh Army’s First Division and two Canadian regiments fought off two dozens of counterattacks against mixed Axis Forces supported by artillery shelling enemy positions in the rocky hillsides. The battle focused mainly around the numerous hills and mountains surrounding Troina which the Germans had heavily fortified and used as bases for direct and indirect fire. By 5 August, German infantry counter-attacked again, starting another round of furious fighting to dislodge Americans from the hills and save Troina for another day.

FT211 9è company sacrifice vs. 7 turns

HILL 470, NEAR COLLE BELVEDERE, ITALY, 26 January 1944 : The French 3 ème Division d’Infanterie Algérienne was tasked to attack the German forces near Cassino to divert German troops from the main thrust. This diversion was to take place on bare and steep hills north of Cassino known as “Colle Belvedere”. The mission already very dangerous would have been transformed in a suicide attack if the flanking fires from hill 470 on the east side of the attack were not silenced. The 9ème Compagnie, 4ème Régiment de Tirailleurs Tunisiens, had to take this bare hill and hold it at all costs to allow the whole attack to succeed.

FT212 For Hitler, for Allah vs. 5.5 turns

AREA OF SEKOVICI, BOSNIA, 1 May 1944 : In 1943 Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler gave orders to establish a new waffen-SS division, consisting of Muslim Bosniaks. This new division should relieve Wehrmacht units in Yugoslavia for further deployment on the eastern front. The Division saw engagements in smaller anti-partisan operations and at the end of april 1944 the first larger operation took place, the goal of “Operation Maibaum” was the destruction of the III. Bosnian Partisan-Korps, consisting of three divisions which were located in the area of the river Drina. In course of “Operation Maibaum”, parts of the I.SS- Freiwillige-Gebirgs-Regiment 28 were trapped in the village of Sekovici. To save them from total annihilation, the II.Bataillon of the regiment attacked the partisans in the hillside around the village.

FT213 Up the Liri Valley vs. 5 turns

LIRI VALLEY, ITALY, 17 May 1944 : During Operation Diadem, the 1st “Free French” Division was given the task to shield the right flank of the French Mountain Corps which was to lead the main attack into the difficult Aurunci Mountains. On 17th May, the French were progressing quickly along the Liri River valley thanks to the retreat of the German troops after the breakthrough around Monte Petrella. Around noon, the leading elements of the BM11 (March Battalion 11), abandoned by the accompanying tanks that were stopped sooner by mines, were stopped by MG fire coming from fortified houses on both sides of the road.

FT214 A grain of Sand vs. 5.5 turns

LES SABLONS, FRANCE, 10 August 1944 : Just after the fights for Mézière-sous-Ballon started the Normandy campaign for the French 2ème Division Blindée. Within the US 15 th Army Corps, it was part of the southern part of the move to encircle the Germans in the Falaise cauldron. The 10 th of August 1944, the first elements of Groupe Minjonnet met a strong and well concealed German force from the just arrived 9.Panzer-Division in the woods and bocage near Les Sablons farm just before arriving in Mézière-sous-Ballon that will be the first French city liberated by the 2ème DB.

FT215 Ghostly Attack vs. 5 turns

LUNEVILLE, FRANCE, 15 September 1944 : In an effort to take Nancy, the US Army decided to encircled the town and a large movement was directed to cut it from the rest of the German Army. Lunéville was a medium sized town on the route of movement to complete the encirclement. The 2nd Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron (known as “Patton’s Ghosts”) reached Lunéville on 15 September and Platoons n°1 and 2 of C Troop, 42nd Mechanized Reconnaissance Cavalry Battalion were sent, with great optimism, to take the city by a ‘coup de main’.

FT216 Back in Force vs. 6.5 turns

LUNEVILLE, FRANCE, 16 September 1944 : After its first attempt to take by surprise the town failed, the 2nd Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron tried again the next day but this time with the help from the CCR of the 4 th Armored Division attacking from the northwest. The town was held by the remnants of the 15.Panzergrenadier-Division, with only 3,500 men at this time. In fact, the 4th Armored Division alone outnumbered the whole 1st and 5th Panzer Armies in all departments !

FT217 Cavalry Delaying Action vs. 6.5 turns

LUNEVILLE, FRANCE, 18 September 1944 : Based on the reports of prisoners captured on 17 September, 2nd cavalry Group commander, Colonel Charles Reed, became convinced that the Germans were preparing to launch a major counterattack and requested tank destroyer assistance. His request was denied by the XII Corps. On the 18th, the 42nd Cavalry Reconnaissance forces screening the eastern approaches of Luneville announced the arrival of the Panzer-Brigade.111 looking to retake the city. The 42nd would have to buy time to allow the retreat of rest of the 2nd Cavalry Group and the intervention of US heavy tanks.

FT218 Taking Luneville vs. 8 turns

LUNEVILLE, FRANCE, 18 September 1944 : Slowed by the sacrifice of the 42nd Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Group near Moncel, thePanzer-Brigade.111 reached Lunéville late in the morning of the 18 th . The town was already under attack from the remnants of the Panzergrenadier-Regiment.15 that had managed to retake part of the town on the 17th . Time was on the side of the Allies with tanks reinforcements coming in at maximum speed. The final part of the first battle of Lunéville was about to begin with a major tank clash.

FT219 Koniev’s Finest vs. 4.5 turns

NORTH OF CHMIELNIK, POLAND, 12 JANUARY 45 : Russian army had been bordering the Vistula on its length, holding three bridgeheads on the German side. On the 12th of January, Marshal Koniev unleashed his first Ukrainian front and cleared the German lines of defense. At mid-day, the first and second lines were breached and Koniev had seized his main axis of penetration. He immediately ordered the introduction of his tank units to exploit the gap in German lines. The Germans tried a desperate action and immediately counterattacked the lead Soviet units.

FT220 Alsatian Verdun vs. 9.5 turns

JEBSHEIM, FRANCE, 26 January 1945 : As part of the Colmar pocket, one of the strongest part of the German line was located in the Alsatian village of Jebsheim. The night of the 26th, the 254th Infantry Regiment was ordered to take the village. That night was one of the coldest during that winter with temperature down to –20° C. The night attack had to be cancelled because the troops, which had to cross a frigid stream to reach the village, were freezing and the weapons refused to work. A new attack began at dawn. It will be a difficult day for the 254th and its supporting tanks.

FT221 Independance Day vs. 5.5 turns

DIDONNE, FRANCE, 15 April 1945 : From summer 1944, the Royan area has become one of the fortified pockets of the Atlantic coast, locking the access to the Gironde River as well as to the harbour of Bordeaux. The codename for its conquest would be « operation Independence ». Several units took part in the Operation, such as the 2è Division Blindée, the 13è Régiment de Dragons equipped with French tanks of 1940 or the Bataillon de Marche n°2 manned with soldiers of current Centroafrica. Nevertheless, the defenders were determined to fight and their fortifications looked formidable.

FT222 Hetzer Butcher vs. 7 turns

KÖNIGSBACH, GERMANY, 6 April 1945 : Created in 1943 in North Africa, the “5eme division blindée” landed in France in September 1944 and took part in the Vosges/Colmar salient campaigns and in the invasion of Southern Germany. On the road to Stuttgart, late on April 5th, elements of the french Division took half of the German town of Konigsbach. Early in the morning of the following day, the Germans counterattacked with Volksgrenadiers, SS elements and a Panzer support of 15 Hetzers. The German attack supported by artillery directed from the steep hills dominating the town quickly overhelmed several French positions.

FT223 Kings of Bollersdorf vs. 6.5 turns

BOLLERSDORF, GERMANY, April 19 th 1945 : On the morning of April 19th , during the battle for the Seelow Heights with Berlin as the final objective, the Russians had placed their heaviest armor forward to conduct the expected breakthrough with the 12th Guards Tank Corps, as per their doctrine. Their lead elements, advancing without any proper reconnaissance and infantry support, drove right into several Königstigers of the SS Pz. Abt. 503, that recently arrived from Nordland’s SS Pz. Abt. 11 Hermann von Salza. Forming up outside Bollersdorff were more than one hundred T-34/85 ready to roll through the gap the IS-2 would have opened up in the German lines.

Sample counters you will find on our scenario cards

Post-scriptum

Please be aware that there will be no counters in the pack, the counters on this page are rendition of our new counter artwork as seen on the scenario cards, just for the pleasure of the eyes. 🙂

Rumor Mill:

John Dober is planning on hosting an ASL tournament in Gettysburg, PA.  sometime in the new year.  Please look him up on Facebook if interested in attending.

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