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#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.

Low Inventory Warning:

Hakkaa Paalle

ASLSK Decision at Elst

Around the ASL World

New Episode from the Two Half Squads

#67 Action Pack 13 – ASLOK XXXII

Action Pack XIII

ASL Action Pack #13: ASL Oktoberfest XXXII

The ASLOK XXXII pack builds on the success of the ASL Oktoberfest XXX pack, and highlights the design and playtesting talents of Ohio’s finest. Guided by veteran playtesters and tournament directors Bret Hildebran and Bill Hayward, the expert scenario designers Bill Sisler and Pete Shelling bring us eleven scenarios ranging from 1939 Poland to 1945 Hungary, with stops in Ukraine, Russia, New Guinea, Burma, Italy, France, and Belgium along the way. Place names like Vistula, Balta, Luga, Bougainville, Myitkyina, Elba, Caen, Falaise, and Bastogne will all ring a bell. These scenarios will stretch your tactical knowledge and skills, with many different situations (although no night actions—so sad). Some are infantry only, one is armor only (almost), but most feature combined arms. Assault engineers with all their toys are featured, and the King of Battle makes its appearance in the form of offboard artillery in several scenarios. Along with the “typical” Russian, German, and American battles, these scenarios also involve Poles (both 1939 and 1944 versions), British, Japanese, Chinese, the Free French, and the SS (of all different squad types).

The two new boards bring added flexibility to the system and are integral to most of the scenarios. Board 78 is a true wilderness board (no buildings) featuring a brush-covered ridge along its length. Board 79 provides a new river, three to five hexes wide, with a village strung out along both banks. Both highlight the steady skills of Charlie Kibler and are sure to see wide use in future scenario design. With great boards and great scenarios, Action Pack #13 is sure to be a big hit.

Action Pack #13: ASL Oktoberfest XXXII contains:
• two 8˝ × 22˝ geomorphic mapboards (78, 79)
• eleven ASL scenarios:
• AP121 Along the Vistula – 6½ turns, 15 September 1939, Warsaw, Poland
• AP122 Mechanized Sacrifice – 6½ turns, 24 June 1941, Lutsk, Ukraine
• AP123 Busting in Balta – 6 turns, 3 August 1941, Balta, Ukraine
• AP124 Lunch in Luga – 8 turns, 24 August 1941, Luga, Russia
• AP125 Ambush on South Knob – 6 turns, 10 March 1944, Bougainville, New Guinea
• AP126 Maryuma’s Stronghold – 7½ turns, 18 May 1944, Myitkyina, Burma
• AP127 The First Virtue – 6½ turns, 17 June 1944, Elba, Italy
• AP128 Flight of Fancy – 6½ turns, 8 July 1944, Herouville, France
• AP129 A Polish Battlefield – 7½ turns, 20 August 1944, Hill 262, France
• AP130 Mageret Morning – 7 turns, 8 January 1945, Mageret, Belgium
• AP131 Crickets in Spring – 7 turns, 7 March 1945, Aranyos-Puszta, Hungary

BattleSchool releases Fire For Effect OBA draw tokens:

I only have one of these sets in stock and Chris is sold out so no backorders will be taken.

 

 

Tank Hunter Hero Battledice In Stock

16mm T-H DC Hero ATMM Die Poster cropped

KWASL Box Art photo released by Chas:

Remember that we offer the same pre-order price as MMP and we throw in free shipping.  Click on the photo to pre-order.

 

My experience and photos from ASLOK XXXII

I always try to arrive a day or two before the actual tourney starts.  It allows me to get my usual table in the small room and get a few informal games in with the Europeans who make the most of their airfare by showing up early.

My first game was against Hennie from Holland.  We played ‘Ambush on South Knob’ from the new Action Pack.  I had the honor of trying to pry some GI’s out of a bunker on the top of a jungle hill.  As so many PTO scenarios end, one bad CC roll finished off my hopes for the V.  As fate would have it, I would get my chance for revenge in the Desert Mini.

 

My second game was as the Russian player against Chris Brackney.  We played AP131 Cricket in Spring.  My three Russian guns did enough damage to turn the tide against the German attackers.  Nice to finally meet and play Chris.

 

My third game was against Chris Mazzei from Germany.  I played as the German attackers against his defending French in FrF87 Mormal Forest.  Everything went to hell in the first two turns as I gambled with a mad rush with loaded halftracks trying to get behind his lines early and force him into a counterattack.  His tanks and hidden AT GUN made quick work of my AFV’s and their riders.  Almost conceding after turn 2,  I decided to hang in for one more turn to see how my infantry push fared in CC.  Well, one lucky CC after another finally overwhelmed the French and their personal moral and I pulled off an unlikely win without any ht’s. On a side note, neither one of my guns got off a single shot as my initial placement was quite horrible and the ART too heavy to move.

 

Game 4 was against my good friend and fellow Canadian Jeff Wasserman.  Every year I try to make a point of playing Jeff, Andy, and Wei who travel in together from the Toronto area.  We played yet another one from the new Action Pack; Mechanized Sacrifice.  In this almost all armor battle, billions of radioless AFV’s swarm over a raised road into German armored cars and halftracks trying desperately to get off the board.  The Germans get some PzIII’s as reinforcements (have I mentioned that PzIII’s are my favorite thing in the whole world?).  Although in this one too, I thought I had lost early, I was able to, with the help of some great ROF, stop the Russians from getting sufficient numbers off.

 

Game 5 was against Gary Batlett from Florida.  Although I have been friends with Gary for some years now, this was our first time ever playing each other,  Unfortunately, I don’t know what happened to the AAR or photos.  I can say that we had a great time and I look forward to seeing him again soon.

 

Intermission:  Tuesday night we partook in the second annual Game of Thrones the board game event.  I was able to win the game and lose a bunch of friends in the process as we backstabbed and lied to each other as is necessary to stand a chance at victory.  I look forward to betraying and being betrayed again next year.

The Mini’s

I didn’t sign up for any of the mini tournaments prior to attending so I was put in Desert Mini as Brett needed one more player to make it an even eight.  I had only played two or three desert games prior to this so I wasn’t expecting much of a showing on my part.  My first game was against Hennie in ‘First Clash In Tunisia’  for the chance at evening  the score.  He was gracious enough to allow me to play as the Germans which I dearly wanted as they had PzIII’s (once again, my favorite).  Soon we found that the German force of 8-3-8’s, flame throwers, and a 10-2 leader were the unstoppable force and the British were lacking the immovable object to balance this one out.  The ROAR has the British with the advantage but honestly I don’t see how.  Hennie played a great game and had a solid set-up but the withering fire from the Afrika Korps was too much for the Tommies to withstand. On to round 2.

 

 

 

 

Next up was against defending Desert champion Andy Beaton in ‘Two Pounds in Return’.  This scenario featured tiny British vehicles scooting past captured British trucks armed with 2 pounders.  The German ROF of 3 did just enough damage to carry me through to the finals.

 

The Finals were against the Desert Black Belt Doug Sheppard.  Doug was actually the first player who showed me the desert ropes at ASLOK a few years ago.  We played J186 ‘Castles on the Horizon’.  I once again got to play with Pz.III’s so I was as happy as can be.  Blessed by so crucial breakdowns of Doug’s mortar and machine guns, I was able to overwhelm the last Hillock summit in take for the upset.  A great game agains a fun and worthy opponent.  I know it will be a while before I repeat my good fortune against him.

Rumor Mill:

According to confidential sources inside the ASL White House, SK2 and SK3 are next on the list for reprint.

Miscellaneous:

Please forgetting to add your free t-shirts to your orders over $150.  They are free!!! Free shirt, free shipping, free non-re-usable yellow padded envelope, free visit from the mail man, free explanation to the wife of where your new threads came from.  It’s free and you earned it!

#66 – New Battle Dice, Festung Budapest OOP, ASLSK Expansion Pack OOS, Free T-shirts

ASLOK is only 3 weeks away.  I can’t wait to see all my friends including Nadir who is coming in from California. Hopefully we will get a game in and maybe even take a break from ASL and try out Operation Mercury.  I will be bringing Game of Thrones Board Game again, mostly to ruin Andy Beaton’s Saturday night once more.   I will be bringing lots of goodies at discounted prices.  I hope to see all of you there!

Battle Dice:

New from Chris are the British God Save The King (16mm) and Belgium (16mm).  Don’t forget the recently released Hungarian and  Romanian dice sets as well.

Festung Budapest:

Luanne just informed me that MMP has officially sold out of Festung Budapest.  The last printing was a partial print to make use of all the extras that were left over from the first run.  We do have a few copies left in stock in case you still haven’t gotten yours.  This is probably your last chance to ever get your hands on this gem before it hits Extortion-Bay at $400  again.

 

ASL Starter Kit Expansion Pack #1:

The very popular expansion pack #1 is out of stock again both with us and at MMP.  Hopefully they will reprint it again soon.

 

Free T-Shirt

This is just a reminder that you get a free t-shirt with any order over $150 (pre-orders excluded).  The purpose of this giveaway is to encourage you to combine several smaller orders into one bigger order thus saving me shipping costs.  In return, you get a wonderful t-shirt that will drive the ladies mad with desire.  To get a free t-shirt, click on this link and scroll to the bottom of the page and chose your size.

Ammo box Map Cases

I hope to have a couple of ammo boxes with me for sale at ASLOK for $140.

 

 

 

 

 

 

#65 Rat Charts – Battle for St. Lo.

Rat Charts  v.2+ (new charts and errata)by Le Franc Tireur

The OOP Rat Charts are on their way to us and will be sent to you with free shipping the day they arrive.  The price is at the ever low $32 Shipping included.

 

The Drive For St. Lo:

one Canuck Publishing just announced the release of Battle for the Hedgerows: The Drive for St. Lo. This is a complete campaign game map, CG rules, and 5 scenarios for a low  price of just $27.00 There are few ASL comp products that offer as much value as LCP’s CG’s.

New Posts from Hong Kong Wargamer:

BFP14 Opening Phase (Running AAR)

Angkorfest 2017 The Book of Five Kings

 

 

Tournament Info:

ASLOK October 1st-8th, 2017

Winter Offensive January 12th-15th, 2018

Where the Iron Crosses Grow (Late March, 2018)

 

Low Inventory Warning:

Kampfgruppe Scherer:

(1 copy left, as far as I know, these are OOP from LFT).  Box has some damage in shipment from Cambodia to us.

Movie Review:*

Dunkirk – 1 Star

First let me start by saying that I was expecting very little after seeing the trailer but then was expecting a lot after seeing the great reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.  Boy was I disappointed.

Although the footage of the Spits were quite beautiful, after watching the air to air combat scenes which felt more like a training video for a flight simulator game app for my iphone, I realized even I could have been a fighter ace if the German pilots were this stupid and without skill. The films character development was non-existent. I knew as much about the characters in the first five minutes as I did when I was (happily) exiting the theatre.  One good thing was there was no love story.  For that, they would have needed some dialogue.  At one point, one of the soldiers threatened to shoot one of his one men for not talking enough (no joke).    The beach scenes went from crowds of  10,000 soldiers to 5 soldiers and then back again.  And then there was the ‘hero’ of Dunkirk. Singlehandedly,  this young boy got on a boat, hit his head, died, and ,,, well that’s it.  Next he is in his local paper as the hero of Dunkirk.  WTF?  am I missing something?  I must have gone to get a refill on my $11 bag of popcorn when he beat back a great white shark attack with his Swiss Army knife.  I saw a total of one colonial French soldier which may not seem like a lot until you realize that he alone could have defended against the two German soldiers that made a 4 second appearance at the very end of the movie.   The director made it clear that 400,000 allied soldiers were running from 2 German soldiers with Mausers, 2 Heinkel 111’s, 5 Stukas, 4 Me-109’s, and a torpedo.

*I am not a student of the arts, I am a mechanic, so please consider that I don’t really know what I am talking about.

 

 

#64 Blood and Jungle, Crucible of Steel, RAACO, Starter Kit Bonus Pack #1 – ALL IN STOCK!!!

Blood and Jungle

 

 

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Bounding Fire Production’s Magnus Opus of the PTO featuring 47 scenarios, 4 countersheets, 3 maboards and so much more.

 

 

 

Crucible of Steel

Crucible of Steel v2The Greatest tank and aircraft battle in the history of mankind is represented in this giant pack.   32 scenarios depicting combined arms actions across the wheat fields and towns leading the path to hell that was Kursk.  This monster pack includes

-32 Scenarios,  9 mapboards,          2 countersheets,  Rules, players guide, and vehicle notes.

 

Crucible of Steel ‘What’s in the box’ video

RAACO Storage System:

We are happy to announce that our shipment from Denmark has finally arrived safe and sound.  The premiere choice is counter storage is now available through our website.

One Handybox = Storage Box and 4 Assorter Boxes

 

 

 

One Assorter Box = 16 Trays

 

 

 

Raaco A75 (115759) insertRaaco A78 (115766) insert

 

One Tray = from one to eight separate cooartments

This allows you to have up to 512 separate locations per Handybox to store your counters.

I have all of my official and TPP ASL counters easily stored in 4 Handyboxes.  but I have my counters micro-sorted.  It is possible to fit your counters in 2 Handyboxes with ease.  I used my Brother Label Maker to label all of the compartments so I can easily find the counter I am looking for.  Because the trays come out on the Assorter box, I can lay the ones I need beside the game board without a lot of clutter or constantly pulling out a big Plano box to get the commonly used counters.

   Starter Kit Bonus Pack #1

A small pack containing one board (P) and 4 scenarios.

New Podcast from the 2 Half Squads:

#63 Last Chance to pre-order Crucible of Steel and Blood and Jungle

Bounding Fire Productions

I just heard from Sam Tyson of Bounding Fire Productions and Crucible of Steel and Blood and Jungle should be shipping this week.  Unfortunately, they will come off of the special pre-order price as soon as they arrive here as my pre-order quantity will be locked in.  So this is your last chance to get big savings.

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Lone Canuck Publishing

There was a mistake in communication and we have still not received the new scenario pack from our friends in Canada but George assures me that it is in transit and should be here any moment.  My sincerest apologies to those of you that have already purchased it from me and are patiently waiting for it to arrive.

CASLO Pack Advert 2

 

March Madness 2017

MM2017

Often I have looked around the convention room and thought quietly to myself, these are possibly the most refined minds in the art of strategy and tactics on the planet.  I wonder what would happen if these masters of cardboard were put to the test in the real world of combat.  Barking orders and studying maps.  Well MM2017 pack has a what if scenario with it’s own map depicting an attack on an ASL convention center by elite SS squads.  The defenders of the hotel consist of Partisans and a whole lot of dummies.  I can’t wait to play this one. It would be neat to see a scenario with matching maps from all the  major tournaments.

 

#62 New Battle Dice – Heat of Battle Back in Stock – New LCP Pack – New March Madness Scenario Pack

New Battle Dice – We just received some great new dice from Chris and Helen in Canada including new Nationalities and a Tank Hunter Hero die.

USA –

Waffen SS Totenkopf –

Romania –

Hungary –

Tank Hunter Hero –

 

New From Lone Canuck Publishing – Valor at Casa Berardi

 

Heat of Battle Restock – Steve from HOB just sent me a large order to replenish my dwindling stock. Included are some near OOP packs that he was kind enough to send me his last copies.  The items marked in bold font are of the final few copies in existence.  Get yours before they are gone forever.

Berlin – Red Vengeance (B&W download counters from HOB)

Buckeyes

SS I & SS II – NQNG & Fuhrers Firemen

SS III – Neither Fear Nor Hope (Das Reich)

Firefights #2

Recon By Fire #3

Recon By Fire #4 (Updated countersheets)

Special Forces I

Special Forces II

Kreta (With updated map of Crete)

The Long March

Tropic Thunder

 

March Madness 2017

We just received limited copies of the new March Madness Pack.  The cost is only $15 shipping included but wait…

March Madness 2017 $15

Very Best of March Madness $20

 

 

 

The Bitter Ender 2017 Results

For the second year in a row, Phil Palmer took first place at the Bitter Ender ASL Tournament beating Ken Mioduski in an all-Maryland final.  Ed Fritz Jr., Mika Harviala, and Tom Kearney all won mini titles and Ed Fritz Sr. deservedly took home the Tim Brieaddy Sportsmanship Award.

2017_Bitter Ender Brackets 1v17_Live

 

 

#61 Bocage 101 video and Sale – Iron Crosses tourney AAR

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Some of my all time favorite experiences in ASL have been among the hedgerows of Normandy.  After all you have the Big Red One,  5 separate SS Panzer divisions, Panzer Lehr, US and British Airborne, 29th Infantry, etc.   Although a little intimidated at first, I found that the bocage rules are actually quite simple and when used to their full potential, they hold many tricks and advantages to both the attacker and the defender.  In this video I will try to cover some of the rules and nuances of bocage in order of phase that will help you breakout of the Norman countryside or push the invaders back into the sea.

 

Bocage sale items:

MMP – Yanks

BFP – Beyond the Beachhead 2

BFP – Operation Cobra

LCP – Purple Heart Draw (campaign game)

LCP – Battle for the Hedgerows

Here is a documentary I found

 

AAR for ‘Where the Iron Crosses Grow Team Tournament 2017’

The Somme, Stalingrad, Okinawa, Kernersville.  These place names bring fear to the bravest of warriors.   This year we had another 16 of the finest and nicest ASL players converge in the heart of the Triad NC to face off in four days of bloodshed and burning steel.

New to the group were Jeremy Busby, Mike Rickman and John Dober.  John has been a long time friend from ASLOK but this was my first time meeting Jeremy and Mike.  I cannot stress with more sincerity that all three were a perfect fit for the fun friendly spirit that this tourney tries to convey.  I look forward to seeing them again next year or sooner.

The teams were drafted by captains who were awarded the honor for no other reason than being the first to arrive.   Hayes Wauford got first pick followed by Kevin Conley, followed by myself.  We tried to pick players to our teams that we have regular opportunity to play so that we could play new people on the opposing teams.  Scoring is calculated with a +1 for a win and a -1 for a loss.  The team with the highest + is the champion.  The two players with the highest individual  + play in a championship game.  Team ‘Ken’s Mom’ took an early lead and never looked back holding on for the win with a +9.  John finished with a 4-0 record and I finished with a 5-0 record so we faced each other on Sunday for the individual championship game.  Here are the team names, players and final +/- standings.

Conscripts: -3.  Hayes Wauford (-2), Mike Rickman (-1), Mika Harvalla (0). Sandy O’Neil (0).

Col. Klink: -6. Kevin Conley (-1), Dave Stephens (-1), Ken Knott (-3), Jeremy Busby (-1).

Ken’s Mom: +9. Derek Ritter (+6), John Dober (+3), Tim Brieddy (+2), Ray Woloszyn (0), Jeff Jordan (-2).

Jeremy Busby, instant old friend.
John Dober with the elusive Panzer Aces #2 prize.
With Flame and Shell for the title.
Sunday Morning Breakfast (No, that’s not coffee in Mika’s cup).
Tim, Jeff, and Ken
Mike and Jeremy

#60 – ASL Tabletop for sale – New T-shirt for Kernersville Tourney – Battle Dice Back in Stock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The wood shop is up and running again after almost a year of down time.  The first item out is a variant of the PzVG with improvements including a lighter weight and slightly smaller footprint. The wood is solid African Padauk with charcoal or black micro suede surface.  There is space for 12 x Raaco A75/A78 trays so you can have  informationals handy while you play.  I am making 6 pieces total in this run.   Shipping to the ConUs is included in the price.

 

 

‘Where the Iron Crosses Grow’ team tournament is only a week away.  This year we will be doing Gold on Black t-shirts.  They will be available at the special price of $10 at the tournament or $15 to shipped to you (2X $18). Order by clicking on size.

Medium          Large         X-Large         2XL

Registered Players

  1. Tony Hutton
  2. Tim Brieaddy
  3. Walter McWIlliams
  4. Ray Woloszyn
  5. Ken Knott
  6. Jeff Jordan
  7. Peter Ortega
  8. Jeremy Busby
  9. Mika Harviala
  10. Mike Rickman
  11. Tim Deane
  12. Dave Stephens
  13. Hayes Wauford
  14. John Dober
  15. Kevin Conley
  16. Mike Johnston

 

Battledice Back In Stock (click on image for details and ordering):

Suction Cup Tool Back in Stock

 

 

#59 ASLSK Facebook Group – Label Maker Video – Battle Dice Review and Many Dice Back in Stock

 

ASL Starter Kit Group on Facebook:

I have created the Group ‘Advanced Squad Leader Starter Kit’ on Facebook for those of you that want your own arena to post and ask questions in a strictly SK forum.  It is an open group so you don’t have to join to read the posts, but we would be happy if you did. Please copy and paste the link below or click on the image below.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1923357254560397/

 

Making Labels for my counter storage containers:

Below is a short video on the process I use to label my counters.  The label maker in the video is a Brother PT-2730.  You can use other label makers but I suggest that you get one that can be edited on your pc so you can insert nifty images.

 

 

Battledice- Some of the common questions I frequently receive in regards to the Battle Dice (please note that the answers are based on observations of my own experience as a user of the BattleSchool dice):

Q – Are BattleSchool Dice  truly precision Dice?

A – Yes and No.  While no dice including backgammon dice are infinitely precise, the Battledice are much more precise than the stock dice that are supplied with the core ASL modules for two reasons. 1. The Battledice blanks are produced at he same factory and to the same specs as backgammon dice.  2. The pips in non precision dice are drilled out without being filled in with equally dense material. Because of this, the ‘one’ surface will be heavier than the ‘six’ surface as the six surface has 6 times more material removed from it.   If true precision is your desire, please check out the backgammon dice that we carry as well.

Q – Why are they so expensive?

A – This is a matter of perspective.  Although it seems like $10 a die is an exorbitant amount to pay for a little square piece of plastic, in comparison to backgammon dice, they are very reasonably priced.  True backgammon dice run from $20 to $35 a pair.  The Battleschool dice, which are backgammon dice to begin with,  then custom made in small batches with great WW2 themes, are around the $20 mark for a pair.

Q – Are they necessary to play the game?

A – No.  While none of the dice are truly needed to play, they do heighten the enjoyment for myself and others. If I had to pick one set that was the most useful I would say the Dust Devils, hands down.

Q – Why do people collect them?

A – I can only speak for myself but I will say this this;   When someone asks me if I need Polish dice to play a Polish scenario, I say ‘no, but then again I don’t need a new action pack filled with 8 more scenarios to add to the 5,400 scenarios that I have yet to play either, but no one gives you grief about that, do they?’.  The dice make me happy, so I buy them.  It’s really that simple for me.

 

Where the Iron Crosses Grow team tournament less than a month away now.  We although players always have a choice on scenario selection, this year we will also have some themed rounds that are completely voluntary.  Also, Saturday night, we will be having a viewing of the Estonian movie ‘1944’.  I already had a chance to see this movie and imho, it was fantastic.  I am really looking forward to getting everyone’s opinion on it.

  1. Derek Ritter
  2. Tim Brieaddy
  3. Dylan Ritter
  4. Ray Woloszyn
  5. Ken Knott
  6. Jeff Jordan
  7. Peter Ortega
  8. Jeremy Busby
  9. Mika Harviala
  10. Mike Rickman
  11. Tim Deane
  12. Dave Stephens
  13. Hayes Wauford
  14. John Dober
  15. Kevin Conley
  16. Mike Johnston