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The Bear Awakens OPS PDFs

 
This week we are pleased to announce that we are releasing the Bear Awakens Organized Play Kits as a downloadable print and play PDF. As the Soviets  enter into our Organized Play Seasons we get to fight our way to Minsk. In this OPS download we added some cool terrain and all three of the Bear Awakens missions for players to download and play. 

Right click here to download the Mission Rules...

Right click here to download the Terrain Sheet...


 
 

OPS 1.3 Encounter

 
This week we are pleased to announce that we are releasing the third Organised Play Kit as a downloadable print and play PDF. Like last month, in this mission Tanks will be fighting trough the Bocage of Normandy. This time they must face multiple foes whilst dodging deadly minefields. In the madness of a multi-player mega battle, does your tank platoon have what it takes to secure victory for your side?

Right click here to download the Mission Rules...

Right click here to download the Terrain Sheet...

Bocage
The Bocage piece blocks line of sight and tanks can move through them. Any tank inside or touching the edge of a Bocage piece may shoot at any other tank inside or touching the edge of the same Bocage piece. Any tank inside the Bocage piece may shoot outside of the terrain as long as they are touching the edge of the Bocage piece they are shooting through. A Bocage piece provides cover to any tank that is completely inside it, even if it is touching the edge .
 

Counter Attack

 
This week we are pleased to announce that we are releasing the second Organised Play Kit as a downloadable print and play PDF. In this mission Tanks fight trough the Bocage of Normandy marching ever closer to Berlin. Do you have the ability to secure victory? 

Right click here to download the Mission Rules...

Right click here to download the Terrain Sheet...

Bocage
The Bocage piece blocks line of sight and tanks can move through them. Any tank inside or touching the edge of a Bocage piece may shoot at any other tank inside or touching the edge of the same Bocage piece. Any tank inside the Bocage piece may shoot outside of the terrain as long as they are touching the edge of the Bocage piece they are shooting through. A Bocage piece provides cover to any tank that is completely inside it, even if it is touching the edge .
 

Hit the Beach

 
This week we are pleased to announce that we are releasing the first Organised Play Kit as a downloadable print and play PDF. Players that were not able to play in the OPS or want to relive the battle can now download the Hit the Beach Mission, and the Fortification PDFs.

Based on player feedback we made some improvements and clarifications to the rules. You will find that the turn limit has been increased and the attacker's deployment zone has also been extended. We also added the fortification clarification we posted in the TANKS Rules Discussion forum.

Right click here to download the Mission Rules...

Right click here to download the A4 format Terrain Sheet...

Right click here to download the Letter format Terrain Sheet...

Once each OPS month is completed we will be posting the Mission and Terrain packs as a downloadable print and play PDF so that everyone has a chance to play the missions. The Terrain sheets will also be available to purchase at the conclusion of each Organised Play Season.

 
          

Tools and Preparation

Assembling plastic miniatures can be a fun and rewarding part of the hobby but before you can begin producing miniature masterpieces, let’s look at a selection of some of the basic tools you will require.
TANKS Model Preparation Hobby Knife 
For trimming parts and cleaning casting imperfections before assembly. Using a new, sharp blade is actually safer, because you will not need to apply as much force and you are less likely to slip and cut yourself. In any case, remember to always cut away from yourself.
TANKS Model Preparation
TANKS Model Preparation
Clippers 
For removing parts from sprues and trimming larger pieces of unwanted material. The flat bottom of the blades lets you get right up close to the model. With plastic parts, though, it is advisable to clip slightly away from the model and trim the excess with the hobby knife, to avoid leaving a scar or mark on the surface.
TANKS Model Preparation
TANKS Model Preparation
Files
Also very useful for cleaning parts and making sure everything fits well. They are more effective than a hobby knife at ensuring a smooth, flat surface along straight edges, especially with hard resin parts.
TANKS Model Preperation
 
Assembling your Tanks

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Remove parts from the frame using a pair of plastic cutters. Place the flat edge of the cutters against the part you want to remove and snip. To avoid damaging parts, it pays to leave a bit of extra sprue on the piece and clean it up later with a knife.
Trim the part using a hobby knife to carefully shave the feed point off the components. Mould Lines can be easily cleaned off by scraping with a sharp knife gently along the surface. On larger pieces like gun barrels, using a file will help to give a smoother finish.
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Tip - Clip the frame: For small components like AA machine-guns, it pays to cut the frame into pieces first; sometimes clipping the part straight from the frame creates enough stress to damage the part you are clipping out. Dry fit! One of the most important things to do is test-fit the pieces before applying any glue. This will ensure that you spot any fitting issues that may ruin your finish, like in the example above where some feeds haven’t been trimmed properly and are preventing a clean join. Glue: Once you are happy with the fit, apply the appropriate glue sparingly to the parts and press together. Polystyrene cement is the best choice for joining hard plastic pieces, as it will melt the plastic slightly and weld the parts together.
You can find detailed instructions on how you can assemble your Tanks in the Depot.

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The Bear Awakens OPS PDFs
OPS 1.3 Encounter
Counter Attack
Hit the Beach
Tools and Preparation