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New Upgrade Card Type, Doctrine

 
 
Doctrine cards are a new category of upgrade cards that focus on national characteristics, rather than equipment or training, and let us elaborate on how different nationalities fought and provide some new play styles within those nationalities.

 This week we will look at two of the new Doctrine cards: “One Foot on The Ground” and “Seek, Strike, Destroy”.
 
One Foot on The Ground changes how British players will play their lists, as it directly affects their Semi-Indirect rule. Until now British players have had to decide whether to gain their shooting bonus while forfeiting some of their defense. This made them deadly, but also more static. This upgrade gives you the ability to keep your defense while remaining stationary. This upgrade option gives players more options for fine-tuning their lists. They can give this upgrade to every tank or just a select few that will provide covering fire for their faster compatriots.
   
The Seek, Strike, Destroy card, on the other hand, focuses on one type of tank: US tank destroyers. We wanted to portray how US tank destroyer doctrine shaped the way they were used in the field. This upgrade card lets US players take more elite tank destroyers if they want to spend the points, providing more choice and more variety in list-building options.
   
Doctrine cards gives players some new and interesting choices. Some cards may focus on particular tanks while others will have a more universal use. But since each tank can only have one Doctrine card at a time, players will have to make some hard decisions when it comes to choosing which Doctrine cards to use.

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Counter Attack Print and Play PDF

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? 

 

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Cautious, Not Stupid

Tank Destroyers have one simple role on the battlefield, to seek out the enemy armour, mercilessly destroy them and then disappear, leaving only the burning hulks of their enemies as evidence they were ever there. In TANKS terms this translated into a new rule called Cautious.


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Achilles Tank Expansion

We just added a spotlight for one of our new TANKS expansion coming out in October. The Achilles was a British variant of the American M10 tank destroyer armed with the powerful British Ordnance QF 17 pounder anti-tank gun in place of the standard 3” gun. This upgrade allowed the Achilles to face off against all but the heaviest German Panzers.


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Jackson Tank Expansion

We just added a spotlight for one of our new TANKS expansion coming out in October. The Jackson Tank Expansion will have options to build the Jackson or the M10, two of America's most deadly tank hunters. As well as giving us two new tank cards this expansion will also include 5 brand new Crew and upgrade cards.

 

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OPS Kit 2 Arrives at Battlefront

I never get over the feeling of seeing something I worked so hard on made real; it is awesomely surreal each time it happens. So when Chris handed me the Normandy Month 2 OPS I opened it on the spot and immediate started playing around with it. Everything in this kit is spot on, and as always Sean did an amazing job on the graphics.

 

My desk may not be regulation size but it was big enough for a quick two on two battle. Sadly my British could not hold back the German attack losing all their tanks, whereas the Germans only lost their Stug. Hopefully, your tanks will fare better than mine!

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Month 2 OPS Arrives at Battlefront

Month 2 OPS kits have arrived  in New Zealand and Andrew gets a chance to play around with the kit for the first time. 


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Normandy Month 2 OPS

Month two is coming, the Allies forces have landed and are making their way inland! The Axis forces are regrouping for a Counter Attack in the French countryside hoping to push the Allies back into the ocean. 


This week we talk about what you can expect from the 2nd Normandy OPS kit and how the new terrain rules will work. 


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Counter Attack! OPS Month 2

 
 
The Allies forces have landed and are making their way inland! The Axis forces are regrouping for a Counter Attack in the French countryside hoping to push the Allies back into the ocean. 
 
    
Counter Attack
This month’s mission is Counter Attack. In this mission, the attacker will set up two objectives and have six turns to secure 2 VPs. 
In this mission, the attacker has an ace up their sleeve. They can place one of their tanks into a Flanking Reserve. This tank will show up on turn three touching any table edge the attacker chooses, so the defender must be ever vigilant waiting for that reserve tank to arrive. 
During this month the Germans are always the attackers when facing British or American forces.   
   
Bocage Rules
Bocage works similarly to a forest. It blocks line of sight through the Bocage and can be entered by tanks, but the Bocage is more difficult to see into than forests. Tanks completely inside Bocage can only be seen by other tanks that are at least partly inside the Bocage.  Tanks with a bit of the hull sticking out of the terrain will be able shot out and be shoot at as long as you do not draw your line of sight through the Bocage. 

Barns
These are just alternative buildings to add to your set, we had room on the card so we thought we would add some bonus terrain to the set. These can be used instead of any building when setting up terrain at the start of the game.
 
This Month’s Prizes
This month we see our first British oversized card! The Cromwell is a fantastic tank and it looks amazing on its oversized art card.
The other participation prize this month is a set of acrylic objectives in the red colour scheme. With felt bottoms, these Objective markers will stay put easier than their cardboard variants. 
 
Move Out!
You now know your mission and the rewards! The cost of failure is too high, you must rally your platoon and fight with whatever you have to secure Normandy and win the day.   

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Soviets in TANKS

Comrade soldiers! Today we fight for the very survival of International Communism and for the soul of the Motherland. The long struggle for the freedom of the workers and peasants continues as our glorious Workers’ and Peasants’ Red Army, smashes the fascist hordes, annihilating them where they stand and pursuing them to the viper’s nest from whence they came! This week Andrew talks about how the Soviets work in tanks and shares with us one of his TANKS army lists. 

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