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Helicopters in Stores Now

Helicopters add a unique element to TANKS: The Modern Age, with models that can fly over the battlefield and engage targets that would otherwise feel safe.

 

These unique and interesting models are in stores now and will add a new dynamic to your TANKS games. Click the link below to find out more about how these great models work in TANKS as well as finding more information on our new releases.

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Let's Play: TANKS! The Modern Age

If you want to learn how to play Tanks! The Modern Age, Beasts Of War take us through how movement, shooting, and turn sequences play out in the game. Then it's time to get down to action as John and Freddy duke it out for the final three rounds of their game, with John's reputation as a tank commander hanging in the balance.


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Helicopters in TANKS: The Modern Age

Helicopters add a unique element to TANKS: The Modern Age, models that can fly over the battlefield. So they needed some rules to make them fit into the world of TANKS.
 
 
 

Movement
The most unique part of Helicopters is their movement. They are fast, agile and have the ability to change elevation, so we needed a way to indicate its height in the game. For this we created a “U” shaped token made to fit around the Flight Base. This token is also two sided. The High side indicates when the Helicopter is flying above the terrain on the table, at this height it can see almost everything, and in turn can be seen by everything.  The Low side indicates when the Helicopter is flying low, and it can use terrain as Blocking Terrain to hide behind. 

 
 

Helicopters move slightly differently than Tanks. They can end their movement anywhere along the arrow touching it with any part of its base. Helicopters also have a base Speed of 3, so they can move quite a ways across the table in a single turn.

Since Helicopter speed is so high we decided to separate the Movement phase to have every Helicopter wait until every Tank has moved before they move. This gives them quite the advantage when it comes to setting up firing arcs.

 
 

Helicopter Firing Arcs
All Helicopters are Forward Firing. They may only shoot at a Model if its entire hull or is completely in front of half of the attacking Helicopter’s Base. The High/Low Elevation token is designed to help mark the halfway point of your Helicopters base and can be used to determine the firing arc.

Helicopter Defence
Helicopters gain a Defence bonus for being agile and hard to hit, which you are relying on as they also have low hit points due to the fragile nature of Helicopters. To show this bonus we gave Helicopters a Base Defence of 3. Unlike Most Tanks, Helicopters are immediately removed from the game when their Damage matches or exceeds their Damage Capacity, this also means they do not benefit from the Final Fury rule. 

 

Helicopters have fundamentally changed how players build their platoons and the tactics they use in the game. Adding some flying threats to your Platoon can give you the edge in your games and can be the difference between defeat and victory.

Which Helicopter interests you the most? Have any cool ideas on how you want to use Helicopters in your Platoon? Why not join our Facebook discussion forums and tell us about it.

Click here to go to the TANKS Official Facebook Group...

 
 
 
Helicopters in TANKS: The Modern Age
There are some great Helicopters you can add to your Platoons in TANKS, click on the images below to find out more about each of them.
   
 

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Beasts Of War Preview - Soviet & US Vehicles For TANKS: The Modern Age

Beasts Of War has written up a preview of the units you'll field for Soviet and US forces in Tanks: The Modern Age. From tried and true tanks like the American M1 Abrams and the Soviet  T-64. You'll also see some new comers to the plastic range like the T-62M and the LAV-25. Get a sneak peak at the cards and stats over on the Beasts Of War website.

 

Beasts Of War Preview - Soviet & US Vehicles For TANKS: The Modern Age...

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Soviet Steel - Soviet Tanks Preview

The 76mm cannon crashed back, the breech expelling the spent shell case onto the floor. The German machine gun nest was a smoking crater, bodies scattered around it. The tank commander, Lizvinskiy, peered through his periscope, scanning for the next target. Scurrying figures in field grey uniforms, scattered away in all directions. The fascist invaders knew the power of his KV-1 tank was unmatched. Lord of the battlefield, it feared none of the German tanks. The enemy infantry were simply cockroaches to be crushed under the wide rattling tracks. There was only one weapon to fear in the entire German army — the long-barrelled 88mm guns. They could kill a Kliment Voroshilov tank with a single shot, but they were huge guns, mounted on massive crucifix platforms. Hard to hide.   Soviet infantry appeared behind him, finally advancing now that the enemy had been cleared out. Lizvinskiy looked around at the carnage and gave ...

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Soviet TANKS Previews

It is time for the Soviet juggernaut to once again be unleashed on the TANKS world. Like the British, the Soviets benefited from the Lend Lease program and received Stuart and Lee tanks from the US, as well as Valentine and Churchill tanks from the UK. Of course they had plenty of their own designs including the fearsome KV, the bane of many a Panzer commander as well as an earlier version of the T-34 that was being manufactured in Stalingrad whilst the fighting drew ever closer. Check out these sneak peeks before they release in August and September.

 

KV Tank Expansion...
T-34 (Early) Tank Expansion...
Lend Lease Valentine Expansion...
Lend Lease Churchill Tank Expansion...
Lend Lease M3S Lee Tank Expansion...
Lend Lease M3L Stuart Tank Expansion...

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TANKS FAQ

Over the past couple of months, we have been working a lot more closely with the community and one of the things that has been a high priority for us is to provide a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document. Today we are excited to present the Playtest version of the document.

Because the FAQ has been a long time coming we wanted to make sure that as many of your questions were covered off as possible. So rather than presenting the first version of the FAQ as a completed document we wanted to involve the community as we go through our own internal playtesting process.

In a few weeks once our process is complete, and we’ve had a chance to review your comments and questions we will issue the document as the first Official TANKS FAQ. Of course, in the meantime there is no reason you can’t use it as it stands now.

 

Right Click here to download the TANKS FAQ...

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British Heavy Tanks Preview

British Tanks were broadly split into three different categories; Cruiser tanks like the Crusader tank, Lend Lease tanks like the Sherman and Grant, and Infantry (or Heavy) tanks like the Churchill and Valentine.

 

Since their role on the battlefield was to move at the pace of the infantry they were able to mount heavy armour and guns.

 

British Heavy Tanks Preview...

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TANKS Death Or Glory Releases

Over the next few weeks we are going to be previewing our new TANKS releases. In the meantime you can see what's coming up next and when.

Click here for the full article...

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2018 TANKS New Years Resolutions

 

 
Spoiler Alert, 2018 is a new year which means we all have New Year’s Resolutions. Hopefully some of you have made a resolution to build, paint and play more TANKS. Ironically that’s one of ours too, except we are adding ‘hang out in our new Facebook Group more’ to the list.

Behind the scenes the TANKS team has been busy working on a pile of new content for this year but we have been so focused on the hidden stuff that we have not taken the time to get out and (virtually) catch up with the community enough so to help us we’ve created a new Facebook Group which will replace our forum on the TANKS website.   
 So, what is on our agenda for this year?
  • The Italian Army is joining TANKS, adding our first completely new nation to the game
  • The British are getting reinforcements including the mighty Churchill
  • A new Desert OP series focusing on the North Africa Campaign
  • Community Partnered Initiatives (sounds fancy, but it really means we want to work with you on):
  1. A comprehensive FAQ aimed and new and existing players
  2. An errata covering any issues that we’ve spotted
  3. Competitions so the community can show off their talents

We also have plenty on the drawing board for the second half of the year with new releases for our Soviet players so hang on tight!

 

So where does this leave us now? Our first job is to hang out in the TANKS Group more, so head over there and tag one of the TANKS team with your thoughts and we will get back to you ASAP.

 

Head over to the new Facebook Group now...

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