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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.

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.

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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.

TANKS: The Modern Age Pre-Orders Up Now

The widely successful TANKS game is turning the clock forward from World War II to the height of the Cold War. Choose your nation carefully as they each have their own strengths and weaknesses. Do you pick the American forces with the old faithful M1 Abrams, Soviet forces and their numerous T-64, the mighty British Chieftain with its heavy armour, the popular German Leopard 2 and its powerful 120mm gun, or French AMX-30 that has speed to burn.

Or maybe you have a desire to spread your wings and take to the air? TANKS: The Modern Age wouldn't be complete without Helicopters! These fast and nimble machines trade the armour that that their ground pounding friends have for the ability to zip around the battlefield delivering anti-tank missiles from all quarters

TANKS: The Modern Age Introduction

Sunday, 4th of August, 1985 the Soviet Union attacks.  The attack came quickly after news of the Soviet advance reached you. Your men have been preparing for this battle, but the reality of it actually happening is still hard to comprehend. But they’ve really started it -World War III. Your orders are to hold the ridge, no matter what, and that’s what you plan to do. Scanning the battlefield you see your ITVs open fire on the advancing Soviet tanks as they pour out of the distant treeline and into the valley. Now is the time to act. They may have started this war, but you’re going to end it!       TANKS: The Modern Age puts you in command of your own tank platoon fighting in the fictional World War I ...

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Beasts Of War Preview British and German Vehicles For TANKS: The Modern Age

Beasts Of War is continuing their preview of the TANKS: The Modern Age. Following on their last preview of US and Soviet Forces, this time they are looking at the British and West German forces you can field such as the mighty Cheiftain and Leopard 2 tanks, and the smaller and nimbler Marder and Scimitar. Be sure to get a look at the cards and units you can expect from TANKS: The Modern Age.

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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.


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Soviet Guards - Soviet Tanks Preview

Our Soviet TANKS players are getting some new tanks to hit the battlefield. From the mighty KV-1 Soviet tank to the lend lease tanks from the Allies. To go with these new tank options Soviet players will also have access to a unique set of “Guard” cards that synergise and get better as they fight with other tanks with “Guard” upgrades.


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Soviet Guards - Soviet Tanks Preview

In the upcoming Soviet expansions there is an exciting new subset of Crew and Upgrade cards that focus on the Soviet Guards units. Guards are a group of elite Soviet tank crew that have the word “Guards” in their name. Guards Crew cards have great synergy with each other with some getting much better the more Guards you have on your tanks.        The Guards Commander Crew card gives its tank +1 Initiative for each Guard crew cards in its tank. Note this ability also counts him as a Guards Crew card, so even if he is the only Guard crewmember on your tank he will still give out his bonus. If you put him on a KV-1s with three other Guard cards he will give the tank a staggering +4 Initiative, giving you a total of 9 initiative! ...

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Lend Lease Support - Soviet Tanks Preview

The Soviet Union received tanks from the Allies via the lend lease program with the Britain and Canada shipping Valentines and the Americans the M3 Lee and M3 Stuart. Today we take a look at these tanks that Soviet players can field to halt the German war machine.


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Lend Lease Support - Soviet Tanks Preview

Leytenant Ivanov swung the cupola of his Valentine, checking that his company were keeping up, their line extending left and right. Valentine, the name always made him think of his little Valentina waiting for him back home. She'd laugh to think this odd-looking English tank had her name. Off to the left, earth fountained amidst the smoke shrouding the village as tanks and artillery pounded the Germans within it. Another village sacrificed to the Motherland, to the war to expel the invaders. The Valentines ploughed on, turrets traversed to watch the village, catching a glimpse now of the bigger T-34s racing towards it. A German gun somewhere in the village was working its deadly trade. At least two tanks had careened to a halt, burning. Closer now, and Ivanov could see the German infantry starting to run from the back of the village as the remaining Soviet tanks entered from the front. N ...

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Soviet Steel - Soviet Tanks Preview

Soviet players in TANKS have been waiting for a while for something new to hit the battlefield but we have some awesome new options in these upcoming releases. Today we are previewing the T-34 (Early) alongside the KV-1 and KV-1s. These formidable tanks will be making a big splash in your games with the KV-1 having some of the toughest armour a Soviet player can field.


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