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Reserve Artillery Battery (SBX18) Reserve Artillery Battery (SBX18)
includes four 122mm A-19 1931/37 guns (with optional 152mm ML-20 obr 1931/37 upgrade) with crew, one Command Rifle team, one Staff team, one Observer Rifle team, two Small bases, one Medium base & four Large bases.

Like many things in the Red Army, the artillery lacks subtlety. On the other side of the equation, the ‘Red God Of War’ makes up for this in sheer weight of fire with 122mm and 152mm shells falling from the sky like high explosive rain. With an entire artillery battalion firing on a target, the effect is usually predictable, the rapid end of hostile activity and the quivering survivors waiting to be mopped up by the infantry.
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is the Allied forces (Soviet, Poles and Romanians). serving on the Eastern Front between January 1944 and February 1945.

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"Reserve Artillery Battalions may not be placed from Ambush within 16”/40cm of enemy teams."
The 122mm A-19 obr 1931/37 gun was a marked improvement over anything the Red Army already had in its arsenal. The gun married a new barrel design to an already existing gun carriage, that of the 152mm obr 1934. The weapon proved highly effective and any captured examples were quickly turned against their former owners by the Germans.

Playing a vital role in the Soviet counter-battery efforts was the 152mm ML-20 obr 1931/37. The power of this weapon is a testament to the number of weapons produced during the course of the war. It is also why a version of the gun was used to arm the SU-152 and ISU-152 assault guns.


Designed by Evan Allen
Painted by Mark Hazell

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The 122mm A-19 obr 1931/37 Gun in Flames Of War
Weapon
Mobility
Range
ROF
Anti-tank
Firepower
Notes
122mm A-19 obr 1931/37 gun
Immobile
32"/80cm
1
15
2+
Breakthrough gun, Gun shield.
Firing bombardment
  88"/220cm
-
4
3+
The Command Rifle Team
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"You may not field a Reserve Artillery Battalion in a Soviet force unless you are fielding an Artillery Battalion with at least four 122mm obr 1938 howitzers and at least as many guns in total, or a Artillery Group or Motostrelkovy Artillery Battalion with at least four 76mm ZIS-3 field guns and at least as many guns in total."
The Staff Team
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"An artillery platoon with a Staff team can repeat an artillery bombardment in subsequent turns once it has ranged in on an aiming point. You do not need to roll again to range in, nor is there any penalty to the score needed to hit if your artillery Ranged In on the second or third attempts."
The Observer Rifle Team
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"Observer teams need a good view of the battlefield in order to do their job correctly. Be sure to deploy them in a position where they have an excellent view of the battlefield such as on a hilltop or on the top floor of a multi-level building."
The 122mm A-19 obr 1931/37 Guns
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“The 152mm ML-20 obr 1931/37 howitzer is rated as Bunker Buster. When a weapon with this attribute scores a hit on a team in a building, it also hits every other team in the building. This can make your opponents think twice about using buildings for cover and concealment.”
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Breakthrough Gun
Some weapons such as the 122mm A-19 obr 1931/37 gun are just so powerful that there is no chance of surviving a hit from them. These heavy guns are often mounted in tanks and self-propelled guns designed to break through enemy defensive lines.

Infantry teams, Gun teams, and Unarmoured vehicles automatically fail their Saves when hit by a Breakthrough Gun or a Bunker Buster. This does not apply to Artillery Bombardments.

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"The 122mm A-19 obr 1931/37 gun and the 152mm ML-20 obr 1931/37 howitzer have a Gun Shield which means that even if you fail a Gun save, your opponent must make a Firepower test to destroy that team. But remember, Gun Shields only provide Bulletproof cover from shots fired from in front of the gun. Gun Shields do not provide cover to teams moving At The Double, nor from artillery bombardments."
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The 152mm ML-20 obr 1931/37 Howitzer
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The 152mm ML-20 obr 1931/37 Howitzer in Flames Of War
Weapon
Mobility
Range
ROF
Anti-tank
Firepower
Notes
152mm ML-20 obr 1931/37 howitzer
Immobile
32"/80cm
1
13
1+
Bunker buster, Gun shield.
Firing bombardment
  88"/220cm
-
5
2+
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Below: A side-by-side comparison of the 122mm A-19 obr 1931/37 gun (left) and the 152mm ML-20 obr 1931/37 howitzer (right).
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A Battery of 152mm ML-20 obr 1931/37 Howitzers Prepare to Fire
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The Contents Reserve Artillery Battery Box Set
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Reserve Artillery Battery (SBX18) Description of Components
a. 1x Standing figure with hand on hip.
b. 1x Officer figure looking theough binoculars.
c. 1x Standing figure with SMG.
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Description of Components
a. 2x Table legs.
b. 1x Table top.
c.
1x Standing figure holding notebook.

d. 1x Pointing rifleman figure.
e. 1x Standing figure with arm out.
f. 1x Officer figure talking on radio.

Description of Components
a. 1x Kneeling figure looking through binoculars.
b. 1x Kneeling Rifleman figure with radio.
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Description of Components
a. 2x Standing figures with notebook in the air.
b. 2x Standing figures hold projectile.
c.
2x Standing figure holding propellant charge.
d. 5x Crouching figures with projectile.
e. 4x Standing figures with ram rod.
f.
4x Standing figures covering ears.
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Description of Components
a. 4x Left gun trail leg.
b.
4x Right gun trail leg.
c. 4x 152mm howitzer barrels.
d. 4x Gun equilibrators.
e. 8x Gun trail wheels.
f. 4x Gun shields.
g. 4x Gun cradles.
h. 4x 122mm gun barrels.
Reserve Artillery Battery (SBX18) Description of Components
a. 2x Small bases.
b. 1x Medium base.
c. 4x Large bases.
Assembling the 122mm Gun / 152mm Howitzer
Step 1. Both the 122mm gun and 152mm howitzer barrels have female alignment holes to match the male lugs on the gun cradle. Step 2. Attach the desired gun barrle to the gun cradle. In this example, the 152mm howitzer barrel. Step 3. Again, the gun cradle and gun trail have male and female alignment aids.
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Step 4. Attach the gun cradle to one of the gun trail legs. Step 5. Next, attach the other side of the gun trail.
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Step 6. Slide the gun shield over the top of the gun and secure into place. Step 7. Add the gun equilibrators to the front of the gun trail.
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Step 8. Finally, add the wheels to both sides of the gun trail. Step 9. With the wheels in place, this 152mm howitzer is ready for painting.
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Modelling The Command Team
On one of the small bases provided, arrange the Command team figures to taste.

Right: An example of Mark's Command team.
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Reserve Artillery Battery (SBX18) Modelling the Staff Team
On the medium base provide, arrange the Staff team figure to taste around the table.

Left: An example of Mark's Staff team.

Modelling the Observer Team
On the other small base, arrange the Observer team figures to taste.

Right: An example of Mark's Observer team.

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Reserve Artillery Battery (SBX18) Modelling the Gun Teams
Once the guns are assembled with the desired barrel option, attach them to one of the large bases provided. Next, arrange one of each of the crew figures to taste around the gun. Each gun has five crew figures.

Left: An example of one of Mark's 152mm howitzers with crew.


Last Updated On Thursday, March 22, 2012 by Blake at Battlefront