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Boot Camp

New To Flames Of War?
If you're new to Flames Of War you've come to the right place. The third edition of the Flames Of War rules is now available and this Boot Camp has been created to get you up to speed with everything you need to know about getting started.

Be sure to check back every week as we continue to grow our third edition Boot Camp and create an exciting, new way of learning how to play Flames Of War the World War Two miniatures game.

What is a Miniatures Game?
What is a miniatures game you may ask? Well, it’s simply a tabletop game where you control armies of painted miniature tanks, infantry and guns against an opponent’s force. Games are fought between two players where each player takes turns to move, shoot and fight with their miniatures aided by simple rules, dice and tape measures.

Flames Of War is a game that allows you to recreate the battles of World War Two using miniatures figurines, and so experience the war from the point of view of a front-line company commander.


Right: Game designer Phil Yates (left) and miniature designer Evan Allen (right) playing a game of Flames Of War.

Your miniature troops will move about the tabletop battlefield, taking cover from enemy fire and then blasting back in return. Sometimes they will abandon you as soon as the going gets tough.

But by using the sort of tactics and cunning that a real-life commander would, you and your miniatures soldiers will fight their way to victory after victory!
Europe during World War Two

World War Two
For years the dark storm clouds of war have been gathering on the horizon of Europe. The people of Germany, disgruntled by past indignities inflicted upon their country, were determined to regain the power and status of their proud nation.

The Germany army, secretly rebuilt over many years, stood poised to conquer an unsuspecting Europe. On 1 September 1939, the storm of war was unleashed as German troops invade Poland with a declaration of war.

Left: Europe during World War Two.

Poland’s allies; France, Great Britain and the nations of the mighty British Commonwealth declare war on Germany within days of the invasion. It is the opening act in the greatest conflagration in the history of human conflict. 

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Flames Of War are soon sweeping across the face of the globe; battles will be fought in all corners of the world. Massive armies struggle for the control of Europe, Africa, Asia and the Pacific with nations from six of the seven continents becoming involved in a struggle that will last for six years.

Now it is time to learn how combine World War Two and a miniatures game to create Flames Of War.


Flames Of War: An Introduction
Follow the progress over the upcoming weeks of Phil as he teaches our newcomer Sean how to play Flames Of War Third Edition.

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Flames Of War Fundamentals
Shooting with Tanks
In this episode of Boot Camp, we follow Phil as he teaches Sean the basics of how tanks shoot at each other.
Moving with Tanks
In this episode of Boot Camp, we follow Phil as he teaches Sean the basics of how tanks move around the battlefield.
Shooting with Infantry
In this episode of Boot Camp, we follow Phil as he teaches Sean the bascis of how infantry shoot at each other.

Moving with Infantry
In this episode of Boot Camp, we follow Phil as he teaches Sean the basics of how infantry move around the table.
Tanks, Infantry & Anti-tank
In this episode we follow Phil as he teaches Sean the basics of how tanks, infantry and anti-tank teams interact.

Hit Allocation
In this episode we follow Phil as he teaches Sean the basics of how platoons are structured, how they work and how to allocate hits across the teams within the platoon.

Infantry Launching Assaults
In this episode we follow Phil as he teaches Sean the basics of how infantry launch assaults, resolve defensive fire and either falling back or moving into contact.
Infantry Fighting In Assaults
In this episode we follow Phil as he teaches Sean the basics of how infantry fight in assaults.
Infantry Fighting In Assaults
In this episode we follow Phil as he teaches Sean how assaults conclude with the Breaking Off & Consolidating.
Tanks Fighting In Assaults
In this episode we follow Phil as he continues to show Sean the finer points of the Assault Step. This time he takes him through the process of Assaulting with Tanks.
Anti-Tank Guns In Assaults
In this episode we follow Phil as he continues to show Sean the finer points of the Assault Step. This time he takes him through the process of how Anti-tank guns work in Assaults.

Platoon & Company Morale & Motivation
In this episode Phil teaches Sean the finer points of Company and Platoon Morale and Motivation.
Game Summary
In this episode Sean summarises what he has learnt over the previous few weeks.
The Battle Report
In this episode our fresh conscript Sean goes head to head with veteran commander Phil, can the apprentice become the master?

Boot Camp Advanced
How To Use Company Diagrams
Sean takes on the role of mentor as he covers off the basic things you need to know when it comes to understanding a Flames Of War Company Diagram.
How To Use Platoon Diagrams
In this episode Sean takes a look at some sample Platoon Diagrams and shows you how to build your company up, one platoon at a time.

Nuts! Battle Report
With Nuts, the third in our Bulge series of books coming out we took the opportunity to lure Wayne and James back to the gaming table. Wayne's Volksgrenadier Company found itself attacking James' Parachute Rifle Company (based around Easy Company).

Would James' resilient Paratroopers manage to hold the town, or would the volume of firepower from the Volksgrenadiers push them out? Watch and see!

Q&A Session with Phil and Wayne
Wayne and Phil sat down to have a chat about some of the questions coming through on the forums since the release of V3.

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Know Your Studio
Steve Visits The Studio
In November of 2012 Steven Maclauchlan, from WWPD, spent a week at the Battlefront Office in Auckland, New Zealand.
Meet The Studio
In this video Steve introduces the team and finds out how they discovered wargaming.
The Design Process: Part One
In this video we see how the book creation process begins and the studio talks about research, concepts and deciding who gets to do which project.
The Design Process: Part Two
In this video we see how the book creation process comes to a close and the studio talks about the end-of-project crunch.
Playtesting Process
In this video we learn a bit about how the studio playtests new armies and rules.

Game Design Principles
In this video we hear from Phil what principles shaped the original design of Flames Of War and influenced its evolution.
Studio Gaming
In this video we find out what some of the studio member's favourite armies are and the guys lament their lack of gaming time.
Regional Differences
In this video we hear from the writers and game designers about how different parts of the world play Flames of War differently.
Errata
In this video we get a glimpse of Battlefront's plans for future erratas and FAQs.

Special Rules
In this video we hear from the writers about the thought process they use when it comes to Special Rules for armies.

The Early Days Of Battlefront
In this video we hear from a couple of the old boys about the origins of Battlefront and Flames Of War.

Tell Me About...
In this video we hear about some of the other aspects of the business from several members of the studio. Wargames Illustrated, the Website, YouTube Videos, and Battlefield in a Box are all given some time in the spotlight.
Version Three
In this video we hear from the writers about the process of writing a new version of Flames Of War and get an insight into how and why rules change.

Adapting Flames Of War
In this final video we find out what the studio staff would do if they could adapt Flames Of War to any era or genre.
Flames Of War For The Win!
Presented by Beasts Of War
Beasts Of War presents a new series dedicated to Flames Of War. Join Warren as he takes his first steps into the world of Flames Of War; joining him is David who is on hand to help Warren on this journey of discovery and teach him the nuances of the game. Together Warren and David prove that you don’t need a degree in history to get started in Flames Of War.

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Season One
Series Teaser
Flames Of War For The Win is the new series from Beasts of War where Warren taken on a journey by David into the world of Flames Of War.

Episode One
Warren creates his first Flames Of War army using Open Fire with David's guidance.
Episode Two
Warren puts his army to the test as his Germans take on David's British in Warren's first game of Flames Of War.
Episode Three
Warren talks about gaming in the gaps and coming up with his own theme and background for his army.
Episode Four
Warren learns the ins and outs of how Infantry works in Flames Of War with David's assistance. 
Episode Five
The time has come. Warren is finally ready to take on David and his Allied forces!

Episode Six
Time for the guys to get together and start to plan out what they'll be taking for their epic D-Day game. Warren will be working from the Atlantik Wall book and David will be running his forces from Overlord.

Episode Seven
Warren and Dave face-off in their version of the D-Day landings. It might not be anywhere near historically accurate but the guys have an awesome load of fun here and that's what counts when your wargaming!
Episode Eight
In this episode, Warren and Dave they give us all an idea of what they're planning to take with them to the 2013 European Grand Tournament.

Episode Nine
Warren and Dave are back from the 2013 European Grand Tournament and provide a round-up of their experiences. Plus, they answer some of the questions you guys have been asking!

Season Two

Episode One

Season two of kicks off with Warren and Dave looking at how reconnaissance units operate in Flames Of War.
Episode Two
This time the dynamic duo are having a look at the basics of artillery and the finer points of lobbing high explosive rounds at the enemy.

Episode Three
It's time for more from Flames Of War For the Win and today Warren & Dave are taking a closer look at the rules for using smoke in your World War II games.
Episode Four
Warren & Dave are back for another installment of Flames Of War For the Win and this time they're talking about ambushes!
Useful Links To Get You Started When Building Your First Army
Preparing a Miniature
Just bought your first Flames Of War miniautre? Wondering what to do with it next? Mark has created a guide on how to prepare and assemble Flames of War miniatures.

Preparing a miniature for assembly...

Beginners Painting To Painting Tanks
We provide a simple and easy to emulate guide to painting tanks for Flames Of War.

How to paint tanks...

Beginners Guide To Painting Infantry
We provide a simple and easy to emulate guide to painting infantry for Flames Of War.

How to paint infantry...

Applying Decals
Once you've painted that tank, what's next? Wayne has created a guide to applying decals to Flames Of War miniatures.

How to apply decals...

Beginners Guide To Painting Guns & Artillery
We provide a simple and easy to emulate guide to painting guns and artillery for Flames Of War.

How to paint guns & artillery...

Basing Miniatures
Finished painting a platoon of infantry or guns? Simon demostrates how to base Flames Of War miniatures.

Basing Miniatures...


Last Updated On Thursday, September 25, 2014 by Blake at Battlefront