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Rangers Lead The Way: Boots on the Ground in Europe

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Rangers Lead The Way:
Boots on the Ground in Europe

Successful Rangers events have been happening all over Europe and North America. Here are just a few of the event held recently in Europe.

Learn more about upcoming Ranger events in Europe here...

2nd & 3rd November
Wilsthorpe Community School
Long Eaton, Nottingham

The Reluctant Conscripts held their annual Late War event, an open book competition with an almost equal Axis to Allies split, we did adopt one limitation and that was to remove AoP’s. It was great to see a nice mix of Tank, Mechanised and Infantry forces with more than a few Axis players taking King Tigers. The Reluctant Conscripts foster a light and friendly atmosphere which encourages new and veteran players alike; this alongside our Ranger activities is one of our biggest draws. This time was no different and we had 50 players, making it among the largest events in the UK. The players settled down to play 5 games, randomly drawn from the rulebook’s missions. The sequence that was drawn over the Saturday was Cauldron, Counter Attack and Free for All.

At the end of the Saturday Graham Willmott had donned the yellow Jersey with his Lend Lease Tankovy horde.

Sunday morning started nice and gently with a civilised brew and some biscuits, then the players jumped straight into No retreat and this took us to lunch, then Breakthrough for the final matchup of the day. Once the dust had settled Steve Charlton and his British Para’s proudly claimed first place, Martin Neale and the 21st Panzer Division Armoured Grenadiers claimed second and Lee McColl with his Hungarian Assault Guns third.

Sam Street won best painted Axis and Matt Haywood won best painted Allied, Mark Mainwaring was voted favourite opponent.

This year we also decided to run a raffle for the British Legion to which Battlefront generously donated the mega prize.
   
   
   
   

 

Dave Wengreff British Legion Winner

 

Steve Charlton- 1st Place

 

Martin Neale- 2nd Place

 

Lee Mccoll- 3rd Place

 

Martyn Bolton- Carius Killer Award

 

Matt Haywood- Best Painted Allied

 

Sam Street- Best Painted Axis

 
 
2nd November 2013
   
   
   
On November 2nd, the Odysse du Griffon shop and the Jour Jeux gaming association organized their second Flames of War event in Bourgoin-Jallieu, France (38).

Four Rangers : Abel, Christophe, Vincent and Herv from Jour Jeux helped a ten registered players discover and play the Second turn of their Flames of War – Firestorm Market Garden Campaign Tournament.

Many new players joined the group during the day, finding ready to use army lists and painted miniatures to quickly enter and the fray and impact the game. All were advised and coached by dedicated Rangers.

Duels were lead all day long, with extreme dice results, heroic assaults, devastated landscape and impossible missions accomplished. Slaughtered platoons and tank wrecks cumulated for 13 hours and the final battle gathering all players saw Mayhem on the banks of Uden Road under shouts, cheerful screams, unbelievable dice throws and encouraging songs! The Axis forces won the day, but one who wins a battle does not systematically wins the war ! Rendez-vous next January for Turn 3 of the Odysse du Griffon/Jour Jeux event !

26th-27th October Sarge!

   
   
 

 

Over the weekend of 26th and 27th October, the GCN registered 'Sarge' club based in Doncaster hosted an open weekend running WW2 participation games at the South Yorkshire Air Museum, the museum is sited on what remains of the old RAF Doncaster airfield site, which is adjacent to and sandwiched in-between the Lakeside shopping centre and the Doncaster Dome.  The event was run in conjunction with the museum and was WW2 themed, held in what used to be the barrack block/NAAFI when the airfield was in use by the RAF, these buildings form part of a display of WW2 memorabilia and local WW2 history.

I was invited to attend to run 'Open Fire' games over the weekend, alongside a Bolt Action demo game and a huge Bolt Action 'Kelly's Heroes' game, another system played at the event was Rapid Fire in 20mm scale.  Saturday was relatively quiet at the museum, (we had been told to expect this), and saw me running three fairly quick games of Open Fire on the day.  Although this did give me a chance to have a look round some of the buildings at the museum and in the hangars, it also allowed me to visit the model shop on site and saw me come away with two deleted 1/72nd scale die cast model aircraft!

Sunday was a really busy day and I ran six Open Fire games, I was rushed off my feet from just after opening time in the morning to late afternoon, three of the Open Fire Games run in quick succession, quickly re-setting the game as soon as the last one was finished.  The free Stug and/or Sherman tank models were well received by the players, especially the children.

All in all a good weekend, very enjoyable and I got to visit an aircraft museum I never knew existed in South Yorkshire before the event!  The 'Sarge' club will be hosting another even larger WW2 themed event at the museum in 2014, I am looking forward to attending again.

Tony, GCN/COGS Ranger group.

 

Ranger Day in Chambéry
held 28 - 29 September 2013
On the 28 - 29 of September, a Ranger event was held alongside a miniature tournament in Chambéry, France. The event was managed by Pascal, France's first Ranger, with the help of Bruno, a new Flames Of War player, and Philippe, Grimgaard's store manager.


Pascal and Bruno, both having military experience; one as a tank commander and the other as an AA gunner  run the stand for two-days full of demos, using the Open Fire introductory box. Pascal designed a scenario placing the players in the middle of the Bulge offensive.
Ranger Day in Chambéry
Ranger Day in Chambéry Ranger Day in Chambéry The games were intense, and the participants had a lot of questions on the rules, the miniatures but also on the history behind the scenario and on World War Two in general. Fathers and sons, tournament players, all gave a shot at Flames Of War and enjoyed their time.
Ośmiornica Łódzka at Port Łódź
held 13 October 2013
On 13 of October 2013, myself and Jacek, both members of a local gaming club Ośmiornica Łódzka organised a Rangers Demo Day as a side event to a wargaming tournament and painting day held in Port Łódź - a major shopping centre. This was our first (and certainly not last!) effort to reach out to a wider audience and show them the awesomeness that is Flames Of War.
Ośmiornica Łódzka at Port Łódź
Ośmiornica Łódzka at Port Łódź
We were also backed up by two of our friends - the owners of Zona 13; a local gaming store, who were not only keen to learn the Flames Of War rules in more detail (I already had a demo session that I organised for them, but they wanted more!) but joined the fray of presenting the game to crowds of people that were passing by and stopping to watch the games in progress, take a closer look at the miniatures or to take part in short events that we prepared.
As a warm-up, we have run a demonstration game as a German Panzerkompanie took on some British Paratroopers in Free-For-All. By the time we got till the end of the game, we had answered hundreds of questions about the game and the models. We also ran an quick events just for the kids called Tank Busting involving a German Panther and British Anti-tank guns with each participate them being awarded a Victoria Cross diploma, containing product information and our club's logo.
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Ośmiornica Łódzka at Port Łódź After the lunch break, we invited some new players to learn how to play the game. There were enough people interested to fill three tables but unfortunately we only had one on offer. We scaled the forces down a bit to enable the new players to get better understanding the basic rules. The rookies turned out to be solid tacticians and very quick learners with the game balancing on the edge of the knife until the very last moments till the game finally went to the Germans.
All in all, I felt that everyone who got involved in the game enjoyed immensely - even the members of the audience who did not actually get to play, many of which were constantly providing tactical insight. The day involved hundreds of people stopping by to watch the miniature battlefield and dozens taking active part in the battle or mini-events. The location was simply awesome and we are going to use it as often as we possibly can (which is at least two times per year).
Ośmiornica Łódzka at Port Łódź
Ośmiornica Łódzka at Port Łódź
What was also very important from our community's point of view, we also convinced the guys from Zona 13 how fantastic Flames Of War is and they promised they will be getting two armies for their store as soon as possible. As mentioned before, this is certainly not our last event. We will be coming back soon to share Flames Of War with a new audience.
Rangers at Derby World Of Wargames Show
held 28 - 29 September 2013
Over the weekend of 28 - 29 September, Derby Wargames Club hosted their annual Derby World of Wargames show at Castle Donnington held in the Exhibition Center which is adjacent to Donnington race circuit.  This is quite a large wargames show, not quite a large as Salute granted; however this show which is held over two days has the added benefit of running competitions over both days, as well as having a large selection of all manner of participation and demonstration games.

Rangers at Derby World Of Wargames Show
Rangers at Derby World Of Wargames Show The traders are there in large numbers and as ever selling all manner of war games systems, models, figures, paints and loads of other goodies.

I was there in attendance with some of my COGS club mates who were running an 'In Her Majesty's Name' participation game.  I was in charge of the GCN stand and I also ran two demonstration games for Flames Of War.  The first being an 'Open Fire' game, and the other game was a tank only battle featuring a StuG Batterie and a British Armoured Regiment.
Saturday saw me running three fairly quick games using the tanks side of the table and an Open Fire game I thought that Saturday seemed a bit quiet which is unusual as a Saturday is usually far busier than a Sunday, however there was a local derby between two football clubs in Nottingham and that may have had an impact. Rangers at Derby World Of Wargames Show
Rangers at Derby World Of Wargames Show However on Sunday I was rushed off my feet from mid-morning to mid-afternoon, three Open Fire Games in quick succession, no sooner had I started to reset the models from the previous game I had new people wanting to play.   I also had at least two groups of players come back from the Saturday to play using the 'other' force, this had the effect of making the day fly by and an added benefit it stopped me going off to buy even more stuff!
The free Stug and Sherman tank models went down a treat with all the children who played and at least one parent went off to buy an Open Fire set for Christmas as his son was so into the game he could not get enough!  Overall a good show with a great atmosphere and a great weekends gaming.

~ Tony, GCN / COGS Ranger Group.

Rangers at Derby World Of Wargames Show
Open Fire At The Hobby Shop
Open Fire At The Hobby Shop
Open Fire At The Hobby Shop
held 31 August 2013

On Saturday 31 August, Richard ran the first Rangers night at the Hobby Shop. Over the course of the evening twelve players took part in the demo games. They were shown through the armies with some of the choosing their new force that day.

Later on in the afternoon Richard took them through painting and how to use simple techniques to make the models pop from the table. Open Fire At The Hobby Shop
Open Fire At The Hobby Shop
Open Fire At The Hobby Shop
Open Fire At The Hobby Shop
An Infantry Aces campaign will be starting in the store in October so get in touch with Ian to get more information: 00353861072706
Flames Of War Tournament in Valencia, Spain.
held 21 June 2013
Ranger Vincente just before his summer break ran a tournament in Valencia, in the great location of the Lead Soldier Museum. It looks like a great a venue with lots to see whilst not playing games. Over the course of the day ten players battled it out on some great tables, and one of the only tournaments that is blessed with weather good enough to have the tables outside.

Flames Of War Tournament in Valencia, Spain.
Flames Of War Tournament in Valencia, Spain. Flames Of War Tournament in Valencia, Spain. Flames Of War Tournament in Valencia, Spain.
Flames Of War Tournament in Valencia, Spain. Vincente is on the left proudly wearing his Rangers t-shirt. So if you are over in Valencia then can recommend hunting out the L'Iber Museum. With 15 rooms and more than 85000 figures shown, is the Museum with the biggest collection of Toy Soldiers in the world with more than a million figures in their funds shown in different temporary exhibitions.
Also visit The Shop of L'Iber Museum.
Location
Malferit Palace. Calle Caballeros 22, Barrio del Carmen.

Opening Hours
Museum: Wednesday to Sunday, from 11am to 2p. and from 4pm to 7pm.
The Shop: Wednesday to Friday, from 10.30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Weekends from 11am to 2pm and from 4pm to 7pm.
Free for children under 4.

Flames Of War Tournament in Valencia, Spain.
Ranger Rafael At E-Minis Malaga
held 14 June 2013
Rafael was at E-Minis running games of Open Fire throughout the afternoon, he can be seen here (below, left) watching carefully the players opening moves. Whilst his opponent is carefully measuring his next move, Rafael (below, middle) talks through with another player some of the stats lines in preparation for the next game. The next group of players eagerly watch and awaiting the outcome and to take their place on the intro table (below, right). If you want to learn how to play Flames Of War in Malaga you can pop along to the store on the 31 August 2013 where Rafael will be on hand to teach you how to play.

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Infantry Aces Campaign at Glasgow Game Group
With the new recruits that Rangers Mark and Jason have been recruiting in the last few months in Scotland, Mark has taken to opportunity at his local club to start up a Flames Of War Infantry Aces campaign. So in the lead up to the campaign starting September, Mark ran demo games on his club night this week. I will leave Mark to take you through the opening turns.

As an introduction to the Infantry Aces campaign being run in September, and to demonstrate the game to new and interested players I opted to run a demonstration game to two chaps on the above date. This soon became six players as interest grew, and would have expanded more were it not for time and space constraints.

Gasgow Games Group
Glasgow Games Group The venue for both the demonstration and the campaign proper is Woodside Halls in the north of Glasgow.

The battlefield was a simple one for the players to fight over, with a road running north to south, with an intersection taking it east. A small dwelling near the middle surrounded by fields and the occasional copse of trees dotting the countryside to provide cover; finally, two low-rise hills to provide vantage points for guns or tanks. With the scenery in place, it was time to start the battle.

Left: Woodside Halls, with the aftermath of the battle clear to see.

On the side of the Axis we have Hauptmann Craig and his Unteroffizers Grace and Iain, and opposing them Colonel Chris and his subalterns Scott and Murray.
 
Turn One
With the Allies winning the dice roll to start the game they move off from their starting positions, Lieutenant Murray taking control of a platoon of Shermans, supported by the 2iC. They wheel round the western hillock in an attempt to flank Unteroffizer Grace’s PaK40s which sits covering the Tiger objective in the middle of the road.

Right: The war councils begin to plan their strategies, or merely pose for the camera
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Glasgow Games Group
They open fire, dispatching one of the guns with a well-placed 75mm shell. Colonel Chris sends his Sherman platoon down the middle, using the southern woods to shield his approach from the deadly anti-tank guns and their supporting StuGs. Finally the American support from Technical Sergeant Scott in the form of Paratroopers advance through the south eastern woods tentatively on their approach towards the Cromwell objective crashed in the nearby vineyard.

Considering the Shermans to be a threat on the west-flank, Grace pulls back the remaining anti-tank gun to behind the cover of the nearby forest, relying on the StuGs to offer some support in dealing with the troublesome tanks. Unteroffizer Iain however spots that Colonel Chris has been poor in his positioning and has left the Sherman Firefly in the open to one of his StuGs. The assault guns climb the hill and open fire on the hapless tank. Thankfully for the allies, the shots knock a track loose, but leaves the Firefly in the fight. The two platoons of Grenadiers make their way towards the house and its adjoining vineyard, safe in the knowledge that the Yankee dogs are still a march away.
Glasgow Games Group Turn Two
The inactive Firefly fails to get moving again as the crew botches their test to remount the bailed vehicle, leaving it at the mercy of the Germans. Not wishing the same fate on his remaining Shermans, Colonel Chris pulls the three back further behind the forest. Sensing the demise of the PaK40s, Murray advances his Shermans round the forest and lets rip, decimating the AT gun and their command team for the first platoon loss of the game. Cold stares and heartless words are exchanged across the table for the merciless slaughtering of the platoon. The Americans begin to cross open ground, confident in their training to allow them to seize the Cromwell objective.

Left: The Shermans make short work of the remaining PaK40.
Eager to extract vengeance on the ruthless Shermans, Unteroffizer Iain diverts two of his StuGs down the hill towards the advancing tanks, in order to blunt this spearhead advance. The tactic pays off as one of the Shermans go up in flames, while another bails out against the small volley of fire. The German grenadiers continue their advance, with Hauptmann Craig's platoon and CiC taking up a position in the middle forest, while Unteroffizer Grace with the 2iC edge the vineyard in preparation to repel the advancing Americans.
Turn Three
The bailed Firefly manages to get back into the fight after a turn out, as does the bailed Sherman on the west-flank. The Firefly showing it's worth by knocking out the lone StuG cresting the hill, while the thick frontal armour of the two on the flat save them from the repeated bombardment from Lieutenant Murray's Shermans. T.S. Scott's Paratroopers take up a position on the other side of the vineyard to the Grenadiers, denying them the objective outright and allowing them shots into the German lines. The burst of rounds from the Americans sends one squad of grenadiers to an early bath, but didn't do enough to pin the stalwart Germans.


Right: It's game over for the lone StuG on the hill as Unteroffizer Iain awaits the inevitable.
Glasgow Games Group
Vengeance soon comes for the StuGs as they rip into the Shermans on the west-flank, knocking out the two remaining Sherman V's, leaving only the Firefly active. With the 2iC gone, the Firefly crew decide to be cautious, not stupid, and retreat to fight another day. The Grenadiers fearing a little under the high amount of fire coming their way attempt to dig in to repel the advancing allies, but the tangle of roots in the vineyard makes it hard for the Grenadiers there, and their comrades in the forest fair no better, with both platoons failing to dig in. The reduced fire from them fails to dissuade the Paratroopers as turn three ticks over.
Glasgow Games Group Turn Four
With the threat on the hill dealt with, the Shermans turn their attentions to the vineyard and the objective, trundling forward to provide fire support for the Americans, alas the cover of the forest proves too good and not a single team falls under the hail of bullets. The Paratroopers show them how it's done, with the Grenadiers in the vineyard taking a beating which costs them their platoon command. Thankfully a Sergeant is on hand to take over and with a little 'encouragement' from the nearby 2iC manage to keep them in the fight.

Left: Turn three from the air. The Grenadiers and Paratroopers exchange fire across the vineyard.
The Germans put their backs into it, and this time manages to break the earth and construct good defensive positions in fox-holes. The reduced fire from the Panzerfaust and Panzerschreck of the Grenadiers in the woods doesn't hamper them from bailing a Sherman. The luck of the Americans continues no more as the Paratroopers finally begin taking a few casualties from the fire of the Grenadiers, but not enough to drive them off.

Right: The situation looks grim for the Axis as their platoon in the vineyard gets reduced to almost nought.

Glasgow Games Group
Glasgow Games Group Turn Five
Confident that they can seize the victory, Colonel Chris continues the fire into the Grenadiers, taking out a team while the Americans find it hard going to even dent the dug in Grenadiers in the vineyard. Confidence they might have had, luck they didn't.

Left: The line in the sand is drawn, but neither side is brave enough to cross.
Showing them how it's done, the remaining Grenadier platoon combines their fire with the Company Commander's and lays waste to the Paratroopers, reducing them to only a few men. Continuing their good run of luck, the anti-tank weapons of the CiC's platoon brews up a Sherman and bails the Allies CiC. With the Paratroopers gone it was only the Shermans left to seize the day.

Right: Colonel Chris (right) directs the battle as Lieutenant Murray looks on.
Glasgow Games Group
Glasgow Games Group Turn Six
Sensing that it's now or never, and on the advice of a certain Ranger, Colonel Chris passes the company command test, gets his CiC back into his tank and leads his men into the heart of the Grenadiers, machine-guns blazing and tracks grinding they pin the Germans before they declare their assault. The staunch defenders attempt to halt the charge with their AT weapons, but to no avail as the Shermans roar into their positions and then subsequently only kill one base.  The counter-attack from the Germans is merciless, wiping out the Sherman platoon and leaving the objectives free to be taken by the Axis.

Left: The anti-tank weapons from the Grenadiers are put to good use, lighting up a Sherman and bailing the other.
Result and Aftermath
A resounding win for the Axis on the face of it, though there were points where it looked dire, especially when the Pak 40s were taken out so early, and then later on when the Grenadiers holding the objective were subjected to the brutal firepower of the Paratroopers.

Right: The last ditch attempt from the Allies goes awry as the German defenders swamp the remaining tanks.

Glasgow Games Group
That's got us all right in the mood for the upcoming Infantry Aces campaign being run at the club. Watch this space for more action from the games and a track of who's winning, who's losing and who's just having a laugh.

That's all from the field for now, over and out.

~ Mark.

Below: Come in number 12, your time is up. The lone StuG burns on the hill.
Below: The sad remains of the once victorious Shermans burn on the west-flank.
Below: The victorious Axis forces (from left to right), Unteroffizer Grace, Hauptmann Craig and Unteroffizer Iain.
Glasgow Games Group
Glasgow Games Group
Glasgow Games Group
Rangers at BritCon 2013
held 10 - 11 August 2013
Armed with books and dice; myself and Lee descended on Britcon 2013 to re-fight the battle for Arnhem Bridge as part of Operation: Market Garden. With Armoured Cars, Paratroopers, Tigers and Shermans, would we re-create history as it happened? Or change it for the better? We had two attempts over the two days of the show. Alongside the participation Market Garden game was a table with Open Fire for players who had never played Flames Of War a chance to learn before we jumped them on the Market Garden game.

Rangers at BritCon 2013
Rangers at BritCon 2013 On both days of the show we showed new gamers how to play Flames Of War and then got them to choose their forces in the Market Garden table.

Over the course of the 2 days the battles where hard fought with Viktor Graebner made his charge across the bridge, a 250 and a truck got hit by some PIAT fire from the nearby buildings, and the Panzergrenadiers were forced to dismount from their vehicles halfway across, it was then the British sent in some mortar fire to keep one platoon pinned on the bridge.
The Armoured Cars and Viktor did however make it off the bridge, and started pushing back around to scout out positions for the approach Tigers of Kampfgruppe Hummel, a lonely Kingtiger was first to arrive, but soon two platoons of Tigers had entered the fray with a whopping eleven heavy tanks on the board.

The Tigers themselves didn't fancy trying to re-take the buildings from the Paras, and instead opted to wait for the Irish Guards to arrive down the road so they could be sniped off as they arrived.

Rangers at BritCon 2013
Rangers at BritCon 2013
What Hummel didn't bank on what the Irish Guards turning up en masse. Our scenario gave us two dice per turn for reserves, and on turn five we had four platoons show up, and another three the turn after. Soon the Tigers were swamped by Shermans and M10s all with 17 pdr guns which cut through the Tigers armour like tinfoil.

Towards the end of the day, the Germans were re-enforced by the Jagdpanthers and StuGs from schwere Panzerjäger-Abteilung 559. However, by this point, the Shermans have totally engulfed any advantage the Germans had and the Battalion had to retreat, leaving Arnhem Bridge firmly in the hands of the British.
On the morning of day two we decided to replay the battle at the point Hummel’s Tigers had arrived and what would have happened if they had assaulted the British Para position rather than lie in wait. The Germans still lost a number of Tigers to the Irish Guards; however they were able to whittle down the anti-tank guns the Paras had setup under the bridge, one Tiger tried to assault John Frosts position, however the Paras counter attacked and forced him back, where he was fired upon by four M10s in the open. Needless to say, he didn't last long.
Rangers at BritCon 2013
Rangers at BritCon 2013 The luck didn't all go the British way however, and a platoon of Guards riflemen who were rushing to try and push out some Germans in a building were caught off guard and gunned down to a man by seven machine-guns of the Schwere Panzerjäger-Abteilung 559.

Overall both days finished solidly in the British favour, which begs the question of what would have happened if XXX Corps had made it to Arnhem back in 1944.
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Vietnam Afternoon at Quimera
held 11 August 2013
Rangers Marc and Gaspar directed another great Vietnam afternoon at the Quimera store in Madrid, using the Contact! Contact! mission. The game lasted all afternoon, with a lot of situations changing the course of the game.

The gaming community playing Vietnam scenarios at the store keeps growing, so if you are in Madrid check out the weekly Flames Of War activities with the store staff.
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Rangers at Claymore 2013 Rangers at Claymore 2013
Rangers at Claymore 2013
held 4 August 2013
Braving the searing heat generated by the greenhouse like venue; Rangers Mark and Jason ran demo games throughout the day and generated lots of interest in Flames Of War. Mark of course was dressed in his now famous show uniform.
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Tabletop Nation
Chelmsford Bunker Rangers at Tabletop Nation
held 20 July 2013
The Rangers from Chelmsford Bunker were on hand down at Tabletop Nation, running intro games of Open Fire and demo games of Vietnam, above are some action shots of the demo games.

Keep an eye out for the next event at Tabletop Nation.

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Overlord Campaign
held 18 July 2013
The guys at Dominaria in Spain keep going with the Overlord Campaign,these shots are from the gaming night. On the night they were joined by 2 new gamers who had just picked up their copies of Open Fire. Pop down to Dominaria every Thursday to join in the Flames of War gaming night.
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Strategic Land VII Barcelona, Spain
held 6 June 2013
Strategic Land VII is one of the largest gaming shows in Spain the Rangers were on hand running painting lessons throughout the show alongside intro games of Open Fire. The larger table featured a Total War Game was also available for gamers to take part in.

So if you are in Barcelona next year in June make sure that you make some time to go to Strategic Land VIII

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La Brigada de Quimera at Lisboa La Brigada de Quimera at Lisboa, Portugal
held 22-23 June 2013
The team of FoW players from the Quimera store in Madrid, Spain, went to Lisboa in Portugal for the ‘Pupilos do Exercito’ tournament, held the whole weekend with a total of 26 players. The QuimeraSpanish team came back with the following prizes: best individual player, best general, best team and best represented army!
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Tank Aces Campaign at Dominaria in Oviedo Tank Aces Campaign at Dominaria in Oviedo Tank Aces Campaign at Dominaria in Oviedo, Spain
held 1 July 2013
S-Games D-Day Demo Game
held 13 July 2013
S Games using the new Beach Landing map played demos games showing players how to play the D-Day beach landing scenarios. Here you can see one of the new players with his copy of Open Fire.

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Rangers at Quimera
held 9 June 2013

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COGS had been invited to attend and run a participation game at Stoke Challenge, so rather than take just one large game we decided to run two starter games instead.  Dave Wise the GCN secretary along with one of our COGS club members, Terry Cook, ran the new 'Steampunk' 'In Her Majesty's Name' game and I ran an 'Open Fire' intro game.
The show is not large when compared to other war gaming shows, however the hall is a good size and it was actually surprising how many traders and games tables actually fitted into the venue. The traders, selling all manner of war gaming models, buildings, books and supplies as you would expect ringed the walls of the main hall, with a small 'bring and buy' and 'Warboot' in an adjacent room. There was a reasonable if somewhat select selection of traders, a good selection of participation games and a small tournament with various systems. I made several purchases from the traders, mainly Osprey books for reference for my British and US Airborne Flames Of War armies, several of them as it turns out, and bagged a couple of other good book bargains which never hurts.  I also picked up a very nice 15mm walled European farm MDF kit for my Flames Of War scenery collection and a couple of cans of World War Two Late-war German armour spray paint.
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I ran three full games of Open Fire on the day, two wins to the Axis players and one win for the Allies on this occasion.  All of the several people who tried the games had not played Flames of War previously and everyone who participated seemed to enjoy the games.

Overall it was a pretty decent show, it was a good enjoyable day out, and one I would look to attend again if we are invited back to run a game.
COGS at Stoke Challenge
Total War at Central De Jocs
held 6 July 2013
Central de Jocs and Strategic Land joined forces to organise a Total War battle; 8100 points with eight players per side. It was also the first event with a Catalan Ranger who showed the game to new players at the place.
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Gaming and Painting Night at Legend Spelbutik in Sweden
held
26 June 2013
Flames Of War gamers of all ages meet every Wednesday at Legend Spelbutik in Sweden, where they paint Flames Of War miniatures and play from 17.00
to 21.00.

The staff will show you how to paint and play, just contact Peter at the store for more details:

www.legendspiel.se
26 June 2013 Gaming and Painting Night at Legend Spelbutik in Sweden
26 June 2013 Gaming and Painting Night at Legend Spelbutik in Sweden 26 June 2013 Gaming and Painting Night at Legend Spelbutik in Sweden
26 June 2013 Gaming and Painting Night at Legend Spelbutik in Sweden
26 June 2013 Gaming and Painting Night at Legend Spelbutik in Sweden 26 June 2013 Gaming and Painting Night at Legend Spelbutik in Sweden 26 June 2013 Gaming and Painting Night at Legend Spelbutik in Sweden
Tournament at e-Minis in Cádiz, Spain. Tournament at e-Minis in Cádiz, Spain.
held 8 June 2013

E-Minis runs Flames Of War tournaments monthly at their store in Cádiz, visit their webpage to find out about their next events: www.e-minis.net
Tournament at e-Minis in Cádiz, Spain. Tournament at e-Minis in Cádiz, Spain. Tournament at e-Minis in Cádiz, Spain.
Tournament at e-Minis in Cádiz, Spain. Tournament at e-Minis in Cádiz, Spain. Tournament at e-Minis in Cádiz, Spain.
Tournament at e-Minis in Cádiz, Spain. Tournament at e-Minis in Cádiz, Spain. Tournament at e-Minis in Cádiz, Spain.
D-Day Ranger Event at La Comarca del Hobby in Zaragoza, Spain.
held 29 June 2013

Carlos and Nacho prepared a 360cm x 120cm D-Day table for the store La Comarca del Hobby; it will be used there in a series of Ranger events during the month of July. The first meeting was last Saturday, coordinated by Carlos who introduced new players to the scenarios and rules of Flames Of War.

More events are coming, please contact the store for more information: +34 976 078 570

D-Day Ranger Event at La Comarca del Hobby in Zaragoza, Spain. held 29 June 2013
D-Day Ranger Event at La Comarca del Hobby in Zaragoza, Spain. held 29 June 2013 D-Day Ranger Event at La Comarca del Hobby in Zaragoza, Spain. held 29 June 2013
D-Day Ranger Event at La Comarca del Hobby in Zaragoza, Spain. held 29 June 2013
D-Day Ranger Event at La Comarca del Hobby in Zaragoza, Spain. held 29 June 2013 D-Day Ranger Event at La Comarca del Hobby in Zaragoza, Spain. held 29 June 2013 D-Day Ranger Event at La Comarca del Hobby in Zaragoza, Spain. held 29 June 2013
D-Day Ranger Event at La Comarca del Hobby in Zaragoza, Spain. held 29 June 2013 D-Day Ranger Event at La Comarca del Hobby in Zaragoza, Spain. held 29 June 2013 D-Day Ranger Event at La Comarca del Hobby in Zaragoza, Spain. held 29 June 2013
21 June at Central de Jocs in Barcelona, Spain.
The guys at Central de Jocs run demo games of Flames Of War every week, so pop in to learn how to play and paint. The store also organises the FoW Catalan League, if you are interested in taking part of it, please contact Joan there for more details.
21 June at Central de Jocs in Barcelona, Spain. 21 June at Central de Jocs in Barcelona, Spain. 21 June at Central de Jocs in Barcelona, Spain.
21 June at Central de Jocs in Barcelona, Spain. 21 June at Central de Jocs in Barcelona, Spain.
S-Games in Wiener Neustadt, Austria.
held 23 June 2013
The recently opened S-Games store located south of Vienna is running demo games every weekend, where new gamers are starting a new Flames of War community in the area.
S-Games in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. S-Games in Wiener Neustadt, Austria.
D-Day Landing Event at Janco Toys in Barnsley.
held 23 June 2013
This Ranger event at Janco Toys featured the D-Day landings, including real sand for the beachfront. Gamers of all ages participated and had lots of fun, and after the event some of them immediately started their own new armies. Everyone involved is looking forward for the next Ranger event and plans are being made to organise games against other Flames Of War communities.

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D-Day Landing Event at Janco Toys in Barnsley
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Heroes & Legends in Croydon, Surrey.
held 23 June 2013
Stuart ran Flames of War D-Day demos to new gamers, with the German side winning. It was a very fun day, and participants will return for a full points demo game, joining the gamers community in the Croydon area.

Heroes & Legends in Croydon, Surrey. Heroes & Legends in Croydon, Surrey.
Heroes & Legends in Croydon, Surrey. Heroes & Legends in Croydon, Surrey. Heroes & Legends in Croydon, Surrey.
Rangers At The Game Store in Antwerp, Belgium.
held 22 June 2013
The Belgian Rangers run Open Fire demo games every second weekend of the month at The Games Store in Antwerp. Please call the store for details about painting demos on Saturdays, and Open Fire demos on other days.

Rangers At The Game Store in Antwerp, Belgium. Rangers At The Game Store in Antwerp, Belgium. Rangers At The Game Store in Antwerp, Belgium.
Rangers At The Game Store in Antwerp, Belgium. Rangers At The Game Store in Antwerp, Belgium. Rangers At The Game Store in Antwerp, Belgium.
Veitnam in Summer at Central de Jocs in Barcelona, Spain.
held 6th June 2013
Central de Jocs started an ongoing Vietnam battle scenario "Vietnam a l´estiu" (Vietnam in Summer), meetings are at their store every 10 days, visit their Mekong Jungle and experience the real dampness! Call the store for more details: +34 933 222 570.
Central de Jocs in Barcelona, Spain. Central de Jocs in Barcelona, Spain.
Common Ground Games at Stirling in Scotland
held 15 June 2013
Mark and Jason ran demonstration games of Flames Of War with new gamers visiting the store specifically for that. Common Ground Games has a new gaming area full of tables, were the demonstrations were enjoyed by gamers of all ages.
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Common Ground Games at Stirling in Scotland Common Ground Games at Stirling in Scotland Common Ground Games at Stirling in Scotland
Asociación Cultural Valkyria in Málaga, Spain.
held 15 June 2013
The guys from Frikeo.com run demonstration games of the new Spanish translation of Open Fire! In addition to the gaming, the new players were provided with valuable information of how to start building their own Flames Of War armies.

Asociación Cultural Valkyria in Málaga, Spain. Asociación Cultural Valkyria in Málaga, Spain.
Asociación Cultural Valkyria in Málaga, Spain.
Asociación Cultural Valkyria in Málaga, Spain.
Alien Airsoft in Madrid, Spain.
held 26 May 2013
It was a busy and fun day for the Rangers at Alien Airsoft. After running demo games of Flames Of War all afternoon, there were plent of new players joining the Flames Of War community in the Madrid area.

Alien Airsoft
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Vietnam Open Day at Strategos in Murcia, Spain.
held 25 May 2013
25 May saw the gamers at Strategos turned from the battlefields of Europe to the hot jungles of Vietnam. Over the course the day players were shown the subtle differences between the two periods before diving into a large participation game.  Over the next few hours the US forces held firm against the PAVN, reports where that the Americans helicopters gave them the advantage.

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Chelmsford Bunker
held 8 - 9 June 2013 at Grumpy Old Wargamers Convention
The guys from Chelmsford Bunker were invited to demonstrate Flames Of War and Flames Of War Vietnam at Table Top Nation as part of the Grumpy War Gamers Convention. There was plenty of interest in the Vietnam table and the 1500 points games taking place. The US helicopters were a real attraction to any wandering gamers due to the visual impact that they have on the table.

Chelmsford Bunker
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What was noted on the day that most people who knew how to play regular Flames Of War were really interested in the Helicopter rules, the US Wounded rules and the PAVN resistance teams. The Vietnam game brings a side of an insurgency war game to the table top which regular Flames Of War doesn't have.
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Wappinshaw in Glasgow, Scotland
held 1 June 2013

Mark and Jason ran new players through Flames of War during the weekend, Worlds at War sold out of Open Fire. Mark adds to the atmosphere with dress uniform and ensuring that new players are kept in line.

Wappinshaw
Wappinshaw
Wappinshaw
Wappinshaw
Wappinshaw
Wappinshaw
Wappinshaw
Wappinshaw
Wappinshaw

Fantasy Warehouse in Köln, Germany
held 1 June 2013

As you can see it was a busy convention day for the Rangers, they can also be seen pictured in behind their great D-Day board proudly wearing their Rangers T-shirts.

Fantasy Warehouse 
Fantasy Warehouse
Fantasy Warehouse
Fantasy Warehouse
Fantasy Warehouse
Dadi & Piombo Steel Models Late War Tournament
held 18 - 19 May 2013.
The pictures you see here were taken at the fantastic Flames Of War Tournament that took place in San Marino at the Dadi.com Convention last Sunday.  The tournament took place in a wonderful venue as the players were surrounded by plenty of other wargaming tables around us and lots of curious onlookers. 

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The tournament was at 1780 point Late-war affair and, as you can see from the pictures, all the guys had a lot of fun and we were definitely in good company. Some nice and always smiling girls from the hotel reception even came to visit the festivities in an attempt to try and understand what these fully grown men were doing.

In the end we had an excellent day of gaming and introduced the game to plenty of new people. The store also helped us to provide plenty of products to all the existing and new players!
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Escuadron 201 at Trollmarket
held 17 May 2013
Located at Torres Adalid 707, near Division del Norte in Benito Juarez, Mexico City; the Trollmarket is full of many a veteran wargamer and is the centre of plenty of gaming activities throughout the week. It’s a great place to drop by when you have a free afternoon!

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We also got two new players to join in on a demo game as they faced off against each other as seasoned veteran who can trace his roots back to version one of Flames Of War was on hand to offer comments and advice. As Escuadron 201 gets around all the different stores in Mexico City, we’ve discovered quite a few players who used to play or who have armies tucked away somewhere are getting excited about Flames Of War and the prospect of re-building the community.
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We even managed to run a quick game of Soviets vs. Soviets to showcase some of the more advanced rules to the people in the store. Speaking of Soviets, the past two weeks also saw the start of our Operation Bagration Firestorm campaign at Quest Hobbies; the hostilities quickly escalated in the north and were followed by liberation of Vitebsk by Soviet forces.

After a river crossing battle (with the one bridge becoming a parking lot full of wreaked tanks) with a nerve racking finish, the city was liberated and battles will keep going every week for the foreseeable future. We’re using the campaign to attract customers to the different stores, changing venues every week. This is enabling us to re-kindle the Flames Of War passion in some of the old school players and to provide a constant flow of games that they can join in on.
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Overall, we’re very excited of things to come. Next store we have lined up for a demonstration evening is Minas Tirith located in the southern part of Mexico City.
Night At The Museums
held 18 May 2013

Night at the Museums was a great event in Poland; with more than 200 museums, government offices and galleries participated in this event. As a club we could not refuse when the store Wargamer asked us to organise Flames Of War introductory games for this event in one of the buildings at the Institute of National Remembrance.

Night At The Museums
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Since we were running introductory games in an institute that specialises in the legal and historical sciences and in particular the recent history of Poland; we decided to give the games some extra Polish flavour by recreating the Battle of Mokra (more about this battle you could read in Wargames Illustrated 281). There was German armoured spearhead attacking a thin line of Polish infantry and Polish cavalry and an armoured train coming in from reserve. The Axis player objective was to have teams in both villages on the table (representing village of Mokra), the Polish player had of course to defend them.
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All of the introductory games were very exciting; German tanks smashing through the Polish lines, cavalry counterattacking German infantry and finally the armoured train coming to the rescue of the beleaguered defenders!
Triples Sheffield
held 18 - 19 May 2013
The 'Triples' show is a large two day war games show held annually in Sheffield, South Yorkshire and for the last three years hosted at the Institute of Sport. The show has a large selection of traders selling all manner of war games goodies, and this year was no different. As well as the traders all manner of war games were on offer in various scales, the show also hosts a selection of tournaments over the course of the weekend.

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The GCN was in attendance with their information stand once again, and this year COGS hosted two games at the show. As part of the GCN information stand COGS presented an 'Open Fire' game along with another game, a game set in 'Indo China'. Tony ran 'Open Fire' demo games all weekend and the GCN secretary Dave Wise along with other COGS club members ran the 28mm 'Indo China' skirmish game set in Laos in 1954 using a 'home made' rule set.
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We were busy running 'Open Fire' games all through the show on both days, hosting four games on the Saturday and five games on the Sunday, strangely enough Sunday was the busiest day, normally it’s the other way round.  We had a good spread of age groups playing, in one game we had two young lad's totally annihilating their dad's Axis force. Everybody who played the demo games enjoyed themselves and at least two of the people who tried the demo game went off to buy a copy of the Open Fire set, result! All in all a very enjoyable weekend.

~ Tony, GCN/COGS Ranger Group.

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Comics & Collectibles Chesterfield
Comics & Collectibles Chesterfield
held 7 May 2013
Tony ran the first 'Open Fire' demo games at the store on Tuesday evening from 7.00pm to 10.00pm. The evening was a great success; we had two full demo games during the evening with five new players to Flames Of War trying out 'Open Fire'. At one point during the second game there was a group of several other gamers from the stores existing gaming group looking on and expressing an interest in trying out the game, so much so Tony has been asked to go back and run more 'Open Fire' games at the store in a couple of weeks and to run regular demo sessions in the future.
Comics & Collectibles Chesterfield
Comics & Collectibles Chesterfield
Comics & Collectibles Chesterfield
Rikas One-Day Tournament
Rikas One-Day Tournament
held 11 May 2013
The Ranger Group Rikas in Lituania recently held a one-day tournament. Above are some pictures of the tournament in full swing.
Congratulations to Karolis on winning the tournament.
1. Karolis Jankauskas (GER): 17 Victory points.
2. Michail Grasevich (GER) : 12
Victory points.
3. Tomas Jakubaitis (GER) : 11
Victory points.
4. Balys Narbutas (UK): 9
Victory points.

5. Rimantas Cerniauskas (UK): 8 Victory points.
6. Vitali Vasilus (US): 6
Victory points.
7. Valius Vaitkus (GER): 5
Victory points.
8. Vytautas Podolianka (CCCP): 2
Victory points.

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Acme Games
held 24 April 2013
Alex at Acme Games ran their first Rangers event with seven new players trying out Flames Of War for the very first time.  The following day and evening was spent helping out the new players with which armies they are looking to collect. They will be looking to run another event in the near future, so that the players can get to try out their armies in a small event.

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Nexus Ranger on Tour
Last week I spent the week up in Iceland; whilst I was there I caught up with Einherjar, which is the Icelandic gaming group that does most of their gaming at Nexus. Jokull and his gaming group do a lot of playtesting for Battlefront, and this Sunday I was invited to play a game against Jokull to test out a Russian Tankovy list. So taking to the table with a SS Totenkopf Tank Company my mission was to stop the advancing Russian Tankovy.
So seizing the iniative I advanced on both flanks trying to take out the two advacing lines of T-34/85s. The three Panther Gs on the left flank followed orders to the letter and over the next three turns, stopping the Russians dead in their tracks and started to make inroads to the objective at the far side of the table.
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Nexus
However, on the right flank things did not fair so well for the StuGs and the two Tigers they put a slight dent in the flanking force but soon found themselves out gunned and losing ground on the right flank.
My Company Commander distracted by the events on the right flank failed to notice the four ISU-122s advancing up the center. The ISU-122s made short work of the two Panthers and with nothing left to contest the objectives the Russians advanced past the remaining Panthers to claim the objective.

A great game of Flames Of War and I think you will agree Jokull looks great in his Russian uniform. If you are ever planing a trip up to Iceland then drop into Nexus you will find it a store that has a fantastic range of wargames, board games, comics and DVDs. Also get in touch with the Einherjar, and I am sure they will be more than happy to arrange a game with you.
Nexus

Thanks to Jokull and the gamers of Einherjar for their warm hospitality and for showing me some of the World War II sites in Reykavik.

I know I am going to be back next year, and hoepfully come away with a victory this time.

~ Gareth.

Rangers at Salute 2013
Rangers at Salute 2013
held 20 April 2013

The four Rangers from the Chelmsford Bunker ran Flames Of War demos using Open Fire through the course of the day. Two more Rangers taught visitors how to play Spartacus and also the new supplement Serpants and the Wolf.


Tim from the Reading Wargames Assocaition, using the Vietnam board, took visitors through Tour of Duty, showing experienced Flames Of War players, the delights of helicopters and armour from the 1970s. New players to Flames Of War were also shown how to play.
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Throughout the course of the day, the American forces managed to defend the Firebase three times, and the North Vietnamese captured the Firebase four times so a narrow win for the Forces of the Republic.

A big thank you to the Rangers from Chelmsford Bunker and Reading Wargames Association.

Escuadron 201 Reporting In!
It’s been an exciting few weeks in Mexico City, as boots hit the ground running and Ranger Club Escuadron 201 has been demoing and recruiting. Our strategy has been a two pronged attack in two of the prime gaming facilities in the city; Quest Hobbies and Kallisti Juegos.


Kallisti is located in the western side of Mexico City, it has great gaming space and people. Demo night at Kallisti was held on 4 April 2013 with several people rolling in to try the game for the first time. We’re very proud to have a couple youngsters approaching us to try the game who absolutely loved it.

Escuadron 201 Reporting In!
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One of them was so excited with the game that he’s now the proud owner of a fairly large Late-war Soviet army!
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After the demonstrations at Kallisti, another player decided to order a copy of the Open Fire! box set.
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Demo night at Quest Hobbies was held on 13 April 2013. Quest Hobbies caters a bit more to the experienced gamers in the city and our event was full of people that had some previous experience with the game but had dropped out for some reason. They have four gorgeous gaming tables and even repainted one especially for the event to include some marshes!
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We got to walk everyone through the game fairly quickly and got four players face off against each other with an Open Fire! set and two Africa themed armies.
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All of the players already had started armies of their own, so getting together and making sure everybody could play a basic game was great to get the community back on track. There’s talk in the air of running a Firestorm campaign and we will start forming team to get the campaign rolling next week.
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One of the veterans in the group recently made his mind up to get an Open Fire! box set to expand on the army he is already developing.
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All in all, the past few weeks have been fantastic. The Flames Of War community in Mexico City always has a lot of fun and the involved players are always interest in new ways to grow the hobby and enjoying the game. 
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Kallisti Juegos is located at Calzada de los Leones #145, loc 103, C.P. 01710, Mexico City. Telephone: 5680 0373.
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Quest Hobbies is located at Calle Empresa #91, loc A, C.P. 03920, Mexico City. Telephone: 5598 9278.
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Footfall at Shadow
Our first Ranger event really has gone with a bang today. Footfall at Shadow was immense during the morning and we got to speak to several members of the wider community who were all keen to observe or take part in our demonstration games.  Interest in the club as a whole was also high and I look forward to welcoming all the new visitors to the club over the next few weeks. Although it calmed down in the afternoon, Ben, Alan, Adam C and myself were all able to get a game in against both the new and old faces. 

Footfall at Shadow
The scenery provided by the team at Shadow was excellent (as was the free caffeine and sandwiches! Thanks guys!). Tabletop gaming is truly alive and thriving in Rugby!
Footfall at Shadow Lots of players were taking part in the many events on offer during the course of the day, but Flame Of War proved to be a popular draw with both existing and new potential members showing interest in purchasing Open Fire and playing at the club. Now that all the infantry are painted to a reasonable tabletop standard and the tanks done too, anybody will be able to use the set whenever they like as it will be kept at the club for communal use.
I finally made it home after six and was still promoting the club right up until leaving, with customers still coming into the store right up until I left. Flames Of War is a fast paced game compared to other systems and I believe that it will gain more support going forward.
Overall, I consider that there is a good future for events like today; promoting both Flames Of War and the club as a whole and engaging with like-minded individuals. 

Thanks to everyone who turned out today to support the club at large; you all made the day the success it was, especially Alan who turned out despite feeling poorly.
Footfall at Shadow
Footfall at Shadow Anyway, if you didn't get or haven't had the chance to try out something different get down to the club soon and get your Shermans out! If only the day had been better for poor old Jerry - who got soundly thrashed by the Allies for most of the day and narrowly lost in a down to the wire game right at the tail end of the afternoon. Next time it'll be different I'm sure.

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GothCon 2013
At the yearly gaming convention in Göteborg the brave souls from the club Yggdrassil organised a successfully run a Flames Of War tournament. Thirty players were keen to answer the call to arms including no less than seven players for whom GothCon their first ever Flames Of War tournament. With varied tables and missions together with many well painted miniatures and some of the most polite players I've ever met it was, as always, a pleasure to umpire.

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Big congratulations to Per Engström (Best General), Klaes Edlund (Jolly Good Chap), Stefan Salomonsson (Best Painted) and Andreas Isaksson (Best Newbie) as well as the other winners.
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The Rangers were on hand running Open Fire demos and Vietnam for those that had not tried it before. GothCon will be back next year on 18-20 April 2014. Keep an eye out for more information nearer the time.
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All Quite On The Easter Front
held at Vanguard Wargames
Vanguard Wargames in preparation to their Rangers event ran a tournament over the Easter Weekend on the Saturday using a three game format with a few secret objectives thrown in. All Quiet On The Easter Front was a 1750 point, Late-war tournament with any of the Late War books and PDFs available for the entrants to draw their forces from. Missions were chosen beforehand (with some feedback from the community; everyone has their favourites).

Vanguard Wargames
Mission One: Started things off very simply to shake out the early morning sleepiness: Free-For-All.

Mission Two: Stepped things up with Breakthrough.

Mission Three: Closed proceedings with Surrounded.

As a bit of a quirk, and something that has been buzzing around the Bristol community for some time, I threw in some Secret Objectives. These were selected before the battle started, but after deployment.

They affected the outcome of the games by adding a Victory Point to each side and acting as a tie-breaker in the final scoring. Over three games, the odds of a tie were quite high. As it happened, despite my attempts at avoiding it, there was still a tie for second, which was only broken by the fact that second place had beaten third place earlier in the tournament!

Here are the secret objectives (feel free to use the idea or even these exact objectives!):
Vanguard Wargames Objective One: Destruction!
Rumours floating around that the enemy has infiltrated your ranks; maybe because of spy sections like the Skorzeny Commando group, inflated after-action reports, or just plain old propaganda. Either way, your combat group will gain a moral boost if you manage to smash their infiltration unit.

Select one enemy support platoon. That platoon must be completely destroyed at all costs! Causing a platoon morale check that fails counts, and aircraft do not. If the opponent has no support platoons, choose a combat platoon.
Objective Two: King of the Hill!
Nothing beats an against-all-odds story! Whether you hold the hill against wave after wave of attacks, or forced aside an overwhelming defence, claiming that hill will inevitably make good propaganda, and make for a great movie script in the future.

Select one piece of terrain NOT in either side’s deployment area. You must get one of your platoons in that piece of terrain and hold it as if it were an objective.

Objective Three: Survival!
Rumours have been circulating that one of your platoons has become a primary target for the enemy, whether that's down to successful propaganda campaigns or those dastardly spies once again, no one knows. But morale will receive a huge boost knowing that despite the enemy throwing everything at this platoon, they survived against the odds.

Select one of your support platoons. That platoon must survive the battle, even if it only as one team left! If the platoon fails a platoon morale check, it is destroyed. If you have no support platoons, select a combat platoon.

Proving that his reputation for winning every game system he plays is very well deserved, using a list that was not in any way optimised for tournament gaming - he bought is American Infantry company with both Mid and Late-war in mind, meaning that the stand out units of his force was usable in both eras, such as the M10s. Ben Edgar was the winner of the tournament, finishing five points clear and only two points short of the maximum available.
Vanguard Wargames
Vanguard Wargames Finishing joint second were John Philips with his Panzerkompanie and Liam Hall with his British Armoured Recce company. With both scoring a 6-1 win, a 5-2 win, a 1-6 loss and achieving two of their secret objectives, things were evidently as close as they could get between them, but as there are no ties in Flames Of War, the only tie-breaker between them was that they'd played each other during the event. As John came out on top in that game, he came out on top in the final standings.
Best Painted army also came down to a tie between John Philips and Sebastian Reid after all the other gamers had voted. After looking at these two armies very closely, I gave the award to Sebastian and his British Paras. It came right down to the tiny details on the models. Sebastian's army was fractionally better, so he picked up the accolade.
Vanguard Wargames
Painting and Gaming Day at Dragons Lair
held 23 March 2013
The stores in the Dragons Lair chain had a successful day of painting and gaming here is a selection of pictures from their stores.
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Painting and Gaming Day at Dragons Lair
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Cannon: Stepping Into The Breech
held 24 March 2013
Unfortunately Tony from COGS spent two days digging out his car from the snow in his area. However, a club from Lincoln stepped into the breach to run Flames Of War demo games on the day as they had brought their copies of Open Fire with them.

Unfortunately the show organiser did not manage to get any contact details for them. So if you were the gamers or you know who they were could you please get in touch with me (gareth.richards@battlefront.co.nz) as I would like to thank you for running the games.

~ Gareth.

Rangers At 6s2Hit
held 15 March 2013
With the store having an emergency on the day of the Rangers event; Jason had to quickly put together a new set and use what terrain could be found. The owner from the store upstairs thankfully let him run some games in his store for the evening.

Rangers At 6s2Hit
Rangers At 6s2Hit
Rangers At 6s2Hit
Rangers At 6s2Hit
A series of demo gamers for new players were ran at the Games Hub in Edinburgh for four hours. A total of seven people took part and it went well with all players enjoying the game and two seriously interested.
Another event will be booked in soon, so keep eyes open for a new date in the 6s2Hit store.
Rangers at Strategos in Murcia, Spain.
held Saturday 9 March 2013
A great day of gaming was had by all as a group of new players were shown how to play Flames Of War,  many of which expressed interest  in a league that will be formed later in the year.

Having Flames Of War rules now available in Spanish certainly made it easier to demonstrate the rules to the players and explain how the game works.


Strategos Calle del General Mola, 34, 30120 Murcia, Spain.

Below: Some of the action for the Ranger event held at Strategos.
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Janco Toys
This is our first Rangers event at Janco Toys and we all had a great deal fun. We set one table up with the new starter set and it looked great with all the miniatures painted ready for people to try Flames Of War for themselves. Our other tables were set up too including one in a winter theme to match my German winterised army.

Right: Young and old fight it out Flames Of War style.
Janco Toys
Janco Toys The Janco Toys club members came out in force to help out the new players, and a lot of the kids from the Saturday club that Janco Toys runs also attend and were keen to learn how to play Flames Of War. It was a great weekend and with so many new players getting into Flames Of War it was hard to tell who was more excited, the kids or the adults. It was nice to see a good range of different armies but sad to say I got beat twice but I’ll get my revenge for the next Flames Of War weekend which is already in planning.

Left: Winter is coming!
The next big event for Flames Of War will be to commemorate the anniversary of D-Day which we will be hosting on 8 June 2013. Big thanks to Battlefront for coming up with the Rangers program; it was a great idea.

Janco Toys
51 Park Road, Worsbrough Bridge
Barnsley, South Yorkshire S70 5AA
United Kingdom
http://www.jancotoys.com
+44 1226 208654

Janco Toys
MARMPA
MARMPA
held 23 February 2013
The club members at MARMPA opened their doors last week to the local gaming community and showed any new comers how to play Flames Of War, a great deal of interest was shown and similar events are already planned for the future.

Right & Below: Some of the action from the days play.
MARMPA
MARMPA
MARMPA
Northern Warlords 
held 26 February 2013
We had six new players last night for introductory games so we were able to run three games, in the first game the Germans took up a strong defensive position behind a wall and begun a long range gun duel in an attempt  to knock-out the Shermans before storming onto the objective. The Shermans pushed forward to try and assault them but were cut down by the combined firepower of the Pak40s and StuGs.

Left: What's my next move?
Northern Warlords
In the second game, the Germans tried to push forward with the infantry with the StuGs and PaK40s providing supporting fire. But this time they were cut down by the MG fire from the Shermans which reduced them to half strength, the survivors successfully dig-in but it was only a matter of time. The StuGs tried to push forward to assault the Paratroopers but despite bouncing a Bazooka shot off the Schürzen they failed to crush any Paras under their tracks and were bailed out in a hail of Gammon Bombs.
Below: The two armies clash.
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For the final game of the night, the Americans tried to push forward with the Paratroopers covered by the supporting fire from the Shermans. This was a marginally more successful and they were able to dig-in on the objective. The Germans had no option but to assault with the Grenadiers in an attempt to push the Paratroopers off the objective. However, despite repeated attempts they were repulsed every time by American Defensive Fire.
Boots on the Ground at Mythika, Spain.
Flames Of War Valencia landed at Mythika Games to run demonstration games using of Open Fire. The table was set up a with the contents of the Open Fire box set before we demonstrated the basic principles of the Flames Of War before running them through their first game.

The event proved very popular, with several games of Flames Of War running at once over the course of the afternoon.  There were plenty of onlookers who either just watched or took part in the games. Many of which were keen to take up Flames Of War.

Below: Some of the action from the event at Mythika, Spain.
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Practise Landings for the Austrian Rangers
To ensure they would be ready for the event being held at HGM Heergeschichtliches Museum being held 9-10 March 2013, the Austrian Rangers ran a practice demonstration day where they played Flames Of War late into the evening. With two new recruits playing for two hours after the demonstration had finished.

If you are in Austria on the 9-10 March or live near the tank museum get yourself along to the show.

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Battlefront Europe HQ
Battlefront Europe HQ
Battlefront Europe HQ
held 14 February 2013
Braving the fury of wives, girlfriends and other loved ones, intrepid gamers arrived at Battlefront Europe HQ for our second Rangers event. Three new recruits were able to play their very first games of Flames Of War. Tom, brand new to wargaming was told to go out and by a lottery ticket on leaving, as he had the unnerving ability to roll whatever score was required as Kevin's StuGs soon discovered.
In the second game of the evening, another new gamer Richard was also the receiving end of Tom's unnerving dice rolling ability despite defending the objective to the last and suffered a narrow loss after losing both his remaining StuGs.

Our next Rangers night is on the 28 February 2013 were we will be expanding to 1000 point forces. But do not fear, if you have never played a game we will have a table set up and ready to take you through your first game.
Battlefront Europe HQ
Battlefront Europe HQ
Generation X Valencia Store
Generation X Valencia Store

Generation X Valencia Store
held 16 February 2013
Rangers from the FOW Valencia Team were in the store to show new and experienced Flames Of War players the finer art of painting tanks and infantry.

There was no rest on the Sunday as they helped in the setting up of a new club FOW Chiva, who will be joining the Rangers program in the near future.

Generation X Valencia Store
Generation X Valencia Store
Generation X Valencia Store
Generation X Valencia Store
The club will be based in the cultural association La Mutua de Chiva.

C/ Antonio Machado nº 6 .
Meeting on Friday afternoon.
More Info: Juan Arturo Muñoz Barros 
E-mail:
armuba@hotmail.com

If you are local to the area and looking for a Flames Of War gaming club then send Juan an email.

Hammerhead Newark
held 10 February 2013
Hammerhead is a show jointly run by the GCN (Gaming Club Networks) and COGS (Chesterfield Open Gaming Society). Our ethos is that all games must be participation to allow as many new players to experience or try out the games on offer. The 2013 show saw 33 traders selling all manner of wargaming goodies. We had 33 full participation games covering all manner of historical periods, genres and gaming systems.

Flames Of War was well represented with an Open Fire game and a massive game set on the Russian Front, both games run by COGS, this was their first Rangers event.

Open Fire
We ran games on the day and had around a dozen players joining in, all the players were new to the show and had never tried Flames Of War before.  Every game went down a treat and all the players left very happy apart from one father whom Germans force was comprehensively beaten by the Allies under the command of his eight year old son, who according to Dad was apparently going to have to walk home after the show.

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Onslaught at Orsha
This was a huge game with three companies totalling 6000 points per side set up on a 10’ x 6’ table.  The game saw the German 78th Sturm Division trying to stop the Russian forces from re-taking the city of Orsha on 26 June 1944.  We had a good portion of the city of Orsha represented on one side of the board and loads of rural scenery and buildings from Battlefront on the other.  We had numerous fortifications and obstacles for the Russian forces to deal with before they reached the city itself.  Two of club members were on each side of the table to direct the game and were joined throughout the day by a large numbers of attendees at the show. The only argument we had with this game on the day was between two friends who wanted to go and get an Open Fire set after playing on the Orsha board for about four hours as they and could not decide who wanted which force!

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Battlefront HQ
held 31 January 2013
We ran our first Rangers night at the Battlefront Europe HQ and had 6 new faces to Flames of War. 3 of which had never played a table top wargame before and the other 3 being new to Flames of War. Over the course of the night we ran games that taught the use of tanks to start off with to show the basics of the turn sequence and rules of the game. Then we added in Infantry so that the players could then start to learn combined tactics with Tanks and Infantry.

Right: Ben deep in thought pondering his next move whilst Joaquin watches on.
Battlefront HQ
Battlefront HQ Meanwhile on another table Anders with his Russians took on Pete using Germans in closely fought came both players ground out to bloody draw.

Left: The German make good use of the fields to give their troops some cover.
Our next Rangers night will be on the 14th of February, where we will run more Intro Games for those new to Flames of War and also look to start a Tank Aces Campaign for those players how have played a few games.

Contact Gareth at Gareth.Richards@battlefront.co.nz for more information.

Right: The smoke from the T34/85 wrecks can be clearly seen.

Battlefront HQ
World at War World at War Livington
held 2 Feburary 2013
Our first Flames Of War Rangers Day was a great success for the Worlds at War and for our customers. We had demos and intro games running all day. Several new players enjoyed an Open Fire demo and we sold out all but one of our Open Fire box sets. For the more experienced new players we had company sized games running and even a Vietnam intro game. Our new recruits discussed lists, nations, tactics and modelling with our Ranger and veteran players so that they left not only with their Open Fire box sets but also the inspiration to get their Open Fire miniatures assembled, painted and on the table. The consensus of all was that the Rangers Day was a great stepping stone to getting more people playing Flames of War. All in it was a great day for all our customers who can look forward to playing more fantastic games with more gaming friends. Bookings for our regular Flames of War tournaments and sessions at the shop are up already!

~ Frank Keist, Store Owner.
Crusade Penarth
held 26 January 2013
The demo gamers braved the bad weather in South Wales to ensure that the Flames Of War demo table was fully manned throughout the day. Unfortunately due to the bad weather attendance was down on the year before.

Whilst running one of the intro games Jones the Dice was beaten by possibly the youngest gamer at the show at the age of 6.

Museum L'Iber del Soldadito de Plomo: Valencia, Spain
held 27 - 28 December 2012
The Valencia Team Flames Of War Group used their freshly painted Bocage table and  demonstration set to run intro games at the Museum L’Iber del Soldadito de Plomo. The over the two days plenty introductory games were run and players who had not previously tried Flames of War showed great interest and will be popping to their local stockist to pick up a copy.

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Onslaught Games: Brighton & Hove
held 1 December 2012
Lee from the Brighton Warlords ran games of Open Fire on Saturday 1st. Existing regulars in the shop who had not tried Flames of War before had their first games; a few gamers bought copies of Open Fire and are now trying to work out which nation that they want to play. Brighton Warlords will be holding their annual Brighton Bash on the 12 - 13 January 2013.

Onslaught Games: Brighton & Hove
Freakshow Gorona Freakshow Gorona Freakshow Girona
held 1 December 2012
The pre-orders for Fuego A Discrecion (Spanish for Open Fire) have been going well in the store and with the Christmas festivities coming up, players from CAWA Girona set up in the store after the siesta and ran a large demo game of Open Fire where players were welcomed to join in and learnt how to play. There will be events planned for the New Year at Freakshow with the release of Fuego A Discrecion.
Valencia Team Flames Of War Group
The guys in the Valencia Team Flames Of War Group have been busy over the last few weeks on their latest project. With the recent release of Normandy Battles the guys have been inspired to start a campaign in Normandy. Check out the pictures of the gaming mat they have made.
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Last Updated On Thursday, November 07, 2013 by Steven at Battlefront