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Sturmtiger (GBX31)

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includes two Sturmtiger Heavy Assault Rocket Mortars, two Crew figures & one Decal sheet.

The Sturmtiger assault howitzers of Sturmmörserkompanie 1000 and 1001 were attached to 6. SS-Panzer Armee to take part in Wacht am Rhein (Watch on the Rhine, the Ardennes offensive) in mid-January 1944. However, it wasn’t until late-January that they joined the battle where they were engaged in fighting on the Eifel front around Duren and Euskirchen. They were earmarked to lay waste to Liege once the offensive had broken through the American line.


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Germans forces had smashed through the American 28th and 106th Infantry Divisions before approaching the key crossroads town of Bastogne on 19 December. In the meantime the veteran 101st Airborne Division had been rushed from their camp in France to Bastogne to take up the defence.

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Sturmtiger (GBX31) Circumstances dictated, however, that most Sturmtiger engagements ended up being against Allied field forces rather than the bunkers and buildings they were designed
for. These attacks made a significant impression on the few troops unfortunate enough to end up on the receiving end.

Designed by Evan Allen
Painted by Jeremy Painter

The Sturmtiger
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The Sturmtiger in Flames Of War
      Armour
   
Name
Mobility
Front
Side
Top
Equipment and Notes
Weapon
Range
ROF
Anti-tank
Firepower

Sturmtiger Slow Tank
12
8
2
Hull MG, Overloaded.
38cm RW61 assault howitzer
48"/120cm
1
6
1+
Hull mounted, Awkward layout, Bunker buster, Bunkerfeuer, Rocket assault howitzer, Minimum range 8"/20cm.
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Hull-mounted Guns
Some tanks mount weapons in the front of the hull instead of in a turret to save weight or to make them easier to produce.


A hull-mounted weapon mounted in the front of a vehicle has a 180-degree Field of Fire covering everything in front of a line drawn across the front of the vehicle. If the weapon is mounted at the rear of the vehicle, the Field of Fire covers everything to the rear of a line drawn across the rear of the vehicle.
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Overloaded
Super-heavy tanks and heavily-laden assault guns often overload their engines and suspensions, making them very poor at crossing obstacles.


When required to take a Bogging Check to cross Difficult Going, an Overloaded vehicle becomes Bogged Down on a roll of 1 or 2, rather than the usual 1. An Overloaded vehicle must re-roll successful Skill Tests to cross Very Difficult Going.
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Awkward Layout
Some tank designs have such an awkward internal layout that it is difficult for the crew to fire on the move. In the Archer, for example, the gun recoils into the driver’s position, requiring them to vacate before firing.


Tank teams cannot shoot any weapons with Awkward Layout in their own Shooting Step if they move in the Movement Step. They may still shoot at Aircraft in the enemy’s Shooting Step (see page 181 of the rulebook).

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No Saves from Big Guns
Some weapons 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, Passengers, 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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Rocket Assault Howitzer
The 38cm RW61 assault howitzer of the Sturmtiger packs a powerful punch, but has a low ballistic speed when compared to a high velocity gun.


A 38cm RW61 assault howitzer has a minimum range of 8”/20cm.

Any Armoured vehicle hit by a 38cm RW61 assault howitzer takes an Armour Save using its Top Armour rating rather than its Front or Side Armour rating. Do not add an additional +1 to the target vehicle’s top armour if the range is over 16”/40cm.

Any platoon hit by a 38cm RW61 assault howitzer is automatically Pinned Down.

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Bunkerfeuer
Instead of using the normal shooting rules, a Sturmtiger may use the Bunkerfeuer rules when shooting its 38cm RW61 assault howitzer at Bunkers, teams in Buildings, or Gun teams.

To shoot at a Bunker, a team in a Building, or a Gun team, roll a Skill Test. It the test is successful the Sturmtiger has Hit the target.

Unlike other teams, a Sturmtiger can target Bunkers from ranges over 16”/40cm.


Shooting at Buildings
In addition to the normal Bunker Buster rules, if a 38cm RW61 assault howitzer Hits a team in a large building with multiple rooms, all the teams in rooms adjacent to the target team’s room and those rooms above and below the target team’s room are also Hit.

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A Heavy Assault Howitzer Platoon may not launch Assaults and must Break Off rather than Counterattack.
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Built on the chassis of a Tiger heavy tank, the Sturmtiger carried fourteen 280kg/600lb shells. A platoon of these guns was capable of levelling entire city blocks.
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The Sturmtiger Move Into Position
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Contents of the Sturmtiger Box Set
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Description of Components
a. 1x Winch operator figure.
b. 1x Loader figure.
c. 2x Winch frames
d. 1x Rocket.
e. 1x Hull MG sprue
f. 1x Rocket launcher barrels.
g.
4x Side fenders.
h. 2x Resin Sturmtiger hulls.
i. 2x Loading hatches.
j. 2x Mudguard sprues.
k. 2x Rear hatch sprues.
l. 2x Right-hand side tracks.
m. 2x Left-hand side tracks.
n. 1x Decal sheet.
Assemblying the Sturmtiger
Step 1. Begin assembly by attaching the tracks to the hull of the Sturmtiger.

Note: Each track has been keyed to correspond with a particular side of the hull; this aids in ensuring the correct orientation of the tracks when assembling the miniature. Each track is also marked with a letter L or R to indicate orientation.
Below: The orentation keys on the tracks. Below: The correct alignment for the left-hand side track. Below: The correct alignment for the right-hand side track.
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Tip: When refer to left or right-hand side in regards to a Flames Of War miniature, the orientation is determined as if looking at the vehicle from the rear.
Below: The right-hand side track attached to the hull. Below: The left-hand side track attached to the hull. Step 2. Next, attach the hull MG.

Note: There is an outline etched into the hull showing the position for the hull MG.
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Below: The attached hull MG. Step 3. Next attach the rocket launcher barrel.
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Step 4. The barrel of the rocket launch can be left empty or modelled to include the rocket.
Below: An empty rocket launcher barrel. Below: The loaded rocket launcher barrel.

Note: The warhead can be found on the rear hatch sprue.
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Step 5. Next, attach the loading hatch.
Step 6. Followed by the rear hatch.
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Below: The rear hatch in position. Step 7. Next, attach the winch to the rear of the hull.
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Step 8. The side fenders come next. Below: The right-hand side fender in place.
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Below: The left-hand side fender in place. Step 9. Time to added the rear mudguards
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Below: Both rear mudguards in place.
Step 10. Finally, attach the front mudguards to the hull.
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Below: Both front mudguards in place. Below: With the front mudguards in place to the Sturmtiger is ready for painting.
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Add The Winch Crew
Step 1. Begin by attaching the rocket to the winch. Step 2. Add the winch to the rear to the hull.
Step 3. Position the winch operator figure next to the winch ensuring the handle lines up with the winch.
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Step 4. Attach the loader figure to the hull.
Below: The winch in place. Feel free to experiment with the positioning of the winch crew.
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Last Updated On Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by Blake at Battlefront