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Weapons Companies (VPABX08)

Weapons Companies (VPABX08)

Weapons Companies (VPABX08)
includes one Anti-air Company with one Command AK47 Assault Rifle team & three Type 54 12.7mm AA MG with crew, one Mortar Company with one Command AK47 Assault Rifle team, three Type 53 82mm mortars with crew & one optional Observer AK47 Assault Rifle team, one Recoilless Gun Company with one Command AK47 Assault Rifle team & three Type 52 75mm recoilless guns with crew, one Small two-hole base, three Small three-hole bases, six Medium four-hole bases & three Medium bases.

The PAVN weapons companies were equipped with an array of different armaments for a diverse number of roles. Much of the equipment was Chinese copies of either Soviet weapons or American equipment that was captured during the conflict in Korea.

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The Vietnam War defined a generation, whether it was through service in Vietnam or opposition to the war. The war in Vietnam remains one the bloodiest wars since the Second World War.

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For example, the Type 52 recoilless rifle was a copy of the American M20 75mm recoilless rifle and the Type 53 82mm mortar were copies of the old, but reliable Soviet 82-BM-37 battalion mortar.

Perhaps no piece of equipment was more important than the Type 54 12.7mm Anti-aircraft machine-gun. The American forces relied heavily on the helicopter for mobility, firepower and supply and any capability to threaten this dependence was welcomed by the communist forces. 

Figures designed by Anton Ducrot
Painted by Mark Hazell, James Brown & Jeremy Painter

The Recoilless Gun Company
The Command AK47 Assault Rifle Team
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The AK47 Assault Rifle Team in Flames Of War Vietnam
Team
Mobilty
Range
ROF
Anti-tank
Firepower
Notes
AK47 Assault Rifle team
Infantry
8"/20cm
2
1
6
Full ROF when moving.
The Type 52 75mm Recoilless Guns Teams
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The Type 52 75mm Recoilless Gun in Flames Of War Vietnam
Team
Mobility
Range
ROF
Anti-tank
Firepower
Notes
Type 52 75mm recoilless gun
Man-packed
24"/60cm
2
9
3+ Recoilless gun.
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Recoilless Guns
These weapons vent propellant gasses from the rear of the gun to counteract the recoil of the shell being fired. Although this creates a large cloud of dust and flying debris behind the gun, it does allow it to do away with the heavy recoil-absorbing carriage of most artillery.


Recoilless guns never count as Concealed if they fired in their last Shooting Step as the dust cloud gives away their position.

Because of the danger from flying debris, you cannot fire aRecoilless gun when any part of a friendly team is directly behind and within 2”/5cm of the Gun team. Recoilless guns cannot fire from within Buildings.
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The Mortar Company
The Command AK47 Assault Rifle Team
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The AK47 Assault Rifle Team in Flames Of War Vietnam
Team
Mobilty
Range
ROF
Anti-tank
Firepower
Notes
AK47 Assault Rifle team
Infantry
8"/20cm
2
1
6
Full ROF when moving.
The Observer AK47 Assault Rifle Team
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Observer teams need a good view of the battlefield in order to do their job correctly. Be sure to deploy them in a position where they have an excellent view of the battlefield such as on a hilltop or on the top floor of a multi-level building.
Type 53 82mm Mortar Teams
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The Type 53 82mm Mortar in Flames Of War Vietnam
Team
Mobilty
Range
ROF
Anti-tank
Firepower
Notes
Type 53 82mm mortar Man-packed
24"/60cm
2
2
3+
Minimum range 8"/20cm.
Firing bombardments
  40"/100cm
-
2
6
 
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Fire Assault
Assaults by the People’s Army were often accompanied by a mortar bombardment fired from carefully reconnoitred positions.

The Bộ Binh Mortar Company may be held off table using the Fire Assault special rule on page 114 of Tour Of Duty. Only the Observer team appears on table.
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The Anti-Air Company
The Command AK47 Assault Rifle Team
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The AK47 Assault Rifle Team in Flames Of War Vietnam
Team
Mobilty
Range
ROF
Anti-tank
Firepower
Notes
AK47 Assault Rifle team
Infantry
8"/20cm
2
1
6
Full ROF when moving.
The Type 54 12.7mm AA MG Teams
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The Type 54 12.7mm AA MG in Flames Of War Vietnam
Team
Mobility
Range
ROF
Anti-tank
Firepower
Notes
Type 54 12.7mm AA MG
Man-packed
16"/40cm
4
4
5+
Anti-aircraft. Turntable.
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Guns on Turntables
Some guns, mostly anti-aircraft guns, are mounted on turntables allowing them to turn in any direction.


Gun teams on Turntables can fire in any direction.
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The PAVN Weapons Companies Ready To Unite The North & South
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Contents of the Weapons Companies Box Set
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The Recoilless Gun Company
Command Team
Description of Components

a. 1x Officer figure walking forward.
b. 1x NCO figure holding AK47 with hand up.
c. 1x AK47 figure.


Assembling The Command Team
Simply arrange figure A, figure B and figure C to taste on one of the small three-hole base provided in the box set.
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Description of Components
a. 1x Advancing figure holding AK47.
b. 3x Kneeling figures pointing.
c. 2x Kneeling figures with hand up.
d. 3x Kneeling figures.
e. 3x Type 52 recoilless guns.
f. 3x Type 52 recoilless gun tripods.
Assembling The Type 52 75mm Recoilless Gun
Step 1. The tripod has a plug to match the tab on the base of the Type 52 recoilless gun. Ensure that the single leg of the tripod is pointing towards the muzzle of the gun when joining the two. Below: The fully-assembled Type 52 recoilless gun.
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The Type 52 75mm recoilless gun are manned by a three-man crew. Surrounded each of your Type 52 75mm guns with one of each figure type (figures B, C, and D). One team with will contain the AK47 figure (figure A) and two other figures. The Type 52 75mm recoilless gun teams are modelled on the the medium four-hole bases included in the box set.
Weapons Companies (VPABX08) The Mortar Company
Command Team
Description of Components

a. 1x Officer figure holding map.
b. 1x NCO figure with AK47 and pointing.
c. 1x Rifleman figure with SKS.

Assembling The Command Team
Simply arrange figure A, figure B and figure C to taste on one of the small three-hole base provided in the box set.
Observer Team
Description of Components
a. 1x Standing figure with hand up.
b. 1x Kneeling figures pointing.

Assembling The Observer Team
Simply arrange figure A and figure B to taste on one of the small two-hole base provided in the box set.
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Description of Components
a. 1x NCO figure with AK47 and pointing.
b.
3x Kneeling figures with hand up.
c.
2x Kneeling figures pointing.
d. 3x Mortar gunner figures holding mortar projectile.
e. 3x Type 53 82mm mortar tubes with base plate.
f. 3x Type 53 82mm mortar bipods.
Assembling The Type 53 82mm Mortar

Step 1.
Attach the mortar bipod to the mortar tube and base.
Tip: Arrange the gunner figure (figure D) in an appropiate spot when basing the mortar tip.
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Each Type 53 82mm mortar is manned by a three-man crew made up of a gunner figure (figure D) and one of figures types B and C. One mortar teams will contain the NCO figure (figure A) as well as the gunner and one other crew figure of your choice. The Type 53 82mm mortar teams are modelled on the the medium four-hole bases included in the box set.
Weapons Companies (VPABX08) The Anti-Air Company
Command Team
Description of Components

a. 1x Officer figure holding bugle & pointing.
b. 1x NCO figure with AK47 & pointing.
c. 1x Rifleman figure with AK47.

Assembling The Command Team
Simply arrange figure A, figure B and figure C to taste on one of the small three-hole base provided in the box set.
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Description of Components
a. 1x Rifleman figure with SKS.
b.
1x Rifleman figure with AK47.
c.
1x Kneeling figures pointing.
d.
3x Gunner figures.
e. 3x Loader figures.
f. 3x Type 54 12.7mm AA MGs.
g. 3x Wheel set for Type 54 12.7mm AA MG tripod.
h. 3x Twin leg section for Type 54 12.7mm AA MG tripod.
i. 3x Single single for Type 54 12.7mm AA MG tripod.
Assembling The Type 54 12.7mm AA MG
Step 1. Begin by assembling the tripod mount by attaching the single leg to the twin section. Below: The tripod mount has a small plug.
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Below: The base of the Type 54 12.7mm AA MG as a small tab to match the plug on the tripod mount. Step 2. Attach the Type 54 12.7mm AA MG to the tripod mount. Step 3. Finally, when it comes to basing, position the gunner figure behind the Type 54 12.7mm AA MG and have the loader figure close by.
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The Type 54 12.7mm AA MG is manned by a three-man crew. Surrounded each of your Type 54 AA MGs with a gunner figure (figure D) positioned behind the MG, a loader figure (figure E) nearby. Complete the three-man crew by positioning one of each figure type (figures A, B and C). When basing, ensure you include the wheel set on each base. The Type 54 12.7mm AA MG teams are modelled on the the medium plain bases included in the box set.

The Bases
Description of Components
a. 1x Small two-hole bases.
b. 3x Small three-hole bases.
c.
6x Medium four-hole bases.
d.
3x Medium plain bases.

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Last Updated On Thursday, April 04, 2013 by Blake at Battlefront