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155mm Field Artillery Battery (VUSBX10) 155mm Field Artillery Battery (VUSBX10)
includes one Command M16 team, one Staff team, one Gun section with three M114A1 155mm howitzers with crew one Small three-hole base, one Medium four-hole base & three Large six-hole bases.

Development of the 155mm howitzer M1 began during the late 1930s, when the United States Army determined it needed a new medium field artillery piece to replace the World War One vintage howitzer M1917.

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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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155mm Field Artillery Battery (VUSBX10) The 155mm used separate loading ammunition comprised of four components: a projectile, a separate bagged propellant charge, a fuse and a primer. The propelling charge contained individual bags of powder, which could be reduced depending on the range of the target. The projectiles weighed 95lb each with the fuses placed in the base of the projectile after a ring used for shipping was removed. The primers were placed in the breech of the gun for firing. The 155mm howitzer typically fired 80% or more HE (high explosive) shells, however, it could also fire smoke or white phosphorus shells.

In 1962 the designation system for artillery changed and the 155mm howitzer became known as the M114A1 155mm howitzer. The change in designation didn’t detract from its performance in any way during the course of the conflict in Vietnam.

Gun designed by Evan Allen & Seth Nash
Crew designed by Evan Allen
Painted by Mark Hazell

The Command M16 Rifle Team
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The M16 Rifle Team in Flames Of War Vietnam
Team
Mobility Range
ROF
Anti-tank
Firepower
Notes
M16 Rifle team
-
12"/30cm
2
1
6
Add one die in Defensive Fire.
The Staff Team
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Staff Teams in Flames Of War Vietnam
To do their job, a staff team needs lots of maps, plotting boards, charts and tables, not to mention radios and telephones. All this equipment prevents them from being very mobile or effective in combat.


Although they are an Infantry team, Staff teams are part of their Artillery platoon and move slowly as if they were a Heavy Gun team. A Staff team can shoot as a Rifle team, but cannot function as a Staff team in the turn it does so.

A Staff team can function just as well when it is mounted in its own Transport team as it can when Dismounted (as long as it is not Bailed Out or Bogged Down), but cannot function at all when mounted in another Transport team.
The M114A1 155mm Howitzers
Smoke
Sometimes your weapons won’t destroy the enemy quickly enough to prevent them from wreaking havoc on your own troops first. One way to protect your troops in the meanwhile is to fire smoke at the enemy to temporarily impair their vision.

Only weapons listed as having the Smoke attribute in their Arsenal may fire smoke. Some weapons can also fire Smoke Bombardments (see page 136 of the main rulebook).
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The M114A1 155mm Howitzer in Flames Of War Vietnam
Team
Mobility Range
ROF
Anti-tank
Firepower
Notes
M114A1 155mm howitzer
Immobile
24"/60cm
1
10 1+
Beehive, Bunker buster, Gun shield, Smoke.
Firing Bombardment
  88"/220cm
-
5
2+
Smoke bombardments.
Gun Shields
Manning a gun in the thick of battle is a hazardous job. To offset the increased vulnerability of gun crews to enemy fire, many guns have a bulletproof gun shield.


Gun Shields provide your Gun teams with Bulletproof Cover from shots fired from in front of a line drawn across the front of the team’s base. Shots fired from behind this line hit the unprotected crew behind the shield.

Gun Shields do not provide cover to teams moving At the Double, nor from artillery bombardments.
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Beehive Ammunition
A vital round for tanks and artillery in Vietnam was the devastating, ‘beehive’ canister round, named for the sound of more than a thousand pellets whizzing past.


A gun equipped with Beehive ammunition may fire this instead of normal ammunition. A tank firing Beehive ammunition with its main gun can still fire its machine-guns as it would if the main gun fired any other sort of ammunition. In addition, it can fire any Cupola MG when firing Beehive ammunition as no sophisticated aiming is needed.

Beehive ammunition has the characteristics listed below. Unlike normal ammunition, the ROF of Beehive is not reduced when the firing team moves or is Pinned Down. Instead it suffers a +1 penalty on its To Hit rolls.

Name
Range
ROF
Anti-tank
Firepower
Firing Beehive
8"/20cm
5
1
6
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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.
The 155mm Field Artillery Battery Prepare A Fire Mission
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Contents of the 155mm Field Artillery Battery Box Set
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The Command Team
Description of Components
a. 1x NCO figure with M16 pointing upwards and arm out.
b.
1x Radio operator figure holding handset.
c. 1x Officer figure pointing with pistol.

Assembling The Command Team
Simply arrange figures A, B and C to taste on one of small three-hole bases included in the box set
.
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Description of Components
a. 1x Staff team table legs sprue.
b. 1x Staff team tabletop.
c.
1x Officer figure holding M16 with hand raised.
d. 1x NCO figure with M16 pointing upwards and arm out.
e. 1x Radio operator figure holding handset.
f. 1x Officer figure pointing with pistol.
Assembling The Staff Team
On the medium four-hole base provided in the box set, simply arrange each figure type to taste around the Staff team table.
155mm Field Artillery Battery (VUSBX10) The M114A1 155mm Howitzer Crew
Description of Components

a. 3x Standing figures bending over.
b. 3x Standing figures with hands on hips.
c. 3x Loader figures holding shell.
d. 3x Standing figures covering ears.
e. 3x Standing figures with arm raised.
Assembling The M114A1 155mm Howitzer Crew
Simply arrange one of each figure type around each of the M114A1 155mm howitzer to taste. The M114A1 155mm howitzer and crew a modelled on the large six-hole bases provided in the box set.
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Description of Components
a. 6x Gun trail wheels.
b. 3x Gun shields / carriages.
c.
3x Gun carriage stabilisers.
d. 3x Gun barrels.
e. 6x Gun trail legs.
f. 6x Gun trail spades.
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The Bases
Description of Components
a. 1x Small three-hole base.
b. 1x Medium four-hole base.
c. 3x Large six-hole bases.
Assembling The M114A1 155mm Howitzer
Step 1. Begin assembly of the M114A1 155mm howitzer by attaching the spades to the end of the gun trail legs.
Below: Both spades attached to the gun trail legs.
Step 2. Next, attach the gun carriage wheels to the sides of the gun shield / carriage.
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Below: Both gun carriage wheels successfully attached to the gun shield / carriage.
Step 3. Next, its time to attach the gun trail legs. The back of the gun shield has been keyed to accept the gun trail legs.
Below: Attaching the gun trail leg to the back of the gun shield.
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Below: Both gun trail legs successfully attached to the back of the gun shield. Step 4. Next, attach the gun carriage stabiliser to the underside of the gun shield.
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Below: The attached gun carriage stabiliser on the underside of the gun shield.
Step 5. Finally, attach the gun barrel to the gun carriage.
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Below: The gun barrel attaches to the gun carriage just behind the recuperator cylinder. Below: With the gun barrel in place the M114A1 155mm howitzer is ready to be painted.
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US Infantry Painting Guide
Tip: The M114A1 155mm howitzer are painted exactly like US tanks and helicopters of the period. Base colour: Sherman Drab (FWP321); Highlight colour: Military Khaki (FWP327).
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Last Updated On Wednesday, July 8, 2015