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M109 (155mm) (VUSBX08)

M109 (155mm) (VUSBX08) M109 (155mm) (VUSBX08)
includes three M109 (155mm) Self-propelled gun with M108 (105mm) option, four Vehicle commander figures, one M109 decal sheet & twelve rare earth magnets.

The M108 (105mm) and M109 (155mm) are the latest self-propelled artillery pieces in the US Army. Initially the lighter M108 was preferred for its ability to carry more ammunition and the relative ease of resupply. Later they were phased out in favour of the more effective M109, as the supply problems were reduced when operating from fire support bases.

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Tour Of Duty
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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M109 (155mm) (VUSBX08)

Deployed in static firebases they provided long range fire support for troops put in the field as well as much needed defensive firepower when PAVN troops came out of the jungle.

Designed by Tim Adcock
Painted by Andrew Agutters

Below: The M109 decal sheet shown at 150%.

M109 (155mm) (VUSBX08)
The M109 (155mm) in Flames Of War Vietnam
      Armour
   
Name
Mobility
Front
Side
Top
Equipment and Notes
Weapon
Range
ROF
Anti-tank
Firepower
 
M109 (155mm) Light Tank 1
1
1
 
.50 cal AA MG
16"/40cm
3
4
5+
Self-defence anti-aircraft.
M126 155mm howitzer
24"/60cm
1
10 1+
Beehive, Bunker buster, Smoke.
Firing bombardments
88"/220cm
-
5
2+
Smoke bombardment.
M109 (155mm) (VUSBX08)
M109 (155mm) (VUSBX08)
The M108 (105mm) in Flames Of War Vietnam
      Armour
   
Name
Mobility
Front
Side
Top
Equipment and Notes
Weapon
Range
ROF
Anti-tank
Firepower
 
M108 (105mm) Light Tank 1
1
1
 
.50 cal AA MG
16"/40cm
3
4
5+
Self-defence anti-aircraft.
M103 105mm howitzer
24"/60cm
1
10 2+
Beehive, Breakthrough gun, Smoke.
Firing bombardments
80"/200cm
-
4
4+
Smoke bombardment.
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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.
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AA MG (Anti-aircraft MG)
Many vehicles are fitted with anti-aircraft machine-guns to protect the crews from strafing and dive-bombing aircraft. These are fired by the crew from the open hatches of their vehicles. Manning the anti-aircraft machine-gun during an assault invites a grenade through the open hatch if the defensive fire isn’t effective.


An AA MG has an all-round Field of Fire and is a Self-defence Anti-aircraft weapon (see page 182 of the rulebook) allowing it to engage aircraft as well as targets on the ground. However, firing an AA MG leaves the vehicle more vulnerable. In assaults a tank that fired an AA MG in this or the previous player’s turn has a Top armour rating of 0.

Anti-aircraft machine-guns can be fired at the same time as other machine-guns, but not at the same time as a Main Gun, since the commander and gun crew cannot do two things at once.
M109 (155mm) (VUSBX08) M109 (155mm) (VUSBX08)
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).
The M109 (155mm) Prepare To Fire
M109 (155mm) (VUSBX08)
Contents of the M109 (155mm) Box Set
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M109 (155mm) (VUSBX08)
Description of Components
a. 12x Rare earth magnets.
b. 3x .50 cal AA MGs.
c. 2x Tank commander A figures.
d.
2x Tank commander Bfigures.
e.
3x Hatch & recoil spade sprues.
f. 3x 155mm guns.
g. 3x 105mm guns.
h. 3x Right-hand side tracks.
i. 3x Left-hand side tracks.
j. 3x Resin M109 turrets & hulls.
M109 (155mm) Decal Sheet
Also included in the M109 box set is one M109 tank decal sheet.

Right: An example of the M109 decal sheet included in the box set.
M109 (155mm) (VUSBX08)
Assembling The M109 (155mm)
Step 1. Begin assembly of the M109 (155mm) by attaching the tracks.
Tip: Ensure that the drive sprocket is towards the rear of the vehicle. Below: The left-hand side track attached to the hull. Below: The right-hand side track attached to the hull.
M109 (155mm) (VUSBX08)
M109 (155mm) (VUSBX08)
M109 (155mm) (VUSBX08)
Tip: When referring 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.
Step 2. Next, attach the recoil spades to the back of the resin hull of the M109 (155mm). Below: The left-hand side recoil spade in place.
Below: Both recoil spades correctly attached to the rear of the M109.
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M109 (155mm) (VUSBX08) M109 (155mm) (VUSBX08)
Below: Tim has created a magnet well in the turret and the guns to make for an easy barrel swap. Below: The magnet wells in the back of the gun barrels.
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Below: The magnets attached to the gun barrels.
Below: The 155mm gun barrel attached to the turret.
Below: The 105mm gun barrel attached to the turret.
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Below: An optional step is to drill out the muzzle brake of the 155mm gun.
Tip: A 2mm drill bit is perfect for drilling out the muzzle brake of the 155mm gun barrel.
Below: Carefully drill through the first baffle of the muzzle brake.
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Below: Drill through the second baffle of the muzzle brake.
Below: The completed drilled out muzzle brake of the 155mm. Step 3. Next, attach the commander's hatch to the top of the turret.
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M109 (155mm) (VUSBX08)
Step 4. Attach the .50 cal AA MG to the mounting arm on the commander's hatch. Below: With the .50 cal AA MG in place, the M109 (155mm) is ready for painting.
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Adding A Tank Commander
Step 1. Replace the close hatch with the open commander's hatch. Step 2. Attach a tank commander figure.
Step 3. Attach the .50 cal AA MG.
Below: The fully-assembled M109 (155mm) complete with tank commander.
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Adding Rare Earth Magnets
Simply glue a rare earth magnet into the recess in the hull and to the bottom of the turret and you have a safe and secure way of attaching the turret to the hull.
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M109 (155mm) (VUSBX08) Read Chris' guide to Rare Earth Magnets here for more tips and tricks...
US Vehicle Painting Guide
M109 (155mm) (VUSBX08)


Last Updated On Monday, May 27, 2013 by Blake at Battlefront