FoW – The Road to Tanks-Giving 2014

Tanks-giving. That’s a good name for a tournament. So what is Tanks-giving? Well it’s a Flames of War tournament being hosted at my local gaming store a few days prior to Thanksgiving whereby the players field hordes of tanks. Now before I get into talking about what will surely be a fun event I want to touch on my first Flames of War tournament.
My first tournament for Flames of War also happened to be my first time playing it. Now I am no stranger to tabletop games having played some Warhammer Fantasy and 40k over the years, so it was relatively easy to pick up. The tournament itself was a 1485pts Mid-War tournament that focused on Italy and Africa books/lists. As that was the case I had to make a last minute change to my game plan, which basically amounted to priming a bunch of M4 Sherman’s and some M3 halftracks in army green and playing counts as.
So what did I field in this hastily conceived US Tank list was;

1x M4 Sherman CiC, 1x M4 Sherman 2iC
4x M4 Sherman
4x M4 Sherman
3x M5A1 Stuart’s
1x Armoured Rifle Platoon

This list provided its worth in the first two games which I won against a Desert Afrika Corps infantry company and a British Tank company (only game I have some pics of). The last game was against a US Infantry company supported by M6 Heavy Tanks and in that case I was tabled by turn 4 with the M6’s wiping out 50% of my company. Overall I tied for second in the tournament which was impressive given my experience with the game and its rules.

So that leads to where I am today and that is in the 1.5wk lead up to Tanks-giving on November 23, 2014. This event will be a Late-War battle and given where I stand for armed forces I have chosen to focus on the Soviets. I picked a Soviet Guards Tank Company as it seems to be a well-rounded list and will be quick to assemble the required tanks. Currently I have not determined the force composition as I have to figure out the best mix to fill out the 1750pts limit.
So far I have assembled and primed 10x T34’s and built an additional 5x T34’s (needed some fixing….. stupid cupola postion), 5x SU100’s, and some German Panzer IV H’s as captured Soviet tanks.

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In addition to the above items I just received this box of goodies from the War Store (with some back ordered items yet to arrive). Contained within the box was;

1x Box of Plastic Soviet T34’s
1x Box of Soviet Guards Heavy Tank (IS-2)
1x Box of Soviet Guards Rocket Motar Battalion
1x Soviet Sapper Company
1x Soviet Sapper Platoon
1x Soviet Zis-6 Pioneer Supply Truck
1x ZSU Lend Lease M17 MGMC (awaiting 2 more)
2x Soviet BA-64’s (2/blister)
1x German Panther A
1x German Tiger I E (early)
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Of what I know have on hand I cannot say what I will field for the tournament but I want to field a list that I can have fun with even if I lose really fast. So once the tournament is complete I will provide an update as well as the list I ran.


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