Weekly Round-Up, Flames of W4R, Armoured Assault & Armada

By Joe Robinson 16 Dec 2016 0

Welcome to our weekly round-up, where we summarise some of the more interesting occurrences in the world of wargaming from the past seven days. If you ever have any news you want to share with this, feel free to get in touch directly!

Flames of W4R

Battlefront has announced that they will be releasing a 4th edition of their popular WW2 rule-set – Flames of War.

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This new version will feature a slimmer (but feature-rich) rulebook, and will focus on the Mid-War in the Desert with a new range of minis. You can read a 10-point summary of the 4th Edition here.

Along with this release, two new updated rulebooks will be released covering the early & late war periods, so people can still use all of their existing kit and play games in these time periods, just using the latest meta that will be introduced in the 4th edition.

Hearts of Iron IV

While I doubt there’s any of you who don’t know this, but in-case you’ve been strangely busy these past few days it’s worth noting that the first expansion for Hearts of Iron 4Together for Victory – is now out.

You can read Jim’s review on the expansion here. It’s been getting a mixed reception on Steam, but it’s mainly to do with the price vs. what you actually get. This isn’t the most feature-rich expansion they could have done, to be sure, but it’s by no means a terrible update.

Warhammer 40,000

Games Workshop – hot from posting some respectable earnings for this period – have recently announced a new range of ‘Armoured Assault’ kits for all the factions coming in January.

There are 12 kits in total – 4 Space Marine themed ones, and then one each for the remaining factions. These kits consist of an armoured transport vehicle of some type, and then a squad-like grouping of infantry.

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According to GW, a couple of these and a HQ unit would be “a great start to a highly mobile force as the basis of a new army for the new year.”

No word on pricing yet (Hint: It will be expensive), but you can pre-order them from December 31st.

Matrix Games/Slitherine

A couple of things to report from your favourite wargame developer this week:

The third part of their iOS holiday sale as kicked off. You can read all of the details on Pocket Tactics. The deals will likely last until Monday, so make sure you don’t miss out!

The Panzer Corps tournament we’ve been (sporadically) updating you on has come to an end – please everyone congratulate user Misterno for their well-earned victory.

Sanctus

Finally, with Sanctus Reach nearly a month away, Matrix have released an info-graphic that breaks down the stats of some of the Space Wolves units you get to play as in Sanctus Reach. Only the Dreadnaught and the Blood Claw infantry are highlight in the article, but by downloading the PDF you can see a range of other units, from the Land Raider to Ragnar Blackmane himself.

These stats are all taken from the game itself, so you’ll be able to start learning ahead of time how effective each unit is in different situations.

Stay tuned for our own preview of the game next Tuesday.

Star Wars: Armada

Fantasy Flight Games have published an article that looks at the new models coming in Wave V’s Imperial Fight Squadrons II & Rebel Fighter Squadrons II expansion packs.

Some really interesting additions to consider here – the Z-95 Headhunter gives the Rebellion a Swarm unit of their own, while the TIE Defender gives the Imperial Fighter Corps some much needed heavy-hitters (not that the TIE Bombers can’t also wreck, but they’re no B-Wing).

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The support ships are also quite interesting, some with some excellent new squadron-friendly keywords coming into play:

  • Snipe allows squadrons to fire beyond their normal engagement range.
  • Relay allows squadrons to be activated outside of a ship’s activation range, so long as it’s close to the unit that has Relay.
  • Cloak, for the moment only on the TIE Phantoms, allows a free 1-distance movement at the end of the squadron phase, regardless of whether it’s engaged or not.

There’s also another key-word called Strategic which allows you to move the positions of environment-based objective tokens, making them easier to capture.

Wave V is due to hit the shelves in America next Thursday, so keep an eye out!

That’s all for this week’s update, there’ll be one next week on the 23rd, but not the week after. More on that later!

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