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Firstly, I'd like to apologise for posting the first Featured non-GW system of the Month early, however I do have a reason. I cannot gaurantee that I'll be able to access a computer on the 30th November or 1st December and I'd rather post it earlier than later, so here it is.
Now, you are reading the 'Featured Non-GW System of the Month - December 2008. This Months chosen system is 'Flames of War'. Throughout this Review you will find out a bit about the game play of Flames of War and the miniatures. Also, a list of stockists holding Flames of War products can be found at the end of this review (NOTE - I cannot guarantee a Full List)
This being the first ever, if there are any comments or criticism about the layout/display of the review or the theme of the review, then please - let your thoughts be known as all Opinions and Ideas will be taken into account and considered to help Improve this new Feature.
Flames of War is a World War II tabletop miniatures wargame created by Battlefront Miniatures Ltd. The Flames of War miniatures game allows you to command a company level force and 'Re-enact' battles from the European and South African theatres of World War II or to carry out missions against other Flames of War armies. The miniatures used in the game are to a 15mm scale (1/100). Battlefront Miniatures Ltd itself is situated in New Zealand.
The Flames of War miniature game takes place over a series of phases in which the players take turns to do; movement, shooting and close combat. If you are unfamiliar with this game, then you're probably thinking, "That sounds a lot like the Gameplay in Warhammer 40K". If you are thinking that, then you're exactly right! This sequence of gameplay allows for those unfamiliar with rules to learn them quicker.
Players control their armies using company-level tactics. Their army is divided into squads, each represented by a single stand. The miniatures themselves are usually sold in Platoons which consist of several stands of miniatures. As I may have not explained this well enough, here is one squad (or 'half-squad') of infantry (on one stand):
Stands are not only used for Infantry but are also commonly used for either an Artillery piece (including the crew) or a single vehicle. Aircraft are also involved in the game (well, it'd be silly for them not to be) and have their own Flying stands. Aircraft are represented with a slightly smaller scale to everything else (1/144).
The Flames of War miniature wargames armies are determined by using a Points system similar to that used in Warhammer 40K and Warhammer Fantasy Battle. D6 (six sided dice) are used for the gameplay, again, as with W40K and WFB.
The rulebook contains lots of different scenarios and missions allowing you to fight in Battles which happened years ago in World War II and capture objectives etc. To add to that, each individual Sourcebook has further scenarios in which you can participate (scenarios in Sourcebooks are usually linked with the subject of that specific Sourcebook).
The Flames of War rulebook doesn't only contain army lists and scenarios, but it also contains lots of background information about battle that took place in World War II. It also has Painting, assembling and army building guides to help you get started with the basics.
It's the miniatures that make a Tabletop wargame more exciting, so the miniatures for Flames of War may aswell have their own section.
Quoted from http://www.flamesofwar.com/:
I certainly believe they've done that. The miniatures Flames of War produce are high qaulity products and a great addition to any collectors Display cabinet.Quote:
Here is a Gallery of products available for Flames of War:
As the list of Stores holding Flames of War products is so large, I am going to link to the Flames of War 'Stores' page. Once you are there, just use the store locations list on the sidebar to track down a store near you.
For each System of the Month I will give a rating of what I think the game is like (1 being terrible, 10 being excellent).