Over the next couple of days, we'll have an in depth look into each of the books and what kinds of forces you'll be able to build from each of the volumes.
Today though, we're going to have a look at all the cool kit that's coming along with the releases!
Starting off is the new 2 player starter set, Stalingrad! Now, let's be very clear here. This is by no means intended to be a "buy me and get 2 armies straight from the box" offering. You get a sampling of things from the books to try out at a reasonable price to see if you want to dip your toe in.
So in the box you get a couple of German tanks in the Panzer III and Panzer IV and some Soviet armour too, the KV-1, T-34 and Valentine. This also comes with a Flames of War mini rulebook, unit cards, terrain cards and dice.
If you want to dive straight in, there are also two new nation-specific starter boxes.
Nikolay's Steel Wall gives you some KV-1's, T-34's and some gun sprues allowing you to make either 57mm or 76mm guns. You also get unit cards, a rulebook and decals.
Dietrich's Ghosts will supply you with 3 Panzer III sprues and 3 Panzer IV sprues which allow you to build the differing variants of each chassis as well as 4 10.5cm gun sprues. Rulebook, unit cards and decals are also in the box.
There will also be a massive release run for both books as well. Let's start with the Germans...
The new Panzer IV box comes with 5 tanks which you can build in the short 7.5cm or long 7.5cm gun depending on your needs.
Alongside these, there is also the new Panzer III box which again has 5 tanks inside with all the trimmings to build all sorts of Panzer III models!
Also coming in plastic are:
- 3.7cm Tank-hunter platoon
- 5cm Tank-hunter platoon
- 7.5cm Tank-hunter platoon
- 10.5cm Artillery Battery
- 15cm Nebelwerfer Battery
- Grenadiers, Panzergrenadiers and Assault Pioneers
- sMG34 HMG
- 8cm Mortars
There will also be re-boxings for:
- Panzer II platoon
- Sd kFz 221 & 222 Scout platoon
- Sd kFz 231 Heavy Scout platoon
- StuG Assault Gun platoon
- Marder Tank-hunter platoon
- Sd kFz 10/4 Light AA platoon
- 7.5cm Infantry gun
- 15cm Infantry gun
On the Soviet side, we'll be seeing a heap of cool new toys as well.
KV-1 tanks are coming in plastic! The box will give you all the bits to make the KV-1, the KV-1s and the KV-8 as well! Nice!!
Plastic early T-34's are on the way as well. This will also allow you to build the OT-34 as well....flame on!
Plastic lend-lease tanks are also coming too with both the M3 Lee, M3 Stuart and Valentine tanks coming to bolster the Soviet arsenal.
And finally, FINALLY!! Plastic Katy's as well!
Other plastic releases here are going to include:
- Tank Killer company, allowing you to make the 57mm and 76mm variants
- 122mm Artillery battery
- 45mm Anti-tank company
- Rifle company, SMG company and Storm Group
- Maksim MG, PTRD AT Rifle, 82 or 122mm Mortar companies
And re-releases for the:
- T-60 Tank company
- BA-10 Armoured Car platoon
- DshK AA MG trucks
All in all, some really awesome releases there and with the majority being in plastic, the cost of getting a new army should really come down as well.
Coinciding with the army releases are a HEAP of new terrain as well, so you can really get your Stalingrad tables looking the business. We'll be seeing:
And, what I think is, the coolest new addition, the Stalingrad ruins sets:
These are going to look AMAZING on the new double-sided mat as well. One side is green grass while the other has a town road layout, perfect for urban battles...hint hint!
So there you have it guys. We'll take a look at the forces from each book in a coming article, but this should get you thinking about what could be going on.