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Armies of Late War Introduction

Armies Of Late War

Armies of Late War Introduction
with Phil Yates 

The Armies of Late War book was an interesting project. We wanted to provide an easy entry point into the Late War period for new players, while keeping things completely compatible with all the existing Late War intelligence briefings. 

As there are literally hundreds of Late War intelligence briefings, the approach we took was to pick the core tank formations to collect, along with the most common infantry formations, and make them work with the V4 rulebook without the need for the EW/LW 1939-41 & 1944-45 conversion rules. The result is the Armies of Late War book and four decks of unit cards for all the formations covered in the book

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The easiest way to illustrate this process is to take the example of one of my existing forces and see how it would look if I decided to build it from Armies of Late War – not that there’s any particular need to do so as I could just as easily keep using the intel briefing book that I built it from in the first place. The force I’ll look at is my Desert Rats Armoured Squadron. Originally, I built it from Overlord as a Reluctant Veteran force, but have since upgraded it to a Confident Veteran one from Battle of the Bulge.

Here’s the company diagram from Battle of the Bulge:

Armoured Squadron Tank Company

And here’s the matching formation diagram from Armies of Late War:

Cromwell Armoured Squadron

As you can see the combat and weapons platoons from the old company diagram are part of this formation. The support platoons are available as support to your force:

British Force

The reason for splitting it up this way is that your force can have multiple formations, so your Cromwell Armoured Squadron could have a Motor Company formation (for example) as part of its force as well. This additional flexibility is one of the great features of Version 4.

So far, there’s not a lot of difference. However, when we look at the Desert Rats Armoured Platoon (the core of the formation) we’ll see the real benefit in the new book.

Desert Rats Armoured Platoon

Here’s the new version of this:

Cromwell Armoured Troop

You have the same options for the same cost, but on top of that, you have all of the characteristics of the Cromwell and Firefly tanks in a handy reference form straight from the unit cards. Now you can see what you are getting without having to hunt around for the arsenal and figure out the relevant stats. This is even more useful when you are playing a game as you can keep the relevant unit cards to hand for quick reference as you play.

Another example of this can be seen in the Sexton Field Troop. Here’s the old one:

Field Battery

The new one has removed all of the redundant teams (recalculating the points for you) and has already split the battery into its two gun troops and the Sherman without you needing to do anything.

Sexton Field Troop

You’ll also see that the artillery bombardment Anti-tank and Firepower ratings have been converted to Version 4 for you as well.

So, who’s the book for? Is it only for beginners? Or, does it have something for hardened veterans too? The answer is… it all depends on what you want. If your force is covered by Armies of Late War, you can save yourself time and effort with the new book, and you can use the new unit cards for quick reference. If you field something a bit different, be it American paratroopers, German Volkssturm, or Romanian Vanatori, then Armies of Late War is probably not for you and you should continue to use the Version 3 intelligence handbook that you are currently using along with the EW/LW 1939-41 & 1944-45 conversion rules.

If you are new to Flames of War and want to fight battles set in 1944-45, then Armies of Late War is a must buy. It will get you started quickly and easily. 

~ Phil