With a thunderous crash another shell smashes into the wall above you, showering your trench with rubble. Looking around, your entire position resembles a cauldron of fire -every roof ablaze, black smoke billowing into the night sky. As the echo of the blast dies away the crack of rifle fire breaks out, and an ominous clanking and rumbling.
Suddenly, out of the flames roars a Tiger tank!Leaping from your trench you run forwards. Bazooka! Bazooka, now! Even as the din swallows your shouting, you see a trooper leveling his rocket launcher at the great beast's tracks. It may not be enough. You are in command. Take control. What are your orders?
Achtung! has been carefully designed for someone who has never heard of Flames Of War before, or has seen the 296 page rulebook and not known where to start. Achtung! is not a simplified set of theFlames Of War rules, but rather a complete introductory box for a new player!
Left: The Achtung! box cover art.
|Achtung! includes the following:|
■ Flames Of War full-colour mini-rulebook; 296 pages (this is the same full rulebook we gave away free to existing Version 2 rulebook owners!) of clearly laid out rules with plenty of diagrams, including:
■ Rules for tanks, infantry, artillery, aircraft, snipers, reconnaissance, night fighting, fortifications, street fighting, and more.
■ Special rules for the nation involved in WWII.
■ 16 page full-colour introduction booklet to walk you through your first Flames Of War battles.
■ 3 detailed plastic British Sherman tank miniatures.
■ 2 detailed plastic German StuG G assault gun miniatures.
■ 6 Rare-earth Magnets.
■ 5 dice.
|The Contents of the Achtung! Flames Of War Starter Set|
|The 16 Page Introduction Booklet|
|The introduction booklet has been written to work in conjunction with the mini-rulebook included with the set.|
Its aim is to introduce you to the basic mechanics of the Flames Of War rules and to help you navigate your way through the rulebook for your first couple of games. Once you've played through the missions included, you should be ready for your first full battles.
|To that end, each mission contains an overview of the relevant rules you'll be learning. These introduce the fundamental principles of movement and shooting. Read through the overview and then take a look at the pages listed in the In the Rulebook box in each mission. These page references will show you where to find the exact rules being introduced.|
Just read the pages and sections listed for the time being you don¹t need to learn every single rule first time!Having looked over how things work, set up your miniatures as detailed in the mission that comes with each tutorial section. Fight out the mission using the rules you've learned, referring to the rulebook whenever you need to. Remember, the task is not to memorise every rule from the outset, but to get an idea of where in the mini-rulebook you can find the information you need. If anything confuses you at any point, read the overview again or have a look at the In the Rulebook box to get your bearings.
Play each mission however many times it takes for you to be confident that you¹ve got a grasp of how things work. Having done that, you can then move on to the following mission and do the same for the next section of rules.
Once you've learned how to move and shoot with your Sherman tank platoon and StuG G assault gun platoon included in this set, we suggest that you add some infantry to your battles. Details of how to do this are given in the extra Infantry mission.
After that, the best way to learn is to get stuck in! For your next few games, we suggest that you keep things simple and use just infantry and vehicles. With a good grasp of these under your belt, you can then add in other elements such as aircraft, artillery and specialist units.
|The Sherman V Plastic Sprue|
|The Sherman Model Comparsion|
Left: Assembled plastic Sherman; Middle: Painted Plastic Sherman; Right: Painted Resin & Metal Sherman.
|The StuG Model Comparsion|
Left: Assembled plastic StuG; Middle: Painted Plastic StuG; Right: Painted Resin & Metal StuG.
|The StuG Plastic Sprue|