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19 Sep 2019

Roman Auxiliary Cavalry from Gripping Beast

Look out - here come the Roman Auxiliary Cavalry! They may not be the most heavily armoured cavalry in the world, but you can be certain they'll fight tooth and nail to bring glory to Rome!

Roman Auxiliary Cavalry

Roman Auxiliary Cavalry

Tomorrow, we'll be showing off the Roman Command, as well as an group shot of the range all together; so stay tuned.

These 10mm miniatures were sculpted by Robi Baker, and painted by the Brush Demon, Ben MacIntyre.

Gripping Beast

Dropzone Commander FAQ & Errata from TTCombat


It’s finally time to give you the Errata and FAQ for the Dropzone Commander part of Battle for Earth.

Hi everyone, Battle for Earth has been out a while now and we’ve had plenty of time to get community feedback and see what we needed to take a look at in the Rules.

As always with such a big change to a game there were some rules that needed clarifying and of course some Traffic James’s found in the book, so we’ve been able to correct them with this document.

The Document can be found here: Dropzone Commander BfE Errata & FAQ

As always please give us any feedback and we hope this helps to answer any questions you’ve had about the rules.

We’ve also done our first unit re-balance today. The details can be found here: Dropzone Commander units 2.1

As well as all that, we’ve also redesigned the Army list builder with feedback from the community. As always, please give us your feedback for this to make it the best tool we can for you to use.

Your old army codes sadly do not work with the new builder, so you will have to remake any armies you had saved, this will not be normal practice for future balance passes, but is needed with this update.

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12mm M17 (MGMC) from Butlers Printed Models

One M17 Multiple Gun Motor Carriage (MGMC) half-track. Available in 6mm (1/285), 12mm (1/144), 15mm (1/100), 20mm (1/76) and 28mm (1/56).

The M17 Multiple Gun Motor Carriage was a lend-lease version of the M16 MGMC, and carried four .50in anti-aircraft machine guns on the chassis of an M5 half-track.

In July 1942 the M13 and M14 Multiple Gun Motor Carriages had been accepted for service. These vehicles both carried two .50in machine guns mounted on a Maxson M33 turret. The M13 was based on the M3 half-track, the M14 on the M5 half-track. The M13 saw limited combat with the US Army in Italy while the M14 went to Britain where most were converted back into half-track personnel carriers.

The main flaw with the M13 and M14 was their lack of firepower and so work began on a four-gun version of the Maxson turret. This was accepted as the M45 mount, which carried two .50in guns on each side. The Maxson turret was carried on a fully traversable turntable. The gunner sat in the centre of the turret, with the guns to either side, an armoured shield in front and a generator to power the traverse and elevation of the turret behind him. The guns used ammo drums which stuck out to the side of the turret like ears, giving easy access for the loaders. On the M45 mount the lower guns were mounted further back than the upper guns to provide room for the ammo drums.

The M17 Multiple Gun Motor Carriage carried the four-gun M45 turret on the back of an M5 half-track. These were produced by International Harvester and used a different engine to the standard M2 and M3 half-tracks. As a result the M5 half-track and any vehicles based on it were normally allocated to lend-lease. A total of 1,000 M17s were produced, 400 in 1943 and 600 in 1944. All 1,000 went to the Soviet Union where they made up a significant proportion of the Red Army's mobile anti-aircraft force and appear to have been a popular and successful weapon.

Available with a winch or roller on the front

 M17 Multiple Gun Motor Carriage

M17 Multiple Gun Motor Carriage picture 1

M17 Multiple Gun Motor Carriage picture 2

M17 Multiple Gun Motor Carriage picture 3

M17 Multiple Gun Motor Carriage picture 4

Pictures shown are for 15mm models

All models supplied unpainted, unbased and without crew (figures)

3D printed to order

Butlers Printed Models

12mm M14 MGMC from Butlers Printed Models

One M14 Multiple Gun Motor Carriage (MGMC) half-track. Available in 6mm (1/285), 12mm (1/144), 15mm (1/100), 20mm (1/76) and 28mm (1/56).

The M14 Multiple Gun Motor Carriage carried two .50in anti-aircraft machine guns on a M5 half-track, and was produced for lend-lease with most going to Britain.

The M14 was based on the M13 Multiple Gun Motor Carriage, an anti-aircraft weapon that carried two .50in machine guns in a Maxson M33 turret mounted on the back of an M3 half-track personnel carrier. The M13 was accepted for production on 27 July 1942 and was used by the US Army.

The same turret on an M5 half-track was given the designation M14 Multiple Gun Motor Carriage. It was virtually identical to the M13. The Maxson turret was carried on a powered turntable, with the gunner sitting in the centre. The guns were carried to either side, with an armoured shield in front and a generator at the back. The turret could fully traverse in six seconds and the guns could go from -10 degrees to +90 degrees in under two seconds. The M5 half-track itself was very similar to the M3, but was produced by International Harvester.

Because it used a non-standard International Harvester engine most M5s went to Lend Lease and the same was true for the M14 MGMC. A total of 1,600 were built in 1942-43 and most, if not all, went to Britain. The M14 didn't really fit into the British Army's plans for anti-aircraft defence, and so most of the M14s had their turrets removed and were used as normal half tracks instead.

Work later moved onto the M17 MGMC, which combined the M5 half-track with a four-gun Maxson turret. Once again these vehicles were used for Lend Lease, this time going to the Soviet Union.
Available with a winch or roller on the front

M14 Multiple Gun Motor Carriage

M14 Multiple Gun Motor Carriage picture 1

M14 Multiple Gun Motor Carriage picture 2

M14 Multiple Gun Motor Carriage picture 3

Pictures shown are for 15mm models

All models supplied unpainted, unbased and without crew (figures)

3D printed to order

Butlers Printed Models

12mm M5 Halftrack from Butlers Printed Models

One M5 half-track. Available in 6mm (1/285), 12mm (1/144), 15mm (1/100), 20mm (1/76) and 28mm (1/56).

The M5 half-track was an American armoured personnel carrier in use during World War II. It was developed in 1942 when existing manufacturers of the M2 half-track car, and M3 half-track could not keep up with production demand. International Harvester (IH) had capacity to produce a similar vehicle to the M3, but some differences from the M3 had to be accepted due to different production equipment. IH produced the M5 from December 1942 to October 1943.

Using the same chassis as their M5, IH could produce an equivalent to the M2, which was the M9 half-track. There were also variants of the M13 and M16 MGMCs based on the M5. The M13 and M16 were exported to the United Kingdom and to Soviet Union respectively. The M5 was supplied to Allied nations under the Lend-Lease. After WWII, the M5 was leased to many NATO countries. The Israel Defence Forces used it in several wars and developed it into the M3 Mark A and the M3 Mark B.

There several options are available:

M5 half-track - with post for a machine gun
M5A1 half-track - with ring mount for machine gun

Open backed or covered
With a winch or roller on the front

M5 Halftrack

M5 Halftrack picture 1

M5 Halftrack picture 2

M5 Halftrack picture 3

M5 Halftrack picture 4

M5 Halftrack picture 5

M5 Halftrack picture 6

M5 Halftrack picture 7

M5 Halftrack picture 8

M5 Halftrack picture 9

M5 Halftrack picture 10

Pictures shown are for 15mm models

All models supplied unpainted, unbased and without crew (figures)

3D printed to order

Butlers Printed Models

Dropzone Commander V2.1 Unit Balance Changes September 2019 from TTCombat

Dropzone Commander V2.1 Unit Balance Changes September 2019 from TTCombat

It’s September, 3 months after the units were locked down for Dropzone Commander so it’s time for a balance refresh.

We’ve had a lot of feedback from the community, we’ve had a look at the units that were being used, and the units that were just ignored and after a lot of tinkering, we’ve got some changes to make. This is also a chance to fix a few errors in units stats. These are already live in the Army Builder. Which you may notice has had a massive redesign after community feedback.

Unit changes are done to either make a unit that’s too powerful that bit more balanced, to try to improve the overall design of a faction and to give weak units a buff. As always, please do give us feedback on these changes and we will be watching for the next balance pass.

UCM:
Kodiak: Cost increased to 125pts.

Seraphim: Increased the Devastator Value of Bunker Buster Spread to Devastator-4(Scenery). Points decreased to 90pts.

Fireblade: Changed Accuracy of Flamethrower to 2.

Crossbow: Changed Destroyer Value of Sharpshot Laser to Destroyer 5+.

Broadsword: Changed Energy value of Mythslayer Railguns to 13. Changed Devastator value of Mythslayer Railguns to Devastator-3(Vehicle).

Ferrum Drone Base: Decreased cost of Command Centre to 10pts.

Starsprite Drones: Added Special Rule – “This units Focus ability can be used to combine shots from it’s whole squad”.

Albatross: Changed Damage to 9. Decreased points to 60pts.

Seraphim Retaliator: Lowered points cost to 110pts.

Archangel: Changed points to 45pts.

Eagle Heavy Gunship: Changed arc of Twin Heavy Rail Guns to F.

Mortar Team: Removed ** from Concussion Round name.

Flak Team: Corrected M&F of Sidearms to -.

Praetorian Sniper Teams: Changed Reduced value of Sidearms to Reduced-2.

Phoenix Command Gunship: Added Unique Rule: When this unit is destroyed instead of exploding it lands on the closest available spot. It is untargetable for the rest of this round. In the round up phase, the Phoenix takes off again with D3 Damage Points. It can only come back into the game like this once, the second time it crashes and explodes as normal.

Scourge:
Oppressor:  Halved shots of both alts of Plasma Carbine. Changed Razor Claws to R(f) 3″ R(c)3″ and Acc 2 Melee.

Annihilator: Can add Command Centre for 10pts (Cavebreaker model).

Prowler: Changed Plasma Probscosis (inject) to R(f)2″ and R(c)2″ and Acc 3+. Removed Special rule.

Stalker: Changed Razor Claws to R(f) 2″ R(c)2″ and Acc 3.

Ravager: Changed Razor Claws to R(f) 2″ R(c)2″ and Acc 3.

Screamer: Changed Huge Claws to R(f)3″ R(c)3″ and Acc 2.

Despoiler: Points changed to 70pts. Damage changed to 7.

Vampires: Added Special Rule – “This units Focus ability can be used to combine shots from it’s whole squad”.

Corsairs: Changed points to 40pts.

Warriors: Changed Arc of Plasma Pistols to F/S/R.

Aged Ones: Changed Arc of Ravening Attacks to F/S/R. Added – to M&F of Ravening Attacks.

Shaltari:
Frostdrake: Changed Foe Crusher Cannon rules to: Devastator-3 (Tank, Walker).

Tarantula: Gravity Cannon. Changed rules to Devastator-2 (Tank, Walker). Added Special rule “Gravity Cannon: When firing the Gravity Cannon against Large targets, add 1 to the Devastator Value.”

Warspear: Decreased points to 60pts.

Thunderbird: Decreased points to 35pts.

Leopard: Decreased points to 75pts.

Gharial: Neutron Launchers: Swaped Devastator-3 (Scenery) for Area.

Samurai: Changed Energy Blade: R(f): 2” R(c): 2” Acc 2+ Melee

Ronin: Removed Assault Gauss Carbines.

PHR:
Athena: Changed Points to 110pts.

Resistance:
Sappers: Demo IED changed to Devastator-4(Scenery).

Hellhog. Changed points to 125pts.

M3 Alexander: Changed points to 100pts.

Pizzaro Walker: Added new optional weapon to represent Rocket Pod option.

AT-90 Strikehawk Tiltrotor: Changed points to 100pts. Increase Movement to 20″.

Skulltaker Assault Transport: Decreased Movement to 16″.

M9 Hannibal. Changed arc of 90MM cannon to F.

M20 Shukov:. Changed arc of 90MM cannon to F.

Mehmed Siege Tank: Changed arc of 90MM cannon to F.

Barrel Bomber: Changed Acc on Frag Barrel to 3+.

Storm Wagon: Multiple Rocket Battery. Removed Area, Added Strafe-2. Added Unique Rule: Inaccurate: This weapon hits Destructible Buildings on a 4+.

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18 Sep 2019

Roman Legionaries from Gripping Beast

As promised yesterday, here are our upcoming 10mm Roman Legionaries, all set to grind those dastardly Parthians into the dust!

Roman Legionaries

Roman Legionaries

Tomorrow, we'll be pre-viewing the Roman Auxiliary Cavalry!

These 10mm miniatures were sculpted by Robi Baker, and painted by the Brush Demon, Ben MacIntyre.

Gripping Beast