Now that I am back into gaming (2 year hiatus with other hobbies) and playing/loving Bolt Action, I decided to give Flames Of War another try. A lot of people ask which game is better, "Bolt Action or Flames Of War", yes they are both WW2 games, but they are completely different games. Bolt Action is more of a skirmish game and based on platoons, while Flames Of War is more of a Company/Battalion level of a game. My thought going into yesterdays game was that I would play FOW for larger 'tank battles' and keep Bolt Action for my 'infantry' game (though this Summer, Bolt Action will be releasing a Tank Battles rule book.)
So I reached out to one of my friends (Robert from "Drunken Samurai Painting Blog") and asked if he could teach me an intro game to FOW. We ended up meeting yesterday at Imperial Outpost Games and Robery brought with him about 1200 points of Mid-War Germans and Americans. Robert elected to play Germans, and since I already have a US Tank Company, I played the Americans.
Grant it we only played with tanks, but Robert taught me a lot of the rules and now I can go back into the rule book as a reference and know what he was talking about.
The mission we ended up playing was "Hold The Line" (Defensive Battle) and the Germans were the Defenders and the Americans were the Attackers. I know Robert is an experienced player and could have easily out played me, but somehow the Americans were able to capture and hold the objective and win the game.
In all honestly, I really enjoyed the game and Robert taught me a lot. "Will I expand my current collection ?" that I am unsure at the moment. I can see myself playing the game as larger Tank Battles like mentioned above, but with Bolt Action releasing their new rules soon, I may use the 15mm models and play the Bolt Action rules. My son and I will play another game this weekend (smaller 600 points so we can both get more familiar) and we shall see how we feel about the game.
More than likely I will probably also be playing this game, but keep it to Tanks. If I want Infantry based, I'll keep playing Bolt Action.
Here are just a few photos of our game.
|View of the battlefield from the American side.|
|View of the battlefield from the German side.|
|US Shermans destroying the German HQ.|