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Manufacturing Update

Manufacturing update – 30th July 2021

Malaysia remains in a strict nationwide lockdown in response to the COVID19 surge they’re experiencing. This includes the Battlefront factory where we make all our 15mm ranges, which has now been closed for over two months, and will remain so, until it is deemed safe to re-open by the government. We have always had a long lead time for production so our stocks on hand have been able to cope but with the length of this closure we have already started seeing the impact hitting the range on the delivery of new items and the restocks of the current range.

When we re-open, we’re going to have to prioritise the flow of product as we simply cannot make it all in one go so we will concentrate on getting our upcoming new releases finished, packed and on their way to the warehouses, stores and yourselves as the top priority. As well as the new products we will work on the core lines as our goal is to see that the entire Late-War and WWIII ranges fully stocked.

To enable us to do this, and catch back up, we’re going to TEMPORARILY suspend orders for some of our ranges so that the factory can focus their efforts as with over three thousand codes the exercise of making replacement stock for them all will take the plant some time to catch up. NAM, Great War, Arab Israeli, Early War and Mid War will be suspended in their entirety. All special / direct order codes, as these are made to order, and some of the BIAB terrain range will also be suspended.

We understand this is sad news and might disrupt some of your collecting and building plans, and we heartily apologise. Please be reassured this is temporary, and we will get those ranges back into production, as soon as we have caught up with the amended release schedule.

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On Marines, Camouflage, and Salty Gear

with Jukka Salonen

When we think of Marines and the Vietnam war, we often picture them in Olive Green battle uniforms and webbing. Tiger-stripe camouflage… The whole works. To a part this is true thing, but there is much more than that. This article is written with the thought that even though Marines are mean and green, there is much more to them, colour-wise, than that.The Marines entered the Vietnam conflict in 1965. When they arrived, they did not have camouflage, except on their helmets. The helmets used the so-called “wine leaf pattern” camouflage helmet cover. It was two sided: Green Brown and a cloudy brown pattern. This pattern was designed originally in 1953, and reminds of the older WWII patterns used in the Pacific theatre. This pattern was only made for helmets and shelter halves and used by both the army and the Marines. It was also copied by private companies in the far east, and along with the cannibalizing of old camouflaged gear, found itself sewn into other gear by custom tailoring.

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Bushrangers: The Flying Kangaroo

with Hauke Kolle


Although not nearly as numerous or famous as their American counterparts, the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) also operated helicopter gunships in Vietnam. While waiting for the bureaucrats in Australia to approve the purchase of gunship kits, the men on the ground traded beer for weaponry and modified the first gunship on their own. Thus, ‘Ned Kelly’, the first of four Australian gunships was created. They were piloted by airmen of No. 9 Squadron, RAAF, who were flying Australia’s UH-1H ‘Hueys’. The ‘Bushrangers’ provided the RAAF with the firepower to escort their medevac operations, along with the ability to directly support the infantry…

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Hanoi’s Saigon Front: Vietnamese Forces in the Battle for Saigon

Hanoi’s Saigon Front: Vietnamese Forces in the Battle for SaigonThe People’s Army of Vietnam viewed the area around Saigon as critical to winning the Vietnam War. Their B2 Front commanded the North Vietnamese forces in and around Saigon and the Mekong Delta. The battles there were tough and hard fought. Both sides made major offensives like the American Operation Cedar Falls and the North Vietnamese Tet offensive, but neither side was able to decisively beat the other in combat. In the end it was the North Vietnamese willingness to take casualties and keep fighting that won the war for them after the United States finally withdrew from Vietnam after seven long year.

Click here to read the full article…

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‘Nam Quick Reference and Victory Points Sheets

We’ve had a bunch of people asking for downloads of a Quick Reference sheet and the Victory Points Sheet for ‘Nam so we have put up PDF versions for you to download and print off. Simply right click the links and save as and you’ll be ready to slug it out in your next ‘Nam game in no time. Head to the link below to find both links

‘Nam Downloads…

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Fate Of A Nation – Tale Of Four Gamers

It can be hard work making your way through the steamy jungles of Vietnam so if you are looking for something different you can check out what the Breakthrough Assault team have been up to. Four members of the team have decided to start building their own Fate Of A Nation armies with a Tale Of Gamers challenge with a difference.

A Tale of Gamers is organised between a group of friends and the aim is to finish a project over an agreed amount of time. By adding a timeline to their challenge this means there needs to be rules… and consequences. The consequences are how you incentivise yourself to not fall behind whilst applying the punishments to your friends (or foes!) can be almost as rewarding as finishing the army itself.

Check out their first post here where they explain exactly what they are up to…

If you like their idea then you can either challenge your friends to do the same thing (either with ‘Nam or Fate Of A Nation) and share your results in our Facebook Group. We have our 25% Discount Launch Sale going if you want join in the fun, or if you just want to take advantage of the sale to pick up some T-55, PT-76, M48, Centurion or M113s at a good price!

Click here to go to the Fate Of A Nation Website…

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NAM: Up the River at No Dice, No Glory

Dane over at No Dice, No Glory has written a battlereport on a game he had using ‘Nam. This was his second game using the book and this time he opted to play the mission Up River. He faced off against Paul and his Local Forces in a 65 point game. Will the Riverine Forces come out on top or will the Local Forces overwhelm them? Check out the full article see how the battle went.

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Breakthrough Assault – Nam Demo Day At Entoyment Hobby Store

Jersey James at Breakthrough Assault did a ‘Nam Demonstration game at Entoyment Hobby Store in Parkstone on the South Coast of England. He showed off his Brown Water Navy by doing some River Patrol missions and getting a chance to show off the game to some Flames Of War regulars who might not have seen the game before hand. Check it out here to see how it went.

Breakthrough Assault – Nam Demo Day At Entoyment…