January 02, 2016

MTSC Product Spotlight: Art of Tactic Tabletop Gaming System by Zvezda

Zvezda Art of Tactic Gaming System

Zvezda war/board games are among the most popular year in and year out. These games are supported by a ever expanding and reasonably priced range of figures, vehicles, aircraft, ships and other add ons to enhance the tabletop wargaming experience
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Operation Barbarossa 1941
In 1940, the German Wehrmacht shocked the world with their masterful execution of a revolutionary style of warfare, dubbed "Blitzkrieg". The United Kingdom hastily deployed her forces in a desperate attempt to halt the German advance. Now you can re-create the intense battles between the British and German forces in the opening days of World War II! World War II: Blitzkrieg 1940 adds British ground units and aircraft to the Art of Tactic system and is fully compatible with all World War II Art of Tactic games and models, in addition to being a standalone game in its own right. World War II: Blitzkrieg 1940 includes modular game boards and terrain tiles to create countless battlefields as well as highly detailed and historically accurate plastic models.


Operation Barbarossa Expansion Set 
ZVE 6177 WWII Battle for the Danube
This first expansion for Operation Barbarossa 1941 puts you in the middle of the furious confrontation between Soviet border guards and Romanian infantry divisions during the first days of the "Great Patriotic War". Players can explore new tactical options, including radio interception, airborne assaults, supply airdrops, and burning enemy settlements, making every round of gameplay more exciting and realistic!
ZVE 6192 WWII Blitzkrieg 1940 
In 1940, the German Wehrmacht shocked the world with their masterful execution of a revolutionary style of warfare, dubbed "Blitzkrieg". The United Kingdom hastily deployed her forces in a desperate attempt to halt the German advance. Now you can re-create the intense battles between the British and German forces in the opening days of World War II!

World War II: Blitzkrieg 1940 adds British ground units and aircraft to the Art of Tactic system and is fully compatible with all World War II Art of Tactic games and models, in addition to being a standalone game in its own right. World War II: Blitzkrieg 1940 includes modular game boards and terrain tiles to create countless battlefields as well as highly detailed and historically accurate plastic models.


6215 Battle for Moscow 1941
It’s the winter of 1941, and the Germans are perched on the edge of Moscow itself! Can the brave Soviets cobble together a strong enough defense to keep the mighty Wehrmacht out of the capital? Take command yourself and see if you have the skills to emerge victorious! In this battle, though, you will have to contend not only with your foe, but also the frigid Russian winter!

Battle for Moscow, 1941 is set in the tense weeks of the 1941 winter, when the Germans came the closest to capturing the Soviet capital city. The modular board and terrain tiles allow you to recreate nearly any battlefield. The game includes 7 exciting ready-to-play scenarios, and new scenarios will be added to our website to keep the action going!


ZVE 6260 WWII Stalingrad 1942-43
The Battle of Stalingrad (23 August 1942 - 2 February 1943) was a major battle of World War II in which Nazi Germany and its allies fought the Soviet Union for control of the city of Stalingrad in the southwestern Soviet Union.

Marked by constant close quarters combat and direct assaults on civilians by air raids, it is often regarded as the single largest and bloodiest battle in the history of warfare. World War II: Stalingrad 1942-1943, part of the "Art of Tactic" line of games, allows players to recreate this battle. As with other games in this series, it can be played on its own or combined with any of the other titles. The game includes all of the models needed to play the scenarios in the box, but additional World War II mini kits in Zvezda's product line are fully compatible and can be used to expand the game with additional units
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ZVE 6413 Samurai Battles
Samurai Battles - Historic Board Game by Art of Tactic Samurai Battles puts you in command of brave warriors clashing on the battlefields of feudal Japan! Assemble your army using magnificently detailed and historically accurate miniatures, then face your opponent on an endless variety of battlefields created from beautifully painted terrain and elevation tiles.

You can play Samurai Battles two different ways:

* Command & Colors: designed by Richard Borg, this award-winning game system features a fast-paced, card-driven mechanism to represent the "fog of war". special dragon cards, along with honor and fortune tokens, will influence your luck in the thick of the battle!

* Art of Tactic: designed by Konstantin Krivenko, this game system requires wits and strategy. you and your opponent secretly plan your moves every turn, then the actions of your warriors are resolved simultaneously – just like a real battle!


Both game systems are easy to learn, and offer deep strategic and tactical challenges to please every fan of historical board games. samurai battles is the perfect blend of the beautiful and the historic – and the perfect way to explore the exciting battles of medieval Japan. so grab your katana and take up your naginata: glory and honor await you in Samurai Battles
ZVE 6420 Samurai Battles: Ninja Attack Expansion 

This expansion set to 2012´s explosively popular game of feudal Japanese warfare introduces long-awaited units and new tactical opportunities! The set includes 12 new units, including 2 units of ninja, 6 mounted samurai archers, and 4 foot samurai archers. This is the first time that mounted archers will appear in the game! Everything you need to include the new units in your game - using both Art of Tactic and Commands & Colors, is included: unit models, unit cards, and command cards, along with 4 new double-sided game boards and 15 new terrain tiles. The included scenario booklet offers 5 all-new scenarios. 


ZVE 6502 Armada Invincible
Plunge into exciting battles from the "golden age of sail" with the award-winning Art of Tactic system! This is the 16th and 17th Centuries—the age of the Sea Dogs and the Invincible Armada. Become a captain of your own sailing warship in this new Art of Tactic game!

Armada Invincible is a two-player game which the players recreate clashes between a pair of 16th-century Spanish and English warships.


Players simultaneously and secretly issue orders to their crew: what kind of ammunition should you load in your guns? What course should you plot to line up the perfect shot? Then, those orders are carried out simultaneously on the modular game board. Since all players are involved in the action, there\'s no down time. Features highly-detailed plastic models, accurately created from actual deck plans from the period.


Depending on the scenario, each player may be trying to sink the enemy ship, simply evade it, capture it, or prevent the enemy from taking certain actions (like landing troops ashore) within a certain time limit. In addition to the simple “plunk down two ships and sink each other” setup in the quick-start game, Armada Invincible provides seven scenarios that are based loosely on historical battles between elements of the Spanish armada and the English defenders in 1588.


The Armada Invincible game includes:

2 model warships (HMS Revenge and San Martin)
4 sets of game cards (for 4 different ships—2 English and 2 Spanish)
29 Movement tokens
4 Fire tokens
9 double-sided game boards (open water on one side, coastline on the other)
10 20-sided dice
2 erasable markers (the game cards are plastic coated, so you can mark damage and orders)
1 wind direction token
rulebook
scenario book
"Captain's First Course" booklet (quick start guide)


ZVE 7410 Hot War Battle for Oil
The year 1990, the planet Earth: The world is very much like our own recent past, but with no perestroika, no glasnost, no relaxation. American presidents continue to refer to the Soviet Union as the "evil empire", and the Cold War lingers on a thousand fronts throughout the world—from tiny tropical states to the headquarters of the intelligence agencies. Almost without warning, the next armed conflict erupts in the Arab East, at the center of the world's power depot. And this time, the fight is not only for how a small Persian Gulf country will live – as a socialist or capitalist state – but rather much more is at stake: control of the world's largest oil reserves!

Welcome to the world of The Hot War: Battle for Oil, a fascinating board game with miniatures based on Konstantin Krivenko's unique war gaming system Art of Tactic. This game puts you in command of modern troops and the powerful equipment of war in battles fought with state-of-the-art technology; it's also the first foray for the Art of Tactic system into a desert theater of operations, allowing players to explore any historical battle from the Africa campaign of Rommel to the Iraq War!


The Hot War: Battle for Oil starter set includes everything you need to create the first armed conflicts between the Soviet and American armies. Each side is represented by seven units: three motorized infantry platoons, two APCs, one tank, and one helicopter each. Motorized infantry units can be further customized and reinforced by machine guns, anti-tank missiles, and air defense systems. Before each battle, the commanders must choose where to position their reinforcements: Should you spread them out among your platoons, or attach everything together into one overstrengthed unit?


Like all Art of Tactic games, The Hot War: Battle for Oil uses specially-designed laminated cards for every unit. Each unique unit card displays all of the information a commander needs to use it in the field. The laminated coating allows players to write their orders directly on the unit card, easily cleaning them again before the next round. Players don't take turns, but instead simultaneously plot secret orders to their forces, then resolve them at the same time!

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