December 10, 2016

MTSC Beginner's Guide to Open Fire! Flames Of War Tabletop Miniatures Wargame


Flames of War is arguably the most popular historical wargame on the market today. Flames of War is a World War II tabletop miniatures wargame produced by the New Zealand company Battlefront Miniatures Ltd. The 1st Edition set of rules was published in 2002.

Flames of War allows players to wargame company level battles from the European and North African Theatres of World War Two, using 1/100 scale miniatures (15 mm figure scale) and miniature armor. The 2nd Edition of the rulebook was published in 2006. The 3rd and current edition of the rules was released on March 10, 2012.


Open Fire! has been carefully designed for someone who has never heard of Flames Of War before, or has seen the 256 page rulebook and not known where to start. Open Fire is not a simplified set of the Flames Of War rules, but rather a complete introductory box for a new player! Open Fire is your ticket into World War II wargaming.  It’s got everything you need to discover many aspects of this exciting hobby, from assembling and painting miniatures to playing games on the table top.


The Box Contains:
• 36 Page Full Color Open Fire Rule Book
  The Open Fire Rulebook is designed to be learned quickly and get you playing in no time. They are informative, with helpful picture diagrams to walk you through the steps of the game. Over time you can choose to stick with the Open Fire Rulebook, or choose to take a field promotion and move on to the Flames Of War rules.
• 40 Page Full Color Forces book with German, British, American and Soviet Army Lists
  The Forces Book gives you the information you need to assemble an army. There is a lot to explore with Open Fire Four major nations are represented and each offers their own unique equipment and styles of play. After you choose a nation, easy-to-use company diagram show you how to choose and add platoons to your force with. Platoon diagrams that tell 
• 11 Finely Detailed tanks, including three StuG G assault guns, six Sherman V tanks, and two Firefly tanks.
• 2 Grenadier platoons, one PaK40 platoon, and one US Paratrooper platoon, for a total of 105 infantry figures and 2 guns.
• 1 V1 Flying Bomb Terrain Piece
• Cardboard Terrain
• Game Tokens and Objective Markers
• Open Fire Army Quick Reference Sheets
• 20 Dice
• Measuring Stick

From the manufacture:

Over eighteen months ago we decided that we wanted the third edition to be a new milestone for the game, not just a more graphical and polished set of rules. We wanted to create the ultimate starter set for Flames Of War. With this lofty goal in mind, and the new technology of plastics to learn, we started down the path to Open Fire! 

We ended up using three differing methods of plastic manufacturing (zinc casting, pantography and digital design) to produce the two complete forces in the box. These two forces give you a British armoured squadron with support from some fearless US paratroopers to deal with the German grenadier company defending their V1 launcher (yes that is in the box as well) with the aid of a StuG platoon and some anti-tank guns. As well as the plastics, the box comes with a quick-start booklet, terrain, tokens, dice and a complete 296 page copy of the rules for you to dive into after you have played a few games.


Available to order on our website Michtoy.com by clicking HERE

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