The Road Ahead
Everyone has jumped in to bring me up to date on the projects. We have gone over many things, including how to provide better and faster products to you.
We’ll start by listing the open projects at the end of this newsletter and where each of them stands. This should help keep you up to date on them. The second thing we want to do is provide better and quicker service. To this end we have acquired our own printing company. We have just about everything moved, set up, and ready to go. With that said, let me move on . . .
Red Ball Xpress Printing Services
Let me introduce you to Red Ball Xpress printing services. We plan on doing most, if not all, of our printing in house. Red Ball Xpress’s first project was printing our Line of Fire magazines. Available starting today, every issue of Line of Fire (#1 through #14) are now available as a printed magazine, in full color, with printed maps (where applicable) and counters. Issues 1 through 6 will have printed counters supplied on nice, glossy cardstock, and you will need to cut and paste the counters together, but otherwise everything is ready to go, and everything is in glorious color.
The World at War Compendium, now titled the World at War Compendium Volume 1, is now in full color, complete with maps and die-cut counters.
We will have more news on Red Ball Xpress and our plans going forward in the near future.
World at War Compendium Volume 2 Available in July
The World at War Compendium Volume 2 will soon be ready. Based on the Line of Fire material from issues 8 through 13, this full-color iteration of the Compendium includes a tankful of scenarios (31 in all), the continued history of World War III as it happened, and much more. Specifically, the World at War Compendium Volume 2 consists of 130 counters, such as US Marines, an expanded Team Charlie, Soviet 3rd Tank, and Chinese and Vietnamese forces. Additionally, there are 21 new counters for the Luxembourg forces in the minty fresh five-scenario modulette Ardennes Again, a new 11"x17" map, after-action reports, and Jeff Schulte’s HQ variant. So let me turn over the microphone to Jeff Lewis.
Line of Fire 15 Available for Pre-Order
Line of Fire #15 is ready to be printed. This issue features an expansion module for Lock ‘n Load: Heroes of the Gap titled The Bear & The Jackal, which depicts nine fierce firefights from the Soviet/Afghan War. The module includes new counters for the Mujahideen and some new Soviet units, plus two new 9.5”x16.5” geomorphic maps of rugged Afghan terrain.
The issue also includes articles on the history and tactics of the war, a preview of Falling Stars, battle reports for A Ring of Hills and Baltic Fury, three Nations at War scenarios, and six World at War scenarios—two of which utilize a new American Recon Formation that boasts M113 ACAVs. And much more!!
Heroes of the Mediterranean: Mare Nostrum
The development of Heroes of the Mediterranean: Mare Nostrum is coming along. The counters and maps are in the capable hands of artists David Julian and Marc von Martial. The module will have 16 scenarios—and maybe a few more. But let’s cut to the chase: The Desert War featured lots of armored vehicles, and they are all stuffed into this game, with over 80 cardboard replicas of the behemoths, including Italian M13/40s, M11/40s, L6/40s, 47mm and 75mm self-propelled guns, AB.41 armored cars and L3/35 tankettes, as well as British Matilda IIs, Cruiser A10s, Valentines, Honeys, Grants, Shermans, Mark VI Bs, Crusader Is, IIs & IIIs, Bren Carriers and Marmon-Harrington Mk III armored cars.
German panzers include the Mark III and IV “Specials.” American Stuarts and French R-35s also get a roll out. From the air, the JU-87 B2 Stuka, Hurricane Mk II D, and Italian Picchiatello and CR.42 will cause tankers and soldiers alike to be wary. Intrepid soldiers from Britain and its Commonwealth nations, Italy, Germany, the United States, and the Free and Vichy French will battle it out, so put your goggles on: Sand, dust and shrapnel will be flying.
Heroes of the Pacific
The development of Heroes of the Pacific is coming along. This game is ready to go to print, with Player Aids, Skill Cards, Counters and Manual Layouts. Take a look at these!