Wednesday, 27 February 2013

First Look: Vpered Na Berlin

Vpered Na Berlin is the latest handbook for I Ain't Been Shot Mum 3 from the Too Fat Lardies.  Following on from their previous supplement, Battle for Liberation, this one focuses on the Eastern front of World War 2 from 1943 to 1945.

Weighing in at a whopping 108 pages this full colour pdf covers German, Romanian, Hungarian, Finnish, Yugoslavian and Soviet forces for the period.

Presentationally this handbook follows the style of Battle for Liberation with each nationality begining with a brief introduction followed by a single page detailing each type of company, then a couple of pages covering possible battalion, divisional and other support which might be available.

As before each page is neatly split into various colour coded boxes to distinguish between the various units making it clear whether these are on table or off table elements. Tables are then provided to give stats for the various troops, vehicles and heavy weapons along with any special rules and an outline of which additional cards may be applicable.

Each section covers the various unit type - for the Germans this includes a staggering 14 different unit types ranging from a Grenadier Kompanie through a Panzerspah Kompanie to a Cossack Sotnia. To this are added guidance on fielding German AFVs, how to rate German forces, stats for all the vehicles and weapons, weapon rules and articles on Partizan fighting and forming a Kampfgruppe. The other nationalities receive similar treatment.

Once again the presentation style is very similar to the previous handbook and the main IABSM rule book, the text is clearly laid out and interspersed by various photographs and relevant diagrams and everything is easy to find and understand.

Having set the price point with Battle for Liberation it should come as no surprise that this handbook is also £10 but it is clear that an enormous amount of time and effort has gone into researching the various units and organisations. I think this is another very useful addition and I am looking forward to future material (particularly some early war stuff - hint, hint!).

2 comments:

  1. Sounds like another wonderful distraction!

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    1. Excellent ... Because that's exactly what I need .... :-)

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