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This week's post is a double feature of an army list and a new report into a painted platoon for Pineland!

First things first the list



2 Cmd SMG/Panzerfaust Teams


1 Full Panzergrenadier Platoon with Cmd SMG/Panzerfaust, 1 3.7cm Track

1 Full Panzergrenadier Platoon with Cmd SMG/Panzerfaust, 1 3.7cm Track


3 Pak40 Tracks

4 Reihenwerfer Mortar Tracks


4 Beute StuHs

1 8.8 with extra crew

Now for Red Platoon in all of their glory, ready to do battle for Pineland!

The first two units for my Pineland German forces

Some lovely U304(f) halftracks to ferry my grenadiers across the battlefield. 

Some lovely PAK40 trucks

Stay tuned, there should be more to come once it stops storming. 

21st Panzer Gepanzerte Panzergrenadierkompanie- 745 pts

HQ-80-2 Panzerfaust SMG Teams, 2 U304F Halfracks

Combat Platoon-225-1 Panzerfaust SMG Team, 6 MG Teams, 3 U304F Halftracks, 1 U304F Halftrack with 3.7

Combat Platoon-160-1 Panzerfaust SMG Team, 4 MG Teams, 3 U304F Halftracks, 1 U304F Halftrack with 3.7

Weapons-190-3 S307F Pak40 Halftracks

Weapons-90-2 S307f Reihenwerfer Halftracks, Observer with Kubelwagen

Welcome to the first Flames of War Escalation League for the 757th Rangers!

Our Mission Here

First things first, this is a league with the goal of promoting us to help our recently converted members of our cohort to learn the rules, paint armies, organize our play a little bit, and most importantly have a good time! To this end I heartily encourage everyone to journey into waters they may have not before, either through choosing an alternate force you've not played before or dusting off some models that haven't seen the light of day since the new edition. With this being said let's get down to the rules for play within the league to seal the fate of the mythical Pineland!

Force Selection

All forces must be selected from the following late war books: 

Overlord, Atlantik Wall, Road to Rome, Fortress Italy, Red Bear, Grey Wolf, Banzai, and Gung Ho. 

However, the following caveat exists: forces must be selected from lists detailing usage before or during the summer of 1944 (forces without such mention may also be selected for usage in the League). Also no warriors or fortified companies are allowed as taking Pineland requires a great deal of mobility and everyone else is more occupied elsewhere with the things.

Furthermore once a specific army list(intelligence briefing) is selected that list must be used throughout the course of the League, posted onto the league member's blog for all to see, and updated throughout the course of the league (but please do not post those lists until the start of the league on July 23rd). This list may be altered throughout the league, such as running three infantry platoons at 1000 but then reducing it to only two platoons at 1250. So think carefully of which list you wish to allow to see the first battle as that will be the list used throughout the league! 

The escalation will proceed as follows in two week increments:

750  Points- Start Date July 23rd

1000 Points- Start Date August 6th

1250 Points- Start Date August 20th

1500 Points- Start Date September 3rd

There is also the likelihood of a tournament falling towards the end of our escalation league period which will be able to contribute to your league points if you use the intelligence briefing you selected for the league.

Playing in the League

The overall goal of forces during the escalation league is to see which player and faction can control the mythical land of Pineland! Over the course of each points period we'd like the results from each game played to be recorded including size of victory in order to establish standings for each week, whomever is at the top of the league at the end of it all has achieved the stewardship of Pineland! (with ties being broken through a very elegant process of the following: calculating number of wins, units painted for the league, and finally being resolved with the standard 3 round match of rock paper scissors). Results slips should either be sent to me on our site or posted on your blog as a battle report!

The recommended table size is normally 6x4, however for the 750 point games it is recommended to play on a 4x4 table to make it easier for both forces to cover objectives. 

For Mission selection, we'd like to encourage the use of the expanded mission pack for flames of war available here to determine mission and attacker. Otherwise, the player with the most infantry formations shall be the defender and if a tie occurs the players shall dice off to determine the attacker. (Annihilation is also to be removed from the mission pool)

During the course of the League it's possible to challenge specific players to games, to challenge such players a challenge thread will be created here on the forums at the start of the league though keep in mind only league players may be challenged!  

Additionally, players are welcome to have open play against other league members at the assigned points level. We encourage all participants to play as many games as possible during their time in the league, though we willingly recognize that our time is limited through our other "responsibilities". To help acknowledge this only the two best scores from each points period will be tallied for the purposes to see which player conquers Pineland! So get out there and get those dice a rolling!

Other Ways to Score

The following will be added to each player's accrued points at the end of the league.

Challenge Points

+1 for winning in a challenge (can only be used once per points period)

+2 for winning a grudge match (A grudge match be declared if a player challenges another league member they failed to defeat in a challenge the player initiated once per points period)

Participation Points!

+1 for each game played past the first game each week (only one per opponent though) 

+4 points for playing through each points period

Hobby Points!

+1 Per Painted Unit, they must be painted during the league (transport units of 4 or more teams count as an entirely separate unit for the purposes of painting)

+1-2 Points per game based on opponent assessment of your army (Note this is only for forces painted prior to the start of the league)

Blog Points!

+1 Point for Each Battle report without pictures for a league game posted onto this site

+2 Points for Each Battle report with pictures for a league game posted onto this site


We have more than enough space to allow for anyone who wants to join the league to play. And feel free to sign up early as any troops you paint or finish up for the league in between now and the start of the league will count for hobby points if recorded on your blog!

For comments, questions, or concerns please either message me or comment below. Most of the rules discusses in this post I pulled from another Flames of War escalation league rule set I found online and I slightly modified them. 

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