Battlefront continues to support their Team Yankee range with various supplement and miniature releases. But where should a new player begin?
Well, Hammerfall, the new introductory boxed set is a good place to start. The set contains two fairly matched forces, two plastic U.S. M1 Abrams tanks and three Soviet T-64 tanks. These are in kit form and are simple to build.
In addition to these kits, there is an A5 copy of the basic Team Yankee rulebook, plus a unique ‘Start Here’ guide to the game. Other components include some card terrain pieces, two sets of three dice in the traditional ‘Red versus Blue’ of the NATO exercises and four unit cards providing all the in-game information needed.
Overall, this is a good way to ‘dip’ a metaphorical ‘toe’ into the Team Yankee universe without parting with too much money. It would also suit those looking for an introduction to wargaming in 1/100th scale or wargaming in general. Another good quality, useful product that would be of use to a host of different potential or current gamers.
The M1 Abrams
The M1 Abrams’ NATO-standard 105mm gun fires the latest long-rod, fin-stabilised ammunition, giving it incredible penetrating power. This time-tested gun combines remarkably compact rounds for a high rate of fire, with a deadly effect against almost any type of target. Its advanced stabiliser, laser rangefinder, and thermal imager allow it to hit targets at any range while moving rapidly across any terrain, whether by day or by night.
Crew survivability is another focus of this superb design. The tank’s ready-use ammunition is all stored in an armoured compartment at the back of the tank. If the ammunition is hit, blow-out panels on the top of the turret ensure the crews survival. If the tank doesn’t blow up immediately when it’s hit, the crew know they are safe to continue fighting. Overall, the M1 Abrams is perhaps the best tank in existence, with a good balance between the triad of mobility, protection, and firepower.
The T-64 is armed with the excellent smooth bore 125mm 2A46 gun, which fires high-explosive, high-explosive fragmentation, and armour-piercing fin-stabilised discarding-sabot rounds. By the 1980s, the Soviet forces in East Germany had replaced most of their tanks with the T-64 tank. The T-64 can fire Kobra (NATO designation AT-8 Songster)
anti-tank guided missiles in the same manner as ordinary rounds. The missiles have a maximum range of 4000 metres and a hit probability of about 80%. The fully stabilised gun and sight system allowed the missiles to be fired on the move, unlike many other guided missiles. Not all T-64 tanks are armed with the Kobra missile, and some tanks were manufactured without the missile guidance system.
M1 Abrams Tank Sprue (x2)
T-64 Tank Sprue (x3)
One Team Yankee mini rulebook, one Hammerfall ‘Start Here’ booklet, two Terrain Cards, six dice and four Unit cards.