|Tide Of Iron | Published 24 August 2010|
Tide of Iron fans rejoice! Fury of the Bear will unleash upon your tabletop the forces of the Soviet Union, as well as open the doors to a new theater of war. Things are heating up on the cold Eastern Front, and we would like to take this time to brief you on what to expect with Fury of the Bear.
This will be the first in a series of previews leading up to the release of Fury of the Bear. Today we’ll focus on the Red Army’s machines of war. To reflect the Soviet Union’s massive production of tanks during WWII, Fury of the Bear comes packed with the most armor of any previous Tide of Iron release!
First, we’ll look at the massive KV-1. This tank was known for its excellent armor protection, making it nearly immune to most mounted guns. In fact, the KV-1 was so notoriously defensive, the German Tiger I was produced as an answer to the Soviet’s superior armor. The KV-1 is comparable to the Tiger I in defense, but lacks the offensive power of its German successor. It is also a bit slower, making the KV-1 more effective as an antipersonnel weapon as opposed to a “tank killer”.
The Soviet SU-122, however, really shines in comparison to its German counterparts. As mobile as a half-track, this tank is dangerous from nearly anywhere on the map. It packs about as big a punch as the Panzer IV and can even take more of a beating. With it’s speed, protection, and reliable firepower, the SU-122 is a versatile offensive machine.
The Soviet’s T-34/76 is credited as one of the most efficient designs of World War II, making it one of the most-produced tanks of the war. While it’s firepower and armor are similar to the KV-1, what makes it shine is its speed. Technological advances at the time allowed the Soviets to effectively combine the power and toughness of their heavy tanks with the speed and agility of their light tanks. The end result is the T-34/76, a well-balanced beast of war.
In addition to tanks, the Soviet Union also has access to transports and half-tracks. Since the Soviets were allied with the American forces during this time, Fury of the Bear will include plastic transports and half-tracks in the Soviet Union’s color.
Check back next time when we take a closer look at the growing conflict on the Eastern Front!
Tide of Iron is an epic board game of tactical WWII combat that grants 2-4 players control of either American or German military forces, pitting squads of fighting men and vehicles against each other in one of several scenarios.
How about some quality models for AT guns and a better quality T34 than the one shown? If the game is going to be $80, then I would expect some better models, really. I am going to buy the game, just because I like the quality of the boards, box art, charts, and accessories, and hopefully there will be some good scenarios. So, maybe FFG should think about having some optional higher quality tank and AT gun models as part of this expansion. At least, could you get a better looking T34?
It is December 19. The latest update is October 8th! Certainly there has been news in the last two months!
How about pictures of the infantry and maps! Give us an update, please. When will the game be released?
Please give us some news... We are waiting so long!!
Glad to actually see models, but I like the T34 plastic model from my Memoir 44 east front expansion pack better than the T34 model shown here. The KV1 is pretty good, except the roadwheel detail is a little weak. The SU-85 model appears to me to have some strange kind of solid molded plastic under the main gun, or is it just an optical illusion from the photo?
How about showing the infantry figures? I really wish that the infantry squads were somewhat smaller scale to match closer to the tank/vehicle scale. In fact, I would prefer a molded "group" of figures on a base that has an adjustable dial to show the strength of the unit, rather than having to remove individual figures. Thats just my opinion, not to detract from the effort and time spent to produce these nice games.
Will there perhaps be an expansion pack for the Fury of Bear in the future, like artillery pieces? (I have some pretty good 76.2 arty from my Mem44 pack too which I may use). Also, how about some other German units, like the Oshwind, or Whirbelwind quad flak tank?
I would pay for a new mission editor, too. That would be a really cool tool.
I cannot wait. This is auto buy. Give me a pacific expansion and another designer book or two and I will never need a world war 2 game again.
Oh, and I would pay $ for an updated mission editor.
Kingtiger most halftrack where good for 30-35 mph,exception our M3 could do 55, and the SU is built on a modifed T-34 chassis so yeah it could do 33-35 easily. heck if anything the US halftrack is to slow
Yo! Drop your linnen' & start your grinnin"!!!
I've been saying for some time now that once this game goes Eastern Front, look out!
Bring on the Eastern Front Scenario book!
Finally! Been waiting for ever!
this makes an old man happy
yes the SU-122 is that fast the 2 German main halftracks the 250 and 251 where same speed,the 250, or slower,the 251, our halftrack was faster