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French VB Launchers happiness

Posted: Mon Sep 17, 2018 2:06 pm
by powermonger
Finally, the Blitzkrieg supplement came out. And it is a glorious asset to have. Very nicely researched & done. Congrats!
But what i cheerish most is that finally I can have official & definitive rules for the VB launchers!!!

- they come grouped together by default
- only 4 shots, unless extra support option purchased
- can only fire to targets in LOS of team
- only effective range (ie, generally hit on 5+)
- reduce cover one level
- half effect on first shot

Only doubt remaining is if they can fire to troops in buildings ignoring the 45 degree angle (like HE), or they must be in the 45 degree angle (like small arms fire). I think it must be treated like small arms and must respect the 45 degree angle.

eternal thanks!!!!

Re: French VB Launchers happiness

Posted: Tue Sep 18, 2018 7:39 am
by Richard
Powermonger, oh yes, within the 45 degrees. They are small arms.

I am glad you're pleased. I really love the VB launcher so I wanted to get it right. We tested it extensively and four rounds came out as MUCH better than three. It's nearly enough to get you through a game, but having more is an attractive option.

Rich

Re: French VB Launchers happiness

Posted: Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:56 am
by powermonger
Thanks a lot Rich!

PS: was very nice to share some talk with you at historicon!

Re: French VB Launchers happiness

Posted: Tue Sep 18, 2018 12:07 pm
by Nick B
Really like these rules but could you clarify the "half effect" for first shot - I'm presuming this means one die only?

Out of genuine interest - what is the reasoning for this?

If you purchase an additional Grope de Combat as support - do you get an additional VB launcher?

Many thanks

Nick

Re: French VB Launchers happiness

Posted: Tue Sep 18, 2018 1:02 pm
by Peter
I think the half effect is a way of managing 'ranging' shots, and the relative ease of a stationary target compared to a moving one.

It's going to have been part of a different platoon, but probably the same company. I'd say yes, and they can form part of the VB team.

Peter

Re: French VB Launchers happiness

Posted: Tue Sep 18, 2018 4:14 pm
by Richard
You simply roll half the dice when firing at a new target. Ranging shots is indeed the reasoning. It rewards you for bombarding a fixed target rather than trying to shoot all over the place.

Yes, you do get a VB man and he can join the VB group.

Rich

Re: French VB Launchers happiness

Posted: Tue Sep 18, 2018 7:08 pm
by remgain
Wonder if these rules apply to Volkgrenadier rifle grenades in Bloody Bucket psc as well.

Marco

Re: French VB Launchers happiness

Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2018 7:41 am
by Richard
They could do, although I've not given it much thought.

Re: French VB Launchers happiness

Posted: Mon Dec 24, 2018 8:12 am
by redmist1122
I may be a bit thick headed here, my question is does the junior leader for the V-B launcher team sport a V-B launcher himself? I ask as pre-1940s Handbook lists had just a junior leader w/rifle. I know the book has V-B launcher for the junior leader...again just a bit thick headed.

Thanks.

Re: French VB Launchers happiness

Posted: Mon Dec 24, 2018 8:41 am
by Arlequín
Yes Greg he does. It was an error in the old lists.