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BFP 4: Crucible of Steel
Published by: Bounding Fire Productions
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From the back of the included magazine: CoS takes a focused look at the climactic German offensive of the Eastern Front known as Operation Citadel, or the Battle of Kursk. The scenarios contained in CoS depict some of the many struggles, both large and small, that occurred on the southern part of the Kursk salient between Army Group South and the Voronezh Front in the first half of July, 1943.

The fighting on the southern salient at Kursk was immense in scope, ferocious in nature, epic in consequence, and was witness to one of the largest tank engagements in history. Fighting during the battle led to staggering losses for both combatants.

Crucible of Steel includes the following:

32 Action-Packed Scenarios
2 full sheets of counters, depicting more units, weapons, vehicles, and planes that are depicted in the scenarios
3 double-wide 16"x22" geomorphic mapboards. These maps represent the "tank-country" and villages of Kursk, and are printed in two 8"x22" sections on heavy card stock (BFP DW-2, DW-3, DW-4)
3 8"x22" geomorphic mapboards, also printed on heavy card stock (BFP L, M, N)
Huge magazine with articles on the project, slopes, fortifications, and dug-in tanks
Rules pages describing new terrain counters, vehicle listings/notes, and special units


A Walk through Crucible of SteelChas SmithReview10
Slopes in ASLChas SmithRules and Strategy6
Dug-in/Entrenched AFVsChas SmithRules and Strategy6
Fortifications PrimerChas SmithRules and Strategy17


This publication has been rated: 9.67/10 by 3 users. Write a review
Setting a new standard
Bill Brodie: 10.0 out of 10. [Review score: 4] [Agree] [Disagree]

ASL'ers are getting a wealth on high quality products not only from the official source, MMP, but from third part producers.

Crucible of Steel pushes the standard to a higher level. This products has it all.

It includes 32, yes, 32, new full colored scenarios covering the fighting on the southern flank of the Kursk salient during Operation Citadel. There is nothing new abou... Read full review...
An excellent module
Michael Rodgers: 9.0 out of 10. [Review score: 2] [Agree] [Disagree]

The only reason I did not give it a ten is because I am not fond of third party counters. In other words, I would have given a ten if they could have done this without counters. The production values are excellent; on a par with MMP. The glossy magazine is enjoyable to read and I found the Fortifications Primer to be especially good and useful to me. Despite playing for more than 20 years, I found... Read full review...
This module is a must have
Paolo Cariolato: 10.0 out of 10. [Review score: 2] [Agree] [Disagree]

I welcome every publication from BFP, but with CoS they put up their best effort to date.
The scenario pack features mainly medium of big engagement against fortified of heavy fortified defence, but this is Kursk so no one is complaining.
I played a solid 40% of the scenarios of this pack (also che big bad boy "Flying Turrets") and found tons of fun doing it, and I'm planning to play al... Read full review...


play count
BFP-73: Preliminary Move0 7.90Near Gertsovka, RussiaETOGermanRussian5.4 hrs3%
BFP-74: Coiled to Strike0 7.40Near Butovo, RussiaETOGermanRussian17.9 hrs1%
BFP-75: Schreiber's Success0 6.50Beresov, RussiaETOGerman (SS)Russian9 hrs1%
BFP-76: Trial of the Infantry0 5.88Near Zadel'noe, RussiaETOGermanRussian4.9 hrs2%
BFP-77: Burning Down the House0 7.00Cherkasskoye, RussiaETOGermanRussian15.8 hrs2%
BFP-78: Operation Wheatfield0 6.80South of Razumnoe, RussiaETOGermanRussian10.1 hrs1%
BFP-79: A Hard Push0 6.90Near Bykovka, RussiaETOGerman (SS)Russian5 hrs3%
BFP-80: Ratushniak's Sacrifice0 7.60South of Bykovka, RussiaETOGerman (SS)Russian4.2 hrs1%
BFP-81: Iron Coffins0 6.50Near Beresov, RussiaETOGerman (SS)Russian9.1 hrs2%
BFP-82: Steamroller0 7.40State Farm Ssolojew, RussiaETOGermanRussian8.7 hrs2%
BFP-83: The Second Belt0 8.29Lutschi, RussiaETOGerman (SS)Russian23 hrs1%
BFP-84: Kreida Station0 7.33Kreida Station, RussiaETOGermanRussian6.8 hrs1%
BFP-85: Churchills at Kursk0 7.00Northwest of Ternovka, RussiaETORussianGerman (SS)7.5 hrs0%
BFP-86: Panzer Regiment Rothenburg0 8.00Northeast of Krutoy Log, RussiaETOGermanRussian17.2 hrs0%
BFP-87: Fork in the Road0 6.00Hill 254.5, RussiaETOGermanRussian5.1 hrs0%
BFP-88: The Bunkered Village0 8.50Luchanino, RussiaETOGermanRussian5.9 hrs1%
BFP-89: Relentless Pressure0 6.60East of Maslovo, RussiaETORussianGerman5.9 hrs3%
BFP-90: Early Morning Action0 6.59Bolshoi-Majatschki, RussiaETOGerman (SS)Russian3.5 hrs10%
BFP-91: Death Roamed Freely0 7.00Staryi Gorod, RussiaETOGermanRussian10.3 hrs0%
BFP-92: Trenches in Flames0 7.75North of Djen Uroshaja, RussiaETOGermanRussian5.4 hrs1%
BFP-93: Klein Stalingrad0 5.67Melikhovo, RussiaETOGermanRussian16.4 hrs0%
BFP-94: To the Last Shell0 9.50Gresnoe, RussiaETOGerman (SS)Russian12.3 hrs0%
BFP-95: Obian Highway0 7.05South of Novoselovka, RussiaETOGermanRussian6 hrs14%
BFP-96: Hotly Contested Town0 7.80Verkhopenye, RussiaETOGermanRussian14 hrs1%
BFP-97: Renewed Pressure0 7.00Near Batratskaia Dacha, RussiaETOGermanRussian5.3 hrs8%
BFP-98: Place of Honor0 7.00Oktiabrskii, RussiaETOGerman (SS)Russian18.7 hrs0%
BFP-99: Ivanovskii0 6.89Ivanovskii Vyselok, RussiaETOGerman (SS)Russian3.1 hrs3%
BFP-100: Tiger Vanguard0 Kazachi, RussiaETOGermanRussian6.4 hrs0%
BFP-101: Panzer Spirit0 6.78Near Jamki, RussiaETORussianGerman (SS)6.2 hrs3%
BFP-102: Tolstoy Woods0 7.22Tolstoy Woods, RussiaETORussianGerman5.1 hrs32%
BFP-103: Knife in the Flank0 6.43Vypolzovka, RussiaETORussianGerman7.8 hrs2%
BFP-104: Flying Turrets0 6.33Southwest of Prokhorovka, RussiaETORussianGerman (SS)45.9 hrs1%

 * Popularity is the sum of Roar and Archive reported playings based as a percentage of the parent publication's total games.

 Grey rows indicate Night scenarios.

Tuesday 11 December 2018 03:49:40 PM  (c)dramsey 2018