BFP 4: Crucible of Steel

Published by: Bounding Fire Productions. January 2011
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Introduction:

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
cover

Map board(s):

Board: BFP-L, BFP-M, BFP-N, BFP DW-2a, BFP DW-2b, BFP DW-3a, BFP DW-3b, BFP DW-4a, BFP DW-4b

Articles and Resources:

TitleAuthorDescriptionPage/url
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

Reviews:

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...

Scenarios:

ScenarioPlayedTotalRatingLocationTheatreAttackerDefenderLengthBalancePopularity*
BFP-73: Preliminary Move040 7.06Near Gertsovka, RussiaETOGermanRussian5.4 hrs67% German2%
BFP-74: Coiled to Strike031 5.92Near Butovo, RussiaETOGermanRussian17.2 hrsBalanced2%
BFP-75: Schreiber's Success051 6.21Beresov, RussiaETOGerman (SS)Russian9 hrsBalanced3%
BFP-76: Trial of the Infantry046 6.06Near Zadel'noe, RussiaETOGermanRussian4.9 hrs60% Russian3%
BFP-77: Burning Down the House012 6.63Cherkasskoye, RussiaETOGermanRussian15.6 hrs61% German1%
BFP-78: Operation Wheatfield026 6.09South of Razumnoe, RussiaETOGermanRussian10.1 hrs62% German2%
BFP-79: A Hard Push038 6.25Near Bykovka, RussiaETOGerman (SS)Russian5 hrs68% German (SS)2%
BFP-80: Ratushniak's Sacrifice045 6.22South of Bykovka, RussiaETOGerman (SS)Russian4.2 hrsBalanced3%
BFP-81: Iron Coffins024 6.08Near Beresov, RussiaETOGerman (SS)Russian9.1 hrs57% German (SS)1%
BFP-82: Steamroller082 7.25State Farm Ssolojew, RussiaETOGermanRussian7.7 hrsBalanced5%
BFP-83: The Second Belt029 7.91Lutschi, RussiaETOGerman (SS)Russian22.7 hrsBalanced2%
BFP-84: Kreida Station051 6.93Kreida Station, RussiaETOGermanRussian6.8 hrs58% Russian3%
BFP-85: Churchills at Kursk017 6.40Northwest of Ternovka, RussiaETORussianGerman (SS)7.5 hrs59% Russian1%
BFP-86: Panzer Regiment Rothenburg05 6.86Northeast of Krutoy Log, RussiaETOGermanRussian17.2 hrs82% German0%
BFP-87: Fork in the Road026 5.91Hill 254.5, RussiaETOGermanRussian5.1 hrs63% Russian2%
BFP-88: The Bunkered Village036 6.89Luchanino, RussiaETOGermanRussian5.9 hrs60% Russian2%
BFP-89: Relentless Pressure091 6.20East of Maslovo, RussiaETORussianGerman5.9 hrs56% German6%
BFP-90: Early Morning Action093 6.39Bolshoi-Majatschki, RussiaETOGerman (SS)Russian3.5 hrs60% German (SS)6%
BFP-91: Death Roamed Freely028 5.88Staryi Gorod, RussiaETOGermanRussian10.3 hrsBalanced2%
BFP-92: Trenches in Flames018 7.11North of Djen Uroshaja, RussiaETOGermanRussian5.4 hrs78% German1%
BFP-93: Klein Stalingrad08 6.50Melikhovo, RussiaETOGermanRussian16.4 hrsBalanced0%
BFP-94: To the Last Shell016 7.36Gresnoe, RussiaETOGerman (SS)Russian12.3 hrs60% German (SS)1%
BFP-95: Obian Highway0192 7.12South of Novoselovka, RussiaETOGermanRussian6 hrsBalanced12%
BFP-96: Hotly Contested Town026 7.50Verkhopenye, RussiaETOGermanRussian14 hrs67% Russian2%
BFP-97: Renewed Pressure079 6.67Near Batratskaia Dacha, RussiaETORussianGerman5.3 hrs57% German5%
BFP-98: Place of Honor04 6.40Oktiabrskii, RussiaETOGerman (SS)Russian18.7 hrs64% Russian0%
BFP-99: Ivanovskii081 6.17Ivanovskii Vyselok, RussiaETOGerman (SS)Russian3.1 hrsBalanced5%
BFP-100: Tiger Vanguard014 6.43Kazachie, RussiaETOGermanRussian6.4 hrs57% German1%
BFP-101: Panzer Spirit0126 6.88Near Jamki, RussiaETORussianGerman (SS)6.2 hrsBalanced8%
BFP-102: Tolstoy Woods0164 7.20Tolstoy Woods, RussiaETORussianGerman5.1 hrs56% German10%
BFP-103: Knife in the Flank064 6.07Vypolzovka, RussiaETORussianGerman7.8 hrs66% German4%
BFP-104: Flying Turrets06 6.14Southwest of Prokhorovka, RussiaETORussianGerman (SS)45.9 hrs69% German (SS)0%

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

 (Dark) grey rows indicate Night scenarios.

Median length of scenarios: 7.15hrs

Average rating of scenarios: 6.58

Total playing time: 325.7hrs

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