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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-102: Tolstoy Woods0 7.16Tolstoy Woods, RussiaETORussianGerman5.1 hrs27%
BFP-95: Obian Highway0 6.95South of Novoselovka, RussiaETOGermanRussian6 hrs12%
BFP-90: Early Morning Action0 6.53Bolshoi-Majatschki, RussiaETOGerman (SS)Russian3.5 hrs10%
BFP-97: Renewed Pressure0 6.88Near Batratskaia Dacha, RussiaETOGermanRussian5.3 hrs7%
BFP-103: Knife in the Flank0 6.50Vypolzovka, RussiaETORussianGerman7.8 hrs4%
BFP-101: Panzer Spirit0 6.82Near Jamki, RussiaETORussianGerman (SS)6.2 hrs4%
BFP-79: A Hard Push0 6.73Near Bykovka, RussiaETOGerman (SS)Russian5 hrs3%
BFP-99: Ivanovskii0 6.70Ivanovskii Vyselok, RussiaETOGerman (SS)Russian3.1 hrs3%
BFP-89: Relentless Pressure0 6.45East of Maslovo, RussiaETORussianGerman5.9 hrs3%
BFP-73: Preliminary Move0 7.90Near Gertsovka, RussiaETOGermanRussian5.4 hrs3%
BFP-88: The Bunkered Village0 7.30Luchanino, RussiaETOGermanRussian5.9 hrs2%
BFP-76: Trial of the Infantry0 6.00Near Zadel'noe, RussiaETOGermanRussian4.9 hrs2%
BFP-82: Steamroller0 7.29State Farm Ssolojew, RussiaETOGermanRussian8.7 hrs2%
BFP-96: Hotly Contested Town0 7.82Verkhopenye, RussiaETOGermanRussian14 hrs2%
BFP-77: Burning Down the House0 6.78Cherkasskoye, RussiaETOGermanRussian15.8 hrs2%
BFP-81: Iron Coffins0 6.50Near Beresov, RussiaETOGerman (SS)Russian9.1 hrs2%
BFP-84: Kreida Station0 6.29Kreida Station, RussiaETOGermanRussian6.8 hrs2%
BFP-80: Ratushniak's Sacrifice0 6.86South of Bykovka, RussiaETOGerman (SS)Russian4.2 hrs1%
BFP-104: Flying Turrets0 6.14Southwest of Prokhorovka, RussiaETORussianGerman (SS)45.9 hrs1%
BFP-83: The Second Belt0 8.29Lutschi, RussiaETOGerman (SS)Russian23.5 hrs1%
BFP-78: Operation Wheatfield0 6.50South of Razumnoe, RussiaETOGermanRussian10.1 hrs1%
BFP-93: Klein Stalingrad0 5.80Melikhovo, RussiaETOGermanRussian16.4 hrs1%
BFP-74: Coiled to Strike0 7.40Near Butovo, RussiaETOGermanRussian17.9 hrs1%
BFP-94: To the Last Shell0 8.17Gresnoe, RussiaETOGerman (SS)Russian12.3 hrs1%
BFP-92: Trenches in Flames0 7.20North of Djen Uroshaja, RussiaETOGermanRussian5.4 hrs1%
BFP-75: Schreiber's Success0 6.00Beresov, RussiaETOGerman (SS)Russian9 hrs1%
BFP-87: Fork in the Road0 5.75Hill 254.5, RussiaETOGermanRussian5.1 hrs0%
BFP-85: Churchills at Kursk0 6.33Northwest of Ternovka, RussiaETORussianGerman (SS)7.5 hrs0%
BFP-86: Panzer Regiment Rothenburg0 7.40Northeast of Krutoy Log, RussiaETOGermanRussian17.2 hrs0%
BFP-91: Death Roamed Freely0 5.67Staryi Gorod, RussiaETOGermanRussian10.3 hrs0%
BFP-98: Place of Honor0 6.00Oktiabrskii, RussiaETOGerman (SS)Russian18.7 hrs0%
BFP-100: Tiger Vanguard0 5.50Kazachie, RussiaETOGermanRussian6.4 hrs0%

 * 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.

Monday 18 November 2019 07:15:08 AM  (c)dramsey 2019