Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few…~Winston Churchill
This week we submit to you a game that will take you back to the battlefields of Europe during the late 1930s into the 1940s. The game is called Heroes of Normandie and not only do you need to bring your helmet, your humor and a little hollywood moviemaker will be needed too!
From the website: A wargame in the tradition of the classic Hollywood war movies.
Just beyond the Normandy Coast in the beautiful summer of 1944… The sun shines, the daisies bloom, the hedgerows stand tall. Early in the morning, distant machine guns chatter sporadically, and the boom of distant explosions rumble in the sky. Thousand of men battle one another and die, in bravery or in cowardice, as Heroes or simply as men.
In our story, we leave out the extras and focus in on the Heroes who populate the classic Hollywood war movies, from the supporting actors up to the stars. A Bridge Too Far, The Longest Day, Patton, Kelly’s Heroes, Saving Private Ryan. These films are our inspirations, and this is what we have given you in Heroes of Normandie!
In order to reproduce the atmosphere of these timeless movie classics, we stepped up the pace of the traditional war game. We have provided you with everything you need to make even the smallest scene explosively exciting! We want you to grin with delight as you mow down those invading GIs with your MG42, or when you bombard those Nazi swine with your bunker smashing mortar fire!
From RTHG Staff (Brandon): Heroes of Normandie is a game that really appeals to those history buffs AND movie aficionados that enjoy watching the World War II movies of Hollywood. The game plays to its name in that the heroes are significant pieces to any force, but make no mistake…they can and will die a death that is worthy of any movie screen!
The game comes with 6-two sided game boards that represent various terrain in the D-Day era France on which your opposing forces will clash. Devil Pig Games does a very good job with the artwork on these boards as well as on the cardboard pieces that represent the units. The artwork is stylized which helps accentuate the humor that is also a primary characteristic of Heroes of Normandie. The humor isn’t too over the top, mind you, and seems to me to hit a sweet spot between the Gomer Pyle and Hogan’s Heroes television shows if you are old enough to remember them. If not, you have the internet and you’re welcome!
Heroes of Normandie uses a points based system with each unit having a clearly marked cost. You simply agree with your opponent on a point cost (or go with the point totals given in a scenario), choose your forces and go!
Currently there are American, German, and UK Commonwealth forces from which to choose. There are also a number of terrain and troop/hero expansions to pick up to give a ton of variety to your games in terms of new units, new machinations of war and new terrain to explore/exploit. Once you have a grasp of gameplay, which has a small learning curve, you’ll knock out games in less than the listed one hour play time and will likely want to play “just one more”!
The base set for Heroes of Normadie (pictured above) can be found at most FLGSs or on the internet on a plethora of board game sites.