A while back I decided to make another objective piece for my game board in the form of a SAM site. Both GHQ and C-in-C miniatures stock a few different SAM-systems, and I decided to build a layout based on the S-125 Neva (NATO reporting name SA-3 Goa) from C-in-C.
I find SAM sites fascinating as a piece of geography. From the air, they remind me of the Nazca Lines or crop circles; oddly mystical, evoking rituals and hidden meanings. And there’s actually a historical incident where the visual interpretation of SAM site layouts influenced history, rather than them blowing something up. I figured that story could be a nice lead in, so join me after the break.
So I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been looking into playtesting Rory Crabb’s Fireteam Modern ruleset, and last week we finally got around to it. I didn’t have time to dream up a convoluted scenario, so the fight was just a straight up confrontation between symmetric forces. This was partly a decision to better playtest the ruleset as well.
Overall, the experience was very positive, the rules play fast and generally make sense. Still, there were some things that irked us both, which I’ll get back to below. I wont write a super detailed after action report this time, but rather focus on some situations that highlight different aspects of the ruleset.
Another week, another game of Force on Force. This time the scenario was designed by my opponent. The session was a close call that turned into a complete bloodbath for both sides, but in the end NATO, like last game, came out on top. I play the Warsaw Pact in this game, and my opponent (let’s give him the codename Swordsman) plays NATO. And once again I apologize for the overall bad pictures. I started out with a few shots using my camera, but it became a bit clunky to use during the game so I switched to my phone.
I recently picked up an Mi-8 helicopter from GHQ. And whenever I buy a miniature I of course start pondering a good paint scheme for it. This article is an example of the kind of rabbit hole you can end up in from a simple google image search like “gdr mi-8 paint scheme.” Join me for the story of the storm of the century.
So I decided to try out the future, aka the wonderful world of 3D printing. There is a ton of models in 1/285 scale on Shapeways, and the quality seems to vary quite a lot. From really rough, upscaled 1/700 models like KokodaTrail’s, to the very detailed models at Masters of Military. I decided to buy from Masters of Military, and decided to go for a Luna M rocket launcher, and turn it into a set-piece objective for my game board. Why the Luna M? Well, I’m glad you asked.
I don’t remember how I first found out about micro armour and what prompted me to get into it. I would guess I was sitting around in my underwear at three in the morning google image searching obscure Soviet tanks again, when I stumbled upon a picture of a 6mm tank and impulse bought some. We’ll never know for sure.
In any case, what quickly struck me when I started looking for a game system to play is that you can’t throw a die cast T-72B two meters without hitting five sets of miniature wargame rules. In this post I want to give my two cents on some of the game systems I’ve come across. Continue reading “Force on Farce: wargaming rulesets”→
Me and a friend decided to have a small skirmish game of Force on Force the other day and it was my duty to come up with a scenario. I totally messed up balance, and it got a lot of good NVA soldiers killed. Join me in the short and bloody story of The Red Road to Schwerin. The images in this post are absolute trash shit garbage because I hadn’t set up neither proper lighting nor my proper camera. I apologize.
During operation Noble Monolith, a large scale NATO combined arms exercise in West Germany during the 1980-somethings, a single Pershing II nuclear missile is launched against Leipzig. The Warsaw Pact is caught off guard, and whether the launch was done by accident or design quickly becomes irrelevant, as NATO high command decides the only viable course of action is to double down. They commit all Noble Monolith forces to an assault across the iron curtain. GDR and Soviet forces are routed in the initial battles along the inner german border, and the survivors are now scrambling eastward to regroup and prepare for counter attack.