30/08/2015 at 03:42 #30136
It’s 1930 on 5 Feb 1990, and troopers of the CLA’s B Company, the Unconventional Warfare Group, are on the move just east of the town of Bayamo, in search of a renegade regime General and his two fanatical sons.
Immediately prior to and immediately following C Squadron’s successful capture of El Presidente, CLA Intelligence came upon information from multiple sources which explained that the enemy’s plan was for General Guapos, near Bayamo and with a bodyguard of Venezuelan paratroopers (they couldn’t be sure who the CLA had co-opted) planned on continuing the war, and resorting to an insurgency if circumstances dictated.
Generalissimo Waraldonez immediately called a staff meeting to determine the CLA’s best course of action. The Commanding General turned once again to Colonel Quilveras, commander of the CLA’s Special Operations Forces, and ordered him to prepare another Direct Action Team to carry out a decapitation strike, to end the war once and for all. Colonel Huistrella, commander of the CLA’s Unconventional Warfare Group, catching wind of this, arrived at Generalissimo Waraldonez’ Command Post and lobbied to have the mission directed to the UCW. “Hector,” said Waraldonez, addressing Colonel Huistrella, “you know this is a job for the Direct Action shooters.” “Sir, after all the UCW has been through, all we’ve done for you and this army. We bled white in the Escambray to hold the line, keep your flank secure so that you could secure this victory. Let us finish this.”
After much politicking, made possible by Huistrella’s ‘moles’ in the Commanding General’s Command Post, and by his arrival by helicopter at said Command Post, Waraldonez awarded the mission to B Company, UCW. Of course, Colonel Huistrella would personally lead the assault. Colonel Quilveras rolled his eyes and muttered a curse under his breath…
The opposing forces, with CLA on the right and regime forces on the left. The CLA force is comprised of Battlefront’s Vietnam-era SEALs, while the regime force has the same Peter Pig troops as last game. General Guapos and his sons are from rebel Minis’ “armed assassins” pack. And I just noticed that, in my haste to get the troops ready, I forgot to put a blackwash on the bases of the General and his sons. I’m also going to have to re-do the basing of the Peter Pig troops; usually I paint the pennies, let it dry, then put grass on them. Being in a hurry I skipped the ‘paint the pennies’ stage and just grassed them; you’ll see in some of the photos that the pennies’ bronze is showing through the grass on quite a few of the bases…
So I’m once again using 15mm and Five Men in Normandy. But these are not CLA Direct Action shooters, so both forces are being treated as ‘ordinary’ soldiers as per the rules. The only mod is that two of the CLA troops have M-14s, so I’m using them as Designated Marksmen. I’ve doubled their firing dice, and allow them to hit multiple targets.
The CLA force: 12 troopers, two with M-79 grenade launchers and two with M-14s. Several troopers are carrying LAWs, but I forgot about that and never used them… The two men at front right are Colonel Huistrella and Captain Galban.
The enemy: there are ten Venezuelan paratroopers, one with RPG and one with LMG, General Guapos, and his two sons.
Overview, north is up. General Guapos has made his Command Post in a bombed out farmhouse (top left). He, his sons, and a few Venezuelans are there, while the rest of the Venezuelans are spread across the top of the board. The CLA is spread across the bottom of the table; Colonel Huistrella has half the men on the left, while Captain Galban has the other half on the right.
The farmhouse is at top left, the barn at top center, the pig sty at top right, Hacienda 1 at bottom right, Hacienda 2 at bottom center, and the stables at far left.
One of the Designated Marksmen is in position and takes a shot at General Guapos. To see how the fight turned out, please check the blog at:
Well folks, that’s it! The War of Liberation is finished and we won! I’m looking to step away from Cuba Libre with another campaign, which I’m looking to start as soon as possible. I was hoping this weekend, but real life has conspired to slow me down. But it’s coming, so stay tuned, and I’ll be returning for more Cuba Libre action in the near future.
Jack30/08/2015 at 04:48 #30138
A great and bloody fight and a fitting end for Cuba Libre !!!! So whats next Just Jack ???? I know you plan to whack all of us in a future game…but what setting will it be…..and how soon ?????30/08/2015 at 13:36 #30154
Thanks John, I appreciate it, and I hope it was fun for you and anyone else reading.
The next project is… well, keep an eye on the blog, there may be something there for you tonight, tomorrow at the latest. And I’ll do my best to keep you alive, you’re the only loyal one. That is to say, Sorenson is on the ‘kill’ list too, thinks he’s too good to comment! And Shaun sent me a comment on batrep 16! 16!!! 😉
Take care Old Man.
Jack30/08/2015 at 18:00 #30173
Oh hell you can kill me off if need be……snort.30/08/2015 at 18:11 #30175
I don’t know if I’ll have a choice in the matter, looks like we’ll all die.
Hell, I can’t wait, stand by, I’m about to post the next project.
Jack30/08/2015 at 22:11 #30193EartherParticipant
Bravo! Mucho enjoyable campaign sir! 😉31/08/2015 at 10:04 #30222
I started yesterday on catching up on the Cuba reports from where I left off before going on holiday to New Zealand last month. I was on number 16. I am reading 23 right now. So I should be up to date very soon! So far it has been a brilliant read. With Jack on the side of “goodness”, I know it is not going to end well for the regime. But you are right, blue is the stayer amongst us. Well done kyoteblue!31/08/2015 at 12:45 #30225
You do realize Jack intends to kill you (metaphorically speaking) in an upcoming project. Perhaps your kind words are somewhat misplaced given the rabid Marine’s publicly expressed, homicidal tendencies.
Cheers and get Jack.
Rod Robertson.31/08/2015 at 13:33 #30227
I did not know, but I do now! I have gone at looked at some of the previous threads where Jack was lamenting that I was not reading his AARs. Just ’cause I was busy playing and writing up a few battles myself rather than reading (and a few games of songs of Blades and Heroes with the children but I assume that does not count as I did not blog it). But there you go 🙂31/08/2015 at 20:08 #30259
Oh and War Panda gets bumped off first !!!!31/08/2015 at 22:03 #30264
Well, I am obviously in agreement with that!31/08/2015 at 22:18 #30267
I miss War Panda’s table top terrain porn….01/09/2015 at 00:05 #30273
Okay Shaun, I’ll cut you some slack because you were on vacation and actually played and posted some stuff, mostly because you played and posted, but not Panda, Ivan, and Rod! They’re going down in a hail of 125mm tank rounds, Spandrels, and RPGs!
Kyote and Shaun, I’ll do my best to protect you, but if you saw my other post (“Next Project”), we’re severely outnumbered, and I’m not sure anyone will make it out alive 😉
Jack01/09/2015 at 00:16 #30276
Hey Just Jack put me in charge of the Mortar Platoon…..I’m sure to die that way !!!01/09/2015 at 12:54 #30307
They’re going down in a hail of 125mm tank rounds, Spandrels, and RPGs!
That is all I could think of when you wrote that!
Oh, and I miss Panda’s tables too. Even if it does makes me feel like I am playing with terrain features drawn with crayon on paper laid out over that table!01/09/2015 at 22:28 #30332
Mortar platoon??? That’s probably the safest spot on the battlefield!
Damn I love those old Sergeant Rock comics. Grew up on those, The Haunted Tank, Fightin’ Marines, and later The ‘Nam.
Yes, a hail of 125mm rounds, RPGs, and Spandrels. I think it’s unavoidable…
Jack01/09/2015 at 22:32 #30334
Yes the Mortar platoon !!!! I never take a FOW list with out mortars !!!!01/09/2015 at 23:54 #30336
Given Comrade Sorenson’s and my own predilection for the Socialist way, would it not be more appropriate to have us pouring murderous 125mm main-gun, ATGW and Artillery fire into the rest of you running-dog, capitalist lackeys? I would be only mildly put out by being slaughtered in one of your scenarios but I would be wounded and intemperate if I was forced to fight in the ranks of NATO, unless I was part of a Canadian unit! So I volunteer to be a bad guy and serve in a Soviet formation where you can slaughter me as you please.
Rodina Mat! Tovarich!
Red Rod Robertson.
02/09/2015 at 00:00 #3033806/09/2015 at 23:34 #30626
- This reply was modified 5 years, 5 months ago by Rod Robertson.
well, I couldn’t help myself. I am so weak. So without further delay….
A good end to this phase of Cuba Libre but CL 31 would have been a better finale IMHO. A hard fought and exhausting slug-fest. Were the Guapos family handsome or ugly? Your double-entendre was amusing. Vector Guapos? What were you thinking?
Perhaps in the near future El Presidente escapes from captivity and makes it to Venezuela. Then the CLA send special forces via Columbia to kill El Presidente before he can muster his own CSLA! The various recce and raiding missions might be fun and the CLA could help the Columbians defend themselves against Venezuelan reprisal attacks and FARC raids.
Or the CLA could go to Jugoslavia to fight in the civil war or to Albania/Kosovo to help the KLA create a Greater Albania! CLA in Chiapas Province of southern Mexico fighting Commander Marcos? CLA in Bolivia fighting for the water monopolies in the Cochabamba Water War? Africa?
The possibilities are endless!
Cheers and good gaming.
Rod Robertson07/09/2015 at 21:03 #30669
First, I want to thank you for reading all those batreps and taking the additional time to actually write in a comment. But, I don’t want to raise the ire of anyone around here, so the point of this is the big thank you.
Having said that, you always complain about something! 😉 This was the finale that made the most sense to me in the story; the previous may have been a better fight, but I don’t play the fights then decide what order to put them in, I have the story and it takes me where it takes me.
Nothing wrong with Hector and Vector 😉
And don’t worry about the future of Cuba Libre. I’m having a great time with my Cold War campaign, but I can’t wait to get back to Cuba Libre, and yes, there are so many more places to go with it. Next up is probably Desert Storm, though something may pop up before that 😉
Thanks again man, I appreciate it.
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