07/09/2016 at 14:07 #48262
Well, it has started, my campaign in the fictional African nation of South Leon. For background, please check here:
In May 1990 Cuba sent a task force to South Leon in order to prop up the democratic government there against its Communist neighbor, the Fédération Socialiste Nationale de Leon, or FSNL, and against the Marxist domestic rebel group, the Free Leon Army (FLA). Task Force Fulgencio, named for its leader, who is also the commander of the 8th Commando Battalion, is comprised of one company of Marines, one company of paratroopers, and various intelligence and special operations troops. The parachute infantry company has been sent to the center of South Leon, to the capital city of Pendrakenville, to quell the growing insurgency there. Meanwhile, the company of Marines has been dispatched to the northern border with FSNL, a Demilitarized Zone (DMZ, created following their war in 1949), to stop the infusion of men and equipment across the border into South Leon.
**Okay, I’m not gonna hide it. The part about the Marines heading to the DMZ to stop infiltration of South Leon from FSNL is a poorly disguised attempt at some Vietnam-era gaming. While I’d probably be better off just doing some ‘straight’ Vietnam gaming, many of you know I have somewhat of an aversion to gaming real life stuff, preferring to make up places and names, or at least units. The other reason I’m doing it this way is that it allows me to keep my Cuba Libre series of wars/campaigns/deployments moving forward. So two birds with one stone, if you will. I hope that doesn’t raise anyone’s hackles. But for all intents and purposes, my war on the DMZ of South Leon is USMC on the DMZ in Vietnam. Hell, for that matter, my paratroopers in South Leon’s capital are probably going to look a lot like Israel’s war in Lebanon circa 1982.
In any case, the company of Marines (officially the 24th Seaborne Shock Infantry Company; they’re quite esoteric/eccentric about their unit names in the Cuban Expeditionary Force) under 1st Lt Ordonez (he and most of his men are veterans of the War of Liberation) arrived in South Leon on 3 May 1990 and soon thereafter moved to their Area of Operations on the DMZ. Lt Ordonez immediately set his three rifle platoons (under Lt Peres, 1st Platoon; Lt Lupe, 2nd Platoon; and Lt Rodriques, 3rd Platoon) on an aggressive schedule of daytime combat and reconnaissance patrols, and nighttime ambush patrols.
It is now 3 June 1990, and to date contact has been minimal, though casualties have not. There has been a rash of Marines lost to the occasional sniper, booby trap, non combat injuries, and the worst offender: disease. The Marines, still becoming acclimated to the wilds of Africa, have suffered from various ailments such as malaria, dengue fever, Ebola (sorry, couldn’t help it), dysentery, and jungle rot. On an average day the rifle platoons are down 15 to 20% of the paper strength, but the patrols continue.
At approximately 0600 this morning, Lt Peres led 1st Platoon out on patrol. The aim of the patrol is to hump all day, visiting a number of villages, before holing up at approximately 1730 in a platoon-sized night defense position. The day has been long and hot, the Marines toiling under the weight of their gear and anticipation of enemy contact, and twice the column has already halted to perform MEDEVAC: once for a Marine that stepped on a toe-popper near an abandoned village, and once to evacuate two Marines with heat exhaustion. Peres’ platoon is now on the cusp of entering what looks to be another abandoned village.
The table, 2′ x 2′, north is up, using the one terrain tile that I’ve actually managed to finish. The village is at top center, and the Marines will enter from the bottom (south) of the table. From up here you can see various fighting positions have been dug, those these are not yet apparent to the Cuban troops.
A quick word on rules: as always, I’m using Ivan’s excellent 5Core series. I’m basically running “Five Men in Normandy” activation, but with full firing dice on reactions.
Having lost several comrades already, a lone Lance Corporal goes berserk and charges an enemy fighting hole. To see how the fight went, please check the blog at:
Well, I hope you liked it as much as I did, I’ve got two more fights just like it to write up and post. And I hope the Vietnam/South Leon thing doesn’t bother you. Like I said, time is at a premium, and so being able to do Vietnam gaming and knock out Cuba Libre campaigns is really a great deal for me.
Jack07/09/2016 at 18:17 #48278
For me the sign of a great AAR is that I want to order the rules after reading it. Which I now want to, just have to wait till my bank balance is a bit healthier.
Love the terrain board, btw. I want one of those too.07/09/2016 at 23:17 #48297
Woohoo !!!! It was almost Vietnam !!!! Thanks Just Jack !!!!08/09/2016 at 01:34 #48298
Victoria – Thanks a bunch, I really appreciate the kind words. I’ve been using 5Core for a few years now, they do everything I want from a set of rules and it’s been a ton of fun. The terrain tile is kinda cool, BUT, it’s a quite a bit of work and not particularly robust (paint is chipping and flock is easily scraped).
Kyote – Well, it at least looked and felt like a Vietnam game, right? 😉
Jack08/09/2016 at 11:16 #48309
Pendrakenville?!?! So, it’s product placement time in Bat. Reps.? K-Street has clearly triumphed! Looks like an interesting campaign is shaping up in Leon Sud. However, name-calling the enemy’s leader as “The Mad” is a bit cruel, mais non? The sub-plot of suppressing weapons of mass mystery is also an interesting hook.
Looking forward to reading more.
Cheers and good gaming.
Rod Robertson.09/09/2016 at 02:26 #48342
Not necessarily product placement, but when I solicited suggestions for country, city, and character names, that was what popped up (I’m running out of the creative juices necessary to keep coming up with names and scenarios). And of course he’s “Mad,” he’s a Commie, dammit! 😉
Next one is on the way.
Jack09/09/2016 at 02:52 #48343
This is the second fight of a three-fight series for the opening round of my South Leon campaign, which is actually a thinly-veiled Vietnam campaign being used to keep my Cuba Libre story going. Task Force Fulgencio, comprising a company of Marines, a company of paratroopers, and various intelligence, special operations forces, and combat support detachments has deployed to prop up the fictional country of South Leon, which is suffering from guerrilla war begun by domestic Marxists and supported by its Communist neighbor, the <span data-blogger-escaped-style=”background-color: white; line-height: 16.9px;”>Fédération Socialiste Nationale de Leon.
1st Lt Ordonez’ company of Marines was dispatched to the border with FSNL, while the parachute infantry company was sent to the capital of South Leon. The Marines have been aggressively patrolling the DMZ, and the first real contact with infiltrators from FSNL occurred several days ago. Lt Peres’ 1st Platoon met the enemy in an abandoned village, where the guerrillas sprung an ambush. Both sides were bloodied, but the Marines ultimately carried the day.
It is now approximately 1045 on 7 June 1990, and Lt Lupe’s 2nd Platoon has been on patrol since the wee hours of the morning.
The Marines fan out and enter the village, contact is imminent. To see how the fight went, please check the blog at:
</span>What a fight, I’m exhausted! I’ve got one more to write up and post, then I change gears for some modern Middle East fights. My boy and I played most of a game, and have two more to go in that operation, playing co-op with SOF against insurgents. Sorry, my wargaming butterfly-ness simply won’t allow me to stay focused on any one arena for too long 😉 Stay tuned.
<span data-blogger-escaped-style=”background-color: white; line-height: 16.9px;”> </span>09/09/2016 at 04:45 #48344
You need new dice !!!! Thanks Just Jack. So one more sorta kinda Vietnam and then back to the Middle East.09/09/2016 at 10:09 #48352
Brilliant report, can’t wait to read the next one.
And yeah, get new dice.09/09/2016 at 14:40 #48362
Thanks Kyote and Victoria.
And hey, the dice worked out in the end. Sure I felt like I sort of just slimed into a victory, but as long as you could hit near a bad guy every fifth shot or so, you’re doing good, right? At least for the Army 😉
Yep, the third fight is written up, I’ll probably post it tonight. Then the boy and I need to finish up a Middle East fight we started last weekend, and then there’s two more fights after that. It’s a pretty cool concept though, I think you guys will like it. Hell, if you like this, you’ll like that one too. And then it feeds into another Cuba Libre deal that’s going to happen. But I’m also feeling a strong itch to get back to Hakuna-Matata.
Jack10/09/2016 at 09:10 #48394
I’m reading through your back catalogue while I wait, this is like finding internet gold.10/09/2016 at 13:37 #48402
A very good Bat. Rep. Jack! Too many photos but an interesting narrative. The terrain looks great and the minis were outstanding. I liked the asymmetrical size of the forces. Keep up the great work, Jack. Thanks for your generosity in sharing your hobby and insights.
On an unrelated note, your postings on BAR’s and LMG’s on a forum far, far away was excellent and very informative. Thanks for that too.
Cheers and good gaming.
Rod Robertson.10/09/2016 at 21:24 #48432
Just Jack is our Steven King of AAR’s !!!!10/09/2016 at 23:03 #48433
Oh no! Giant Spider-Clowns lurking in the hooches and tunnels of Vietnam. Strange Tapir-like beings commanding German panzers, and wicked Taliban elders withering Royal Marine Commandos for their insults. The Horror! And speaking of horror, the hills!
Cheers and good gaming.
Rod Robertson.10/09/2016 at 23:08 #48434
Oh No Rod, that’s the Sultanate of Ifat with the Clown Spider problem…11/09/2016 at 00:52 #48440
Victoria – Excellent, hopefully you’re having some fun. Where are you? Cuba Libre, Hakuna-Matata, or some of the campaigns I did on Blackhawkhet?
Rod – You, Sir, are a fruit loop! Too many pictures??? But thanks for the compliments.
And the LMG thread has infected here as well. As we have discussed, I do not share the idea that combat can be simulated on the tabletop in some form of ‘this is the ground truth’ way. It’s like trying to quantify art. “I read an analysis that states that Van Gough is 27% more creative and 36% more beautiful than Da Vinci’s ‘Mona Lisa’.” It just doesn’t work. I don’t want to argue, and I don’t have the time or inclination to go back through every book I’ve ever read in order to document support for every opinion that is not a result of my own experience. It occurs to me that folks don’t want to have their mind changed any more than I do, so then it just seems to boil down to something confrontational, and I don’t care. I’m not interested in convincing anyone of anything, I just throw it out there because someone may find it interesting or useful. As I’ve said before, I’m not the expert on combat, I’m just one of millions (billions?) of men that have that experience, and no two of us see things exactly the same way, so how the hell do you figure out what ‘The Truth’ is? But guys keep pushing, so I keep responding. Then I get aggravated that I took so much time posting and I don’t feel like doing it anymore…
Kyote – Steven King???
You guys are killing me. Next batrep coming right up.
Jack11/09/2016 at 00:57 #48441
You do write a lot….Just Jack King.11/09/2016 at 01:25 #48442
This is the third fight in the initial trading of blows on the DMZ between Communist guerillas of the Fédération Socialiste Nationale de Leon and the Marines of Task Force Fulgencio. Amid almost a month of monotonous patrolling in the sweltering African heat there have already been two short, sharp fights between the two sides, resulting in moderate casualties for both. In both cases the Marines carried the day, though 2nd Platoon’s fight (the more recent) was in less than exemplary fashion.
It is now 10 June 1990, and Lt Rodriques leads his 3rd Platoon on yet another patrol through the jungle, hunting guerillas which have infiltrated across the border between South Leon and FSNL.
Sgt Garcia hops in the streambed for cover and begins laying it down with his M-14 on full auto. To see how the fight went, please check the blog at:
Thus ends the three fight initial flurry of clashes between the Cuban Marines and FSNL guerillas. Like I said, I’ve got some modern Middle East stuff going on currently, and I’m working on a raid in the Caribbean and some paratroopers in South Leon’s capital (using ‘Boots on the Ground,’ a boardgame recommended by the good Mr. Peter Cooman), but then I’m planning on coming back to these Marines on the DMZ. My plan is to base the next round of fights on platoon fights based on the Vietnam War’s “Operation Starlite.” I’m doing some research right now. If this goes as planned, the Marine war on the DMZ in South Leon will culminate with my Dai Do project, which I believe I’m going to do in 6mm.
Jack11/09/2016 at 05:05 #48444
How dare you impugn my good name by calling me a Fruit Loop. I am Captain Crunch, through and through! Don’t try to lay your rainbow cereal schtick on me, man! And remember, the theatre of the mind is always preferred to piccies. Push the narrative and use the piccies more sparingly; that’s my POV for what it’s worth.
As to LMG’s I thought the discussion was very interesting and you made your points well and in my opinion with good clarity.
Speaking of Ifat as you were, brings to mind the following:
Elvira, Elvira, Elvira, Elvira, Elvira, Elvira, Elvira, Elvira, Elvira, Elvira, Elvira, Elvira, Elvira, Elvira, Elvira, Elvira, Elvira!
Cheers and good gaming.
Rod Robertson.11/09/2016 at 09:03 #4844911/09/2016 at 12:29 #48456
Just read the final ‘Vietnam’ AAR, I have to admit once LT Rodriques took out the MG I was speed reading under each picture praying for a win with no losses.
There’s something about these reports that make them feel like you’re watching it happen in real time. Oh well, back to the liberation of Cuba to keep me going till more breaking news gets reported.11/09/2016 at 17:35 #48465
Well, sorry Cap’n. Theater of the mind, eh? I got it: next time you’re reading one of my batreps, just close your eyes and read it 😉 I don’t wanna use the piccies more sparingly; writing up the batreps takes quite a bit of time and effort, and the more pics I take the easier it is to do the batrep, from the fact that I don’t have to halt the actual game as long to take notes (or as detailed of notes).
The LMG conversation has turned (for me) into a trainwreck: it’s hideous, yet I can’t look away, I keep making super-long posts to it even though some have moved from the ‘what’s your opinion’ standpoint to the ‘now I need to win the argument’ standpoint. I don’t care. If you think I can be of assistance (because of my experiences) just ask, I’ll tell you what I think. Don’t expect me to engage in an argument, I’ve got nothing to prove. I’m just an old man that plays with toy soldiers 😉
Fifteen years ago today I was shit-faced, playing Madden football on the Playstation in the barracks on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, with two other Staff Sergeants, locked down in the middle of a typhoon. I don’t quite remember what time it was, I think it was about one in the morning when the planes hit…
Vicki – I’m glad you’re having a good time reading the batreps, that’s why I write and post them. And I always appreciate feedback, it helps to keep me motivated, to keep spending so much time to play, write, and post them.
And yeah, that game really flipped on a dime, didn’t it? I was sure Rodriques was going down, sort of just offered him up like a sacrificial lamb, but then the bad guy missed, and it was on! When that fight ended I honestly felt relieved, as the last two fights had really put me through the ringer, felt like I really got my ass kicked (despite ‘winning’ on the tabletop).
One last thing, and perhaps the most important: you need to advertise your blog, there’s some pretty cool stuff going on there! I love the Grosskleinstadt (sp?) concept and forces; I can’t believe you cast your own troops, that’s amazing! And zombies is always weird for me; my natural inclination is to look at them and go ‘meh,’ not my thing, but then I see folks doing some cool stuff with them, and then I start looking at it mechanically and it’s really no different than Colonial-style gaming, or modern gaming against ‘wave attack’ type bad guys, and then I think about adding it to the heap of projects. Cool stuff!
Jack11/09/2016 at 23:39 #48492
I see zombies as the perfect opponent for solo wargaming, if the rules controlling their actions makes them do dumb stuff it adds to the realism. And you get to do multiplayer with you all on the same side, which I like too. Plus my grandson and I play plants vs zombies together, so making zombies was a must.11/09/2016 at 23:42 #48493
Fantastic! My seven-year old boy have recently started playing co-op, lotsa fun.
Jack12/09/2016 at 05:27 #48500
As per your concern:
Seriously however, this was an interesting mission and a very good report. And you kept the photo count below fifty! Good stuff! Lt. Rodriguez was a nut-job; he will not survive long but he will probably do a lot of damage before he goes. I like his name though, so I approve this AAR! Well done, sir and thanks as always.
Cheers and good gaming.
Rod Robertson.12/09/2016 at 05:47 #48502
I was saving this till now, woohoo thanks Just Jack,
Oh and my West Germans won their first fight today !!!
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