09/06/2017 at 15:52 #64336
Great as always. 🙂
These reports are sort of like bite size snacks, small but tasty. 🙂10/06/2017 at 05:00 #64381
Caught up again, good fight!!10/06/2017 at 14:26 #64436
Thanks guys, I appreciate it. One more to post (probably Monday), need to play some more this weekend.
Jack12/06/2017 at 17:49 #64573
So it’s 0715 on 3 Feb 1990, and CLA aircraft are sortieing towards Havana on a fighter sweep, anxious for action. Two days of war have seen the CLA’s fighter squadron reduced from twelve planes and twelve pilots to six planes and six pilots, though the damage to Castro’s Air Force has been severe as well, with numerous fighters destroyed on the ground, and eleven destroyed in air to air combat. The first fight on the morning of Day 3 sees an even up fight between three F-4 Phantoms and three MiG-21s. Stand by for action.
And with Bruiser 04 getting the final kill of the engagement, the CLA Air Force now has its first ace! To see how the fight went, please check the blog at:
Next up we have Blackjack 01 (a Veteran), 02, and 03 squaring off against four of Castro’s Air Force MiG-21s, so stay tuned.
Jack12/06/2017 at 18:08 #64575
Continuing the high standard, and the reasons for failed maneuvers are great. 🙂12/06/2017 at 22:00 #64602
An Ace at last. Thanks Jack.13/06/2017 at 06:12 #64614
Nice! good to see an ace is born.13/06/2017 at 16:52 #64671
Thanks guys, I appreciate ya. Unfortunately I didn’t get any more of these games in this past weekend. I started another new project 😉
Jack13/06/2017 at 17:27 #64679
Oh ????? What new shiny thing are you doing now ????13/06/2017 at 23:36 #64710
Sorry, it’s secret 😉
But I’ve got the story arc ready, the first campaign plan ready, the new troops ready, a new blog set up, and have played the first two fights, which went very well.
I’m working on the batreps, so stay tuned.
Jack13/06/2017 at 23:55 #64711
It’s not secret anymore, I peeked.
Should be good, can’t wait to see some pictures of it. 🙂14/06/2017 at 00:00 #64712
Spill it Victoria !! I want to know whats next !!!!!14/06/2017 at 00:09 #6471414/06/2017 at 00:35 #64716
darn the luck…..14/06/2017 at 03:51 #64725
Really!!?? Did I screw up somehow and let the cat out of the bag? I think I know what happened: I had to create a new blog for the new project, but even though I haven’t published any blogposts on it, I guess the header/title page is still there?
Hmmm, I’m googling like crazy trying to find it and nothing is popping up, but Vicki must be able to see it since she’s following my Blackhawkhet blog?
And everybody relax, Jack’s not killing anyone 😉 It’s just that tomorrow I plan on posting photos of the new troops on my Blackhawkhet blog; the new troops are 15mm guys from Peter Pig, specifically WWII British 8th Army and French Resistance, but the Brits won’t be Brits in my campaign, and the French won’t be French. I wanted to see if anyone could figure out who the Brits and the French were representing, and for which conflict.
Anyway, I’ll get the new troops posted tomorrow, then I’ll intro the new blog with posts showing the overall purpose of the blog, the first campaign plan, and hopefully the first batrep. If everything goes right that will all come out on Thursday.
Jack14/06/2017 at 04:12 #64726
Huh…. I was hoping for South Pacific, but who know !!!14/06/2017 at 06:09 #64729
Hey Kyto – we’re running a pacific air combat game this sunday (with Lacquered Coffins), I just finished a few aircraft for it – Grumman Wildcats, F4U Corsairs and of course, A6M Zeros!
We’re going to (roughly) re-fight the sinking of the USS St. Lo
A few pictures of the finished aircraft (1/600 from tumbling dice – decals from doms decals):
Close up of the Corsairs. going for a gritty veteran look. Hand painted ’12’ only about 1mm high….
I’ll post an AAR in a new thread once we’re done
Sorry to hijack your thread Jack! I look forward to your new project 🙂14/06/2017 at 06:16 #64730
Wow !!! Those look great!! And yes please let me know where you post an AAR !! Hey Sorry Jack but Oh Shiny !!!!14/06/2017 at 09:38 #64743
Really!!?? Did I screw up somehow and let the cat out of the bag? I think I know what happened: I had to create a new blog for the new project, but even though I haven’t published any blogposts on it, I guess the header/title page is still there? Hmmm, I’m googling like crazy trying to find it and nothing is popping up, but Vicki must be able to see it since she’s following my Blackhawkhet blog? And everybody relax, Jack’s not killing anyone
I found it through the blog, and sorry, I shouldn’t have said anything.14/06/2017 at 15:13 #64760
Don’t worry Vicki, no sweat at all, just playing around. And damn, Tom, those look fantastic.
My post for the new troops is up (15mm Peter Pig Brits and French).
Jack16/06/2017 at 15:18 #64945William MinsingerParticipant
I hope to you do continue this aerial campaign too though; it’s a been fascinating to watch the story develop and I like the history you’ve created for it.
-Will16/06/2017 at 15:41 #64952
Thanks a bunch, I appreciate it. And absolutely, I’ll be continuing my air dogfights for Cuba Libre. Hell, Vicki wants me to do aerial for my new Arab-Israeli stuff, and now I’m countenancing that as well…
Jack24/08/2017 at 02:45 #70325
So it’s 1130 on 3 Feb 1990, and again the Cuban Liberation Air Force (CLAF) is enroute to tangling with Communist fighters of the Castro regime. But things have changed up a bit: Generalissimo Waraldonez ordered a reorganization of the CLAF fighter squadron. Heavy casualties have been sustained, and while the aircraft can (and are) be replaced, getting new fighter pilots is an altogether different story. The Generallissimo ordered the best pilots of the attack squadrons (also flying F-4 Phantoms) to be reassigned as replacement pilots to bring the fighter squadron back up to 12 pilots. The attack squadron commanders complained, but relented when the Generalissimo pointed out the attack squadron aircraft wouldn’t survive the war without a fighter squadron to take on the enemy MiGs.
The first fight on the morning of Day 3 saw an even up fight between three F-4 Phantoms and three MiG-21s, in which the Castro forces downed one F-4 and Bruiser 04 downed all three of the enemy MiGs, becoming the CLAF’s first Ace. Now we have Blackjack 01 (a Veteran), 02 (Regular), and 03 (Veteran) squaring off against four of Castro’s Air Force MiG-21s, so stand by for action.
Overview, north is up, with the CLA aircraft at right (east), heading west and the Castro regime aircraft at bottom left (southwest), heading east. So the sides are bit different, with two groups of fighters having been out and about looking for trouble, but not finding any until they turned about to head home.
Blackjack 03 is a bona fide killer. To see how the fight went down, please check the blog at:
In the next fight we see a four on four match, thought he CLAF has two Regular and two Rookie pilots heading into the fight. Coming right up!
Jack24/08/2017 at 10:22 #70334
You know, you can cheat and extend the game another turn, we won’t sue you for it.
Though if I was Red 1 I’d have decided it was my duty to escort my damaged wingman to safety and ran away a couple of turns earlier…24/08/2017 at 11:07 #70336
Another exhilarating battle! good stuff Jack 🙂24/08/2017 at 23:51 #70370
Vicki – Yeah, no cheating here, nor the next game, and it really hurt…
Jack25/08/2017 at 19:00 #70420
I like your dog fights !25/08/2017 at 20:32 #70425
Thanks Old Man, I’ve got a few more to do for Cuba Libre, but you need to check this out:
Jack25/08/2017 at 22:38 #70429
Woo Hoo ! Back to the Pacific !!!28/08/2017 at 14:13 #70552
So it’s 1800 on 3 Feb 1990, and the Cuban Liberation Air Force (CLAF) has an entire flight inbound, looking to clash with a flight of Castro-regime MiGs intent on intercepting inbound CLAF ground attack aircraft. Boxer 01, 02, 03, and 04 are ready for a fight; Boxer flight had suffered the heaviest so far in the campaign, and so now they were down to two Regular pilots and two Rookie pilots, men that flew F-4 Phantoms in the close air support/interdiction squadrons, now pressed into duty as fighter plots. They will treated as Rookies only for their first fight, after that they will considered Regulars (they’re not actually Rookie pilots, they’re just not used to being used for air superiority missions).
The first two fights on Day 3 of the War of Liberation have been unqualified successes, with one F-4 lost and one damaged, to five MiGs lost and one damaged, with one pilot in the Bruiser flight becoming the CLAF’s first Ace, and a pilot in the Blackjack flight getting his fourth kill. Boxcar flight has but a single pilot with a kill, Boxcar 01, and it is but a single kill.
Apparently the Communists were pissed! MiG-21s slash hither and thither, damaging Boxcar 02 and launching a missile at Boxcar 01. To see how the forces of liberation performed, please check the blog at:
Three more dogfights over Havana to come, then some different stuff, on the way!
Jack28/08/2017 at 16:09 #7056129/08/2017 at 06:56 #70605
Wow! Finally a game that totally went in favor of the Castro Regime pilots! Certainly a nail-biter
Viva la revolución!29/08/2017 at 14:34 #70629
Yep, it was ugly. That’s what I get for being a nice guy and following the rules: I let bad guys get away in the previous fight, and let my wounded ducks get picked off in this one…
Jack29/08/2017 at 18:53 #70648
Damn.04/09/2017 at 23:39 #70986
So it’s 0900 on 4 Feb 1990, and the Cuban Liberation Air Force (CLAF) has an entire flight inbound, looking to clash with a flight of Castro-regime MiGs intent on intercepting inbound CLAF ground attack aircraft. The Cuban Liberation Army’s blitzkrieg-style invasion has been an unprecedented success, and the CLAF pilots can feel it. The way CLA ground forces are thundering forward, eating up Castro’s territory, it won’t be long before the Communists no longer have serviceable airfields available.
Bruiser flight is in the air, with a Regular pilot (Bruiser 03) and two Rookies (Bruisers 02 and 04) led by an Ace (Bruiser 01, looking for a fight.
The Cuban Ace, Bruiser 01, is a predator. He leaves the formation, cutting hard left and going nose to nose with Red 03, sending the MiG-21 down in a ball of flames with some well-placed 20mm cannon fire. To see how the fight went, please check the blog at:
Two more fights left in the War of Liberation.
Jack04/09/2017 at 23:58 #70995
Thanks, Jack.05/09/2017 at 21:42 #71059
Being an ace seems to help a lot. 🙂06/09/2017 at 14:43 #71112
No sweat John.
Vicki – It certainly does; that plus quite a bit of luck. Aces find it easier to make difficult maneuvers, to hit their targets, and to avoid being hit, but there is no impact on when they get to act, that is all pure luck, and today he just had it.
Next fight coming right up.
Jack06/09/2017 at 14:50 #71113
So it’s 1330 on 4 Feb 1990, and the Cuban Liberation Air Force (CLAF) has a pair of F-4 Phantoms on Combat Air Patrol, circling above Havana, as a trio of MiG-21s streaks out to meet them. The ground war is so successful that the Castro regime is on its last legs, and his pilots are finding it harder and harder to locate fuel, munitions, and even serviceable airfields still in Communist hands!
The CLAF fighters are members of Blackjack flight, specifically Blackjack 01, a Veteran pilot, and Blackjack 02, a Regular pilot.
Yeah, just look at that mess! Quite the furball! To see how the fight went, please check the blog at:
Well, one more fight to go, and it really makes me angry…
Jack06/09/2017 at 21:03 #71143
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