30/08/2015 at 18:13 #30176
Okay, Cuba Libre is wrapped up, and while I’ve got big plans for future Cuban Liberation Expeditionary Force actions, an opportunity came up that I just couldn’t pass up. Mr. Ben Lacy contacted me and let me know he was working on a new Cold War Gone Hot, Fulda Gap scenario book. If you’re not familiar, Ben puts out skirmish and company-level rules, along with a slew of scenario books, under Britton Publishers. The scenario books are fantastic, right up my alley. I own about a dozen of them, and if I was independently wealthy I would not only own all of them, but I would play through them as well. I already have plans to use several of his Normandy books for my Kampgruppe Klink campaigns, as well as some other Normandy books for my All American campaigns. I also have several Pacific campaign books I’m looking to use, as well as some modern SOF stuff. I highly recommend them, they are great products for us wargamers.
In any case, Ben contacted me about Fulda Gap and begged me to playtest the scenarios for him. Okay, that’s not true; he contacted me, and I begged him to allow me to playtest them, he graciously accepted my offer, and so I set out to put together all the forces I’d need to play out all ten scenarios. I’m really excited about this campaign, and I want to do it right. I’d intended on starting the war this weekend, but with wrapping up Cuba Libre and real life (in the form of one of my kid’s birthday, school starting, and baseball practice starting up) I fell behind, and so I won’t get started with the actual fights until next weekend.
But I’ve got the forces finished up, and that’s what you see here. The setting is that the Soviet Union has decided to invade Western Europe, and the opening shots come where everyone expected, Fulda Gap. The book is set up so that you can play the scenarios in whatever time frame you wish, from the beginning of the Cold War right up to the end. I thought that was a pretty cool idea, as each gamer has his own, personal idea of what would be coolest, whether it be the 50s, 60s, 70s, or 80s. While the first scenario officially starts with the exploits of the US 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, because of the heavy casualties and rapidly changing situation on the ground, I would argue that you could actually use the book for whatever NATO nation’s forces you want, be it US, West German, UK, or otherwise.
Being a child of the 80’s, growing up with various movies and books (World War III, Team Yankee, Red Storm Rising, The Third World War, The Day After, etc…) threatening our (US) death at the hands of the Red hordes, I chose to go with US forces in the year 1986. As always, I will form a fictional battlegroup (4th Troop, 11th ACR) with characters as platoon and company leaders, to take into battle.
The whole shebang, with Soviets on top and US on the bottom. The forces are in 6mm, with 95% being GHQ, with a few CinC and another manufacturer who is now defunct and whose name I can’t recall (I bought them second hand). The scale is one model equals one vehicle, fireteam, or weapons team, and the NATO forces are seriously outnumbered in each scenario, with the mission objective usually being to simply slow the enemy down. And I’m not sure I’ll be able to do even that! 😉
The thin, green line(?). Abrams, command, an a sole air defense vehicle (M-163).
The Warthog; I love it!
To see all the photos, plus the table set up for the first scenario (coming this Saturday), please check the blog at:
Jack31/08/2015 at 05:44 #30198
You do not have enough Russians !!!!!!!!Even if you recycle them !!!!!!!! Buy more Russians !!!!!!! Lots and Lots of Arty !!!!!!!!31/08/2015 at 06:55 #30199
Oh and some M-60+ some more M-113 and if they make them M-114 !!!!Oh and more Russians !!!!31/08/2015 at 06:57 #30200
Which reminds me some day I should take a picture of my 15mm WW2 Soviets….I’d be unpacking all day to get them all on the table.31/08/2015 at 08:18 #30205Iain FullerParticipant01/09/2015 at 00:09 #30274
Kyote – I’ve got as many as I need. Did you see the first scenario description? 2 M-1s, 4 Bradleys, and 4 TOWs vs 16 T-72s (yes, I know, but I don’t have T-64s) and 22 BMPs. You should get a blog and post pics of your stuff 😉
Iain – I agree; luckily we never found out, and right now I’m only concerned with my little piece of V Corps 😉
Jack01/09/2015 at 00:14 #30275
I don’t need a blog I have Facebook !!!! And you need some T-64’s and T-55’s !!!!! I guess you could have off table Arty…..01/09/2015 at 22:30 #30333
Damn filthy hippie heathens with their Facebook… 😉
Arty is definitely off table, I’m using T-72s in lieu of T-64s, and the Soviets will have all front-line tanks, so no T-55s.
Jack01/09/2015 at 22:36 #30335
I have 6 T-72’s 9 T-64’s and 29 T-55’s02/09/2015 at 00:17 #30339Rod RobertsonParticipant
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