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  • #94831

    Just Jack
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    All,

    Here’s something I wanted to do for a long time, finally gotten to: a set of modern, Special Operations fights based around a team clandestinely infiltrating a war-torn African nation to save one of its citizens, then having to fight its way out with not only its citizen, but a whole bunch of refuges, too. If you haven’t seen the movie… Well, what was it like growing up in the Soviet Union, ya Communist!? Get off your butt and… Actually, sit on your butt, bust out your Netflix account, and sit back and enjoy some cheesy, good old-fashioned butt-kicking! Then get your laptop and peruse my silly batreps 😉

    I’m playing these out in 15mm, good guys from Jimmi’s Flashpoint Minis, bad guys and rescue from Rebel Minis, and other refugees from Peter Pig. I’m using Buck Surdu’s “Combat Patrol” rules, which are pretty nifty and worked well for this size and style of fight, despite being written for WWII. Really the only changes I made was to treat the SOF as being armed with semi-auto rifles and the bad guys with bolt action rifles (also treated the SOF as elite and bad guys as green, but that’s in the rules), and gave the SOF body armor, so any hits to the chest were downgraded (a wound was a stun, an incapacitation was a wound), though it only ever happened once in the four fights I played. So there it is, I played a total of four fights, staying as close to the movie as I could, though I started the operation off with a fight upon initial entry of the village when, in the movie, there was not one. So the fights are initial entry into the village to find “the package,” the assault into the village massacre they came across while making their escape, the jungle ambush, and the final pull back to the river and all out hustle up the hill (when the airstrike finally came in).

    In terms of my ever-growing list of projects, in order to keep my “Cuba Libre” alt-history gig going, I swapped out the US SEALs for my Free Cuban Special Forces, so please feel free to ignore all the Free Cuba/South Leon invasion talk and just pretend it’s all US Navy SEALs if that makes it more palatable. I played all four games this past weekend, working on the batreps and will get them posted ASAP. In any case, here’s number one.


    Overview, north is up. The table is about four feet long by a little more than two feet wide, with the villagers needing rescuing hiding at far right, government forces spread across the table, and the Cubans entering at far left.


    The Cuban SOF Team Leader, Captain Stelosavo, who uses the handle “Ryder.” This is one of my favorite miniatures, and it still reminds me of Steven Segal in “Above the Law.”


    Commandos emerge from the lush foliage to end the unfolding massacre, close assaulting a government patrol (top left). To see how the fight went, please check the blog at:
    http://cubalibrewargame.blogspot.com/2018/07/operation-tears-of-cuban-news-network-1.html

    Three more fights to come, I’ll post as quick as I can, but they’re all pretty long, so lots of work to do…

    V/R,
    Jack

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    #94833
    kyoteblue
    kyoteblue
    Participant

    Woah!!  Was that M-60 still full of Mekong mud from Nam!!! Nice to see my goat get in a game!! Like the clown car hut with everyone popping out.  Hey, why didn’t the villagers take the goat with them?? Looking forward to the next installment!

    #94850
    Shaun Travers
    Shaun Travers
    Participant

    I have not heard of the movie (please do not disown me!) but have now.  I will put it down to the fact when it was released we were three years into IVF and the whole IVF years (six of them) were a blur.  You also did not mention it has Monica Belluci in it, now making it a must see 🙂

    I have NetFlix and so it is on my list to watch over the next week or so.  I am about 5 batreps behind on your blog, so a few days wont make much of a difference.  And it also prevents me from continuing to write up the games I have played…

    #94857

    Just Jack
    Participant

    Kyote- Yeah, these guys gotta do a bit better with weapons maintenance. It’s really heartbreaking to have a great shot lined up (or a desperate one), then flip the card and he’s out of ammo/jammed. They didn’t grab the goat because they were running to hide in the shelter so the government troops couldn’t kill them. Seemed a decent excuse for leaving the goat behind 😉

    Shaun – It’s not the greatest film ever, but it’s definitely worth a watch, with Ms Bellucci adding to the ‘pros’ side of the ledger 😉

    Five batreps behind, with extra excuses for not getting your homework done??? For shame. But I understand; I have three more to write up (five if you count two games of Battlecry!) and am having it rough finding time and motivation…

    Anyway, thanks guys!

    V/R,

    Jack

    #94858
    Mike
    Mike
    Keymaster

    That board looks well good.

    #94887

    Just Jack
    Participant

    Thanks, Mike, I’ve been working on it, with more stuff on the way.

    V/R,
    Jack

    #94898

    Buck Surdu
    Participant

    I really enjoy your battle reports.  Keep them coming.

    #94950

    Just Jack
    Participant

    Thanks Buck, I appreciate it, and I’m working on the write-ups for the next three.

    And I just realized I posted this to WWII instead of Modern…

    V/R,

    Jack

    #94958

    Just Jack
    Participant

    All,

    It’s now 1530 on 28 July 1990, and Captain Stelosavo’s TF23 is on the run in Nigeria. They jumped into the country two days ago to save a Cuban Reporter and Cameraman at risk due to a military coup that killed the president and is cleansing the countryside of his supporters. The Cuban commandos quickly secured the Reporter and Cameraman, but when their extraction helicopter was shot down they found themselves attempting to escape on foot to the border with South Leon with a slew of local villagers. They’d been humping for the past two days when the sounds of gunfire met them as they crested a hill. Captain Stelosavo, AKA “Ryder,” halted the column and took a look. Government troops were rounding up and executing local villagers; Ryder called the team together to discuss options, and they all agreed they couldn’t simply walk on by, they needed to put an end to the massacre.


    The enemy commander (top left, in the village) raises his radio to alert his troops and call for reinforcements, so Everest (bottom right) sights in his suppressed M-14 and fires.
    He missed, and that meant more bad guys were on the way! To see how the fight went, please check the blog at:
    http://cubalibrewargame.blogspot.com/2018/07/operation-tears-of-cuban-news-network-2.html

    Two more batreps to go, I’m working on them as fast as I can!

    V/R,
    Jack

    #94959
    kyoteblue
    kyoteblue
    Participant

    Did they buy the weapons from the lowest bidder??

    #95011

    Just Jack
    Participant

    Hey, they work most of the time 😉

    V/R,

    Jack

    #95020
    kyoteblue
    kyoteblue
    Participant

    Sure…sure.

    #95029

    Just Jack
    Participant

    I don’t think you’re ready for the next one, so I’ll post it tomorrow 😉

    V/R,
    Jack

    #95036
    kyoteblue
    kyoteblue
    Participant

    That bad ?????

    #95068

    Just Jack
    Participant

    Nah, you’re just not ready 😉

    All,

    It’s now 0930 on 29 July 1990, and Captain Stelosavo’s TF23 is on the run in Nigeria. They jumped into the country three days ago to save a Cuban Reporter and Cameraman at risk due to a military coup that killed the president and is cleansing the countryside of his supporters. The Cuban commandos quickly secured the Reporter and Cameraman, but when their extraction helicopter was shot down they found themselves attempting to escape on foot to the border with South Leon with a slew of local villagers. Yesterday they heard gunfire and made a quick side-trip to end a government massacre of more innocent country-folk, but the local government commander was able to get a radio call out for reinforcements, which no doubt was received by the enemy units pursuing the Cubans and their ‘package.’ The Cuban operators pushed the refugees relentlessly, marching them through the night in an attempt to outpace their pursuers, and though haggard ,the villagers were doing a good job of moving quickly and quiet to the border extraction point.

    Everything was going well until about 0930, when Tracker, walking point, called the column to a halt…


    Overview, north is up. The Cuban/refugee column is on the road in the south (bottom center left), having just exited an abandoned village, moving east towards a bridge crossing a nearby river. They are less than a kilometer from the border crossing, which is up the hill (you can’t see from this photo, but everything to the right of the river is a pretty substantial slope uphill) and a bit further east. For you guys that have seen the movie, I’m hoping this is looking pretty familiar.


    Looking southwest to east at the Cuban/refugee column, which is moving east, hoping to cross the bridge (center top right) and get up that hill, then off the table to safety.


    Suddenly, word gets passed back to halt and post security, Tracker’s got something troublesome. Tracker comes on the net and points everyone north. They take a look: a big, open, grassy field, with dense treeline on the other side. But something is definitely out there. Ryder comes on: “skirmish left,” and the team moves as one. Tense moments pass…


    Ehh???


    “All callsigns, stand easy, just a goat.” And then all hell broke loose! To see how the fight turned out, please check the bog at:
    http://cubalibrewargame.blogspot.com/2018/07/operation-tears-of-cuban-news-network-3.html

    Last fight being worked on, probably posted on Monday.

    V/R,
    Jack

    #95085
    kyoteblue
    kyoteblue
    Participant

    Woo Hoo !!! But seriously 15 jams !!! Love that game mat.

    #95118

    Just Jack
    Participant

    John,

    They’re not necessarily jams in the rules; it actually says ‘out of ammo.’  But I use jam sometimes because it just seems to make more sense in the narrative, I.e., a dude’s lying in ambush for hours, the enemy appears, he pulls the trigger, and… he’s out of ammo?  What, he laid there all this time with an empty magazine???  Nah, it’s a stoppage.

    Still working on the last one, which is so big I may split it into two portions.

    V/R,

    Jack

    #95142
    kyoteblue
    kyoteblue
    Participant

    Sounds good.

    #95147
    kyoteblue
    kyoteblue
    Participant

    What are you planning to do after this plays out? Air Sea ???

    #95151

    Just Jack
    Participant

    Not sure yet, too many projects on the brain.  The one I feel the most pressure for is to return to KG Klink and finish the Fall of France, but my gaming doesn’t respond to pressure, only inspiration/mood.  I was having a lot of with modern special operations stuff, I kinda wanna keep it goin’, just not sure in which venue.

    Cuba Libre is my only natural match for modern stuff, though I do have the Royal Marines that did a tour in Afghanistan, which I wouldn’t mind as I’d like a break from the jungle for a bit, which is where I’m ‘stuck’ with for my WWII Marines and Cuba Libre’s South Leon.

    Though I kinda want to do some Vietnam-style gaming, though I should wait on the bamboo I just ordered from Jimmi at Flashpoint…  I also need to get back to something I can play with my older boy, he’s been asking about having a battle.

    I didn’t get any gaming in today, too much family stuff going on so my only wargaming related stuff was working on the final batrep(s).  Hope to play tomorrow, but it never seems to happen on Sundays, especially if I don’t have a solid plan on Saturday night…

    V/R,

    Jack

    #95152
    kyoteblue
    kyoteblue
    Participant

    I had to give up my gaming room so all my stuff is out in the un-airconditioned garage, so I’ve not gotten to do any gaming or building. I have just ordered some French and Indian Wars figures and terrain from Scale Creep Miniatures, I don’t really have rules for it but Rebels and Patriots an off-shoot of The Pikeman’s Lament is coming out later this year. By then the weather will be cooler and maybe I can get some gaming in. For now, I have to game vicariously thru your AARs.

    #95153
    Shaun Travers
    Shaun Travers
    Participant

    …and I have no time (renovating a new house) but lots of space still in the map drawers with games setup to play 🙁  I have played a few 6mm WW2 games during lunchtime at work on a (very) small board testing out some rules.  In the process of writing the whole process up.

    #95174
    kyoteblue
    kyoteblue
    Participant

    Please post them Shaun !!

    #95180
    Shaun Travers
    Shaun Travers
    Participant

    Hello Kyote!

    The first 4 were test games and no real AAR although I am crafting a post around them on the rules changing as I played.  but the 5th – that has a AAR in the works!  It is now finding time to complete the writing.

    #95182
    kyoteblue
    kyoteblue
    Participant

    Thank you Shaun.

    #95209

    Just Jack
    Participant

    Yeah, hurry up, Shaun! 😉

    All,

    Here we go, the last fight of the “Tears of the Sun” recreation. Who will make it and who won’t, that’s the big question here, ’cause they’re not all gonna make it home, way too many bad guys pouring out of the jungle. Stick with me, this is a long batrep, long enough I probably should have broken it into two separate battle reports, but I didn’t want to mess up the flow.

    It’s now 0950 on 29 July 1990, and Captain Stelosavo’s TF23 is on the run in Nigeria. They jumped into the country three days ago to save a Cuban Reporter and Cameraman at risk due to a military coup that killed the president and is cleansing the countryside of his supporters. The Cuban commandos quickly secured the Reporter and Cameraman, but when their extraction helicopter was shot down they found themselves attempting to escape on foot to the border with South Leon with a slew of local villagers. Yesterday they heard gunfire and made a quick side-trip to end a government massacre of more innocent country-folk, but the local government commander was able to get a radio call out for reinforcements, which no doubt was received by the enemy units pursuing the Cubans and their ‘package.’ The Cuban operators pushed the refugees relentlessly, marching them through the night in an attempt to outpace their pursuers, and though haggard ,the villagers were doing a good job of moving quickly and quietly to the border extraction point. Everything was going well until about 0930, when Tracker, walking point, called the column to a halt, when RPGs came streaming in, wounding and killing several refugees. The Cuban Special Forces operators immediately came on line and assaulted through the Nigerian government ambush, then fell back to check the refugees, but they suffered a casualty in the process: Rocky was hit in both legs and knocked out of the fight.

    Ryder and his men immediately set about getting the refugees and Rocky ready to move, then packed them off towards the border extraction point while they created a thin defensive line, intent on screening the evacuation of the refugees. Unfortunately, while they were screwing around with the refugees and wounded, the bad guys infiltrated in behind them, initiating another firefight with a salvo of rocket propelled grenades. None of the Cubans were hit, but as soon as they recovered from the shock of the explosions they saw they were boxed in on three sides and massively outnumbered, setting the stage for a particularly savage fight.


    Overview, north is up. The Cuban line is in the field at center left, where the three cotton puffs mark the RPG explosions. The road running southwest (bottom left) to east (right) runs uphill (you can’t see in this photo, but everything east of the river is a pretty steep slope) was used by the refugees (far right) to escape towards the border extraction point (off camera to top right). Government troops are out in force, with two teams at bottom center, one at bottom left, one at left, one at top left, and one at top center, with their commander in the village at bottom center left.

    Yes, this is exactly the same table as the last fight. In the last fight, the Cubans/refugees moved onto the table in the southwest (bottom left), then were ambushed from the north (top center). The Cuban operators conducted immediate action drill for a near ambush, close assaulting through the enemy position, then falling back to their original position on the trail. They checked the refugees and got them moving towards the extraction point as the Cubans set up a hasty defensive line to hold off the pursuing government troops. That’s where we are now.


    The Cubans are falling back to the river, worn out (purple bead is showing Tracker out of ammo, pink bead is showing Zuma dropped his M-60 and only has a pistol) and shot to pieces (yellow beads are wounds, Aarby has one and Zuma has two). To read the batrep, please check the blog at:
    http://cubalibrewargame.blogspot.com/2018/07/operation-tears-of-cuban-news-network-4.html

    Wow, what a fight! What a set of fights, actually, that was a tremendous amount of fun. I had a great time, and I hope you did, too. Combat Patrol proved up to the task, and if you haven’t seen the movie previously, you pretty much have now, as my little operation went almost exactly as the movie did (unlike when I tried to do the movie “Lone Survivor” and didn’t even end up with one survivor…).

    So that ties this up, not sure what’s up next. I really want/need to get over to WWII, to Kampfgruppe Klink, to finish up the Fall of France, but lots of other ideas/projects clouding up my time and judgement 😉 Stay tuned, something cool will happen, I promise.

    V/R,
    Jack

    #95210
    kyoteblue
    kyoteblue
    Participant

    Time for your Cubans to get a weapons resupply !! Great ending I thought they would all be goners for a bit.  Off to France and the Blitzkrieg!!

    #95250

    Just Jack
    Participant

    John,

    Thanks man, I’m glad you enjoyed it.  Regarding thinking they were all goners, you and me both!  I believe my next stop is indeed back to France for KG Klink, probably using IABSM.

    V/R,
    Jack

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