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  • #45821
    Just Jack
    Participant

    All,

    I’ve embarked on a new project, “The Hakuna-Matata Wars,” and established a blog just for it (like I did with my Cuba Libre project). The concept is a former British colony wins independence in 1946, but then tribal affiliations lead to strife and ultimately the former colony splits into two separate countries, Hakuna and Matata. The former is Western backed, the latter supported by the Warsaw Pact.

    The two countries will fight about a dozen wars between 1952 and the present, upgrading their armies and air forces each time. I anticipate each war will consist of about ten tabletop battles, played on a 2′ x 2′ or maybe a 3′ x 2′ table using Ivan’s 5Core Company Command. Each ground fight will be preceded by an aerial dogfight, with the winner having air support in the subsequent ground fight.

    The forces for the first Hakuna-Matata war are prepared, and I plan on starting the fights this weekend. Here’s a look at our antagonists:


    The whole shabang: each side has four fighters, two bombers, fifteen tanks, fifteen transports, fifteen infantry stands, three anti-tank vehicles, three recon vehicles, three heavy guns/launchers, and an anti-aircraft gun.


    A Firefly and Halftrack from Hakuna.


    And a T-34 and truck from Matata.

    To see a bunch of closeups of all the gear, please check the blog at:
    http://hakunamatatawars.blogspot.com/2016/08/forces-for-1952-war.html

    Also, please check the preceding blogposts, where I introduce the concept, the tables of organization and orders of battle, the overarching timeline and equipment upgrades, and I walk you through receiving my order to getting these little guys ready for the table.

    Stand by for the beginning of yet another war.

    V/R,
    Jack

    #45822
    kyoteblue
    Participant

    You surprised me Just Jack…..but at least it’s not 3mm Nappys !!!!

    #45823
    nheastvan
    Participant

    I’ve been considering 3mm. You’ve gotten some amazing results for only 6 hours of work.

    Time to go ponder my future with 3mm. 😀

    #45851
    Just Jack
    Participant

    Thanks guys.  I put that post in (“something from nothing”) specifically to show how cheap, quick, and easy 3mm can be for a crazy project you’ve been pondering but passed on due to time, money, and effort.

    I won’t win any beauty prizes, but I think they’re very effective for what I want to do.  They’ll allow me to play air and ground in the same scale, and sitting down!

    Now where is that scoundrel, Rod?  Why hasn’t he been along to tell me there were Sherman’s in Post-War Africa, but not with the 17-pounder? 😉

    V/R,

    Jack

    #45871
    Alexander Wasberg
    Participant

    Really cool little dudes, I look forward to seeing what you do with them!

    #45872
    Just Jack
    Participant

    Thanks Alexander, I appreciate it.

    And I swear, your Sci-Fi/Starport Scum stuff literally had me looking at Sci-Fi stuff, right on the edge of ordering some stuff from Darkest Star Games and asking you about how to make some Sci-Fi terrain.  The only thing that stopped me is my older son’s birthday is coming up, and he wants Micromachines Star Wars stuff.  We’ve already bought some, and are going to get some more.  So I figure I don’t need to buy separate Sci-Fi stuff, we’ll be using those.

    V/R,
    Jack

    #45877
    Rod Robertson
    Participant

    OK. A new blog, a new scale and Just Jack embracing the Swahili (fur’ren) language. What have you done with the real Jack you imposter? Are you Timon or Pumba? While I get to the bottom of this, here is a musical interlude to occupy idle minds:

    A very sceptical Rod Robertson.

     

    #45879
    Just Jack
    Participant

    Skeptical???  You bastid, you know better than to doubt The Mighty Simba!!! I mean…

    Ah, simmer down, you’ll love it.  I’ll tell you, I have no particular affinity for gaming African imag-nations.  What I want to do is fight a series of wars with ever-changing equipment and where each side had a chance at victory.  I’d also been wanting to do Arab-Israeli wars.

    They were close to meeting my needs, but I wanted both sides to have a chance to win, and on equal terms, not one Centurion vs 5 T-62s.  So Hakuna-Matata was born, and I am embracing it. As should you 😉

    V/R,

    Jack

    #45880
    Just Jack
    Participant

    And what’s wrong with furr’en?        I actually like furr’eners.

    Yeah, it’s a crazy world Professor 😉

    V/R,

    Jack

    • This reply was modified 4 years, 7 months ago by Just Jack.
    #45882
    Rod Robertson
    Participant

    Jack:

    No worries!

    Cheers and good gaming.

    Rod Robertson.

    #45884
    Just Jack
    Participant

    Whaddaya mean, no worries?

    We’re talking about wargaming, you’ve always got something to fuss about 😉  Lay it on me!  I’m ready for the games to start, can’t wait for the weekend.

    V/R,
    Jack

    #45886
    Rod Robertson
    Participant

    Jack:

    Is this one solo or will the young one be whipping your as…., bottie? Either way, no worries! Uhuru na Ujamaa!

    Cheers and good gaming.

    Rod Robertson.

    #45887
    kyoteblue
    Participant

    I look forward to any and all AAR’s.

    #45889
    Just Jack
    Participant

    Kyote – Anen!!!

    Rod – Yes, the boy will be demonstrating his tactical genius against me in these wars.  And Pupu Inda Paja’mas backatcha!

    V/R,

    Jack

    #45891
    Rod Robertson
    Participant

    Jack:

    Shouldn’t that be, ‘Pipi&pupu Indian paja’mas’? They’re made from good quality Indian cotton and have convenient button-up or Velcro flaps fore and aft so young Marines don’t soil the poop-deck when harsh seas strike the bowels. ‘Uhuru na Ujamaa’ means ‘freedom and Socialism’ in Swahili. I’ll root for the boy then as there’s still hope for him. 

    Cheers and good gaming.

    Rod Robertson.

    PS. There were no post-war users of Sherman Fireflies in Africa. They were used by Italy, the Netherlands, Argentina,  Lebanon and Belgium but never by African states.

    #45892
    kyoteblue
    Participant

    Oh the Horror no Firefly’s in Africa !!!!! Oh and you have to buy the Boy some Cowboy Boots. Y’all are in Texas after all.

    #45893
    Rod Robertson
    Participant

    Kyoteblue:

    With Jack in the navy and poco-Jacko in cowboy boots this campaign is beginning to shape up as a Village People reunion. 

    Cheers and good gaming.

    Rod Robertson

    • This reply was modified 4 years, 7 months ago by Rod Robertson.
    #45918
    Just Jack
    Participant

    Yeah, I know there were no Fireflies in Africa, that’s why I mentioned it.  And why I’m doing Imagi-Nations; I can do whatever I want, and it’s marvelous!!!!  Bu-wha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha! (*evil laugh*)

    And keep it up with the Marine remarks, Mr. Robertson.  One evening there shall come a knock at thy door… 😉

    V/R,
    Jack

    • This reply was modified 4 years, 7 months ago by Just Jack.
    #45922
    Rod Robertson
    Participant

    Just Jack wrote:

    “And keep it up with the Marine remarks, Mr. Robertson. One evening there shall come a knock at thy door…”

    No worries, Jack!

    Have you ever heard or read anything about Ubuntu philosophy? You should give it a look to inform your campaign, given the title you have chosen. Then Uhuru na Ujamaa will make more sense. Peace out!

    Cheers and good gaming.

    Mr. Robertson.

    #45929
    Just Jack
    Participant

    “No worries, Jack!”
    Not even a little worried?  Damn, I’m losing my touch.  I REALLY need to start working out again 😉

    “Have you ever heard or read anything about Ubuntu philosophy?”
    Not even a little bit.

    “You should give it a look to inform your campaign, given the title you have chosen.”
    Not interested man.  The African continent is simply a palette, a place where I (thought I) could go to have tanks and airplanes blow each other up, unmolested 😉

    There is no political or moral statement here, just little (VERY little) tanks and planes blowing each other up.

    V/R,
    Jack

    • This reply was modified 4 years, 7 months ago by Just Jack.
    #45936
    kyoteblue
    Participant

    The Sultan of Ifat is happy to loan Fireflys to Just Jack…..for a small fee….

    #45944
    Rod Robertson
    Participant

    Kyoteblue:

    I only put the bit about Fire Flies in because Jack said I would and I wouldn’t want too disappoint him.

    Jack:

    No worries! Marines are scary and you being a Marine are scary. I am just old enough not to care! One can half-live one’s life in fear of what might come to pass or one can live one’s life. For years I did the former but lately the latter seems more sensible. So you’re welcome to knock on the door, but if you don’t get the jump on me I hope you like edged weapons. Of course if you bring beer instead of a MAU, we can have a rousing wargame and I can show you the proper use of carpeting for terrain. 

    Cheers and good unmolested gaming.

    Rod Robertson.

    #45945
    Just Jack
    Participant

    “i only put the bit about Fire Flies in because Jack said I would and I wouldn’t want too disappoint him.”
    Tip o’the hat, Sir.

    “Marines are scary and you being a Marine are scary.”
    Indeed.

    “I am just old enough not to care!”
    Oh, c’mon!  You’re Canadian!  They’re scared of everything, ay! *ducks and covers*

    “…if you bring beer instead of a MAU…”
    Ha!  I’ve got you!  It hasn’t been a MAU in ages, it’s a MEU!  Finally!

    “…we can have a rousing wargame…”
    Rousing is not looking at one chart to reference another, followed by a D6000 roll to consult yet another chart, darling.
    Unless you meant you want me to introduce you to 5Core, show you about Commander’s Intent, Mission-Type Orders, Gaps and Surfaces, Seizing the Initiative and Sustaining the Temp in Order to Get Inside His OODA Loop, etc… 😉

    And I certainly appreciate unmolested gaming 😉  The world would love to see some of your USMC and/or Canucks vs the Taliban, if you were so bold as to post some photos on Der Internetz. (and I’m being serious, not a wiseass)

    V/R,
    Jack

    #45951
    Rod Robertson
    Participant

    (Sounds of laughter and the sight of my head-shaking!)

    Jack:

    Well done, sir! You have slapped me down and put me in my place.

    Canadians are afraid of few things. Their wives, their kids growing up too fast, running out of beer (or wine if they’re Québécois), hungry bears and frisky moose are about it, if you don’t count thermonuclear war and the return of Celine Dion from the Las Vegas wastes. And we shoot ducks from covers!

    As to the Marine Expeditionary Force, touché, sir.

    On the subject of rousing wargames, well one man’s mead is another man’s poison. But I’m sure if I want to refine and enhance my understanding of the “Hi-diddle-diddle-let’s-run-up-the-middle” school of battle, I would be like Grasshopper at the master’s knee, snatching for pebbles!

    As to the Marines, the Canadians and the Taliban I am ashamed to say that they are not yet done. So much for my vaunted grand plan of a year and a half ago (or was that two years ago?). The 150+ Tallies are about 1/3 done and about 1/3 primed while all the remaining are mounted and ready for priming. The 50+ Marines are about 4/5 primed but only one thirteen-man squad is done, not flocked but painted, black-washed and dry-brushed. The rest are in various stages of painting. The Canadians are filed, mounted and primed but not painted as are the British Royal Marine Commandos. The FFL troops and vehicles are not even started really although about half of the French vehicles from Irishserb are assembled and three are primed and partially painted. Likewise, some Peshmurga, Middle Eastern irregulars/baddies and Africans are mounted but not primed and most are still in their packs.. Most of the modern vehicles are assembled and a dozen are painted. The rest are in the queue awaiting priming or painting. Buildings and walls are about half spackled and four are sanded, primed, painted and finished. But not mounted and flocked/decorated. Then there are the many Cold War 15mm minis and vehicles to work through, but that’s just depressing!

    The reason for this shocking delinquency on my part is I got distracted by work, life, books, illness, painting WWII 15’s, painting ancient Celts and Thracians and assembling and painting some 25/28mm Fantasy minis for a now-defunct D&D club I was running at school. Plus, I am preparing to paint 25/28mm Dark Ages, more Fantasy figures and 1/300 scale WWII aircraft. There is also a comprehensive revamp of the thousands of not-so-modern and WWII 6mm forces to do but that is way down the road.

    So, there is the sad truth, I’m way behind!

    Cheers and good gaming.

    Rod “the Snail” Robertson.

     

    #46021
    Just Jack
    Participant

    Alright man, you’ve got eight million moderns, but only a squad finished.  Time for a little discipline man.  And it’s MEU (battalion-sized task force), not MEF (division-sized task group)! 😉

    V/R,

    Jack

    #46022
    kyoteblue
    Participant

    Enough foreplay write an AAR !!!!

    #46023
    Rod Robertson
    Participant

    Oh omnipotent Jack. I grovel at your knee, great master! Please forgive my sloppy error. Marine Expeditionary Unit. And I was doing some painting this evening! 4 more SdKfz 251-B’s and an SdKfz 253 are done! Next up are 7 X T-26 tanks. I’m slowly getting there.

    Cheers and good gaming.

    Rod Robertson.

    #46026
    Just Jack
    Participant

    Omnipotent??? Nah, I’ve got my own problems 😉

    And I could be wrong, but T-26s and Sdkfz 251s don’t occur to me as particularly modern 😉

    V/R,

    Jack

    #46027
    Rod Robertson
    Participant

    Jack:

    I’m working up to do more moderns but there are still Barbarossa 15’s to be done first. Thanks for kicking me in the pants to get back on track.

    Cheers and good gaming.

    Rod Robertson.

     

    #46029
    kyoteblue
    Participant

    I too have T-26 to build…..but West Germans come first.

    #46034
    Just Jack
    Participant

    Yes gentlemen, Moderns are the priority, now get your asses in gear!

    V/R,

    Jack

    #46039
    Rod Robertson
    Participant

    Jack:

    Slaved as we are to the covenant of time, the past must preceded the modern.

    Cheers and good gaming.

    Rod Robertson.

    #46052
    Just Jack
    Participant

    Slaved as <sub>you</sub> are, Sir.  I hope to go where no man has gone before.  Or something like that…

    V/R,

    Jack

    #46053
    Rod Robertson
    Participant

    Oh Lord, he’s going to do Sci Fi skirmish next. Well Jack, you better paint up lots of red-shirts for the Federation side.

    Cheers.

    Rod Robertson.

    #46054
    kyoteblue
    Participant

    Starport Scum ??????

    #46865
    Just Jack
    Participant

    All,

    Recently I posted about my new blog covering the Hakuna-Matata Wars, a pair of African Imagi-Nations fighting through a series of wars from 1952 to the present, all in 3mm. Two weeks ago the war began, but it’s taken me forever to write the batreps up as work has kept me busy, then I got sick as a dog. But the first battles are in the books, and here you go. If you’re wondering why I keep saying ‘battles,’ it’s because every ground fight is preceded by an aerial fight to determine who gets air support in the ground fight.


    The aerial fight saw two Corsairs of the Hakuna Air Force and two Spitfires of the Matata Air Force square off; oddly enough, not a single aircraft was shot down. But the boy managed to damage both my aircraft to pull off the win, so he got ground attack aircraft in support for the ground fight.

    Here’s a link to the dogfight:
    http://hakunamatatawars.blogspot.com/2016/08/1952-war-dogfight-1.html

    This was followed by tanks of Matata pushing hard to cross the Mashandane River, with air support, against a numerically inferior Hakuna force.


    I won’t say who won, but there were a lot of burning T-34s 😉 To see the whole thing, please check the blog at:
    http://hakunamatatawars.blogspot.com/2016/08/1952-war-ground-fight-1.html

    We’ve played the next two games (air and land) last weekend, I’m working on getting them written up. The first air fight wasn’t as fun as we’d hoped for, so the second one we went with a simplified version of the Lardies’ “Bag the Hun,” and it was just what the doctor ordered, we had a great time. On the ground side, the only issue I’m having is, with the amount of vehicles on the board, I’m wishing I’d have element based them rather than single based them (i.e., put 3 tanks on a stand, rather than putting one tank per stand).

    More to follow.

    V/R,
    Jack

    #46869
    kyoteblue
    Participant

    I was bummed that the Couriers didn’t do better against the Spitfires !!!! And all those dead T-34/85’s , man I feel for the Boy. Hope his luck turns up this weekend.
    I’ve been mowing and taking care of Kay Kay this past week but did get a Marder and 2 Leo 2’s built for Team Mueller. Back to the Pacific this weekend my Marines V Gabrial’s Japanese.
    Thanks for the AAR’s Just Jack and my best to the Boy.

    #46871
    kyoteblue
    Participant

    Damn auto correct Corsairs even…

    #46938
    Just Jack
    Participant

    Thanks John, and don’t worry, my Corsairs will have their vengeance!  It wasn’t so much the boy had bad luck as I had absolutely incredible luck; I’m sure the worm will turn.  I’d say I can’t wait to see pics of your Marines vs Japanese game, but since you’re a heathen and can’t figure out how to post pics on a proper forum…

    Regarding my WWII USMC project, I finally received my Japanese Type 92 machine guns and got them painted and based, but then I had another ‘oooh, shiny’ moment that sent the project back to the drawing board.  If you recall, my plan is to follow a platoon from The ‘Canal through to the end of the war; I was perusing Eureka’s website, and guess what I saw?  They have 15mm US Marines for early war; Springfields and tin hats.  So, I couldn’t help but order some, and now my plan is to actually start before Guadalcanal.  I’m going to have to go a bit historical; I can’t go Guam or Wake Island as the garrisons were wiped out/captured.  There were Marines in the Philippines (4th Marines, which had recently moved there from China), but MacArthur kept them bottled up on Corregidor, so they pretty much all went down with the ship (killed/captured) when Corregidor was assaulted and fell.

    So, what I’m thinking to do is have my platoon actually end up on the Bataan Peninsula, take part in the fighting there, then end up (somehow) being evacuated at the last minute so they can take part in the rest of the war.  Cool, yes?

    Anyway, I didn’t play any Panzer Aces last weekend, but did play the second set of Hakuna-Matata fights.  I’m working on the batreps right now.

    V/R,
    Jack

    #46940
    kyoteblue
    Participant

    Very very Cool idea !!! Have you read Bataan, our last ditch ???? I’m searching for my camera battery recharge right now….I would like to get some pics of my game…maybe I can get Gabriel to take some and post them to my Facebook page….

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