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Thanks, Ivan! Small steps, I putter a little here and there and try to get a little done every week. Just keep trying to get something on the table at least every couple of weeks.
I figure we are far enough into the war to start rolling for 2nd Brigade’s opposition, so went ahead and did that. 2nd Brigade is going over onto the offensive next game!
I started miniature gaming in 1994 (at Ft. Hood) with a group of guys who worked at the Sim Center and played DBM twice a week. I lost horribly most of the time, but was given encouraging pointers, not bashed about the head. If I had been, I might have left the hobby. (There was appropriate trash talks of course, such as “Warriors! Com out to PLAY!!!”)
I tend to lose a lot of games, but I get a great deal of satisfaction out of them anyway, and I do not think it appropriate to disparage someone’s playing ability. If they ask for it, phrase it politely and keep it along the lines of “Have you considered…” or “Based on what I have read…”
The important thing is to PLAY and derive enjoyment from the hobby, weather it is via painting, crafting terrain, writing rules and scenarios, or pushing lead. Or just for the congenial camaraderie.
Of course, I don;t have this problem when I play solo, I always win!
WOW! I have been browsing your WOTR stuff, looks great!
I have many such projects that are almost done, trying to just focus on painting what I have this year, so I feel your pain. Trying to sell off what I am no longer interested in.
Maybe next year, there could be some 6mm WOTR in my plans…
Thanks, all! I just keep puttering away and adding stuff. The cover markers are green scrubbing pads spray painted and flocked on top. I made them because I kept forgetting to use that rule!
The tree bases will come out pretty well once I get them flocked and will work perfectly for my 6mm Napoleonics as well. The missile marker took me about 4 minutes to knock out from white pipe cleaner.
I think the Terrablocks were a good investment, I can quickly set up an interior and they are very flexible.
@CAG 19: I have been playing on a 3′ x 4′ and it feels like plenty of space. my units are based on 1.5″ squares and I find I can easily fit a Brigade + support on the table.
Good looking stuff! I have been swamped with work lately, but a box of 6mm scifi is in my queue…
http://jozistinman.blogspot.com/27/04/2015 at 15:55 in reply to: Do You Remember the First Time .Ahem First War-game You Ever Played! #23087
It all started with toy solders on the floor, but I eventually got into the hard stuff:
- Board wargame: Richtofen’s War in 1985
- Miniature wargame: DBA in 1994
Thanks guys! Got game 2 in this evening, going to post it tomorrow along with my skill and equipment cards.
Ivan, you can never have too many scales…
Looks good, Jack! I like the big infantry bases.
Nice! I like seeing your USMC stuff, as it is a nice change of pace from what most people game (myself included) with hordes of T-whatever’s versus M-1/Chieftan/Leopard.
Great looking table and pictures too.
Just upped the font size, let me know how it looks. You are not the first to tell me it is hard to read, no worries!
WOW! That looks great!
Thinking about using my current favorite material, vinyl floor tiles, 12 x 12 or 18 x 18 and spraying on a hex grid. If a plan starts to fly off the edge of my 4′ x 4′ table, I can easily shift the tiles around to give more sky. At least that is the theory.
Just Jack, I assume looking at your AAR’s you are using hexes or squares? Also, I am trying to flatter you by copying your missile markers, they are brilliant.
Hummus. Because, well, I just really like hummus…
Looking forward to it! And just to clarify my confusing handle, Jozi is my wife, and I am her Tin Man. Just could not include an apostrophe to show that Jozi is possessive in my username.
I hope to get a few planes knocked out this weekend, cannot wait to give the rules a spin. I have a 1″ hex Litko spray paint template, thinking of how to get a playing surface.
Count me in! DBA got me into miniatures, and I have personally set a goal of playing all my games on a table no larger than 4′ x 4′.
I was also a fan of S&T and Command Magazine back in the day. I would rather have a fun, small game I actually play than a huge mega game I can never get around to. I had a nice copy of Hell’s Highway for years and was never able to get past 3 or 4 turns in the introductory scenario, much less the entirety of Market-Garden!
Thanks guys! I will go with “Compass Gray” then. Get cracking, Just Jack! I’ll let you know when I have planes painted if you’d like me to give the rules a spin.
Completing my 3mm Cold War 1985 project, the end is in sight! On the painting table right now are a Czeck Tank Regiment of T-55’s and a FRG Panzer Brigade with Leopard 2’s.
http://jozistinman.blogspot.com/30/03/2015 at 13:59 in reply to: 6mm Cold War-era West German Brigade for 5Core Brigade Commander #20982
Good stuff! I like NATO 3 color camo. Cannot wait to see your air rules either, I picked up some O8 F-15’s and Mig-23’s recently too.
Thank you for posting this! I have a set of these, but have not gotten the gumption up to paint them yet. These look great, and I plan to wholesale steal, errr, leverage your technique.
http://jozistinman.blogspot.com/24/03/2015 at 12:17 in reply to: 6mm "Canadian" Brigade for 5Core Brigade Commander #20379
Fell behind on the forum this weekend. I find that the older I get, the fewer internet sources I have time to keep up with, so am general restricting myself to The Wargames Website.
Good looking stuff as usual. And you are “Efficient” not lazy, at least that is what I keep telling my wife!
Eager to see how the Leo 1’s fair against T-72’s.
But if we are not playing in exactly the same, chapter approved way, how can we have massive intercontinental Brigade Commander Tournaments? I know Ivan is getting ready to start opening 5Core stores around the globe and require only 5Core approved miniatures to be used in all of his games!
Just kidding! I saw let a thousand flowers bloom, I really like hearing how everyone else is approaching the game and this scale of combat.
@Jack: In my next game, I intend to give NATO “Coordination” as a persistent asset. Also, I have not been using the take cover rule, and finally understand why it is useful! Made a bunch of markers, will see how that goes. Also, there will be air, fixed ad rotary wing in support.
As for 2-93, the commander threw in his tank companies piecemeal, and eventually there were 2 or 3 BMP companies and the AT-5’s shooting on that flank. They kept getting 6’s on the shock die. Looking back, the NATO commander tried to counter attack on both flanks at once, when it would have been better to concentrate effort on one or the other flank decisively.
The AT-5’s being able to move and fire was good, they rolled up and held off the counterattack and let the BMP’s recover from the damaged status they had picked up in the first few turns of the game.
I know what you mean, a battalion should be able to cover a 3-4km frontage. So, I leave all the distances alone and “squint” and assume that the Brigade is actually covering a 8+ km Frontage. For gae 2, I assumed that the follow on battalions had time to form up while game 1 played out, and were able to launch a deliberate attack.
I have been having great fun reading FM100-2-1 from 1984 and am trying to implement the Soviet tactics correctly. You are right, easier to do solo!
With good planning and execution on the Soviet side (luck is for fascists) They might be able to punch through 2nd Brigade and release the Tank Regiment, we shall see!
Thanks! Good to see you CAG19, I love your blog and am following your project with much interest. You are correct, the screening mission could have gone horribly wrong with slightly different die rolls.
One thing I need to start doing with the Soviets is spread them out more, I am violating doctrine and they are vulnerable to airstrikes and artillery.
Rod, when you start playing, you may initially feel that casualties are pretty low, while being driven back and off of terrain is more common. I like that for this level and it feels more appropriate. If you notice in my last game, on the 2/93 flank there were no NATO companies “killed” but they were consistently pushed back by eavt ATGM fire.
Thank you! I built the table and terraing for 6mm Napoleonics, where it, for some strange reason did not look so odd. West Germany, it appears, is one large putting green! If you look carefully in the photos, though, you can see scratch marks where the cats have gotten at it…
I am in the midst of upgrading my forest bases, though, as 2 inch hexes, so I can actually fit the units inside them. Also considering experimenting with covering the table with a felt cloth with the wooden hills underneath.
As for rules…
I am biased, but I am rather enjoying Brigade Commander. The nice thing about the two sets of Nordic Weasel rules are, they are exactly what they say on the tin. Brigade Commander puts you in charge a of a Brigade and Company Commander a company.
When I was in high school in the 80’s, I used to game the cold war quit a lot, SI’s BAOR and a home grown board game fondly recalled as “Combat Commander” and printed on a dot matrix printer. As for current rules, I have not tried FFT3. I was originally planning to do Cold War Commander, but Brigade Commander has caught my fancy.
I believe Brigade Commander would be great for a club game, the rules are straightforward and the basic mechanics easy to remember after the first couple of turns. It moved fast, the results feel right based on what I know, and at Brigade level, I do not feel silly having the full range of support options available. Also, the stats for units are relative, so it is easy to put your own interpretation on how powerful an M1 should be, etc. If you buy Brigade Commander you get a set of sample late cold war TOE’s (by yours truly) that are easily fiddled with you want to modify them.
Let us know how you get on with your project and post updates here!
No, did not get them, instead I spent my budget on a small 28mm chapel from MBA, bases from litko, and another bag of Pico armor. I think the next time I urchase anything, though, I will get a single starter set and give it a try.
Cannot wait to see these in action!
Meanwhile, a shipment of ex-US M103 Heavy Tanks have been reportedly seen unloading from cargo ships at the main port of Bassanova… The United States Secretary of State would neither confirm nor deny.
Given the heightened tensions, and vitriolic posturing by the warmongers in Bassanova, Constinaprore would probably upgrade it’s military slightly (paid for by their patron). Maybe a battalion’s worth of AMX-13’s have been purchased from France, although maintenance is a problem. They have also purchased some OT-64’s from Poland to keep their Warsaw Pact neighbors happy.
Also, a squadron of pilots are reportedly training on Mystère IV French fighters purchased surplus from India.
Please, go right ahead! Going to experiment with sandpaper cut into strips and work my way up from there. Not sure if it will have enough weight.
Thanks, all! I just made cards for the assets I thought I would use frequently, please go crazy adding more.
Next up is redoing my forests onto hex shaped floor tiles so the units will actually fit inside them and I need to figure out how I want to do roads.
Weird, I’ll chalk it up to a blogger issue. Mrs. Tin Man likes Comic MS, but I may fiddle with it to enhance readability.
Thanks for letting me know!
Just converted the asset acres from .docx to .pdf, will try to get it up tonight.
Good morning! Thank for all the feedback!
@Thaddeus: I did not think I changed anything on the blog, were you viewing it on a mobile device the first time? If so, I can fiddle with the template to make it more readable. Glad you cans ee it ok now.
@Jack: I played these solo while my wife worked on lesson plans (she is a teacher), an don’t worry, game 2 turned out very differently… I’ll try to get it posted tonight. Just a small spoiler, 1/44 Armor gets hammered. Hard.
And don’t worry, I have West German Territorials painted and ready to go and a Leopard 2 Panzer Brigade on the painting table. I am running this in a fairly narrative manner, so don;t be surprised if they make an appearance or if it spills over into a dozen games. If I hit a stopping point I will either have the West German Government collapse (a la Red Army) or a breakup of the Warsaw Pact and a coup in the Kremlin before nukes are launched (a la every other WW3 book written in the 80’s)
Yes, I will share the cards, I knocked them out last week, printed them, and mounted them on my favorite material, peel and stick vinyl floor tiles. Thanks for the compliments all. I will get them posted up tonight when I get home!
Looks great! Thank you for sharing!
I like the asymmetrical street layout by the way. I wind up doing that too every time I set up an urban board, it help break up the line of sight a bit.
Quaker, not sure if you saw the post from 3-4 weeks ago, but as Ivan can attest I went through a lot of soul searching over ATGM’s too. A company of Bradley’s are throwing out a lot more missiles than a company mounted in M113’s with Dragon’s alone.
I finally came around in alignment with the rules as they finally landed, as while modern ATGM’s like TOW, Milan, AT-5 etc are pretty accurate on the firing range, in combat a tank company will start popping smoke, suppression fire, and fall back instead of sitting in the kill zone and waiting for the missiles. Plus, IFV’s and ATGM carriers have a limited number of shots. (Seven I think for a Bradley), so will probably not fire them off as fast as they can.
In practice I am finding that maneuvering a tank company in front of more than 1 ATGM equipped company to be fairly fruitless as the tanks keep getting driven off, and either need reinforcements or to call in artillery. It goes the other way as well, the ATGM’s hold of the tanks and then the tanks get nailed by artillery or air strikes.
That being said, I like the idea of a re-roll of the shock die. I might apply that to dedicated Anti-Tank units, like a Mech Battalion ITV company, or MRR Regimental Anti-Tank Company. Will use that in my next game and let oyu guys know.
Great looking stuff, now play! (Although I like your air games too, so keep them up!)
I especially like how you did the infantry bases.
Of course they are using T-72’s because they intend to model Czech Category A Tank Divisions! Or Divisions based in the Western USSR. Or they read Team Yankee one too many times, like me.
I’ll probably pick up a platoons worth of Infantry for each with vehicles for No End in Sight.
Heresy already abounds!
Just to add to that… Here is a house rule I will be using this weekend:
Small Squads: Some IFV’s have significantly smaller number of dismounts than contemporary APC’s, a good example is the M2 Bradley. These types of units receive a -1 in assault combat with infantry units. No degradation in company firepower, as they still bristled with heavy weapons, MG’s, etc.
So, a company of BFV infantry will have a little less UMPH in close combat. I will apply this to BMP’s as well, but not BTR / M-113.
http://jozistinman.blogspot.com/12/03/2015 at 13:08 in reply to: 6mm Ancients – Do You Do It, and If So, How Do You Do It? #19570
@Richard Lee: VERY nice looking table! When I can get my head out of the 1980’s cold war and then the WSS, I plan on pulling out my 6mm ancients again and playing on a similarly sized table.
Thanks, Quaker! Not trying to make a sad Ivan, but…
That all sounds very reasonable. As an aside, while I was in high school I of course read Red Storm Rising, Team Yankee, and Red Army (like all of us of a certain age…), so I recently bought the scenario book The Bear Marches West on my kindle. (worth the purchase, by the way)
One thing I notice now with the benefit of hindsight and experience in the army is that Tom Clancy seemed to have a MUCH rosier view of NATO technological superiority than the other authors (which makes sense as the other two guys were serving officers.) For example, and I had forgotten this, he has a company of M1A1’a from 11ACR backed up by a company of FRG Territorials and a flight of A-10’s successfully defend against not one but TWO Soviet Category A Tank Regiments with the newest T-80’s and BMP-2’s. Sure they would be attrited, but I suspect they would roll right passed what they would report as a blocking position.
I hope to start a campaign soon, circa 1984. Will pit an armor heavy brigade (2 x M-1 Battalions, 1 x M-113 Battalion) against a Soviet Motor Rifle Division, with the regiments attacking in turn in echelon. So 4 games, game 1 will be against a MRR (BMP) with the Tank Regiment coming in last or next to last. Will include all the Division bells and whistles I can, even if they are not on the table at once, like the Division forward detachment, reserve Tank Battalion, AT Battalion, etc.
http://jozistinman.blogspot.com/11/03/2015 at 12:57 in reply to: A Gaming Weekend – 6mm FPW and 28mm C18th Sharp Practice #19495
My brain just melted, that 6mm table is amazing! Inspirational, thank you so much for sharing this.