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  • Just Jack
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    Thanks John!  The rest of you should be ashamed of yourselves!  One comment! 😉

    V/R,
    Jack

    in reply to: French Foreign Legion in Estonia, Fight 3 #13463
    Just Jack
    Participant

    Rod,

    The fight had way too much armor/vehicles altogether, but the French did well because the terrain was way too constricted for armor to be effective.  In the north, climbing the hill wouldn’t have given the Sirellist forces there any better LOS to the French forces/SAM site then they had in the field (the bridge itself didn’t block LOS), and they couldn’t have seen anything to the southwest due to all the trees.  The only real option to do anything different was to move south down the road, link up with the southern Sirellist force, and push west from there.  In my opinion that would have failed too as there simply wasn’t room to maneuver, there simply would have been twice the vehicles moving up the same constricted road.

    Similarly, in the south, the T-55 could have climbed the hill to its east, but it couldn’t have gone hull-down due to all the trees on the hill, so moving to the hill would have left it just as exposed to the French ATGM in the walled farm in the southwest (which is what did him in on the road just twenty meters west of the hill).

    “The Sirellist BMP infantry could have crossed the fields on foot to the walled orchard and put the French in a very sticky situation…”  They tried this, but ended up splitting their forces (decision via die roll), and though they took up positions which could have been mutually supporting, it didn’t really work out that way due to the Legion’s aggressive maneuvering: the Panhard rushed up and stuck his snout into the orchard and blasted the Sirellist infantry there until they withdrew to the northeast corner, while one of the LAVs charged to the river and deposited Lt Bisson’s troops there, where they wasted no time in getting across, pouring enfilade fire into the other Sirellist squad, then close assaulting them to extinction.

    “…while the BTR infantry could have maneuvered to punish the French right flank and rear.”
    I’m not following you here though.  In the south, the Sirellist infantry were very aggressive, eliminating Lt Harpin’s squad and one of the AMXs, but, due to command confusion (lack of activation cards and points) were unable to coordinate simultaneous attack with the BTRs.  By the time the BTRs were ready, the French had counterattacked, destroying one of the enemy rifle squads and causing the other to fall back suppressed.  The BTRs were not going to attack without infantry support (such as it was), and so their attack was delayed until the last Sirellist rifle squad was able to rally.

    My question is, how could they have punished the French right flank and rear?  With very limited room to maneuver, I thought the French blocking force (at the SW intersection) was situated perfectly to deny the flank; the only way the Sirellists could get at them was a frontal attack (which they tried and lost).

    Thanks for taking a look, and I appreciate the comments.  Take care man.

    V/R,
    Jack

    in reply to: AAR: 28mm Modern Africa Wars, No End in Sight #13355
    Just Jack
    Participant

    Ivan – Yes, exactly!  I don’t know if you were around on TMP when I was doing my Vietnam “In Country” campaign, and Kyote, Panda, and Shaun started accusing me of having “Magic Dice.”  They have no honor, insinuating such things!  And I insinuated no such thing, I just said that, as an NEIS player and a solo gamer, I understand 😉

    V/R,
    Jack

    in reply to: AAR: 28mm Modern Africa Wars, No End in Sight #13351
    Just Jack
    Participant

    Ahh, Legion in Africa, a man after my own (blackened, shriveled) heart!  My only problem is the fact that your toys look twelve times better than mine (I should be used to it).

    Great fight also; as soon as I started reading I was concerned for the Legionaires with regards to how few of them were on the table, and how many N’Botes I expected to see come running down that hill, and that’s exactly how it played out.  You were in quite the precarious situation before your snipers were able to take down three bad guys with three shots.  As a fellow member of the NEIS club AND a fellow solo gamer, I’ll just say that was some fancy shooting 😉

    In any case, I look forward to the encounter!

    V/R,
    Jack

    in reply to: French Foreign Legion in Estonia, Fight 3 #13340
    Just Jack
    Participant

    Rod,

    No sweat man, I know it can be a hard thing to read intent and tone on the internet, but I figured you were joking around as no one could be that committed to defending France.  Certainly no has 😉

    “I have nothing but the utmost respect for you and your contributions to the hobby.”  Hopefully you’re still joking; I’m just an old fat guy that plays with toys!
    “I can’t believe how expensive the 10mm stuff is.”  Yeah, it’s been problematic here lately.  Pendraken is still a great deal, and has a great many things, but they’re only now getting into the modern era (let’s say post-Vietnam, because they’ve had Vietnam stuff now for quite a few years), so the range is not very large.  So that leaves only Minifigs UK; their used to be a Minifigs in the US, but the proprietor boxed it up and moved to Germany (he says he’ll return someday and get the range going again).  Minifigs USA had all the same modern gear as Minifigs UK, and was MUCH cheaper.

    There are some people in the US that won’t order from Minifigs UK because they charge us VAT and 40% for shipping.  It seems they have a monopoly until someone else starts making modern stuff in 10mm.  I used to get a platoon of 3 vehicles for $9, but those days are clearly gone, so LAVs, AMXs, HMMWVs, and Land Rovers it is…

    And hurry up and read the last report, I’ll soon be fighting and posting more!

    Ivan – “I made the “group move” rule I posted on the forum just for you, big man.”  Aw, stop being so sweet on me!  I did see the post (here and on TMP), but didn’t have anything to add at the time, then lost track of it.  I’ve been busy playing and posting and haven’t kept up as much on the forums as usual!

    On a side note, I’ve been having a great time with NEIS, but the games have been long.  As I’m sure you’ll recall, my holy grail is simplicity in the name of speed, whilst retaining an acquaintance with the physics of combat and a plethora of decision points.  To that end, I spent a considerable amount of time (while on the couch holding the baby with the wife cooking 😉 ) taking another look at 5MIN.  To make a long story short, I think I’m going to try a game of 5MIN using squad-stands instead of individuals.  Stay tuned.

    V/R,
    Jack

    in reply to: French Foreign Legion in Estonia, Fight 3 #13285
    Just Jack
    Participant

    Rod,

    Watch yourself pardner, those French should thank their lucky stars they’ve the good fortune to be carted around in US gear, particularly the LAVs 😉

    In any case, sorry man, I could have gotten the VABs, but I chose the AMX-10Ps ’cause I liked them.

    You keep sending me links to GHQ, but (I’m sure you know) that’s 6mm, and these are 10mm.  I get most of this modern stuff from Minifigs UK, and those AMXs and VABs are about $7 a pop, not including the 40% shipping.  So another platoon’s worth of three vehicles will run me about $30, and there’s just not money in the defense budget for that, particularly when I’m fine with my Legionaires driving around in AMXs, Panhards, Land Rovers, LAVs, and HMMWVs.

    I like to play on the 3′ x 3′ as it’s pretty manageable, and the rules lend themselves to a smaller table.  Ivan’s own words were something to the effect of, “the game picks up at first contact, forgoing all the normal pre-battle maneuver.”  Of course, I can’t totally divorce myself from pre-battle maneuver, but that’s my failing, not Ivan’s 😉

    V/R,
    Jack

    in reply to: French Foreign Legion in Estonia, Fight 2 #13179
    Just Jack
    Participant

    Rod,

    Awesome, thanks for the help!  I need to study it a bit more, it’s still a little confusing.  It looks like it really comes down to only one real decoration for valor (Légion d’Honneur), which also gets you the Croix de Guerre as sort of a bonus, and the Médaille Militaire, which is only for high-level commanders or NCOs that distinguish themselves in combat.  Am I reading that right?  I hope not…

    “I don’t think the FFL use AMX 10P’s…”  They did when the intervened in Estonia in 1993 to take out Colonel Sirel 😉

    “…is it by any chance, “Pepe”?”  Uh-oh, they’re on to me.  Major Louis-Louis actually calls him by his first name in the next batrep, which I wrote BEFORE I saw your comment!

    Thanks for your help Rod.

    V/R,
    Jack

    in reply to: Help, I'm Doing it Wrong!!! A 6mm Modern Teaser #13119
    Just Jack
    Participant

    Ivan,

    “A lot of games handle recon elements as essentially just crappy troops. This seems to defeat the purpose of them really. Maybe some radical thinking is required.”
    Now that’s what I’m talking about, you’re finally making yourself useful around here!  I think I’m digging this.

    “That’s maybe less satisfying than moving about a little armoured car but it might be a bit more fitting of how these things actually go.”
    I don’t see why; why not just use a Recon armored car model as the marker?

    I want to give more thought to this, but it’s past time to hit the rack.  Oh, and I was making fun of you on TMP (in my batrep post that you so kindly responded to).

    V/R,
    Jack

    in reply to: French Foreign Legion in Estonia, Fight 2 #13118
    Just Jack
    Participant

    Rod,

    Thanks for looking and posting comments.  It was a lot of fun, an I had another today which I’ll post when I can.  Regarding the loss of initiative, you’re absolutely right about not wanting run the Panhards up against T-72s, but what I wanted to do was push up the infantry AT teams to engage on my terms, rather than having the bad guys come charging all over me!

    “Why are the FFL using War-Pact equipment and not French VAB’s or French trucks?”
    I’m not following you, what do you mean?  In this fight the French had Panhards and AMX-10Ps.  Are you referring to the last paragraph about the future campaign in the Baltic States?  What I’m talking about there is a setting for my giant 6mm war, between pro-Western elements and pro-Soviet elements (“Sirellists”) in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland.  This will occur after the French in this campaign conclude their mission to quell Colonel Sirel’s rebellion.

    The idea is that this French campaign will conclude in one of two ways: the French kill Colonel Sirel and leave Estonia proudly, or the French try to kill Colonel Sirel and fail miserably, with heavy casualties, and depart Estonia with their tails between their legs.  For my purposes, the Baltic States band together as a means to keep Russia from intervening, but then the pro-Western/pro-Soviet split intensifies (dead Sirel  is a martyr, live Sirel is lionized) and ‘civil war’ breaks out.  I get a decent-sized land mass to fight over, Russia is not directly involved, the forces are qualitatively similar, I can field NATO and WarPac equipment on both sides (as former Soviet Republics/satellites they had WarPac equipment, and NATO pushed in equipment in an attempt to gain influence; military leadership was roughly equal in loyalty to either faction, and so when leaders made their choice they took their units and equipment with them), and I can draw up OOBs and doctrine however I want!

    ***I NEED YOUR HELP!  Sorry I wrote a damn novel, so I hope you make it this far.  My Google-Fu is weak, and I’m not able to find French military citations for valor.  Do you have something, in order of precedence?  All I’ve found is a really weak Wikipedia page that doesn’t answer the mail in terms of precedence (it confuses things by stating there are military medals and civilian medals, and then there are military AND civilian medals, they’ve mixed in discontinued medals with no real way of telling what is current, there seem to be some missing (I know I’ve heard of the French Croix de Guerre, but I don’t see it listed), and (perhaps most importantly) they don’t explain the criteria or similar US medals (i.e., this is given for heroic action in combat, this is given for heroic action going above and beyond…, or this is equivalent to a US Distinguished Service cross, etc…).

    Kyote – I’m glad to hear things are going well, now hurry up and get in the fight!

    V/R,
    Jack

    in reply to: Help, I'm Doing it Wrong!!! A 6mm Modern Teaser #13116
    Just Jack
    Participant

    John,

    Thanks for weighing in, I appreciate it!

    “I was going to suggest permitting companies to activate as many times as the owing player likes in a turn, but imposing stress points only on those platoons that take actions.”  I’m just worried that that will simply make it a “activation by platoon game,” vice an “activation by company game.”  Nothing wrong with that, it’s just that I’m focusing on company activation as I want to have several battalions per side.

    Regarding cross attachment/company activation, I think you’ve got a great point of view, and with that I’ve decided to be more ‘flexible,’ i.e., not require three platoons per company, certainly not if it doesn’t make sense, but also as a means to simulate better or worse quality battalions.  I’m thinking, a better unit might have two platoons, while worse units might have four platoons (the first making it more likely the two platoons will get more done per turn, and four platoons less).  Does that make sense?

    I also want to keep companies to one activation per turn for ‘personal’ reasons as well.  Obviously it makes the game and data tracking more simple, but it’s also a ‘frame of mind’ issue for me.  With that much stuff on the table, I like the feeling of moving the ball forward, i.e., “there, I just finished another turn.”  With multiple activations, sure you end up with fewer overall turns, but that first turn might take 2 hours!  Like I said, it’s certainly ‘6 of 1, half a dozen the other,’ but I like the feeling of accomplishment 😉

    I’m pretty sure I’ve got supporting arms figured out (with regards to activation), but I’m still not set on how to handle recon.  Nothing seems to make sense.  The best I’ve come up with is ‘temporary cross-attachment ,’ i.e., activating via the nearest ‘line’ company, with the fact that activation relationship may change during the course of the game.  But then that penalizes the line company in its activation, so maybe give the line company activating a recon platoon a +1 to its roll?  I dunno, that part still needs work…

    Regarding the EW issue, I don’t think I need command units represented on the table for that.  I think the same thing can be accomplished simply by targeting specific units (maybe a battalion, or battalion’s worth of companies in a specific geographic area) and giving them a negative modifier to their activation roll.  As you see, I’m not terribly worried about/tied to various militaries’ doctrines; that’s the beauty of Imagi-Nations, I get to do what I want 😉

    Ivan,

    I like your idea regarding the tokens.  However:
    “…NATO pro’s get 4 per battalion, Warpac first line get 3, NATO conscript 2, Warpac minors 1, USMC 0…”
    Someday I’m going to have to come visit you; Oregon, right? 😉

    And you’re killing me:
    “…I’d be inclined to give Warpac forces a bonus when following the plan and a penalty when deviating from it…”

    There is no NATO and Warsaw Pact, it’s an Imagi-Nation.  If I was sticking with it doctrinally, it would be Warsaw Pact vs Warsaw Pact,  but I’m not sticking with it doctrinally, I’m going to do whatever I want!

    V/R,
    Jack

    in reply to: Afghan Wars – Modern #13115
    Just Jack
    Participant

    Rod,

    We do not have time for slow weekends!  You must focus on what is truly important.  I didn’t get any painting in, but I got two games in (one’s been posted).

    V/R,
    Jack

    in reply to: Help, I'm Doing it Wrong!!! A 6mm Modern Teaser #13026
    Just Jack
    Participant

    Fellas,

    Tim – Thanks for taking a look, the opinions of someone that actually did it are very welcome!  But we’re both victim of me not explaining everything fully; I’m planning on some very large games; everyone keeps saying, “man, you had a lot of stuff on the table for a test game.”  My reply is that, this was a small game!  For the ‘real’ games I intend on having three to five battalions (plus support) on the table, per side!

    So you had some really great points, but a lot of it (in my mind at least) had to do with lower-echelon (or scale) granularity.  I’m activating as companies/company teams, with platoons as the ‘stand,’ because I’m going to be playing such large games, so activating at that level is simply a game mechanism to represent the player being a brigade/division commander.  Don’t worry, I’m not gonna quit.  I can’t, I have this dream of massive tank battles!

    On a side note, I just looked at your blog, and the hilarious part is that I’d looked at your blog numerous times in the past, but didn’t realize it was YOUR blog.  Truly fantastic!

    Shelldrake – Because the games are so big, I don’t want to have higher-level, non-aligned (i.e., not part of one of the maneuver units) leaders, it’s just too much for me to work out in my solo game.  What I am going to do is limit activations to one per company/company team per turn, add overwatch as an action, and allow cross-attachment.  I.e., I had the tank company spread all over the map, and I had the mech company all over the map, but you could pretty much match up a tank platoon with each mech platoon.  So, instead of activating as tank co and mech co, combine a tank plt and mech plt together to form company teams geographically co-located.  This should solve most of my problems (I think).

    Guy – Instead of a complicated reaction fire or opportunity fire, I’m going to go with a very simple ‘overwatch’ action to tackle that issue.

    Rod – I need to keep it simple, but I think limited companies/company teams to one activation per turn will limit the wild swings in initiative, and the activation via cross attachments (as appropriate) and use of overwatch will straighten out the activation issues (of having to activate one platoon whilst the other two are unengaged).

    I wrote up a bunch more (if you’re interested) on the blog:
    http://blackhawkhet.blogspot.com/2014/11/on-road-to-doing-it-right-6mm-modern.html

    More games coming this weekend, the Legion in Estonia is already set up for its next fight!

    V/R,
    Jack

    in reply to: Help, I'm Doing it Wrong!!! A 6mm Modern Teaser #12956
    Just Jack
    Participant

    Hey, glad to hear you got the house Old Man.  Your time would be better spent playing games, my hills are fine.  You and Panda are such wargaming snobs! 

    V/R,
    Jack

    in reply to: Afghan Wars – Modern #12955
    Just Jack
    Participant

    Rod,

    Sorry man, I wasn’t trying to pressure you into blogging, I was just explaining how I got into it.  My only regret is that we don’t get to see your stuff!

    V/R,
    Jack

    in reply to: 20mm Special Operations Team #12954
    Just Jack
    Participant

    Ahhh, Dr. Phil Robertson, you don’t have the whole picture!

    I do, indeed, have enemies for them to fight.  I purchased a total of three four-man good guy teams, a team of 7 Russian-style bad guys, and a team of 9 Islamist-style bad guys.  That should be enough for my purposes.

    I just ordered some 20mm terrain the other day.
    V/R,
    Jack

    in reply to: Afghan Wars – Modern #12853
    Just Jack
    Participant

    I agree with Shelldrake agreeing with me 😉

    If it weren’t for some anonymous guys on the internet, I probably wouldn’t be here right now.  A few years ago I was bored and looking around on the internet, and I found two blogs; neither was all that pretty to look at, but each had quite a few fights on it, and it was clear the guys were both having a great time, despite the fact they were both playing solo.  One had created his own little world, while the other was playing Spanish Civil War and WWII.  Both were using individually mounted little guys (one 6mm, the other 10mm) with a couple vehicles.

    Beautiful is great, but the fact this stuff wasn’t 28mm museum-quality miniatures was actually what inspired me!  I don’t have the time, talent, or patience to make museum-quality stuff, but these guys were just like me, with a couple pieces of felt thrown down over a blanket, and they were getting it on in their own little worlds, and sharing it with us!  I thought (and still think) that was just the coolest thing I’d seen, and they were the impetus for me to get back to gaming after my old man passed away.

    So those guys inspired me not only to play games, but to share with other folks, hopefully kinda showing the way for guys teetering on the brink of “it looks cool, but I don’t think I have the time/money/wherewithal to pull it off.”  My reply is that it doesn’t take much; $100 gets you two armies in 10mm, plus trees, walls, roads, and buildings.  Find you a digital camera (or a scanner, I suppose), start a free blog, and you’ll be doing it like the pros in no time 😉

    V/R,
    Jack

    Just Jack
    Participant

    Good grief Rod, are you really trying to make me remember High School French?  You know I’m ‘Merican, right?

    How about: Oui, Samedi et Dimanche nous marchons!

    And I’ll be taking ‘hypothetical’ out of the subject line; we’ve had contact, it’s real now!
    V/R,
    Jack

    Just Jack
    Participant

    Thanks for looking fellas.  It was indeed a good start!

    I mentioned to Ivan that the Mk19 gunner, Cpl Desjardins, is basically being decorated not for being heroic, just for being uber-efficient, whereas Cpl Methot was the ‘hero,’ driving his vehicle up the road to shelter the two WIA in the street, then loading them up in the vehicle.

    The activation system’s stress, combined with my use of playing cards to determine which side activates a leader, is working like a champ for my solo action.  I intend on getting a couple more FFL fights in this weekend, wish me luck!

    V/R,
    Jack

    in reply to: 20mm Special Operations Team #12848
    Just Jack
    Participant

    Pendraken Aussies from their Vietnam range would look great Rhodesia!

    I’m telling you, 10mm is the way to go.  Go on, you know you want to.  And it’s so cheap; I bought 25 20mm troops for about $45 (the above troops were part of that).  Forty five bucks will get you TWO company-sized units with support weapons and a couple vehicles for each side (assuming a four-man base is a squad)!!!  Not too shabby, eh?  And that’s why when you check my blog you see more ‘armies’ than I’ll ever have a chance to get on the table…

    V/R,
    Jack

    in reply to: Afghan Wars – Modern #12845
    Just Jack
    Participant

    Rod – Indeed!  You need to do your best to avoid contact, and break contact ASAP when it’s unavoidable.  And sorry I couldn’t be more helpful with USMC transport…

    And the two of you (Rod and Kyote) – Yes, on the internet, photos are what we call ‘proof.’  😉  Just kidding, we don’t believe either of you have an integrity issue, we just like to fawn over pretty pictures of stuff.

    V/R,
    Jack

    • This reply was modified 6 years, 7 months ago by Just Jack.
    in reply to: Afghan Wars – Modern #12789
    Just Jack
    Participant

    Rod – Gotta love a man with a plan, especially when that plan involves Marines.  Did you ever spot my (late) reply to your questions about transports?  Anyway, we NEED pictures man!

    Kyote – Enough with the excuses!  Get your butt back to work (gaming)!

    V/R,
    Jack

    in reply to: 20mm Special Operations Team #12736
    Just Jack
    Participant

    Kyote – You’re right, I need to drybrush some white into that beard 😉

    Guy – 10mm is still my thing, and works for whatever you want to do.  I don’t know why I went and bought these, just a total lack of willpower 😉  In any case, I’ll be playing platoon-level stuff in 10mm, battalion level (and above) stuff in 6mm, and small skirmishes (4 good guys, 7-9 bad guys) in 20mm now.  I just need to get my modern Imagi-nation sorted out so I can get to it.

    V/R,
    Jack

    in reply to: Introduction game of NEIS #12467
    Just Jack
    Participant

    Shelldrake,

    Thanks for sharing the batrep, good stuff.  I really like the trees, they didn’t look too big to me.

    You mentioned not being able to play again for awhile as your friend isn’t available; do what us friendless guys do, play solo! 😉

    I look forward to your next fight.

    V/R,
    Jack

    Just Jack
    Participant

    Good stuff, guys, thanks for all the ideas.  Sounds like I need to buy a 10mm cruise ship 😉

    For some reason I really want to start off in the Baltics, like the Soviet Union is breaking up and Estonia wants to break away, but internal hard liners want to keep the country Russia-aligned.  Estonia’s interim government, headed by the cousin of the French President, asks France for help to crush the hardliners before the Russians are able to devote too much attention to keeping Estonia under its sphere of influence.  So the Legion is sent in.  Then I plan on a Northern Africa; as mentioned, maybe Chad, Libya, or Mauritania.  From there, the world is my oyster 😉

    For those familiar with my previous FFL campaign, we were following the exploits of Major LaPieux, and his superiors, Colonel Louis-Louis and General Pouspous circa 2013, in the fictional former French colony of Perplakistan.  My intent here is to again follow LaPieux and Louis-Louis as they ‘grow up,’ with Louis-Louis as the task force commander and LaPieux one of his subordinates.

    For my FFL campaign I’m going to put more guys on the table (both sides), a bigger (3′ x 2′) board, and 6″ reserve/out of contact movement.  I also plan on my good guys being qualitatively better (pro vs trained/irreg), and usually with the good guys having more troops.  I know it sounds backwards, but I like to win 😉

    Actually, the point is not winning, the point is that I think this is generally a better concept of modern warfare for Western forces in most encounters: the Western forces are not in danger of being eliminated; ‘winning’ is based on accomplishing the mission objective(s) efficiently and with negligible casualties, otherwise the Western commander has ‘lost.’  I think this works well as a game at this level as you have to actually fight, not just sit tight (or fall back) and call in supporting fires.  Though I reserve the right to fall back and call in supporting fires if I’m really getting my butt kicked 😉

    V/R,
    Jack

    in reply to: A Fistful of TOWs AAR #12464
    Just Jack
    Participant

    Thanks for taking the time to lay that out for me Spurious.  It does sound interesting, but I’m sort of in the same boat as Ivan, limited funds due to having spent too much already, and too many projects going on!  But thanks, and I can’t wait to see the next one.

    BTW, I love the foamy mat terrain tiles, they look great.  I don’t have the patience to make beautiful stuff like that (unfortunately), plus they’re pretty expensive here ($25 for a pack of them).

    V/R,
    Jack

    in reply to: No End in Sight Modern Game, US vs Warsaw Pact #12463
    Just Jack
    Participant

    Yeah, you’d think the bad guys wouldn’t have lost with activation rolls like that.  Part of it, I’m sure, was the fact the US started off with some very effective fire, so a lot of the enemy activation rolls were used up recovering from that (unpinning and moving back into the firing line).

    For fall backs off of failed morale, I’ve been thinking about the idea of making them fall back behind a terrain feature (into cover/out of LOS) rather than distance tied to the die roll.  Maybe if the distance is greater than ‘x’ inches (say, 8″), the fall-back unit surrenders?  What do you guys think about that?

    V/R,
    Jack

    in reply to: Crisis in Alcovia #12454
    Just Jack
    Participant

    Eli,

    Fantastic, I’m glad you’re back!  I saw your post today regarding 15mm stuff, can’t wait to see it hit the table.  You’ve got a really cool concept, and while right now I’m working on a different type (modern French Foreign Legion extinguishing fires worldwide), I do intend on getting around to an Alcovia-type scenario to pit my loads of microarmor against itself in a dramatic civil war.

    Hang in there; I can certainly identify with:
    1) Real Life getting in the way
    2) Being a wargaming butterfly, AKA, having too many different projects going on
    3) Spending quite a bit of time recording everything for prosperity via the blog, and wanting the world to show at least a bit of interest.

    Sadly I can only help with that last part, but I assure you I’ve found it interesting, entertaining, and inspirational.  You’re batrep with the SOF guys sneaking around on the mountain trying to dodge the bad guys is mostly to blame for my recent purchase of some Elhiem 20mm modern figures!

    V/R,
    Jack

    • This reply was modified 6 years, 7 months ago by Just Jack.
    Just Jack
    Participant

    Oh, and good stuff, Doc Jackson, Tears of the Sun is one of my favorites!

    Any ideas regarding other geographical hotspots?  I was reading something about Venezuela contesting territory with French Guiana, but that didn’t seem right as there’s Suriname and Guyana between the two…  I’m also looking for reasons to get FFL into the Aegean and Baltic Seas.

    V/R,
    Jack

    Just Jack
    Participant

    I continued to Google, because it looks thicker than a Javelin, and the hand placement is different than the Javelin (sorry, I need to get you guys some better pics of the figure), and I think it’s this:

    the Eryx:

    Although it’s still not perfect; the figure has a much larger targeting sensor/optic than any of the pics I’ve found (it doesn’t match the Javelin, either).

    V/R,
    Jack

    in reply to: A Fistful of TOWs AAR #12358
    Just Jack
    Participant

    Okay, I took a good sit down and read; in a word, fantastic!  Great terrain, minnies, write-up, and fight.  This is definitely the kind of fight I want to have.  Regarding Fist Full of TOWs, how does command and control work (IGOUGO like Flames of War, Card Based like I Ain’t Been Shot Mum, Die-Roll Based like Cold War/Blitzkrieg Commander, etc…)?  Regarding movement, you mentioned ‘…moving up to ‘X’ inches per turn.’  Do you mean that’s the max movement per turn, or that there is variable movement?  Sorry to bother you about it, but I am interested.

    I didn’t play a game this morning, just putted around a bit with my own 6mm.  Partly this is because I really wanted to get back to 10mm No End In Sight, but I haven’t done my homework to get my campaign framework ready (I can only play so many ‘one-off’ battles, I need a backstory), and partly because I didn’t feel that comfortable with the 6mm rules I’m using, which are basically Cold War/Blitzkrieg Commander’s Command and Control mechanics with World at War’s combat and movement.

    I look forward to any help you can provide on the above questions, and look forward to your next 6mm installment.

    V/R,
    Jack

    in reply to: NEIS 1st AAR 'Wee Province' #12304
    Just Jack
    Participant

    Good stuff, and amazing what you ‘threw together’ with stuff you had lying around.  Looks better than mine!

    V/R,
    Jack

    in reply to: A Fistful of TOWs AAR #12303
    Just Jack
    Participant

    Spurious,

    I need more time to absorb and digest all that 😉  But what a beautiful looking table and minis.

    It looks like you had a great fight, but I can tell you I’m more of a 2-page rules kinda guy, rather than 462-page!

    V/R,
    Jack

    in reply to: What I've Been Up To #12302
    Just Jack
    Participant

    Rod,

    I’m not sure how much help I can be.   I don’t really have any sources, I can only speak to what I know/saw  when I was in (I was USMC in Iraq in 2004).  On the off chance it helps, I’ll tell you what I know.

    ‘Regular’ infantry battalions all had HMMWVs; I can’t tell you how many exactly, but it was enough to conduct mounted patrolling operations in support of our counterinsurgency/stabilization operations, but not enough to move the whole battalion without using 7-tons.  The HMMWVs all had makeshift armor (except for the Weapons Company anti-armor team vehicles, which were hardbacks).  There was a track battalion (AAVs, not LVTPs), but the only time I saw them was towards the end of April in Fallujah, when we got four of them (three of them were subsequently knocked out).  ‘Regular’ infantry battalions wouldn’t have LAVs; there is a separate battalion called ‘LAR’ (Light Armored Reconnaissance) that has them, and they have their own grunts/scouts.

    With regards to USMC using AAVs in OIF I, that was only a couple battalions, the Corps just doesn’t have that many tracks.  The rest were in unarmored HMMWVs and 5-tons (later replaced by 7-tons).  I don’t really know anything about MRAPs, that all happened after I got out.  I know the Army battalion we took over from was 82nd Airborne, and they were driving makeshift-armored HMMWVs like we had.  I was around Army Mech battalions a couple times and they were in Bradleys.

    Hope that helps.

    V/R,
    Jack

    in reply to: What I've Been Up To #12263
    Just Jack
    Participant

    Ivan,

    I’m waiting to see those Pendraken Soviets and Germans.

    V/R,
    Jack

    in reply to: A NEiS AAR about Chechnya #12181
    Just Jack
    Participant

    Great stuff Spurious, keep the batreps flowing!

    V/R,
    Jack

    in reply to: What I've Been Up To #12179
    Just Jack
    Participant

    Kyote – Hurry up.

    Rod – I understand about the Luddite bit, but I’ll tell you, it’s really been a motivating factor for me, and I’ve been gaming (minus the last few months) more than ever.

    Ivan – You dirty @#$%!!!  First of all, Marine should be capitalized, and when YOU say it, write it, or even think it, it should be with fear and respect in your voice 😉  And yes, that’s an Lt joke, no such thing applies to NCOs.  And it’s time to call you out on something: I’m greatly appreciative of all your rules writing, but it just occurred to me that I’ve yet to see YOU mention a blog, and we’ve yet to see a battle report from YOU.  It’s past time, Sir, hop to it.  And it damned well better be inspiring 😉

    Spurious – My order from Elhiem has been dispatched.  Good Lord, I can’t believe I just did that.  Regarding the blog, there really is a very simple button or widget you simply have to toggle on, then people can ‘follow’ your blog.  I just can’t recall where it’s at.  But yes, I’m now checking up on your blog.

    Shelldrake – Thanks, I’ll have to look into that.

    V/R,
    Jack

    in reply to: What I've Been Up To #12071
    Just Jack
    Participant

    Kyote,

    You’re not chopped liver, you’re just a dirty 15mm gamer, and Rod and I were discussing 6mm, the choice of refined gamers everywhere 😉

    And you need to 1) get a camera, and 2) get a blog.  I’ve yet to see a Sultanate of Ifat photograph, and you know what that means…  Yep, it didn’t happen.

    And where the heck is Ivan?  I put a taunt in my blogpost just for him, and he disrespects me like this!!?? 😉

    V/R,
    Jack

    in reply to: What I've Been Up To #12068
    Just Jack
    Participant

    Rod,

    What can I say, but wow…  I humbly submit to your will, Master.

    But, it’s 2014, you need to get with the program and get a blog!  Trust me, I’m no technocrat, and I figured it out.  Go to Blogspot, make up a Google sign-in, then pick what color and font you want to use.  You’ll be posting pictures in 10 minutes.  I swear, it’s that easy, and if you somehow run into any problems, I can help walk you through it.

    I need to get some French, as well as more helos and attack aircraft.

    V/R,
    Jack

    in reply to: What I've Been Up To #12004
    Just Jack
    Participant

    Shelldrake – Amen!  I’m waiting on that deviant Ivan to show up and defend himself, and his despicable (rules) discrimination.

    Kyote – I’m selfish, so I’m expecting hills for me and a camera (and blog) for you.  I e-mailed Panda, he’s been busy with work (Shaun too, he commented on my blog), though he’s looking at participating in World Crossfire Day this month.

    Doc – Thanks.

    Spurious – First off, fantastic blog (though I couldn’t find the deal to let me join/follow)!  Regarding 6mm, consider me crept up on.  It grew out of a perfect storm of wanting to go ‘bigger’ (I’ve played so many games where ‘I’ was a Sergeant, a Lieutenant, or a Captain, I want to be a Colonel, or a General!) combined with access to large amounts of goodies for relatively cheap (TMP Marketplace).  I spent a lot of time on your blog last night, as well as Eli Arndt’s (‘Crisis in Alcovia’); you guys had me looking last night at 20mm Moderns (a lot of Elhiem stuff).  Can I really stand anymore???

    So, 6mm for Company and above, 10mm for Platoon plus, and 20mm for SOF skirmish?  Kill me…  But I keep finding myself on the Syr Hobbs and Elhiem websites…  ~$12 gets 2 packs, do that for a few/six months and you’ve got some good skirmish forces.  But I’ll need a vehicle or two.  And a crashed helo…

    Rod – You need to pack your stuff up and come down to Texas for a long weekend, I’ve got an 8′ x 6′ table ready to go 😉  Have you got a blog?  I’d love to see what you’ve got, and what you get into regarding modern skirmish.

     

    V/R,
    Jack

     

    in reply to: Crisis in Alcovia #12002
    Just Jack
    Participant

    Eli,

    Awesome!!!  You Sir, need to get back to work, this is amazing.  I spent several hours last night ‘catching up’ on the story, and need more.  I joined your blog.
    V/R,
    Jack

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