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Syrians and basing woes…

Have finally finished another Syrian unit and couple of HQ units. Have still to finalise a proper list to work to and add to the Painting Master Plan.

So, here are the chaps so far:

I finally finished off the Skytrex T-55s  by adding the HQ stand.

 

Next up was some GHQ BTR80PBs. These are lovely crisp little models and were a joy to paint. I went with the same basic sand on green pattern as above but will be doing some with the grey later.

The infantry are GHQ Soviets. They’ve come out a little dark and I may do the next lot differently. And the basing went wrong – see below.

 HQ stand, again with GHQ Soviet Infantry

BASING WOES
I fear my basing mojo has deserted me. I knew I wanted to use the sand with crushed shells mix as is to speed up basing. I had done this with a few M48s (below) and was happy with it. However, when I came to do the T-55s I had forgotten that on the M48s I’d painted the base mid-brown first. So on the T-55s the various dark patches from the painting process showed through and made the whole lot darker. When I came to do the infantry I knew I had to paint the figure bases and I chose Vallejo Desert Yellow as I thought this would blend with the sand. As I knew I had to paint the bases anyway I just used this for the whole base as well. It was lighter than the mid-brown I use and consequently when the sand was applied that came out very light as well! It was a noticeable difference so I applied a thinned Sepia Wash to it and that has gone too dark. Not horrendously so but enough to be annoying!

The plus point is that the light colour will work really well for my WW2 Western Desert! I also decided that I like the dark brown edges from the MDF laser cutting. So I’m going to leave them as is. And I found that Vallejo German Camo. Black Brown is a good match when applied to existing bases!

All a bit frustrating really as I like to have a uniform look to them all but I suppose the ground colour is different in different parts of the Golan!

OTHER NEWS
I’ve just acquired a few GHQ Italians at roughly half price on eBay so now have a good size force for my Western Desert project for next year.

Next up is some support weapon types, some AA assets and then some T-62s. And a CO stand. Then I should have enough for a wee game!

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Soviets Throw Back British Offensive! – CWC AAR

4th Combined Arms Army repulse British Offensive
Preliminary Report to Front Command
Following the recent debacle of the 4th Combined Arms Army as they valiantly threw themselves against the strong defensive positions of a superior American force (see Official Report) the remains of the Army fell back to defensive positions and dug in to await the allied counterattack. Under their new officer, Commander Vanya Putalski they took up defensive positions straddling a road with hills on the flanks and a wood in the center.
Commander Putalski took the decision to withdraw his infantry’s BMPs to encourage them to hold the line. With a battalion of T-72s distributed along the line, BRDM mounted Spandrels and Spigots lining the woods they awaiting the attack, their fronts protected by hidden minefields.
Fearing a strong American force approaching it was with some relief to see a small British force approach, the advance elements having dug in around the town, and the full strength of the force as yet undetermined.
The following morning, as dawn broke, the Soviet recce units and forward observers spotted the first British Chieftains emerging from the woods on either flank.
As the advance on the Soviet left stalled in the woods the attack on the right surged forward to be met by a hail of fire dug in T-72s and numerous anti-tank missiles.
 
Finding it hard to target the entrenched Soviet forces the Chieftains succumbed one by one and before long four platoons were burning outside the woods.
On the left the Soviet main defences sat behind the ridge line awaiting the attack. However, here the British reputation for organisation was left in tatters. As the Chieftains struggled to push through the woods and command blunder saw them target their own mortars and AA assets, destroying them.
As there was no sign of a Soviet move on this flank, and given the destruction wreaked upon the other flank, the British commander moved his tank force across his rear to bring their firepower to bear on the Soviet right flank.
However, against entrenched T-72s they had little success, even once they had established their optimum fire range just beyond that of the T-72s. Commander Putalksi and his officers looked on with satisfaction as the defences held.
 
But it was the artillery and ATGWs that were to decide the day. Their longer range and the suppression from the artillery was to keep the British at bay. Another two blunders contrived to make the British struggle and individual units were picked off, pushing the British force to breaking point.
Seeing a weakened British right flank the Soviets, unable to advance due to their own minefields, brought more T-72s and a Spandrel across their rear lines to face the remaining Chieftains. A recce unit was also sent forward to dry and draw fire from the occupants of the town. This was successful, resulting in a burning BRDM!
This was to be the final straw as another platoon of British tanks fell and with the British force at breaking point, and unable to risk destruction from a Soviet counterattack, the British commander threw in the towel and withdrew his forces as the defenders looked on from their positions.
 

The 4th CAA had regained its honour, standing its ground against an elite British force and throwing them back in disarray, for the loss of a single recces unit! The field of battle, a foot hold in the West, remained in Soviet hands.


Thoughts on the game
This was the third in a mini-campaign being run by chaps at the North Shields wargames club, the Contemptible Little Wargames Club . The previous reports can be seen here and here. My two previous games had seen me stalled by a West German force and then forced to attack a stronger US force taking heavy casualties. Now, all along the front, the Soviets dug in. The Allies however were also dug in as it was felt neither side was on a roll! However, with my less than 4000pts and facing 5000pts of British I was happy to sit back and let them come at me. I dug in all my infantry, took Spigots and a couple of BRDM mounted Spandrels all dug in to give me extra AT range. The T-72 battalion was divided along the line, mostly dug in and it was that that saved them from the attentions of the Chieftains! The British blunder on their right taking out two units was a big help in pushing them to their Break Point. It was a good fun game (the ones I win always are!) and the campaign looks like it will continue, probably with a proper reinforced attack by the allies.
As in the other games, I still think we need more scenery in the middle of the table. And I’m not sure having both side with hasty defences worked. It was less an issue in my game but in the other East German/American game the mostly dug in Americans…

 …were to find they just didn’t have the assets available to assault a VERY dug in East German position!

All good fun and nice to get a game. Now, off to paint some more 28mm chaps!

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Soviet Offensive ends in disaster!

Commander Petya Sergetov Executed
Initial TASS Report
LD281720 Moscow TASS in English 1717 GMT 8th June 1986
Following the disastrous attack against American forces in West Germany on 7th June 1986, Commander Petya Sergetov, commander of the 4th Combined Arms Army was executed for military incompetence. His valiant troops were led into a trap, suffering 25% casualties despite their valiant efforts in the service of the Motherland. A full investigation into the events of that day has been ordered so that the sacrifice of the troops was not in vain, and all others deemed responsible for the disaster are brought to account. The war goes on. The Soviet Union will triumph.
Initial Report on the failed assault by the 4th Combined Arms Army 7th June 1986
Prepared by Marshall Vladimir Konstantinov
9th June 1986
Background
Following the initial assault by the 4th CAA on the 4th June 1986 which succeeded in driving a West German force from the town of Ahlsberg (albeit at significant cost) the Army continued its advance. Commander Sergetov bolstered his battered force by bringing in 2nd Echelon T-62 battalions and MRR units. Although this increased the size of the force, the quality of the troops was suspect for an assault so early in the Soviet Offensive.
Initial Reconnaissance Failures
On the 7th June the 4th CAA began its advance to clear the way for the scheduled river crossing. Still expecting to find the struggling West German forces blocking their way, the initial reconnaissance units viewed the potential battleground.
Although there was no evidence of enemy forces, there was clear signs of a prepared defence. Despite this evidence, Commander Sergetov decided to prepare an artillery barrage and push forward with his available forces. As the recon units pushed further forward it became clear that this was an extensively prepared position and the opposition appeared to be American forces, and not the expected West Germans.
There were clear areas marked as minefields and signs on entrenchments. However the enemy armoured forces were not visible.
Account if the Assault
As the 4th CAA began its advance the preliminary barrage targeted the central ridge, the small village and the adjacent hill, but to little effect. The advance was uncoordinated, with poor command leaving some units in the rear, and one unit even beginning to withdraw! Advances were made to the hills on either flank, with Commander Sergetov leading the stalled advance in the center.
With no response from the enemy, the flanks attacks continued. Smoke was laid ineffectually on the right and the the left flank units advanced across the hill enemy artillery destroyed the recon platoon on that flank.
Although there were signs of armour moving in the woods on the far right, poorly coordinated movement, failed artillery requests and the continued lack of action from the enemy prompted Commander Sergetov to push forward rashly with his armour on the left and in the center. This was to prove the decisive action of the day as the woods on the far right erupted with the fire from a full battalion of M1 Abram AFVs. The fire was devastating and unrelenting as a full nine platoons of T-62s were destroyed.
On the right the forward observers desperately tried to call in artillery support as the BMPs were caught in the open.
It was at this point that Commander Sergetov exceeded his authority and authorised the release of chemical weapons against the massed American armour in the woods.
Although this was to silence them for a short time it became obvious that no permanent damage had been done. The inability to bring additional force, either armour or artillery, to bear on this unit while suppressed, wasted the only opportunity to turn the action in the Soviet favour.
It was at this point that Sergetov called off the attack. Any further advance would only bring the remaining forces under the guns of the American tanks. Although he had retained a small reserve there was little opportunity to bring it to bear in any decisive manner without the near certainty of its loss. So, Commander Sergetov ordered a withdrawal to defensive positions with the remains of his force.
Initial Findings
Attempting an assault on a poorly reconnoitered position with such a weakened force was foolhardy and compounded by meeting fresh American forces in a strong prepared defence. The opening salvo from the American tanks was devastating and destroyed the armoured assault force on the left flank and center. The excellent fire discipline of the American forces meant that targets were hard to pinpoint, making artillery support ineffective. The desperate measure of calling on chemical weapons was poorly judged as it needed support from other arms to exploit its benefits.
Conclusion
The assault ordered by Commander Sergetov was rash and poorly implemented. The political repercussions of the use of chemical weapons are still undetermined. This report find the summary Court Martial and execution of Commander Sergetov fully justified.

Comments
Following the last game I had lost 2600 points in the failed attack against the West Germans. This left me with 5400 points to attack a prepared position of 5000 points. Not good odds for an attack! I chose to downgrade some of my troops and use T-62s for most of the force accompanied by BTRs, with 15 HE assets, 3 Smoke assets and 3 Chemical Weapons assets. It was with these latter that I hoped to surprise my opponent. My list was as follows:

  • 1 CO (CV9)
  • 4 HQ (CV8)
  • 3 FAO (CV6)
  • 1 Recce Unit (BRDM)
  • 1 Recce Unit (BRM-1)
  • 15 Infantry Unit (Conscripts)
  • 6 Infantry Upgrade (RPG-16)
  • 6 IFV Unit (BMP-2)
  • 12 Tank Unit (T-62E)
  • 1 Air Defence Unit (AA, ZSU-23-4)
  • 6 Artillery Unit (122mm, 2S1 M1974)
  • 3 Artillery Unit (152mm, 2S3 M1973)
  • 9 Transport Unit (BTR-60/70)

I was facing an American force under Ian Logan of 12 M1s, 15 infantry units, the majority in trenches and two batteries of artillery. The main problem was actually SEEING anything! To get close enough brought my troops into the LOS of the M1s. The minefields channeled me and after the game I found there was another hidden minefield:

which would have caused more problems had I got further in the center. The positioning of the M1s and the firepower they bought to bear was devastating. The range of the guns meant they could target most of my force before I got my tanks into range. Although I knew where the troops were I felt I had to advance as ordered until they revealed themselves. The first salvo, aided by a 1,1 command roll, destroyed my T-62 force…

Dropping the chemicals on them raised a few questions on how effective they were under the CWC rules. It seemed for too much to get the unsaved hits and auto suppression on the M1s who should really have been buttoned up and capable of operating on a NBC battlefield. If I had had the chance to coordinate this with other attacks i.e. getting one or two hits and suppression on the M1s first, then the chemicals would have been very effective, possibly too much so given the target type?

However, after the chemical attack wore off I had no real way of pushing forward without getting hammered! I tried to bring in more chemicals and artillery but the FAOs were not rolling well. Even when I got my IFVs etc. forward I failed the dismount rolls and left them vulnerable. I think I need to think on a batter way to deal with trenches, and maybe be more aggressive with my recon to force the enemy to reveal themselves.

Given I only had a 400 point advantage I fully expected the attach to fail. But not as badly as it did! I lost 1400 points. The Americans lost none! The next game will leave me with 4000 points and I have chosen to hold and take up a defensive position. And hopefully do a little better!

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CWC – Soviet 2nd Echelon units…

Had these sat around for ages waiting to be based. They are pretty well the last of the Soviets that came with my big purchase last year. I’ve touched them up a little and weathered them and based them.

Two battalions of T-62s:

 
 

and some BTR-70s – I think 🙂

 

Pretty sure all models are Skytrex. I have another batch of T-62s waiting to be painted to make it up to the full Mech Regiment.

Next big game of CWC due on Sunday and I’m not expecting it to go well!

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Voici venir les éclairs!

In other words – allowing for the language limitations of Google – more Belgians! These are the continuation of the support elements for the 17th Armoured Brigade:

 First up are the M75s that will carry my Engineers. These are a lovely little model from Scotia and I’ve already bought another ten as apparently I can put reserve units in them!

 The Belgians also had some jeep mounted Milans. No one does the correct model but this is close, from the Scotia Chinese range. I should probably move the spare tyre to the bonnet and remove the windscreen. Small model but it does allow a bit of space for scenics!

 The support element (AT) also has some M113A1-MIL/Milan-1 which have twins hatches rather than the central hatch and a .50cal on the left and a Milan on the right.

The central hatch was cut off and two side hatches stuck on. The .50cal is from CinC but is very fine and fragile so I’ll likely do future ones in wire and green stuff as in the AIFVs.
And last up is the artillery support. M109A2s. This is a lovely little model from Heroics and Ros. Very crisp detail. There is a hole to mount an MG but it may be too fragile for general use. I have it on reliable evidence (Jeff on the CWC Forums) that the unit (his unit) was in green and black camo in the late 80s so that is what I’ve gone for.

And finally, on Jeffs say so, his unit apparently had regular deliveries via truck of chocolate eclairs!

So there’s the man with the (I assume!) silver tray delivering them to the hard working gunners! Apologies if the eclairs look like dog turds but they’re bloody hard to model in 1/300th!

Although I have a Sultan based FAO I need to do one in an AIFV-CP for this unit.

More to follow after Sunday’s big CWC game.

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Belgians…Preparing for war!

Well, I’ve finally got round to doing a photoshoot of my gathering Belgians. I wanted to wait until I’d got a few more done before posting. I’m basing it around the 17th Armoured Brigade which had two tank battalions and two mechanised – one of which I’ve still to do. I’ve still got a few support elements to do as well but they are in progress.

So…
Here’s the lot as they stand.

 The first tank battalion – 1st Guides

 Second tank battalion – 2nd Guides

 First mechanised battalion – 1st Carabiniers Cyclists gathered round the CO

 1st Company, 2nd Chasseurs Anti-tank Battalion – Jagdpanzer Kanone (with an onlooking detachment of British Challenger 1s!)

 The Belgian CO stand.

 

First mechanised battalion – 1st Carabiniers Cyclists – HQ

 Converted AIFV/.50cal

 Supporting mortars

 

 FAO in Spartan although I may do others in AIFV-CO

 And the few Challenger 1s I did out of my recently acquired British.

So there we are, that’s the force so far. I have another Mechanised Battalion to do, some M109A2s, some Milans mounted on jeeps, some Milans on M113s and Engineers in M75s.

I tried to do something different with the CO again. The tent is no doubt the wrong type but was all I had to hand. The radio antenna needs the support ropes tightening but they were a faff to do so I may leave them!

Although I’m going for the 1986+ version I do have the VCI vehicles for the earlier version too so they will get done as well, and/or used for reserve brigades.

Haven’t worked out what that lot is in points yet either! 🙂

More to follow…

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Brits are coming!

Despite still having a few things to do for my Russians, making a start on the Belgians, not having touched the Americans or West Germans, I managed to secure some British for CWC off eBay! Two small auctions:

1. Some Challenger 1s, Warriors and other odds and ends. Enough to give me some armour and IFVs. Still need to paint some infantry though.

2. Some artillery support. Some M109s, M110s, some M113s with Wombat (I think) and some Fox recce vehicles.

The latter batch are a lot darker than the first lot but I think a light dry brush with my usual light grey will bring them out a little.

Also managed to get a few buildings as well. Couple of warehouses and two tower blocks. Really need to kick off my modular town project but keep getting distracted painting more vehicles! It would be good to get some scenery sorted so I can get a nice looking game going with my own stuff!

Hedges and hills and roads needed as well. Have plans for all these but as ever, time… I’m hoping I can take a couple of days off work between now and Christmas and get some stuff done. Providing of course I don’t get given a list of ‘jobs’! 🙂

More soon…

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New Acquisitions…

Although I’m trying to keep expenditure down at the moment I’ve picked up a few odds and ends off eBay and via Boardgamegeek. Best thing for my Cold War Commander Soviets was:

I’d posted on TMP asking for info on this book but not got a response but then saw a good copy on eBay and decided to take the plunge! It’s an excellent book covering pretty well any vehicle I could think of which a black and white photo of them as well as useful text. There are some excellent shots of command vehicles ‘in action’ with all aerials etc. raised which have given me ideas for my HQ stands. There are also some excellent shots of engineering and bridging vehicles in action and some good schematics of BMPs. All in all an excellent purchase.

I’ve had an eye on James Rouch’s The Zone series for a while since it got recommended following my posts re CWC reading on TMP. I’d held off as some of the volumes are still a bit pricey while others can be got for c.£1 on Amazon. Although this latter seems a good deal it falls foul of the Amazon dealer £2.75 flat postage PER ITEM! And dealers won’t (can’t?) combine postage. So I could get four volumes for £4 but it would cost £11 shipping! Bloody extortionate! Anyway, courtesy of eBay I managed to get the first five volumes for £9.15 including shipping. Quite happy about that. Not sure I’ll be able to get the other five volumes as they seem a little pricier. They are available as PDFs but I don’t facny reading on screen.

I’m still looking for a copy of Robert Forrest-Webb’s Chieftains though. Missed one on eBay and still hold out hope of finding one in a charity shop…

Finally a few boardgame acquisitions. Although I’m not playing ASL at the moment I’ve had High Ground 2 from Bounding Fire Productions on pre-order for a while:

This reproduces the two excellent maps from High Ground 1 (shown left below) and adds two more and an overlay plus additional scenarios, but this time all in the new Starter Kit style maps.

The first pack was excellent with some great scenarios and one day I’ll get chance to play them again!

MMP have also announced that the great Map Bundle (all ASL maps in new style) is imminent. I’ve very tempted by this but it is a tad pricey and I intend to buy each of the new re-done modules as they come out anyway, so will get most of the new maps then. So, at the moment, something I can’t justify…

Other boardgames en route are the Strategy and Tactics mags containing BAOR, Donau Front, Fifth Corps and Berlin’85. The latter is standalone but the former, when combined with Hof Gap, form the Central Front series and apparently link together. Intention is that they provide a ‘campaign’ structure playing Cold War Commander.

That’s all for now. I’ll update with links in a bit but for now I have a two year old with a nappy that needs changing!

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CWC – The War Begins

In the Summer of 1986 the tensions between East and West increased as the technological advances in the West posed a threat to the previously ‘invincible’ Soviet forces in Europe such that the constant threat of a Soviet wave crashing through Europe with little resistance became less and less of a reality. Powerful influences within the Soviet Military pushed harder and harder for a ‘first strike’ while there was still chance for the great Soviet military machine to roll forward, unstoppable, like the great Red Army of the last war.

As the customary Summer exercises started a plan was hatched to use these as a launchpad for a real offensive. Although NATO forces would be on heightened alert as usual during this time they would not expect the attack, and the element of surprise would allow the breakthrough needed and keep NATO on the defensive as rear echelon forces, not part of the exercises, were rushed forward to the offensive.

The key forces involved, two Soviet armies and and East German force would face off against British, West German and American forces. As the Soviet exercies suddenly became a real threat as troops rushed across the border, NATO forces rushed to meet them but with no time to prepare the defences they would need to face the overwhelming odds. At three key towns, the Soviets pushed along major roads as three armies prepared to meet them and hold them as long as possible.

4th Combined Arms Army – Commander Petya Sergetov 
Report to Military High Command
6th June 1986
The 4th CAA was tasked with driving a West German force from the town and surrounding countryside and force a breakthrough to threaten the flanks of the nearby American and British forces. Two tank battalions, two mechanised rifle battalions, a detachment from a motorised rifle battalion, regimental and division artillery assets and anti-aircraft support were designated to lead the attack. The West German forces had deployed their infantry and anti-tank weapons in the town and woods while the armour was still hidden behind the southern woods.
As the advance elements of the 4th CAA entered the area the scheduled artillery attacks began to land on the woods and town and on the hills to the West.
Intelligence reports had indicated the Germans would deploy on the hills and consequently the heaviest batteries were concentrated there, to little effect. The intelligence officers responsible have been ‘reassigned’.
As the bombardment continued the first elements moved forwards. T-72s were to push forward on the southern flanks with BMPs and supporting armour heading for the woods. Anti-aircraft forces deployed on the southern hill. 
Two more combined T-72 and BMP units were to push through the center but one units failed to arrive on time forcing the other to deploy on the northern hill to await its support. The northern flank was left to two companies of BTRs and a company of T-72s. 
Although reconnaissance units had pushed forward down the road and into both woods they did not provide adequate information for the advancing units causing them to falter after their first advance. Although the southern MRR units advanced rapidly, the main armour force on their flanks was not aggressive enough.
Soon the West German forces began to react and the lack of aggression from the southern armour commander saw them subjected to intensive enemy fire, suppressing them before they were able to come in to effective range and engage. Finally the second MRR battalion caught up and rush down the road to engage the enemy occupying the town.
Under pressure from Command the armour and BMPs pushed forward on the Southern flank but again were faced with heavy fire as the German Leopards finally deployed close to the woods to face them. The continuing scheduled artillery bombardment had some effect in the town and one battalion of 152mm was reassigned to attack the German armour but the hasty change of target resulted on the bombardment landing too far south to have any effect.
Meanwhile, on the northern flank the T-72 company pushed forward to distract the ATGW armed infantry in the woods and town to allow the BTRs to advance.
 
Things did not go well on the southern flank. Faced with accurate and persistent fire from the German Leopards both the T-72s and BMPs started to take casualties and the attack started to falter. In an attempt to address this I moved my command forward to the front line but was almost overrun by withdrawing tanks and saw panic in the MRR battalion as confusing orders resulted in friendly fire destroying almost a company of BMPs along with their passengers. Not a glorious way to die for the Motherland.
 
As I took control of the center the situation started to stabilise. As the T-72s came withing effective range the superior gunnery skills of the Soviet tanker began to tell as Leopard after Leopard was destroyed.
However, the German infantry in the town, armed with Carl Gustavs were taking their toll of the central MRR battalion. A company of T-72s were lost and several companies of BMPs were picked off at long range, both by infantry and by the remaining Leopards. The German flank was weakening as their armour fell, but continued accurate gunnery suppressed many of our units as German Phantoms launched several attacks on the supporting units. Our artillery, although called upon regularly, was having little effect but still the remaining Germans held on.
The Germans still held the town and woods and although close to breaking they inflicted many casualties, especially on the southern flank.
It was at this point that the Germans started to falter. Although they still held the field they were on the verge of breaking. There was little left of the German armour but the infantry in the towns would still take time to force out.
Although the 4th CAA was staggering under its own losses it was only a matter of time before the Germans would be forced to withdraw leaving the way open for the advance to continue.
It was only through my presence on the front line that the position stabilised. Those commanders who faltered in the service of the Motherland have been replaced and the 4th Combined Arms Army is ready for the next stage of the offensive.
Petya Sergetov, Commander

Meanwhile, on other fronts. The East Germans finally drove the Americans from the field after concentrating its armour against the Abrams and destroying several.
 
The other Soviet army, facing a staunch British defense was still continuing its assault.
 

Comments
This was only my second proper game of CWC and I found it quite difficult to put together a list. It was decided that for the opening attack the Soviets would have 8000pts vs. NATOs 4000pts. As this was a surprise attack NATO had no prepared defences although the Soviets did not know this and so came prepare with mine-rollers, engineers etc. Well the others did. I haven’t painted the models yet so didn’t bother! This was my list:
 1 CO (CV9)

 7 HQ (CV8)
 3 FAO (CV6)
 1 Recce Unit (BRDM)
 2 Recce Unit (BRM-1)
24 Infantry Unit (Conscripts)
 9 Infantry Upgrade (RPG-7)
18 IFV Unit (BMP-2)
18 Tank Unit (T-72)
 1 Air Defence Unit (AA, ZSU-23-4)
 2 Air Defence Unit (SAM, SA-6)
 6 Artillery Unit (122mm, 2S1 M1974)
 6 Artillery Unit (152mm, 2S3 M1973)
 4 Transport Unit (BTR-60/70)
24 HE Assets

I organised the armour/BMPs in to:
6 x T-72
3 x T-72 + 6 x BMP-2
3 x T-72 + 6 x BMP-2
3 x T-72
4 x BTR
The AA assets were all part of one command with some supporting RPG infantry as guards. All artillery was off board. The 24 HE assets were used on turns one and two and not really effective. I think I should have gone for maybe one more turns worth and added some smoke.
The AA units were a miscalculation. I’d picked two SA-6s for their range only to find that they need LOS to the actual hit point of an air attack! This wasn’t a particularly crowded board but I couldn’t see how they just couldn’t see loads of bloody aircraft flying across the table!
I’d wanted to go for accurate TO&E but to do either a full Tank or Mech regiment left too little for the supporting arms they would have needed for a successful attack.
It was a good, fun game and shows how much I still need to learn (and paint!) for these rules! Stuart, my West German opponent, got his revenge for our last encounter and it would have been nice to play another turn or two. The Germans had hit their breakpoint and I was only five off mine so although I needed to push to get the final breakthrough I stood a good chance of breaking myself.
I look forward to the next encounter, this time with 6000v5000pts, sometime in November.
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ID these please?

Well, although I’ve started my Belgians I’m still putting together some reference material about the vehicles and organisation. I know there will be a lot online but some pointers to get me going would be a help.

The large Belgian force I bought recently (on top of the large one I already had!) has a number of things I don’t recognise off hand. The leopards etc. are no problem but some of these I just don’t know. And there are at least a dozen of each in the force. So….what are this lot, please?

Belgian 1
Belgian 2
Belgian 3
Belgian 4

I’ve got a few ideas on some but this lot are a different make to what I have and there are some differences that I’m not sure are make or actual type.

Oh…and just to make sure I don’t run out of troops I picked up a small British battlegroup off eBay. Twelve Challenger 1s, 20 Warriors (which puts me late 80s) and an assortment of odds and ends that again I’m not sure what and where they fit in.

Brit 1
Brit 2
Brit 3

Any help identifying the above lot would be much appreciated. Especially the manufacturer as well in case I need to add to the force. On which note… when did the British change helmets?

Thanks in advance. Andy

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