Thursday, 9 April 2020

Contact Front Not So Solo Campaign

Ok this is the second mission for 2 Platoon under Lt Willi Makit. His orders are to locate the insurgent informer/s in a specific street in the suburbs of Afaqi.

Below is an overhead recce photo of the AO.

The platoon can be seen with extra section and a dog handler and medic attached.

Third section with attached search dog handler scope out the area of a compound searching for hidden informants.

Below can be seen the cross eyed sniper located in a minaret of the local Mosque, thus felled failed to hit or come close to hitting anybody all game, he did admit to hitting the side of a barn from the inside.

A RPG team set up at rear of the Minaret base, with a nice line of fire down the street, impossible to miss....WRONG!

Woosh off it goes down the street....

AND its a MISS!!!
Straight over the top of C22 as they cross the bottom of pic can be seen D22 picking up slight casualties (T3). taken from concentrated fire from a hidden LMG team and a four man fighter team with AKs.

The hidden LMG pops round the corner and opens fire first and receives incoming back to no avail...

D22 and its three T3

C22 pops smoke and crosses the street to get out of the way of the fire coming down the street.

C22 fires a grenade from there UGL resulting in a wound, a grnade throw from platoon HQ causes another wound whilst C21 flanks round the shop front and flanks the enemy causing another wound.

C21 lays down suppresive fire and pins the fighter team.

The smoke clears an Platoon Sergeant Connor takes a shot and takes one insurgent clean in the chest.

The fighter team decide its best to close with the Infidels and engange in close combat..the two fighters manage to wound one with a bayonet to the arm..anothet T3 casualty.

Meanwhile C22 advances along the canal and advances up the alley. On the others side of the canal can be seen third section providing over watch along the right flank, it was these who took out the LMG team on the corner. It was third sections job to search the compound they are currently in, but found nothing.

D22 follow in C22 foot steps and take cover behind the buildings as C22 push further up the ally, while D23 advance the right side and C23 follow up behind C22. C22 comes under fire from a previous hidden LMG team "MAN DOWN" ...C22 pop smoke and drag the casualty back down the ally to cover, C23 and D23 move up to engage the gunners.

Woosh another RPG takes off down the ally towards C23. Must of been a bad batch of rockets, as another rocket sails over the head of the troops.

D23 move further up and spot an insurgent leader loitering in a side ally, too engrossed on his phone to notice the oncoming troops as he is bundled to the floor and captured. The LMG and RPG gunner can be seen in the compound.

C21 pulls back behind the shops with its two captured insurgents and platoon HQ searches the captured insurgents.

So what happened to D21?
They moved up th eleft flank to try and take the sniper out.

Coming under fire from the maiz field as more insurgents pour into the town. Bugging off back the way they came and climbed over a wall of a compound for cover.

Eventually the LMG team RPG were eliminated within the central area and the hidden informants were found. The rest of the insurgents pulled back leaving 11 dead on the field.

Some very poor shooting by the insurgents allowed the British to get away with four light T3 and one critical T1 casualties.

Saturday, 4 April 2020

Phew what a year!!

First i would like to say sorry that i did not manage to post anything for several months, basically work life balance is out of wack. WE had a death in the family and my shift pattern at work has been brutal. Still working on my campaign rules for Lardistan, i managed to sneak in a trial game with a friend of mine before all this madness kicked in. Unfortunately i didn't take any pics of the battle but i did get some table shots. And Chris did here.
I have been slowly working on finishing off some painting of a variety of stuff ranging from some 28mm WW2 French motorcycle troops, a 20mm Afghan Army Recoiless rifle as a support choice. Yesterday i took part in a remote Solo game of "Contact Front", which was set up on Discord by Carl and Martin. This will be shown on the contact front facebook page. A view of the convoy route from the British perspective. The British sweep the road ahead on foot with the help of a search dog. The convoy enters (yes i know they are M113 ACAVs, but they are representing the convoy).

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

I hate ACAVs

I recently bought five M113 ACAV kits made by JB Models (which are the same as the current Airfix kit) from Kingkit. These are probably the worst kits i have worked on, but then again they were cheap at £4. Instructions are very poor and the fit on the upper and lower hull is not too great either. The rear doors, are were the problems really show up. I also needed to crew them, so have ordered some from SHQ. These have duly arrived and as all SHQ miniatures, they are true scale so tend to be very fragile and thin on the barrel front. The kit .50 cals were replaced with some from the Sgts Mess. This was for a couple of spaced flotation screens, a M132 zippo turret, a Cadillac gauge turret and a 106mm recoiless rifle. Oh and a AQ command team for my modern afghans, which when it arrived i realised i already had one. I am still on look out for a reasonable Sheridan kit to Vietnamese. Then i will add a T55 and a PT76 to the collection for my up and coming NVA forces.
Another problem i encountered was the SHQ .50 Cals were way too thin, so i replaced them with some from "The Sgts Mess" however when they arrived i realised due tot he scale of the kits and crew the .50 cals when fitted do not allow the crew to be fitted into place. No worries i used the original kit parts with the ammo tins from the Sgts mess models.

Update on outstanding work.

Its been a hectic couple of months with so much going on, i havnt done a lot and certainly not updated this blog in awhile. I have finally got round to painting up the YPR765, which doesn't look to bad, it just needs some suitable stowage me thinks.
The river sections only need some flock and undergrowth on and then they can be called done. I just need a bridge section to add to it. I have also jumped on the band wagon and did myself some small culverts for Chain of command, as everybody else was showing theirs off!
I also purchased a XA-180 from Finmilmodels on facebook, which is a fantastic kit, there are in excess of 200 parts but as a first time endeavor it is a great kit but a bit daunting. NOT to be attempted unless an experienced modeler. The kit came with some basic instructions, but the sprue parts are not numbered so you have to look around for what you think is right.
I will keep those of you who are interested updated on the build as i go. And yes i am still fighting with my ACAVs, and my mate Paul has done my first Sheridan 3D print..

Friday, 4 October 2019

I have been helping out with CoC DMZ 2 recently and having read the book recently on the 11th armoured Cavalry "The black horse" i have decided to model the above unit, So i ordered five M113 ACAV from "Kingkit" along with an Australian M113 FSV. I have also ordered some extra pieces from Liberation miniatures which consists of a 106mm recoiless rifle to upgrade one ACAV, two spaced flotation screens as several pictures show these fitted on ACAVs in Vietnam. A M132 flame thrower turret as a support option and a Cadillac Guage turret to give to a standard M113 for the Aussies. The one thing i do not have is a decent vietnamese version of the M115 Sheridan. I thin k i have found one as a 3D model so will see what it looks like.. either that or scratch-build the vietnam add ons to an existing kit. Spoken to Jason who wrote the rules and we have come up with some values. Sheridan troop of three tanks @ 75pts Squadron HQ of 1x ACAV @22 pts ACAV troop of x4 ACAV @ 48 pts Infantry Squad in M113 @ 46 pts Force 199 pts Supports come from a M132 Flame thrower "Zippo", a M125 mortar carrier and a battery of M109's. Also an attached Infantry platoon carried on the vehicles.

Monday, 30 September 2019

Here is my Dutch YPR765 from Butlers printed models. As a basic wargames model it is fine, it is robust and does the job, what it isn't is a collectors piece as it needed a lot of cleaning up. However when it is painted up i am sure it will be fine.

Monday, 26 August 2019

Finally managed to get some thin 3mm base board (as i been finding it difficult to get MDF) so that I can finally make a start on finishing my mountain hideaway.
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