Gary stopped by this evening to play some Force
. I quickly threw
together a scenario to try out some new things. Essentially, I used the
“Contracting Trouble” scenario from the main rulebook, except that instead of
Iraq it was set in Occupied America circa 1986 (think Red Dawn – the original
one, I haven’t seen the remake…). Instead of contractors the party needing to
be rescued were two crew from an armoured vehicle that had been hit and
disabled by American Insurgents. The rescue team, instead of being Marines,
were Soviet VDV troops. And the insurgents… well… instead of being Iraqis, they
were Americans! WOLVERINES!!
We used the Cold
War Gone Hot
fog of war cards –
which didn’t always turn out to be appropriate – but I haven’t actually printed
off a set of generic FoF cards…
The scenario called for a 2’x2’
table, but I thought I’d try playing it on a 4’x4’ table and double all
movement and optimal range distances, etc. Also my buildings are a bit bigger
than the one room shacks I assume the buildings in the original scenario are
supposed to be, so a few of the buildings I divided into two sections (usually
front and back) and treated them as though they were two smaller adjacent
America has been invaded by
Soviet Russians as well as Cubans and other central American communist
countries. In the occupied territories a fierce resistance movement has
hampered the Soviets at every turn.
Initiative: Soviets have
initiative for the whole game.
Fog of War: Determined normally
by Reaction Tests
Table Size: 4’x4’ – but we doubled
all distance – so it was the same as a 2’x2’ game in the book.
An APC of a nearby Motor Rifle
Regiment on patrol in town was caught in an ambush by American insurgent
terrorists. The vehicle was disabled but the crew was able to keep the
insurgents at bay for some time. They are now wounded and out of ammunition.
A squad of Soviet VDV
are in the vicinity and have been
tasked with locating the wounded crew and escorting them off the south or west
Per Crew escorted off the table
by the VDV: 5 points
VDV leave no friendly casualties
or POWs behind: 5 points
Confidence Level: Confident
Troop Quality/Morale: D8/D10
1x Gunner with RPK-74 (Lt.
1x Grenadier with AK-74 UGL (LT
1x Gunner with RPK-74 (Lt.
1x Grenadier with AK-74 UGL (LT
AMERICAN INSURGENT MISSION
Prevent removal of commie APC
crew from the table. Due to poor command and control, the American Insurgent
player may not attempt to seize the crew before the VDV reach them.
AMERICAN INSURGENT VICTORY
Per Commie Invader Wounded: 1
Per Commie Invader Killed: 2
Per captive held at the end of
the game (VDV or Crew): 5 points
Confidence Level: Confident
Troop Quality/Morale: D6/D12
American Insurgent Forces
Area #1 (behind the Credit
Union): 6x Insurgents w/Small Arms
Area #2 (Joey’s Service
Station): 4x Insurgent Leaders
Area #3 (Curt’s Comic Cave): 1x
Insurget with RPG (or equivalent)
Area #4 (between Wales Theatre
and Flower Shop): Insurgent Leader, 1x Insurget w/ RPG (or equivalent)
Area #5 (Back of Ivan’s
Convenience Store): Insurgent with RPG (or equivalent)
(Remember: click on the pictures
for a bigger version)
Soviet VDV (Air Assault Troops) wander down the main street
of Littletown, USA – the wrecked APC can be seen up the street in front of
Hot Spots #1 (behind the Credit Union) and #2 in Joey’s
Another shot of Main Street.
And another shot (with the solitary Insurgent with a LAW
rocket hiding out in Curt’s Comic Cave).
Fire Team #2 rapid moved up the street to the corner of the
Flower shop and brought fire down on the insurgents hiding in the alley between
the building. The Insurgent in the back of the Ivan’s Convenience Store had
tried to interrupt but couldn’t pass a Troop Quality test (couldn’t figure out
how to arm the LAW rocket he had… or maybe just didn’t’ want to draw attention to
his position there with a whole squad of Soviet VDV troopers just out in the
street while he was all alone in there… regardless, he took no action).
The Insurgent team in the alley attempted to interrupt, but
…and they were gunned down where they stood.
Fire Team #1 also rushed up the street taking up a position
in front of the Credit Union. The Insurgent in Curt’s Comic Cave also failed a
TQ test and was unable to interrupt.
In the End Phase The insurgent mob behind the Credit union
ALSO failed a TQ test and just milled about, perhaps completely unaware that
there was anything going on.
The Insurgent Leaders that were meeting at Joey’s Service
Center decided to get things moving and split up to go and try and whip those
pansies into shape. One headed for the group behind the Credit Union, another
to the corner of Super Pawn – to take cover before dashing across to Curt’s
Comic Cave. Another crossed and went in the back door of Super Pawn.
Reinforcements began arriving, having heard the shooting
Another Leader, along with a Machine-gunner and three other
insurgents with small arms arrived at Joey’s Service Center.
Three more insurgents armed with rifles also wandered in the
back door of Curt’s Comic Cave.
Fire Team #1 pushed forward with some bold and aggressive
maneuvering – they rushed to the APC and grabbed the two crewmen before
retiring into Super Pawn. The four insurgents in Curt’s Comic Cave were too
busy introducing themselves to each other and trying to decide who shouls take
up positions where to notice and missed their opportunity to react (failed TQ).
The Insurgent Leader in the back of Super Pawn, however,
fired on the Team as they entered the front of the building causing one
casualty before being riddled with bullets.
Fire Team #2 dashed across the street to take up a position
in the Credit Union. This time the insurgent in the back of Ivan’s Convenience
Store got his nerve up (or figured out how to take the safety off) and fired
his rocket at them, blasting ahole in the front of the building, but causing
the team no harm. The Soviets returned fire but likewise had no effect.
In the end phase the leader hiding at the corner of Super
Pawn dashed across the street to join the Insurgents in Curt’s Comic Cave and
shouted at them to pull their heads out of their asses!
The Insurgents at Joey’s Service Center attempted to fire on
the Commies in Super Pawn. Rolling a one on the reaction test brought a Fog of
War card out and and Air Strike on the Insurgent at the back of Ivan’s
Convenience Store (Apparently a Hind gunship was passing by and saw the
insurget fire on the VDV in the Credit union and decided to light up the
building. No more was heard from that fellow!) In the exchange of fire (between
the VDV in Super Pawn and the Insurgents in the Service Center) the soviets
took another casualty and the insurgents took two – including one of the
The VDV in Super Pawn checked their wounded and found one to
be totally okay (dust from a brick being hit by a bullet had flown into his
eyes, but after a quick rinse they were okay) but the other was seriously
wounded. They would only be reacting to fire this turn…
The insurgents in Joey’s Service Center were both lightly
Another group of reinforcements arrive at Curt’s Comic Cave
including a leader, an M60 gunner (the roll was for an RPG, but I didn’t have
another so I threw out an M60 which also has an AP of 2) and SIX more armed
with small arms!
Fire Team #2 moved to the back of the Credit Union and
exchange some rather ineffective fire with the group of insurgents milling
about behind the building.
In the end phase the Insurgents poured fire down on the
Commies holled up in the super Pawn. In the exchanges the insurgents in the
Service Center suffered two more casualties and one of the groups in Curt’s
comic Cave suffered one casualtiy and lost another due to morale. The
Insurgents fire on the VDV troopers was more or less ineffective.
One of the Groups of Insurgents in Curt’s Comic Cave moved
out across the street and took cover behind the wrecked APC.
Both the insurgents in the Service Center were KIA. Failing
their TQ Test they would only be reacting to fire this turn. Across the street
in Curt’s Comic Cave the casualty turned out to be only lightly wounded.
More reinforcements poured in; an RPG Gunner and two with
small arms arrived at the Service Center and another insurgent with a rifle
turned up behindthe Credit Union.
Fire Team #2 was on Overwatch.
Fire Team #1 dashed out of the Super Pawn to join the other
VDV in the back of the Credit Union. Insurgents failed to react and the Soviets
were gone before they could bring effective fire down on them.
The Insurgents behind the Credit Union decided to fire on
the Commies within but the VDV on overwatch lit them up causing five (FIVE)
casualties. The few that were still able to fire caused the Soviets no harm.
Of the insurgents shot out back of the Credit Union three
were seriously wounded and two were only lightly wounded.
Fire Team #2 fired on the insurgents in at the service
center and then left the table. The insurgents just took the fire, hoping to
get a shot at the other Soviet team (with the Crewmen). While waiting for that
they took two casualties from team #1 (the RPG-gunner and an insurgent with a
Fire Team #1 then made their break for it. the Insurgents
failed their reaction roll and the team was gone off the table with their
dependant Crewmen and casualties!
The soviets left the table with both crewmen and no
friendlies left behind for a total of 15 points. The insurgents caused one
casualty for 1 point. A pretty decisive victory for the Soviet Occupiers.
The insurgents suffered two killed in action, three
seriously wounded and five lightly wounded. Three others were unaccounted for
at the end of the game (the leader and gunner shot in the first turn and the
insurgent that had been blasted by the air strike!)
A second Fog of War card had come out at some point which had no effect.
A fun game overall and I think I’m starting to really get my
head around the rules – though I think I forgot about the bonus die for being
within optimal range a few times.
I need to make some better Hot Spot markers... and finish up my roads and some more buildings. I think I might make some rulers marked out at 40mm intervals - not quite doubling the regular inches used in the game. I thought doubling it might seem like crazy distances - rapid moves of up to 24' for infantry!? But it didnt' seem too out of whack for the scale we were playing with.
Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:
More painting... likely Moderns...
Hopefully I might get in a few more games over the holidaze.