as some of you know the 'escape club' were asked by the guys at ambush alley wether we could put on a demo game using the new, soon to be released force on force rules, so we said yes, why not?
one of the overiding factors had to be cost, availability of vehicles and figures as well as terrain building and also time as there was not a long lead in time.
we decided to go for a mid 80's cold war french v russian game.
as s&s models were effectivly sponsoring the game, it made it easier to choose models from that range, as well as a lot cheaper for the club, as the s&s range has almost all that we needed which was not available in the club already.
as we were not going for the glory of winning a trophy, which we have done several times before, we opted to use mark taylors fof russian forces, which had a lot of s&s vehicles and figures already painted, and the french marines that i had started to build up for a/a games.
so after a discussion it was decieded to add some french infantry and vehicles to make a french army unit as well as add some more to the marines.
we then decided not to build new terrain but use the clubs standard 20mm terrain, give it a coat of paint, and regrit, and after a quick look at what was available decided on byzantiums german building range, so we just had to paint the buildings and a few bit and pieces like cars and lorries.
the trees were a last minuite decision to use the 'sea moss' ones and we made about 60 out of 2 boxes.
i will give a full list of what we used at the end of the post,
this the terrain without army vehicles on it.
this is the russian para's end,
and this is the russian motor rifle end.
french amx 30 tanks in waiting
french amx 10 apc,
french 120mm mortars,
french marines with erc 90 a/car support,
more french marines backed up by the acmatt truck,
the russians attack the village,
the russian end, with paul the umpire and fof rule expert looking on,
the russians push on into the village, with t62's t55's and btr 80's,
one of the nato f16's ready to attack the russians,
the russians managed to push the french amx 30's out of their position due to some very unlucky dice rolls,
at the other end the russian para's pushed forward to get the french in a pincer movment,
asu 85 and para's ready to attack,
along with some heavy a/a gun support,
the para's suffered some casualties as the frech erc 90 has a very effective gun against light armour like bmd's and asu85,
the russian motor rifle troops also suffered some casualties,
with this t55 getting brewed up supporting the btr 80's attacking the village,
while the french amx 30 155mm sp got hit early on by the russian air support,
the t72's bypass the village and press on forward,
while the btr's and troops try to clear the village of french,
who are defending the water tower area, with milan, and a .50 cal hmg,
while on the other side of the village the french infantry get their feet wet,
the russian advance keeps on coming, overwhelming the french defenders,
despite some more nato air support,
now it was the russian air support that attacked the french in and around the village,
and the leading btr's exit the village trying to link up with the para's,
the french marines did not fare much better as they had to pull back, you can see the p4's retreating in the ploughed field,
as they were attacked by a mil 24 hind,
all in all a victory for the russians, as the french armour was not able to withstand the onslaught, i wonder if the leclerc would have made it a different outcome.
the manufacturers of the vehicles & figures used were:-forces of valour
, t62 & t55,altaya
, btr80, amx 30, amx 30 155sp,s&s models
, bmp's brdm, amx 10, vab, erc 90, p4, acmatt, bmd's, asu85, uaz 469b, man truck, zpu/23/2 a/a gun and all french and russian infantry
buildings were mostly byzantium
, (thanks to john & rob), the large red roofed house was by kalibre 72
, the water tower is a plastic kit from an 'o' gauge model railway set,
trees are 'sea moss' from international models
cars and lorries were a mix of kentoys, schuco, siku, and cararama.
planes were plastic kits from the likes of airfix
i would like to thanks the club members for their efforts in not only fighting the game, but transporting it and adding some usefull comments on the terrain and game play.
the rules do work with large forces and tables, although they are intended for much smaller games, with a little tweeking.
there are more pics on these 2 picture sites:-http://www.flickr.com/photos/troop-of-s ... 629207316/
andhttp://s513.photobucket.com/albums/t339 ... 11%20demo/
thanks for looking
the escape committee wargames club.
burnham on sea