Grunts Forward is finally published! It is available at Wargamer Vault. (wargamervault.com). To celebrate I used my 10th mountain division squad in Somalia on a mission. Thsi is there third mission and they are doing pretty well. As a matter of fact, Lt Concepcion put Cpl K in for a medal after he rescued a Malaysian driver last battle. ( A new facet for gamers that Grunts Forward provides) Unfortunately Capt Parr was not as impressed. I did not roll up a scenario as I have been wanting to do an attack on a food center for a while. ( Even bought a tin shack for it!) So I played "Cordon" out of Grunts Forward.
Chin Gr II leader, Father was a baker in a small southern town. He
joined the Army right out of high school. ( this is from the new
background tables in GF. I rolled "son of baker in a small town".)
Pragmatic/ Position ( this is from PF and means he is a pragmatic man
interested in getting promoted) The squad is currently neutral towards
his leadership. ( GF tracks the squads disposition towards the
1st team Cpl Krynowski ( Cpl K) beloved in the squad.
Gr II leader, Was a petty thief before joining the Army ( has good
lock picking skills!) jovial/ wealth
2nd team Cpl Street Gr I
leader, was a factory worker in Detroit like his old man until he
yearned for some adventure. Aggressive/ Greedy
rang out from a nearby building and Sgt Chin saw two troopers down from
Cpl Street's team! They were suppose to meet some NGOs at their food
warehouse and then escort them to a distribution point. Now all hell
starting breaking loose. Two men down before the battle even began.
Then, a sound brings hope to the Americans!
Blackhawk arrives and immediately catches the gunmen near PFC Long in
the open. The results are not pretty with 3 dead and the rest
Great game but the battle was in
doubt until the helicopter showed up. Post battle the squad sustains 2
KIAs and Cpl Street lives but is invalided home. It is "unlikely" that
the squad will get another NCO and they don't. The LT puts PFC Long in
charge of the second team. With 3 casualties Sgt Chin survives the die
roll and the squad stays neutral to him. ( At least they protected food
workers!) Using the new NPC table it turns out that the head of the
food program is a missionary named Rev Stransan. He is very
appreciative of the squad's work and talks to the unit's officers about
how great they performed. He also offers to be the squad's personal
chaplain and starts to fuss over them. In a combat zone there are no
atheists so the squad's morale goes up!
Hopefully this report
gives you an idea of what Grunts Forward adds to your campaign. For
those of you who want to try this scenario here are the forces:
US 8/8 (for FoF gamers!)
1 squad of 9 soldiers plus 2 HUMVEES. A Blackhawk will appear two turns after Sgt Chin makes contact.
Somali gunmen ( 8/10) Figured a warlord attacking a warehouse would have well trained troops.
3 squads of 7 men + RPG and a half squad. 3 leaders; 1 Gr II and 2 Gr I. 1 MMG and 1 technical.
Several pictures of some SAGA games I have played.