Wargames Illustrated liked my African scenario. They invited my down for a photoshoot of the battle; too bad I moved from England 3 years ago. I would have loved that! Playtested the 3rd scenario for my Kolwezi mini campaign and have 80% of the history written. Still have to play the french incursion into the rebel shanty town several times. Should be cool as there will be a chance for hostages and Belgian paratroopers!
Unfortunately for my project I started reading SLA Marshal's Three Battles. It is a typical Marshal book and I enjoy them. I know it is vogue to be against Marshal and his ideas now but just because his research might not be as righteous as it should be that doesn't mean the man got it all wrong.
It is a good book and really gets to the frustrations of war in Vietnam. So far I don't think it would make a good mini campaign though as the battles are too similar. I am thinking Hue or something up on the DMZ for that but we will see.
So had to pull out my 1st Cav and have a go. I rolled up "Ambush" on the scenario table but really wanted to due a Village Sweep. It took me forever to get the right feel for this scenario when designing it as you know but I really enjoy it now. My 1st Cav is a seasoned platoon. Last battle Sgt Lawrence of 2nd squad was awarded the Silver Star for his actions on the hills over Ty Nuegn. That is the first time I have actually had a medal awarded in the many battles I have played-cool. 1st Squad is led by Sgt Davis. He is a great combat leader who says little but knows 18 ways to kill you. His squad is the best in the company. You have heard about 2nd squad. third squad has had Sgt Douglas at the helm for 2 battles since the demise of Sgt Colton. He is green but holding his own. the squad hasn't made a decision on him yet.
They sat sweating around Capt Jaroze. "How could it be so hot and humid here?" thought Lt McSwain. " Mark, while the company moves toward the village you take your platoon and check out the huts located on our left over the stream." said Capt Jaroze. And with that the die is cast thought Mark.
Lt Mark McSwain Optomistic/ movies Gr II
SSgt Davis 1st squad ( 8/10 ) meek/ wealth Gr III BL
Sgt Douglas 3rd squad ( 8/8) Jovial/ wealth Gr I
Suddenly a Huey gunship appears overhead. Unbeknownst to SSgt Davis, the LT had called this in to rocket the target hootch to break up Charlies defense. He would have targeted the uppermost building but was afraid of friendly fire on Shackle.
The huey roars in firering rockets...
With both NVA squads badly bruised ( 6 total KIA) the enemy slips away to fight again.
Really fun battle. An glad I bought MBAs vietnamese village. I love the look it gives. While the platoon did get 3 of the 4 markers within 8 turns I called the battle a draw. Plus side was 3 markers and 6 enemy KIA + 1 slightly wounded vrs 3 serious WIA plus 2 slightly wounded. Down side was they found nothing of value in the village and had to use rockets to blow up a hootch.
Post battle PFC Shackle is put in for a medal and it is denied. 3rd squad takes a morale check and they stay neutral towards Sgt Douglas. Finally Capt Jaroze is pleased and promises an extra LMG for next missions.
For those of you who want to try this out Grunt's Forward generated this for Charlie;
2 squads of 8 men + 1 RPG plus 2 SLs that were Gr II. 1 hidden bunker with LMG and Gr II leader. Reinforcements were 1 LMG team with Gr I leader and a fireteam of 4 rifles without leader.