I think my modeling/painting skills are getting better over time so I tried to trick the tower out. I added a MG and a tin roof. The roof is removable to get at the figures. It is obviously made with cardboard and toothpicks. I was pretty chuffed with myself.
So to try out the tower I needed a base attack. Force on force has some neat rules for night fighting and rules specific to the vietnam war. For instance VC function as if they have night vision googles because they are familiar with the terrain and constantly train for night fighting. Thus when I play you really are desperate to get some type of illumination up over your free world troops to help level the playing field. After all, Charlie owns the night.
IV corp 1969.
A main road through the province has a key bridge that is protected by a small station of regional forces. The local Viet Cong are going to blow the bridge and conduct a spoiling attack on the compound to cover the activity of the sappers. Their secondary goals are to destroy the bunker, flagpole and guard tower. There is a US marine base not far with 105s on call and QRF available.
The South Vietnamese fail all their spotting rolls so the VC slip into camp.
The VC move swiftly. 1 man tackles the flag pole while team one rushes to the tower base.
As bad as the ARVN spotting rolls were the VC set charges roll now become. In the excitement it becomes much harder to do than in practice!
The ARVN officer gets illumination rounds overhead and accurate fire erupts from the blockhouse. A competent NCO (Gr II) leads a 4 man team out towards the tower.
To make matters worse...
With the sappers done at the bridge Charlie realizes it is time to go home and they pull back.
Fun game with very few casualties. ARVN lost only 4 KIA, US 1, VC 6. VC scored 5 points for the bridge plus 2 for the bunker with 7 total for the win. ARVN picked up 2 a piece for the tower and flag. In retrospect I either need to have the bridge better guarded with a standing sentry or reduce it's points. I think I will put a light at both ends and a 2 man team.