1. The rules I use to drive the action. I use a combination of Force on Force and Combat Patrol with a couple of house rules thrown in. I like the flow and pace of the game with the decisions I have to make.
2. The campaign rules Platoon Forward/Grunt Forward. Many of you know I wrote these for my personal use and then my brother encouraged me to get them published. I played the scenario Village sweep which I worked on forever to get the right feel of searching a village but coming into contact with something to ensure a fun game that wasn't just a meeting engagement. When I wrote this up I hadn't even considered using boats but it worked well. The only tweak I made was I added 2 "B"s and one was automatically a 75mm recoiless rifle.
3. The models themselves. I made the leap to miniatures from boardgames in 2006. I think my modeling skills have continued to improve to where I put on a decent table now. The board looks cool.
The US Task Force really got up and running early in 1967 and started out with several sweeps of the Rung Sat area using ARVN troops to help act as blocks. The scenario replicates one of those sweeps. I haven't rolled up a platoon yet and I am glad I hadn't. Ever leader I rolled up was a poor one except one ASL! Yikes. I guess this is their first time in combat.
US forces 8/8
1 LT and medic
2 10 man squads that are each a man short. These can break into fireteams.
1 Monitor and 1 Tango
1 Huey hog on call
2 ARVN ACAVs (6/6) enter from north on turn 4. They will not enter the village as they are they to seal off the village only.
Great battle! I was wondering when I started how the US could possible lose given all their firepower. Granted I did roll "heavy" for the communist forces but they only had 30 troops compared to 19 US. And the US had the monitor, Tango, Huey and ACAVs. The VC had the rifle and 2 RPGs; not even a LMG. The VC stayed quiet unless they had a good shot and prevented the US from advancing which is what the US had to do to win. As I said, great scenario if I must say so myself.
The other thing I was chuffed about is my homemade river. Now I love Wargamer's Terrain and have a lot of his stuff. I just couldn't see spending $29 per section of river for a 6 inch wide section. My sections are about 7 inches wide and cost me 77 cents a piece plus the paint which I already had. Do they look half as good as his stuff? No, but they didn't cost me close to half as much!
Next I have to paint up some PBRs.