Sunday, October 27, 2013
This is a breakdown of the platoon structures for the Falklands and my Anarchy in the UK projects, specifically for TFL’s Chain of Command. I am not promising that these are 100% accurate, but I am fairly sure that they are correct.
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Well, I finally finished reading Too Fat Lardies (TFL) Chain of Command (CoC) rules. So far, I liked what I read. I might not use the Patrol phase or Jump Off points for all games, but I think that they will work. Anyways, as I mention before, I am planning to use CoC for the smaller Falklands and Anarchy in the UK (AitUK) projects. I want to try out this system with these two projects. But since the stats in the rules are only for WW2, I had to come up with some unofficial stats to cover the weapons for my period. Luckily, most to the weapons were easy to convert over from the WW2 stats. Some I have not figured out yet, but I am going to work on some more later. Also, some of the tactics have changed since WW2, but for the most part, the tactics remained the same for the British from WW2 to the early 1980’s. So, I will be able to the WW2 National Characteristics for the UK in the CoC rules with no changes.
Weapon name / CoC stats
L1A1 self loading rifles / Semi automatic rifle*
L42A1 rifle / Sniper rifle
M16A1 rifle / Assault rifle**
L2A3 Sterling / SMG
L4 Bren / Magazine feed LMG
L7A2 GPMG / Belt feed LMG
L7A2 GPMG (in Sustained Fire mode) / Tripod mounted MMG
M79 grenade launder / Rifle grenade with a minimum range of 10” (30m)
M16A1 & M203 grenade launcher / Assault rifle with rifle grenade (Min. range 10”)***
L9A1 51mm mortar / Light mortar
L16A1 81mm mortar / Medium mortar
L14A1 Carl Gustav recoilless rifle / Working on - Minimum range 1’ (40m)****
L1A1 Rocket 66mm HEAT (LAW) / Working on - Minimum range 3” (10m)
MILAN ATGM / Working on - Minimum range 11’ (400m) – so this will be off board support
40mm grenades available for the M79 & M203 (I don’t know if everything was available in the 1970’s-80’s)
High Explosive Dual Purpose
Star Parachute: White, Green, & Red
White Star Cluster
Smoke Ground Marker: Red, Green, & Yellow
Tactical CS Gas
Notes on the British weapons
*The L1A1 only fired in semi-automatic
**The M16A1 could fire in semi-automatic or full automatic
***The M16A1 & M203 can add their fire together, if the target is the same as the rest of the Fire Team. If it is engaging a separate target, only the grenade counts.
****The ‘Charlie G’ as it was well know in the British ranks had a lot of problems in the Falklands of misfiring due to the very cold temperatures. The Royal Marines with their arctic training had far less problems then their army counterparts. I have not figured up rule for this, but I am thinking about a simple d6 roll the first time that it fired. There will be a chance for totally inoperational, repairable, and workable. I also do not know what the backblast area size is yet.
FM FAL 50.61 self loading rifle (folding stock) / Assault rifle or Semi automatic rifle*
FM FAL 50.41 self loading rifle (fixed stock) / Assault rifle or Semi automatic rifle*
PAM-1 & PAM-2 SMG / SMG
FMK-3 SMG / SMG
Halcón ML-43 & ML-63 SMG / SMG
L34A1 Sterling / SMG
FM FAP (Fusil Automático Pesado) / Automatic rifle**
FM MAG / Belt feed LMG
FM MAG (in Sustained Fire mode) / Tripod mounted MMG
Browning M2HB / Tripod mounted HMG
Rifle grenades / Rifle grenades and working on***
FM 60mm mortar / 60mm Light Mortar
FM 81mm mortar / Med Mortar
M67 90mm recoilless rifle / Working on - Backblast 9” (23m) x 18” (55m) wide****
Notes on the Argentine weapons
*The FM FAL is the same design as the British L1A1, but they were able to be fired fully automatic. However, it appears that the Argentine conscripts did not do this and it should be treated as a semi automatic rifle.
**The Fusil Automático Pesado was a FM FAL designed with a heavier barrel to allow the rifle to be fired in a fully automatic mode all the time, very similar to the US BAR.
***The rifle grenades available are the following: FMK-8 Fragmentation, FMK-6 Illumination, FMK-9 Antitank (penetration 230mm of steel) – still working on what dice it would get vs. armor and minimum ranges.
****The 90mm recoilless rifle’s backblast area is what is considered “Dangerous” and I deleted the additional area that is considered “Caution”. There are no rules for backblast in CoC, so that will be something I will need to add. As of now, I can’t find the minimum range for the 90mm rounds, but when I get home again I will see if I got that data somewhere as I use to be a 90mm gunner. The HEAT round was able to penetrate 350mm of steel.
Well, I have been a busy little guy between work and travelling, plus had a few minor incidents at work and an OSHA (for non-Americans, a government agency that inspects your job for safety & health violations and can issue up to $7000 fines per violation) visit not related to the incidents. That went pretty good, but not perfect. Well, that comes with my job of being a safety guy! Anyways, I have three Kickstarters that perk my interest, but I am only support one at a low level and waiting for another. So let’s talk about them!
First is “1933: A Nation Divided” (Link). This Kickstarter is for an American version of the popular A Very British Civil War (AVBCW), which includes a book and 25mm figures and possible vehicles. I am supporting this only at the book level, as I am really interested in reading the story line, but I really am not interested in starting another gaming period…especially in 25mm! The Winter War has kicked me of doing 25mm again as I am trying to figure out how I am going to store everything. The greens for the figures for this are very nice and anyone interested in AVBCW could probably use them.
|The greens for 1933: A Nation Divided from their site|
The second one has not been started yet, but should start around April. Gav Taylor of Baker Company has put a poll to his Winter War Kickstarter supporters on what his next Kickstarter will be. Right now, it might be Norway, 1940, or the Balkans, 1941, in 28mm. Right now, I am really hoping for Norway. As I will be gathering up winter terrain for 28mm Winter War, I really have no desire to switch regions. Plus the French & British for Norway could be used to do the almost conflict between them and the USSR when they planned to support Finland in 1939-40. Plus, there is a company that has a small collection of Sweds in 25mm, but in summer uniforms, for the possible Anglo-French invasion of Sweden to cut the minerals sources off from Hitler. (Link to 28mm 1930’s Sweds). So, depending on if the Kickstarter is for Norway or the Balkans will decide if I support it or not.
|The Swedish from Adalen Miniatures from their site|
Finally, the last Kickstarter project is “Mars Attack” miniature game. (Link) I am not supporting this, but it is pretty hard to resist! This is too cool! Again, the Winter War Kickstarter took it out of me for the rest of this year, but General Tor commands me to attack! Ack, ack, ack, ack!
|Painted "Mars Attacks" figures from the their Kickstarter site|
Sunday, October 6, 2013
[Ed. note: I had type up most of this entry below a few days ago, but never had enough time to finish it and post it until now, but I did edit the time remaining and current pledge amount below, and added a picture. I have about an hour before I have to go in to work for the afternoon/evening shift. Friday, I worked 18 hours (yea!), but that still does not beat my current record for hours at work (excluding the military) at 26! Thank the lord I am salary and don't get payed for all of that overtime!]
Seriously, I am actually feeling guilty over this Kickstarter! I am almost afraid that Baker Company is actually past the point of even being profitable and may even lose money on this project! As of my last looking at the Kickstarter site, there is just over 40 hours left on the project, which has also met all of the free stretch goals, and are just over the first 'Add-on' stretch goal. As it stands now, based on everything that you get as part of your pledge, compared to the ‘Add-on’ cost, assuming that will be the final retail price, the best buy is still the Finnish platoon pledge, which comes up to only to be 20.6% (!) of the retail cost. The ‘Border Assault’ pledge now just 21.2% (!) of the retail cost. Also, keep in mind that that is not even figuring in the fact that you get free shipping to the US from the UK or the Kickstarter exclusive personality miniature of Simo Häyhä.
|Kickstarter exclusive personality miniature of Simo Häyhä from Update #24|
I seriously doubt that you will ever see another Kickstarter like this again. What an amazing sale for all of the supporters of this pledge. I have not add up the number of actual figures that I will be getting with the ‘Mannerheim Line’ pledge, but I bet it will be around 300+, 6 AFVs, 6 soft skins, 4 guns, and 3 kitchen wagons, plus all of the trenches and terrain bits! I got to start making room for all of this in my basement. Plus, I am going to have to break the bank on the cost to get all of these figures painted.
It is a an expensive upfront cost, but if you consider that if wait until after this Kickstarter ends it will cost you almost FIVE TIMES more that what you pledge for to buy the same amount of stuff that comes in the ‘Border Assault’, this is a seriously amazing deal.