Thursday, July 25, 2019

Cold war gone hot - AAR 2

Painted me a small Swedish log house (4ground - Log timber house) for my 15mm Cold War Swedes so I thougt I and David had to have another game of "Seven Days to the River Rhein" so my newly painted house and also the my new modern roads got a outing. Very pleased with the roads i must say, will get me some of the road expanssions to.

I have put up a small fictional story behind our games, Soviet troops landed at the Swedish harbor of Kapellskär (far right by the sea on the top map), and are advancing inland to relife the Soviet Airborne troops landed in central Stockholm and at the International Airport Arlanda North of central Stockholm. The games we  play out revolvs around the Swedish forces that tries to halt the Soviet advance from Kapellskär to Arlanda Airport (top 2 forces on the lower map by R in Rimbo).

With a back story set we decided to double our forces from last time, 200 points to 400 points, to try the rules out a bit more.

Swedish OOB - Armoured Company
Armoured Platoon
3xStrv 103A/B

Armoured Platoon
3xStrv 103A/B

Armourd Infantry Platoon
3xPBV 302

Homeguards Squad

Soviet OOB - Armoured Company
Armoured Platoon

Armoured Platoon

Armourd Infantry Platoon
4xBTR 60
1x Support, ASG-17

The Soviet Company advanced along road 77, west of Rimbo, a squad of Swedish Homeguard are watching a fule depot in the center of the table (If captured by the Soviets the Swedes lose 10 BP). The Swedes ofcourse want to inflict as much damage as possible to halt the Soviet advance and secure the fule depot.

Hers are a short recap of the battle, the Swedes got the initiative and advanced in the center with a platoon of tanks that used the center hill and their Low Silhuette to gain an advantagous possition to cover the fule depot. The second Armoured Platoon advanced from the south to the small red cottage and the Armoured infantry made a extensice flanking manouvre at the north.

The Soviets made a head on advance across the center field with their T-64 Platoon reaching the end of the field and got under heavy fire from the Swedish tank at the hill ridge. The Soviet Armoured Infantry advanced in support of the T-64´s aling the northern dirt road but was a bit to offensive and the lead BTR got blown up. The Soviet T-55 platoon splited in 2 Sections, one advance along the road ending up in a firefight with the leas swedish tank that they managed to knockout... the second section of T-55 made a extensice flanking manouvre at the south.

The fighting continued and to a start it looked like the Soviets would be victorious as they managed to capture the fuel depot, but due to good use of the S-tanks the swedes managed to knockout more than 50% of the russian tank´s and BTR´s and thereby halted the Soviet advance for a couple of houres...

Below you find bunch of pictures from the game.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Plastic Soldier Company T-55 and Soviet Infantry

For my Cold war gone hot project I got me a couple of some very nice minis from The Plastic Soldier Company, a box of five T-55 Main battle Tanks and a box with a Soviet Infantry Company .

The T-55 are an iconic Warzaw pact tank, n the box you get 5 of them and there is parts so you can build 6 different models of the T55 tank (Soviet T-55, Soviet T-55A, Soviet T-55AM, Czech T-55A, Polish T-55 and Polish T-55A). I chose to build mine as plain Soviet T-55.

They was easy to build despite it took some time to locate the right part on the sprue, so many choises. In the end they they turned out very fine.

The Soviet Infantry Company box was filled with minis 126 in total, 8 basic infantry sprues with 12 minis on each sprue, including 1 LMG and 1 RPG. as well as 3 command/special weapon sprues with 10 minis on each as well as the support weapon for your company, 3xsnipers, 3xSA-7, 3xAT-4 Spigot, A3xT-3 Sagger and 3xASG-17.

I like the look of them and that it was quite many different poses so I get a active look of my units, fast to paitn to especially sins i didn´t put much effort in the painting, 15mm start to be a bit small for my eyes.

I would absolutely recomend both these kits especially the Infantry as they got at least me all the Soviet minis and infantry support I need in a cost effective way.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Cold war gone hot - Seven Days to the River Rhine

Seems like a 1980´s Cold War gone Hot using the Seven Daysto the River Rhine from Great Escape Games will be the next gaming hype at the club.

At least a couple of games already been played and I know both Russian DDR, West german, American and Swedish forces are in different stages of mobilization...

I started to paint some 15mm Swedes and Russians some month ago so I´m well ahead and got a test game of the rules in the othererday with my son David.

A Meeting engangement between a Platoon of Swedish Armourd Infantry and a platyoon of Russian Armourd Infantry reinforced with twoT-55 tanks. We had a really good game, rules work fine and was quick to get hold of.

The T-55´s and the Russian Infantry from Plastic Soldier Company, rest of the Russians from Flames of War as well as the Swedish Infantry, the Swedish Bv-302 are 3d prints.

Below a map and some pictures from the game.