Tuesday, 10 December 2013
Monday, 9 December 2013
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
Location Gliese 581 d
Objective – Secure Virus Specimen and return to base
Rules Tomorrow’s War
3 Infantry Squads 3rd Shock Army RUSK Guards (10 men squads, 2 RPG + 2 LMG)
1 BTR 290 APC
Next gen APC ,CRAM (counter artillery fire) Counter Measures, Advance Optics, Advanced HMG
1 Command Team
1 FO Team
On call Medium Mortar Salvo
2 Infantry Squads 68th Regiment Light Infantry (8 man teams 2 LSW,2 UGL,2 AT LAW + 1 medic)
+ AT Team support
1 Squad Royal Welch Fusiliers Heavy Infantry
Heavy rifles+1, Heavy LMG +2, Plasma Cannon AT3:AP3
Heavy Armor +2D
1 Command Team
1 FO Team
On call Light Mortar Salvo
The British Commonwealth forces had the initiative for the first turn and proceeded on foot to move to the objective town.
Rusk forces landed and deployed.
BC forces Heavy infantry moved swiftly towards objective, supported on flanks by infantry. Command Team entered building overlooking objective.
Rusk squad mounted up into APC and moved to engage
Rusk infantry and HQ moved in tactical stances to cover.
BC Heavy infantry took cover behind buildings and attempted to take sample . (This involved one figure rolling D6. Needed a 6 to take sample. Each turn +1 to succeed.)
Other squads positioned
Rusk BTR290 deployed and fires at HQ. Several hits. Amazingly all hits return to action with minor or no wounds. Thanks to medic!
BC FO team fire salvo at BTR. The BTR CRAM defend the APC and nearby troops successfully.
Rusk forces win reaction and open fire. Several BC are felled in return for little damage.
Rusks advance (A great start! )
………BC forces pass several wounds checks and return to action….(Next initiative and reaction is critical!)
BC win initiative….(bah!)
Several forces open Fire. Immediate rusk casualties. One entire squad down to a man, thanks to Heavy Infantry and Infantry combined fire. Causalities are not checked due to no nearby troops or medics.
Rusks open fire, causing several casualties, however all squads have at least one man standing.
Return fire causes several Rusk casualties. BTR is hit and causing immobilisation of vehicle.
BC forces successfully complete sample gathering
BTR destroyed taking several hits
Rusk Infantry squads decimated.
Return fire causes some casualties, most return to action
BC forces begin retreat. Heavy Infantry remain as rear guard
Medical checks prove hopeful to the Rusks. The HQ intervenes on downed squads
Turns 7 to 9
BC forces leave the field taking sample
Rusk Infantry forces direct fire against BC heavy infantry. All are hit on varying turns, however all recover using the internal medic resources the suits provide. Slowly however they start to loose numbers
All BC forces have left the board and the last remaining heavy infantry trooper is taken down. Rolling a 1 meaning he is dead. Several Rusk infantry have also been removed, however the Rusk Forces were firing with a full 10D per round of fire and the BC forces were in the open.
Several ranking comrades have been ‘removed’ ……
Operation сокол a failure. The sample was recovered by the BC forces.
The 3rd Shock Army Guards took 60% casualties and lost its BTR support.
British Commonwealth forces had minor casualties of its infantry squads. Heavy Infantry wiped out to a man
BC medical support proved to be the major difference plus the defensive and offensive power of the heavy infantry.
The Rusk infantry on mass proved a much more reliable solution. A full 10D firepower helped put down the Heavy Infantry troops. The problem was keeping them down, however bit by bit the Rusks whittled away the Heavies. A tactic I should have used at the start. That and the APC would have been nasty. As it was, the Rusk fire and manoeuvre worked well against like for like troops, just not against heavies whom pulverised them! Different tactics for fighting between quality D6, D8 and D10 troops is the answer!
My contestant Mike from BlackHat used his forces well. Using the D10 troops as the vanguard and the infantry on support. The APC was taken out quite cheaply sadly for me, despite state of the art equipment! The BC AT weapon and the Fusion Gun on the Heavy Weapons packed quite a punch, even against the front armour of the BTR 270.
All in all a good outing for my troops :) More to follow in the next battle over Gliese 581 d
Monday, 2 December 2013
Monday, 25 November 2013
Andrew mentioned to me he was a little delayed (a few days) on finishing the BTR160. I now know why.......
A marvelous looking set of extras! I'm really, very very pleased with this list of items! Hoping they go to print in the next day or two! Again big thanks Andrew!
To add this is all modular! They all work of the base chassis and hull. With the exception of the trailer you can have what you want with anything you like! Really neat and hopefully plenty for people to like! Comments welcome
Probably a few more variants in turret weapons to follow to!
With the brilliance of the design, I am seriously thinking of how my Chinese and British APCS will look.
Friday, 22 November 2013
Wednesday, 20 November 2013
Sorry to say I have a slight delay in the production of the BTR 290. After some rather spiffing work in progress pictures from the very talented Dwartist I noticed a couple of tiny patches that were touch and the print lines being noticeable. David (dwartist) can be blamed. His fantastic painting showed it up! You couldnt tell on my painting attempts
As a result and a couple of week delay, I thought it better I edge on caution and redo the master mold once I had cleaned it again. This means I have a few of the older copies at hand, which Ill probably use myself :)
So sorry for those waiting, however I think given that the copies will now be perfect....its worth the wait :)
Monday, 18 November 2013
The BTR 160 is the venerable mainstay of the RUSK armed forces. The vehicle is now mostly used for second line duties or colony defense forces and is being phased out by the introduction of the BTR 290.
This current model BTR 160 - SK 'Око ' is the a drone carrier. It carries the Sputnik 240 recon drone. The 240 can be armed, however its primary responsibility is real time comms and surveillance.
Im hoping to send the model for printing this week. It will go with the Chinese APC (to be named)
Variants are being modeled and will also be ready soon. The first will be an APC version. It will contain a modified BTR290 turret.
Wednesday, 13 November 2013
Ive been rather busy of late and I'm currently focusing on some vehicles. First is the much awaited BTR! This will be released very shortly, I'm currently trying to build up some stock, which is taking longer then expected due to my caster having to finish off a big project, however they are slowly building up. When I think I have enough, Ill launch the product at Black Hat Miniatures.
Following this, the Chinese APC (to be named..questions on a postcard:)) is off to the printers.Its another favorite from the very talented Nick ..better known as SirFjodin. Hes also working on other bits for me:)
I am also working on a next line of vehicles. One is a Russian second line/support vehicle of the BTR60 mold. Its a universal APC, with this one being a drone carrier. Other options will follow for with a Command, Mortar, Infantry APC and Katyusha. This is one that a good friend Andrew Burton has sculpted. I really am pleased with this one and its multi use. It is being prepared for printing :)
Finally I have a couple of more vehicles in the pipeline from a different sculpture again. His name is Handfighter and credit is due! They really are very nice indeed. I cant say to much about them yet, however one is the ZUBR - MT2
Due to the detail, we are both working on preparing the model so it can be printed and cast correctly. Its a little while off, however if you are interested please let me know. To be frank, Ill only create it if I think I can sell it :)
Finally I also bring from the same modeller something for the 'Brit/Commonwealth troops'!
The FV 720 ' Bulldog'
Feedback as allways welcome :)
The PLA HQ , heavy weapons and support weapons simply need to be mastered and prepared for sale. All green work is completed. Ill post these up separately. Hopefully it will give the PLA sales the kick it needs for people to buy :)