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My Unofficial Battlegroup: Cold War – Soviet VDV Desant Division Battlegroup List

Posted on February 21st, 2018 under , , . Posted by

So – much to my embarrassment – here is another list that I had forgotten about….Turns out it was a lot more finished than I remembered – even more finished than the West German Jaeger list.I do need to explain that I have split the Soviet VDV into t…

My Unofficial Battlegroup: Cold War – BAOR Infantry Division List

Posted on February 13th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

Pretty random update today.Yesterday I was asked if I was going to do a British Infantry list for my BG: Cold War variant.  I went and had a quick look around as I knew I had started such a list – and then realised it was actually about 98% comple…

My Unofficial Battlegroup: Cold War – Quick Reference Sheet(s)

Posted on February 12th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

So finally I’ve gotten around to loading this up.  I took a little while to review as I’ve made a fair amount of changes over time, so I needed to make sure it was up-to-date and matched the rules.  I’d say if you find any differences between…

My Unofficial Battlegroup:Cold War – Norwegian and USMC AFV Data

Posted on February 5th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

Sorry it’s been a while since updates.  It’s partly because I’ve been a bit busy and partly because I’ve been in mourning for the loss of The Guild.  It’s very sad that it’s gone – mainly due to the loss of all that content, knowledge and ins…

A quick comment

Posted on January 24th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

Hi AllJust something I should have made more clear from my first post on the Unofficial Battlegroup:Cold War rules (and I’ve now gone back and updated that page):I’ve shared various iterations of these rules with Piers and Warwick who have provided ver…

My Totally Unofficial Battlegroup:Cold War – Aircraft Data

Posted on January 21st, 2018 under , , . Posted by

The second post for the day revolves around aircraft data that will allow you to use the aircraft listed in the army lists.  Please not weapons data is not included here – it is found in the relevant section on aircraft in the army lists.NATO Airc…

My Totally Unofficial Battlegroup:Cold War – some Northern Front Lists

Posted on January 21st, 2018 under , , . Posted by

Hi everyone – a couple of very quick posts today – the first of which will have links to several NATO and one Soviet list for the Northern (Arctic) Front.  These can of course be combined with the Soviet Naval Infantry and Danish lists I’ve previo…

My Totally Unofficial Battlegroup:Cold War – some Central Front AFV and Weapon Data

Posted on January 18th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

As the final part of this weeks uploads which will complete everything you really need to play my variant of Battlegroup:Cold War I’m adding all the Soviet and NATO AFV and gun data for the lists I provided earlier this week.First up the NATO info:Cana…

My Totally Unofficial Battlegroup:Cold War – some Central Front Soviet Lists

Posted on January 17th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

Now onto Part 3 of the upload of my Totally Unofficial Battlegroup: Cold War informationToday I’ve uploaded the two primary Soviet lists for Central Front scenarios.  They are as follows:Soviet Tank Division BattlegroupSoviet Motorised Rifle Infan…

My Totally Unofficial Battlegroup:Cold War – some Central Front NATO Lists

Posted on January 16th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

OK – part 2of the upload of my Totally Unofficial Battlegroup:Cold War information.Today I’ve uploaded my completed NATO Central Front Lists.  They are as follows:West German Panzer Division (works for Panzergrenadiers as well)United Stated Armour…

My Totally Unofficial Battlegroup:Cold War Rules

Posted on January 14th, 2018 under , . Posted by

For the first post of 2018 (and my 400th post) I have a short but significant (to me anyway) link to share.  After seeing another Battlegroup Cold War type rules variant posted on The Guild, I asked Piers and Warwick if they were OK with me postin…

Fabbri Soviet MAZ-535A Artillery Truck

Posted on December 21st, 2017 under , . Posted by

Just a quick update this week.  It’s been very busy here and in preparation for having friends over for Christmas I’ve had to drop WW3 painting and do something a little bit different for a change.  So I’ve been slamming my way through the co…

Soviet ATGM Ammo Markers

Posted on December 13th, 2017 under Posted by

Just a quick post today and probably at least one more quick post before Christmas.During the last game we tested the rule that man-packed ATGM teams had a max of 3 missiles before they had to resupply.  We used little wee dice to show the number …

Soviet ATGM Ammo Markers

Posted on December 13th, 2017 under Posted by

Just a quick post today and probably at least one more quick post before Christmas.During the last game we tested the rule that man-packed ATGM teams had a max of 3 missiles before they had to resupply.  We used little wee dice to show the number …

The Zealand Campaign – Game 1 – First Clash

Posted on December 7th, 2017 under , . Posted by

So – onto the actual game.  First up we established where the objectives were for the game:They were the two major intersections along the road and the large hill that dominated the terrain.  Then the Danes set about placing their defences, k…

The Zealand Campaign – Game 1 – First Clash

Posted on December 7th, 2017 under , . Posted by

So – onto the actual game.  First up we established where the objectives were for the game:They were the two major intersections along the road and the large hill that dominated the terrain.  Then the Danes set about placing their defences, k…

The Zealand Campaign – Part Four – Pre-Game and Table Set Up

Posted on December 6th, 2017 under . Posted by

So with each player having been provided with the Operation Orders (which also includes their TO&Es for the beginning of the campaign) and the map sets it was up to them to start working out how they would tackle the tactical situation.The Danish w…

The Zealand Campaign – Part Four – Pre-Game and Table Set Up

Posted on December 6th, 2017 under . Posted by

So with each player having been provided with the Operation Orders (which also includes their TO&Es for the beginning of the campaign) and the map sets it was up to them to start working out how they would tackle the tactical situation.The Danish w…

The Zealand Campaign – Part Three – The Operational Orders

Posted on November 28th, 2017 under . Posted by

So this will be the last post for the week, but it will contain a fair amount of information – mainly in the form of links to documents that will assist in setting up the campaign.I prepared an Operational Order for each side – I tried to make it look …

The Zealand Campaign – Part Three – The Operational Orders

Posted on November 28th, 2017 under . Posted by

So this will be the last post for the week, but it will contain a fair amount of information – mainly in the form of links to documents that will assist in setting up the campaign.I prepared an Operational Order for each side – I tried to make it look …

The Zealand Campaign – Part Two – The Army Lists

Posted on November 26th, 2017 under , . Posted by

So – onto the Army Lists.  First a couple of caveats:1.  Part of the reason I’m looking at this campaign, in this setting (i.e. 1986 – NATO Northern Front) and these Army Lists is that I believe that there is very little chance of them having…

The Zealand Campaign – Part Two – The Army Lists

Posted on November 26th, 2017 under , . Posted by

So – onto the Army Lists.  First a couple of caveats:1.  Part of the reason I’m looking at this campaign, in this setting (i.e. 1986 – NATO Northern Front) and these Army Lists is that I believe that there is very little chance of them having…

The Zealand Campaign – Part One – Some Background Information

Posted on November 22nd, 2017 under . Posted by

OK – so anyone who’s paid any attention to this blog since at least November 2014 will know I’m pretty interested in the battles that might have occurred on NATO’s Northern Front during a Third World War.  Way back then I called the project:  THE SOVIET INVASION OF SCANDANAVIA – 1986

So to give my gaming life some semblance of direction I’ve tried (with numerous distractions) to make that happen – and to prove it I can happily say I’ve written Army Lists and/or built/painted forces for:

WARPAC

Soviet Naval Infantry                                                   (List and Painted Forces)

Soviet Air Assault                                                        (List and Painted Forces)

Soviet Arctic Front Motor Rifle                                   (List and Painted Forces)

Polish Motor Rifle                                                        (Painted Forces)

NATO

Royal Marines                                                               (List and Painted Forces)

Danish Army                                                                 (List and Painted Forces)

US Marine Corps                                                           (List and Forces)

Norwegian Army                                                           (List and some Forces)

Canadian Air/Sea Transportable Brigade                      (List only)

West German 6th Panzergrenadier Div                          (List and Painted Forces)

I’ve only run a couple of games thus far with SNI versus West Germans in the Schleswig-Holstein area and Soviet Arctic Front Motor Rifle versus Royal Marines in Northern Norway.

As my Danish force was ready for gaming I decided to push the boat out a little further than normal and potentially start a small campaign set in on the island of Zealand or Sjælland in Denmark.  
Why Zealand?  
As I had figures for the Danish Hjemmeværnet (Home Guard) the campaign would need to take place in Denmark.  As I didn’t have any Leopard 1A4s for my Danes (just Centurions) it couldn’t really be a LANDJUT force and pretty much had to be a LANDZEELAND force.  So to make sense – the game(s) had to be set in an imaginary invasion of Denmark, particularly the invasion of Zealand.

Before I go any further I have to mention an awesome pdf that is a must to download if you have any interest in the Soviet invasion of Scandanavia.  It’s called “The Northwestern TVD in Soviet Operational-Strategic Planning” and it is written by Phillip A Petersen.  I was planning on doing a full-blown book review at some point but never quite got around to it.  Just to be useful I’ve also added this pdf into my Useful Documents links box thingy on the right hand side of my blog.

This large document (book?) is pretty much gold for wargamers.  Not only does the author describe the probable invasion routes for the Soviets into Norway, Finland, Sweden and Denmark he provides loads of maps and photos of the landscape, landing beaches, airfields, coastal forts, bridges, defiles and much, much more.
He goes on to describe the weather, off-road trafficability, alternate routes, problems with logistical trails, difficult terrain etc etc.  Not only does he outline where the Soviets might have attacked, but where NATO reinforcements might have landed.

Regarding Denmark he outlines BALTAP and how it works and includes how the WARPAC forces would have attacked through Schleswig-Holstein into Jutland and the Polish lead attack on Zealand, primarily to take Copenhagen.

The book pretty much gives you a brilliant skeleton for you to build a campaign on.  This is what I have done for my Zealand Campaign.  As I don’t have any Polish Paratroopers or Naval Infantry (right now) I couldn’t really focus on those.  I could however run a campaign surrounding the Soviet Naval Infantry landing near Faxe in Denmark.  So that’s where I’ll start.

Next up – Army Lists.  In the meantime – download the pdf and have a flick through it!
Thanks
Richard

The Zealand Campaign – Part One – Some Background Information

Posted on November 22nd, 2017 under . Posted by

OK – so anyone who’s paid any attention to this blog since at least November 2014 will know I’m pretty interested in the battles that might have occurred on NATO’s Northern Front during a Third World War.  Way back then I called the project:  THE SOVIET INVASION OF SCANDANAVIA – 1986

So to give my gaming life some semblance of direction I’ve tried (with numerous distractions) to make that happen – and to prove it I can happily say I’ve written Army Lists and/or built/painted forces for:

WARPAC

Soviet Naval Infantry                                                   (List and Painted Forces)

Soviet Air Assault                                                        (List and Painted Forces)

Soviet Arctic Front Motor Rifle                                   (List and Painted Forces)

Polish Motor Rifle                                                        (Painted Forces)

NATO

Royal Marines                                                               (List and Painted Forces)

Danish Army                                                                 (List and Painted Forces)

US Marine Corps                                                           (List and Forces)

Norwegian Army                                                           (List and some Forces)

Canadian Air/Sea Transportable Brigade                      (List only)

West German 6th Panzergrenadier Div                          (List and Painted Forces)

I’ve only run a couple of games thus far with SNI versus West Germans in the Schleswig-Holstein area and Soviet Arctic Front Motor Rifle versus Royal Marines in Northern Norway.

As my Danish force was ready for gaming I decided to push the boat out a little further than normal and potentially start a small campaign set in on the island of Zealand or Sjælland in Denmark.  
Why Zealand?  
As I had figures for the Danish Hjemmeværnet (Home Guard) the campaign would need to take place in Denmark.  As I didn’t have any Leopard 1A4s for my Danes (just Centurions) it couldn’t really be a LANDJUT force and pretty much had to be a LANDZEELAND force.  So to make sense – the game(s) had to be set in an imaginary invasion of Denmark, particularly the invasion of Zealand.

Before I go any further I have to mention an awesome pdf that is a must to download if you have any interest in the Soviet invasion of Scandanavia.  It’s called “The Northwestern TVD in Soviet Operational-Strategic Planning” and it is written by Phillip A Petersen.  I was planning on doing a full-blown book review at some point but never quite got around to it.  Just to be useful I’ve also added this pdf into my Useful Documents links box thingy on the right hand side of my blog.

This large document (book?) is pretty much gold for wargamers.  Not only does the author describe the probable invasion routes for the Soviets into Norway, Finland, Sweden and Denmark he provides loads of maps and photos of the landscape, landing beaches, airfields, coastal forts, bridges, defiles and much, much more.
He goes on to describe the weather, off-road trafficability, alternate routes, problems with logistical trails, difficult terrain etc etc.  Not only does he outline where the Soviets might have attacked, but where NATO reinforcements might have landed.

Regarding Denmark he outlines BALTAP and how it works and includes how the WARPAC forces would have attacked through Schleswig-Holstein into Jutland and the Polish lead attack on Zealand, primarily to take Copenhagen.

The book pretty much gives you a brilliant skeleton for you to build a campaign on.  This is what I have done for my Zealand Campaign.  As I don’t have any Polish Paratroopers or Naval Infantry (right now) I couldn’t really focus on those.  I could however run a campaign surrounding the Soviet Naval Infantry landing near Faxe in Denmark.  So that’s where I’ll start.

Next up – Army Lists.  In the meantime – download the pdf and have a flick through it!
Thanks
Richard

S-Model Sheridan

Posted on November 13th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Something a little out of left (or perhaps right) field to keep you all on your toes.  I was never really going to get any Sheridan’s as they gad pretty much disappeared – at least in Cavalry units – by my preferred 1986/87 timeframe.  I thin…