Cold War


Two new games in a week...

Try as I might I am a sucker for something new and shiny, despite my best efforts I find my head being turned by two new games. I have always had a hankering for the cold war and modern games ever since reading Larry Bond's Red Phoenix back in the early 80's in which North Korea launches a lightning invasion of the South backed by heavy soviet support. I have tucked away in a box a reasonable North Korean and South Korean force that has not seen the light of day for over a decade waiting for rules that would give me the right feel for encounters in Korea.I might just have found them with Great Escape Games latest offering. - Seven Days to the River Rhine. Designed to be a fast play set of rules which caters for company plus sized encounters, where one model represents one vehicle, Infantry are based on stands which contains small arms and a supporting AT weapons. Good because I can hardly see the things these days in 6mm.However ATGW such as Milan's are separate.The rules are well laid out with

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Tanker's Tuesday: Deadly Tank Killer in Action: A-10

This video shows ultra deadly tank killer weapon systems in action. Featured are A-10 30mm GAU-8 gatling gun and CBU-105 cluster bomb hits on tanks during training exercises and weapon tests. The video shows how the tanks get destroyed and totally owned by the A-10 Gau-8 gun runs and cluster bombings.The CBU-105 (cluster bomb unit) is a Precision Guided Munition that can be used to stop enemy armored units such as tanks. It can be used to target SAM sites including radars and support vehicles.The GAU-8 30 mm hydraulically driven seven-barrel Gatling-type autocannon that is typically mounted in the A-10 Warthog. Designed specifically for the anti-tank role, the GAU-8 delivers very powerful rounds at a high rate of fire making ot a super deadly tank killer suchs as the CBU-105 cluster bombs. The Ultimate Military Archive covers events, news, missions & facts from the United States Armed Forces including the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy,  U.S. Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard and more! Furthermo

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Museum Crawl Weekend - The REME Museum

Day one of my epic, four-day, birthday celebration Museum Crawl and we visited a place that has been on my bucket list for some time. The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Museum is located just outside the REME training establishment at MoD Lyneham, near Chippenham in Wiltshire. It is home to thousands of artefact that tell the story of REME but the thing that has attracted me here are the large armoured recovery vehicles and the weapons and uniform collections. Prior to REME's formation in 1942, maintenance and repair of equipment was the responsibility of the various arms of service. However, by the start of WWII, it was increasingly clear that existing repair systems were not adequate for the massive scale of equipment being deployed in every theatre. REME was formed around the existing Royal Army Ordnance Corps (RAOC) skilled personnel drawn from the Royal Engineers (RE) and the Royal Army Service Corps (RASC).Sherman Beach Armoured Recovery Vehicle, or BARV for short. This ex

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Announcing 2019's Projects

With the Dark Ages project now complete and the three battles of 1066 fought to their historical conclusions it’s time to turn my attention to my next project. Or should I say projects !The first of these was determined by an article carried in Wargames Illustrated at the end of last year.I was fascinated to read that the Plastic Soldier Company (PSC) was going to launch a 10mm range of kit for the Cold War. This really did spark my interest as one of my very first forays into historical wargaming focussed on the modern period. Back in the eighties we were playing ‘what if’ scenarios of Warsaw Pact versus Nato. We used the old WRG rules and fought out our battles with the tiny tanks and figures from Heroics and Ros. All the terrain has long since gone but I still proudly possess my Warsaw Pact forces, the rules and the excellent Army lists.My original set from the 80'sThe idea of rekindling my youthful days of Cold War engagements struck home and I got really excited about thinking of fielding this in 10mm.I

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Tanker's Tuesday: Inside the Tanks: The M47 Patton

The M47 was a relatively short-lived MBT (then called “medium tank” created to replace the M46 Patton/M26 Pershing and the M4 Sherman). It was widely produced to fit the needs of the US Army, US Marines, but also NATO nations as a whole as a stopgap measure before new models could be built locally. Although a good all-over tank, the M47 Patton was used only for a few years, before its replacement by the M48 in 1953 which was really a generation ahead. Declared obsolete in 1957, the impression it left and service time nevertheless far outlasted the fifties under other colors. The Soviet T-54 was modified to face it and the M47 defeated many foreign-built models with success, even taking part in massive tank battlesChieftain's Hatch M47 Pt1Chieftain's Hatch M47 Pt 2M47 Patton

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The Sterling Submachine Gun

I pre-ordered a digital copy of this new Osprey title in the Weapon Series and it popped onto the Kindle this morning. It's going to be a brief but really interesting read and obviously relevant to my ongoing Sandbox Skirmish post colonial project, even though only one of my Peter Pig squaddies has had a Sterling added as a personal weapon. I wish they'd sculpt some AK47 range professional figures with a Sterling as it's such an iconic Cold War piece of kit. There's a great little article here too, which give a fascinating introduction to the weapon:https://www.guns.com/news/2013/03/29/sterling-submachine-gun

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Mini Skirmish Terrain Board

 On Saturday I found a boxed picture canvas in the local charity shop, very similar but much smaller than the one I turned into a desert themed terrain board a couple of weeks ago. This board is only a fraction of the size, at 55cm x 47cm or just under 2' x 2', so only really useable as a skirmish board or for smaller scale games. I decided to texture it but had to remove the stuck on felt circles and stitching first. The felt circles just pulled off but the stitching had to be sanded down, as it just wouldn't unpick and had to be left in place. I managed to cover it up in the end but it was a bit of a saga and hasn't completely disappeared from view.To cover it up, I added a thick coating of acrylic paste, followed by a mashed in coating of sand, small stones and scenic dead grass fibres. It has now set and will be overpainted once I've added a bit more texturing. I haven't decided how to paint it yet, with several possible options on the table including tundra for 15mm WW2 Commando raids, 10mm 'Cold Wa

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