Vietnam


Các cố vấn

As mentioned in a previous post, I have some nicely sculpted Eureka North Koreans that I plan to use as advisors in Indochina.... Các cố vấn - Unknown to all but a few, a group of North Korean advisors were sent to support the Communist effort in Indochina.  Being in an advisory capacity it was important that they were not discovered by French forces as this might widen both the Indochina and

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So you wonder what is was like in Vietnam?

Here is a series of photos taking from 1967-1970. Now you don't have to guess on what it was like. Let's honor these men for their service. The goal preserve the history of that time period. The photo came from Rich Carrick facebook.c/o 'Kestler', 70th Engineers, undatedphoto c/o 'Hall', 70th Engineers, undated but probably 1967/68c/o Rich Russo, B Troop 2/1 Cav., undated Larry Hammond, 7th Engineers, 1970/71Hide or report thisphoto c/o Alfonso 'Poncho' Varela, 7th Engineersphoto c/o John R. McLaughlin Jr., C Troop 2/1 Cav., undated c/o 'Wissmiller', 70th Engineers, undated c/o 'Harrison', 70th Engineers, undatedphoto c/o 'Hall', 70th Engineers, undatedc/o Larry Hammond, 7th Engineers, 1970/71 c/o John Moorhouse, A Troop 2/1 Cav., undated c/o 'Hatch', 70th Engineers, undatedphoto c/o 'Hall', 70th Engineers, photo dated 20 Nov 1967 c/o 'Hatch', 70th Engineers, undatedphoto c/o 'Hall', 70th Engineers, undated but probably 1967/68photo c/o 'Hall', 70th Engineers, photo dated 20 Nov

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Check Your 6! Annual Game Day Recap

Israeli S-199s and Egyptian Spitfires dance over Israel. Just a short post about the annual Check Your 6! game day event held each year in Dayton, Ohio.  I was able to attend the entire day, including hosting a 1948 Arab-Israeli War game and playing in a no-plot game, and watching a Vietnam game during the evening session.  There were plenty of historical eras covered, from the Great War

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Vietnam in the Air

Another small project ready to go! Here are a couple of pictures of some Raiden aircraft, purchased from I-94,and  painted by Kevin Hammond at Miscellaneous Miniatures, I'll be using for some future games.  I have enough for a few scenarios from the Crusaders Over 'Nam booklet.  I've only played one Check Your 6! game using missiles, so I will need some practice in using missiles.  

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AHPC 9: Mercenary Bonus Round

During the Vietnam War, North Vietnamese propaganda derided the collective Free World Military Forces (including US, Australian, New Zealand, Phillipines, South Korea and Thailand) as "Mercenaries" in the pay of the "illegitimate cronies" of the Republic of South Vietnam. In this vein, I have used this bonus round in homage to one of my favourite screen characters: Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore - callsign "Big Duke 6" - Commander of 1st/9th Air Cavalry, in Francis Coppola's Apocalypse Now. Kilgore is fantastically portrayed by Robert Duvall and delivers some of the most memorable parts of the movie including: distributing Death Cards, the 'Charlie Don't Surf!' beach BBQ scene, the Helicopter Assault playing Ride of the Valkyries and the iconic 'I love the smell of Napalm in the morning' monologue. I have endeavoured to faithfully reproduce Kilgore's uniform from the film, though trying to get his flat jungle greens looking a bit more exciting was a challenge. "You either surf, or you f

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Off They Go!

Strange Encounter by Roy Grinnell After some great communication with Kevin Hammond of Miscellaneous Miniatures, I have shipped to him my Raiden aircraft for both the Vietnam and 1948 Arab-Israeli projects, both are for Check Your 6!  The Vietnam project is based on the Crusaders Over 'Nam scenario book, and the 1948 planes are from the Wargames Illustrated 310 article "War of Catastrophe and

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Another Crusader Scenario

I pulled out the Check Your 6! Jet Age rules last night to go over how missiles work in the rules (I have pretty much only gamed non-missile actions thus far), and forgot that there was another Vietnam scenario in the rules featuring Crusaders.  Actually, it is a different version of a scenario that appears in Crusaders Over 'Nam, but different enough that I consider it the twelfth scenario

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Military Odyssey 2018

I usually have a range of choices for Living History events that I can go to each year. I never make it to all of them and as I drag my family along with me we try to vary which events we attend from one year to the next. This year I have missed all the usual events over the summer (including the War and Peace Revival show) so this weekend we decided that come-what-may we would go to the Odyssey show. Its been a couple of years since I last attended Odyssey and I'm glad we made the effort. The show is a multi-period event with groups depicting everything from ancient Greeks, medieval knights, English and American Civil Wars, WWI and WWII and even some later conflicts such as Vietnam. As always I went a little snap-happy with the camera but here is a small selection that you may find interesting.A row of American Half TracksA Vietnam era HueyA display showing of the work of RE Bomb Disposal in WWIIThe 1942 Steyr Staff Car of General Hans-Jurgen van Arnim, captured by the British when the Germans trapped in Tun

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