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Thursday, 28 February 2013

Cold Wars 1965-95

Most of my wargamming is during the Black Powder era. However, I do have an extensive collection of other time periods. Unfortunately, they are all in storage back in Canada. Update as of September 24, 2013, my rules for FIREPOWER game were chewed up by mice! They used the damm cards as nesting for their homes. Consequently I will have to invest in Cold War 1986 from Osprey publishing in order to have rules for my late 20th century games. All my other sets seem fine.

Future battles when back in Canada



Korea 1950-53


Battle of Kapyong April, 1951


UN Forces:

Australia: 2RAR

Canada: 2PPCLI Click for larger image

New Zealand: RNZA


US: Tank Battn


Chinese Communist Forces:

(modeled with WW2 Japanese and some Soviet)


Battle of the Hook March 1952


UN Forces:

UK: Black Watch, Duke of Wellington’s Regt,The King’s Regt, Click for larger image

Canada: 2PPCLI

Turkey: 1 Infantry Battalion



Chinese Communist Forces:
(modeled with WW2 Japanese/Russians)Click for larger image, Click for larger image



Suez 1956


British Forces: (WW2 mix using Commandos and Para’s as well as regular infantry)

Tanks: Use Centurian, Comet and Scout cars, Click for larger image, Click for larger image(forgive the iceberg in the desert!)


French Forces: (use a mix of WW2 and Modern French and early Cold War US gear)


Egyptian: A mix of WW2 Russian, NVA/VC figures and German African Korps

Tanks: WW2 Russian, heavy on T-34/85, Su100,


French Indo-China 1954-56

French Forces: A mix of WW2 French Infantry, Cold War French and WW2 US Airborne as Infantry

Tanks: WW2 US leftovers


Viet Minh: A mix of WW2 Japanese, VCClick for larger image, Click for larger image


Borneo 1962-66

Commonwealth Forces VS Communist Gurrileas

Figures: Commonwealth, a mix of Vietnam US, Airfix/Matchbox WW2 Australians, Airfix Gurkhas, Modern British using FN

CCF: WW2 Japanese, Vietnamese troops, Africa KorpsClick for larger image, Click for larger image

Mix of WW2 and Cold War Armor


Battle of Plamam Mapu April 27, 1965

2 ParaClick for larger image VS Indonesian (modeled with WW2 US Airborne)Click for larger image



Vietnam 1962-70



Battle of Long Tan August 18, 1966


5RARClick for larger image

D coy 6RAR: (Mix of US Vietnam figures, WW2 Airfix/Matchbox Australian and British paras for FNs and GPMGs)

1st Field Regt RAA: 3 105mm guns

1st APC Sqd: 3 M113 APCs 2 with Australian modifications

 (photo courtsey of Australian government Veterans Affairs website)


Vietnamese Units

275 Regt & 547NVA: Mix of NVA figures, heavy weapons from WW2 Japanese, Russian

D445VC: Mix of VC figs, heavy weapons same as NVAClick for larger image


Game dynamics: use Firepower rules

1.    D coy 6RAR advances into Long Tan Rubber plantation

2.    545 NVA deploy down the path, but can’t see RAR

3.    RAR fires first.

4.    NVA/VC begin to fire.

5.    RAA begin fire

6.    NVA/VC mortar fire

7.    D 6RAR try to fall back,

8.    RAR try to advance in support

9.    Airstrike possibility roll for (Halt RAA fire). If airstrike fails due to weather, recommence RAA fire

10. RAAF ammo resupply drop halt RAA fire

11.  NVA/VC begin reiencforce

12.  1APC Sqd begin advance

13. 11 platoon begin to fall back

14. 1APC begin to fire


Oman and Dhofar 1969-76


The Battle of Mirbat July 19, 1972

SAS vs Adoo Rebels

(SAS modeled on US Vietnam in bush hats, 1 25pdr gun) and Modern Brit Paras

Adoo Rebels modeled on Muslim warriors with SMLE and Africa Korps


Order of Battle NATO Forces 1965-90
Click for larger image, (thanks to for this shot)



British Army of the Rhine:

Queens Royal Hussars: 2x Challenger 2 Chieftan x 2

Blues and Royals: 2x Scorpions

Saracen APCx 2

Saladin Armoured Car x 2

Scimitar x 2

Spartan x 1 MCT Milan


19th RA 105mm

51st Highland Div

Brigade of Gurkhas



2 Para, Click for larger image British Infantry

Royal Marines



Para-Commando Battn


Canada: 1st Canadian Division:
Click for larger image(ok, not exactly fully Canadian, but those with the colt rifles are painted up as Canadian circa 1988-90, while
Click for larger image these are painted up circa 1990-2002ish)

RCHA: 2x M109 155mm

8th Canadian Hussars: 2x Leopard A1 + 1 M113 TOW
2 RCR: 1 battn + 3 M113 APC

2 PPCLI: 1 battn

1st Field RCA 2x105mm guns

Additional equipment, 3 Iltis Jeeps, 3 Half ton trucks,



1 Brigade:

1 armoured regiment: 1x Centurian, 1x Leopard A1, 1x M41, 2x M113ACV

Commando battn: 6 xMG442



1 AMX 13?

1eme Regiment Etranger (FFL)



1 Brigade: 1 Leopard A1, Hellenic Battn (mix of modern and WW2 kit)



1 Armoured Regt: 2x Leopard A2

3 Infantry Battns + M113 x2



M60 x2


Turkish Battn: Mix of Modern Germans, WW2 US


West Germany
Click for larger image

Panzer-Grenadier Div

Leopard 2 A2

Fallsjager Div: 1 Airborne Bde + Wiesel, Wolf trucks
Click for larger image

KRK Special forces
Click for larger image, Click for larger imageKSK



Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact

Click for larger image, Click for larger image, Click for larger image

Various Russian armoured viechles  which I will fix later

Soviet Union:

1 Guards Army 1 Motor Rifles BMPx3


1 Rocket Truck

1 Scud,

German Democratic Republic

3 T-72 + PT-76



T-54 x3 + 1 infantry battn + 3 BTR 50 +1 BRDM 2, ,


T-54x 3 + 1 infantry battn + 1 BRDM 2


T-55x3 1 Infantry Battn 2x BTR 152


Polish Naval Inf Bde. 1 Battn + PT-76 + Su100 + BRDM 2

The end of the school year in Japan

Despite the weather getting warmer and the sun beginning to shine, this time of year is a bit down.
It's the end of the school year and for ALTs it can be a bit stressful as we have to potentially say farewell to all our schools.
One of my schools gave me a small send off. I got a nice bouquet of flowers.
It was hard not to cry. But things happen for a reason, so perhaps some bigger and better things are on the way.

Sullivan's Campaign in the Mohawk Valley, summer 1779

This will not make me so popular with American readers, but General Washington sent General Sullivan to  search and destroy the Mohawk valley. The historical information which I used to put together this little scenario came from Osprey MAA American Loyalist Troops, Elite American Revolution Commanders and Warrior Continental Infantrymen in the American Revolution.

In that, Sullivan succeded in destroying the Mohawk valley. He failed in destroying the Mohawks, Butler's Rangers and the King's Royal Regiment of New York. The outcome was for the starving Mohawk people to first flee to Ft. Niagra, then after 1783, joined the tens of thousands of Loyalist refugees into Canada.

This action is an action between American Riflemen, and Light Infantry raiding a Mohawk farm which is then set upon by Loyalist militia, Butler's Rangers, and Light Infantry, as well as other Loyalist rangers units.

The Americans deployed in line to charge across the bridge, fording the river and attempting to force their way into the Mohawk farm.

Brant's White volunteers were guarding the main cabin, but were shot down at their place by American riflemen.

Johnson's Royal Yorkers formed a collum and advanced to flank the American left flank. The Loyalist Light infantry companies advanced and fired on the Americans. Their rifle fire was able to keep them off.

However, with Loyalist fire too hot, the Americans could not close on farm to get any supplies. Though the Loyalists troops took many casualties, they held the farm.

Sunday, 17 February 2013

February 2012 sunday 17 battle

 So Ian decided that he wanted to have another battle whereby the English would attack a Scottish army in camp.
My Scottish army encamped.

The Highland pikemen advance. Ian let his pikes advance towards the right of the Scottish camp. His attempt was to break the Scottish horse as well as making the Highland clansmen disperse, thereby breaking into the camp.
The Scottish army camp. The first line of my attack was made up of two wings of musket blocks. Ian sent in his muskets which blasted mine, but they were then set upon by my clansmen. The Highland musketers then advanced in an arrow formation breaking the English horse, then setting upon their pike blocks. By dividing his army in two, Ian was forced to retreat. He took his defeat will.
This battle also has a video clip on youtube at my japanesehighlander channel

Sunday, 10 February 2013

King George's War 1744-48 Part 2, Grand Pre 1747

February 11, 1747 was the date of one of the most successful Canadien raids on Nova Scotia.
A party of Compaigne Franches de La Marine, Milice and Mik Maq warriors marched over land from Quebec to Nova Scotia, a distance of 2000 km in a space of 3 weeks.

French milice reenactors at Louisbourg. (Photo courtsey of Kerry Delorey)

The French forces who advanced to Grand Pre, didn't have these nice roads.
(photo courtsey of New France and Old England reenactment group, UK)
Col. Nobel's house at Grand Pre

New England troops billited in the village.

Ian deploys his French units to pounce upon the New Englanders

As the French advance, the New Englanders were sound asleep. The French attacked during a fierce snow storm.
Appropriate as this weekend, the same area is getting hit with a nasty snowstorm.