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« on: 09 July 2018, 11:59:20 PM »

All,

Here's something I wanted to do for a long time, finally gotten to: a set of modern, Special Operations fights based around a team clandestinely infiltrating a war-torn African nation to save one of its citizens, then having to fight its way out with not only its citizen, but a whole bunch of refuges, too.  If you haven't seen the movie...  Well, what was it like growing up in the Soviet Union, ya Communist!?  Get off your butt and...  Actually, sit on your butt, bust out your Netflix account, and sit back and enjoy some cheesy, good old-fashioned butt-kicking!  Then get your laptop and peruse my silly batreps Wink

I'm playing these out in 15mm, good guys from Jimmi's Flashpoint Minis, bad guys and rescue from Rebel Minis, and other refugees from Peter Pig.  I'm using Buck Surdu's "Combat Patrol" rules, which are pretty nifty and worked well for this size and style of fight, despite being written for WWII.  Really the only changes I made was to treat the SOF as being armed with semi-auto rifles and the bad guys with bolt action rifles (also treated the SOF as elite and bad guys as green, but that's in the rules), and gave the SOF body armor, so any hits to the chest were downgraded (a wound was a stun, an incapacitation was a wound), though it only ever happened once in the four fights I played.  So there it is, I played a total of four fights, staying as close to the movie as I could, though I started the operation off with a fight upon initial entry of the village when, in the movie, there was not one.  So the fights are initial entry into the village to find "the package," the assault into the village massacre they came across while making their escape, the jungle ambush, and the final pull back to the river and all out hustle up the hill (when the airstrike finally came in). 

In terms of my ever-growing list of projects, in order to keep my "Cuba Libre" alt-history gig going, I swapped out the US SEALs for my Free Cuban Special Forces, so please feel free to ignore all the Free Cuba/South Leon invasion talk and just pretend it's all US Navy SEALs if that makes it more palatable.  I played all four games this past weekend, working on the batreps and will get them posted ASAP.  In any case, here's number one.


Overview, north is up.  The table is about four feet long by a little more than two feet wide, with the villagers needing rescuing hiding at far right, government forces spread across the table, and the Cubans entering at far left.


The Cuban SOF Team Leader, Captain Stelosavo, who uses the handle "Ryder."  This is one of my favorite miniatures, and it still reminds me of Steven Segal in "Above the Law."


Commandos emerge from the lush foliage to end the unfolding massacre, close assaulting a government patrol (top left).  To see how the fight went, please check the blog at:
http://cubalibrewargame.blogspot.com/2018/07/operation-tears-of-cuban-news-network-1.html

Three more fights to come, I'll post as quick as I can, but they're all pretty long, so lots of work to do...

V/R,
Jack

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« Reply #1 on: 10 July 2018, 07:28:05 AM »

Great report, didn't know Paw Patrol had a militant wing!!!
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« Reply #2 on: 10 July 2018, 07:42:06 AM »

Wargaming as storytelling.

Great board as always!


There you go - next project. "Cuba Libre" - the novel. Or rather novel series. Then it would get picked up by a reputable film company (nothing afiliated to Disney - have you seen the new Star Wars films?)  and the blockbuster for 2020 will be "Cuba Libre!" followed by "Cuba Libre 2 - Ryder's Revenge" in which Steven Segal can play Ryder's father.

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« Reply #3 on: 10 July 2018, 08:31:18 AM »

Nice board jack!!
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« Reply #4 on: 10 July 2018, 08:47:29 AM »

 Thumbs up

Cheers - Phil
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« Reply #5 on: 10 July 2018, 03:36:56 PM »

Lemmey - Ha! Now how the hell did you know that? Wink I was wondering if anyone would figure that out. Hey, Iíve got three youngíuns and Iíve long ago run out of creative names...

FSN - Thanks man, but strictly from a monetary standpoint, Disney will do Wink And at this point, Steven Segal looks like he ate Ryderís father...

Peter - Thanks, Iíve definitely been working on getting it more ďjungle-fiedĒ Wink

Phil - Thanks man!

I donít know when Iíll be able to get the next batrep up, maybe Thursday night? Iíve played all four fights, but time is at a premium this week. Having said that, this weekend Iím looking to get back to Kampfgruppe Klink in France.

V/R,
Jack

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« Reply #6 on: 12 July 2018, 02:35:48 AM »

All,

It's now 1530 on 28 July 1990, and Captain Stelosavo's TF23 is on the run in Nigeria.  They jumped into the country two days ago to save a Cuban Reporter and Cameraman at risk due to a military coup that killed the president and is cleansing the countryside of his supporters.  The Cuban commandos quickly secured the Reporter and Cameraman, but when their extraction helicopter was shot down they found themselves attempting to escape on foot to the border with South Leon with a slew of local villagers.  They'd been humping for the past two days when the sounds of gunfire met them as they crested a hill.  Captain Stelosavo, AKA "Ryder," halted the column and took a look.  Government troops were rounding up and executing local villagers; Ryder called the team together to discuss options, and they all agreed they couldn't simply walk on by, they needed to put an end to the massacre.



The enemy commander (top left, in the village) raises his radio to alert his troops and call for reinforcements, so Everest (bottom right) sights in his suppressed M-14 and fires.
He missed, and that meant more bad guys were on the way!  To see how the fight went, please check the blog at:
http://cubalibrewargame.blogspot.com/2018/07/operation-tears-of-cuban-news-network-2.html

Two more batreps to go, I'm working on them as fast as I can!

V/R,
Jack
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« Reply #7 on: 12 July 2018, 07:25:24 AM »

That ws a bruising fight, almost as long as a real Paw Patrol episode!
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« Reply #8 on: 12 July 2018, 07:28:45 PM »

The next one is a little shorter, but the finale is an epic.

And you never explained your familiarity with the pups Wink

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Jack
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« Reply #9 on: 12 July 2018, 07:46:10 PM »

The next one is a little shorter, but the finale is an epic.
Ah! Takes me back to when I was young.
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« Reply #10 on: 12 July 2018, 08:30:20 PM »

Six year old daughter!
Thankfully ours are dubbed into English accents! Wink
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« Reply #11 on: 12 July 2018, 10:09:46 PM »

FSN- indeed!

Lemmey- 6-year old daughter???  At your age???  Evil Evil Evil

Should have fight #3 up tonight or tomorrow.

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« Reply #12 on: 12 July 2018, 10:42:27 PM »

Iím only 45!
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« Reply #13 on: 13 July 2018, 02:14:58 AM »

No one believes that! Wink

I happen to be 44, myself.

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Jack
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« Reply #14 on: 13 July 2018, 02:15:03 PM »

As one a little over a week away from completing my 65th orbit of the local stellar object I wonder if these children should be posting here  Tongue

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