Friday, 25 February 2011

Tropic Lighting & Operation Squad

Well whilst containing to paint French line infantry like a mad man I stumbled across this little teaser via Warren from beasts of war...





































And pulled from the battlefront site...

" Last year in Wargames Illustrated we tried something new and let a charge of enthusiasm for an exciting period, led by Pete, culminate in our first attempt at adapting the Flames Of War mechanics to other periods. The result was a wonderful success and with so many people getting excited about both the idea and the period we realised that it could not simply be a one-off. What we have decided to do is bring you Vietnam part II this April with a following instalment each year. The rolling plan has us adding to the forces, models and how it can be played. This has made us realise that Flames Of War Vietnam has become our second period and it will receive ongoing support.
Phil takes us back to a Vietnam in WI282 to bring you the armour and new helicopters for the US and the big guns for the PAVN. Rather than just taking up space in WI we decided to include the 48 page intelligence handbook as a bonus with WI so that everything you need to play is now its own book as well as being free. Phil being the excellent chap he is did not only get you new lists but included everything from the first outing we made to Vietnam so this booklet really has everything you need to play.
Now no good book would be the same without some great new models and we have 15 A6 boxes, and some tokens and dice to give you reason to not buy quite some many chocolate eggs this Easter, and pick up a new Cobra instead "  

now personally I like the "nam" era the warfare was brutal and the assumptions of the US was quite interesting.. golden question as always shall I shan't I...

To be honest depends if any one wants to play it! and with Hail Cesar round the corner from warlord games I'll leaning towards Celts or Gauls aka the crazy guys who fought the Romans do I really need another system?


I'll hold on this one and see how the concept goes down.


But I have recently discovered a little gem in the form of a 28mm skirmish system called Operation Squad, by the same blokes that wrote operation overlord which was designed to be used with 1/72nd scale models but for what ever reason didn't really take off in my area properly due to flames of war, now if your looking for a good review have a look at surf shack games great write up and overview of the rules, Myself and Spencer dusted off our 28mm WW2 stuff and threw some dice around and my gut feeling on this system is that its going to "work" dead simple and the action reaction factor is pretty funky too. Expect some battle reports when I can get some games in... 


So as its approaching the end of the month time for the pledge...


Bought: 62 (most of this is 1/300 aircraft from raiden miniatures for CY6)
Painted: 132! all French line infantry!


Difference - 70


so smashed the pledge this month but I've picked up some more French via one of the guys from the club and its all Cavalry! so once I've worked out how many that is I'm confident that I'm still in the black but they might take a little longer to paint up but should be fairly easy to complete,