Saturday, 26 November 2016

1980's Cold War British Army On the Rhine. 28mm.

One period that has always interested me has always been the Cold War in the 80's.
I remember growing up collecting every book I could. Glad I've still got them.

My favourite army has always been the British Army.

Not many Cold War Brits around in 28mm other than the Mo Fo Falklands range.

Link to Mo Fo:

These are great minis but I also wanted some other poses to add to my collection.

Saw the Eureka Aden British in glengarry caps, and asked my good friend Leslie Applebee from Uncle Les Models if he could covert them for me.

Link to Eureka:

Link to Uncle  Les:

 Below are photos of his work on some of the minis so far, and an AVRE Centurion tank. 
More minis and vehicles are on the work bench.

Sleeves rolled down. Eureka.

Helmets on. Eureka.

Eureka Minis next to some Mo Fo ones and a Eureka German Milan converted to British.

Both Eureka on right and left with a Mo Fo one in the middle.

AVRE Centurion  from Uncle Les Models.
AVRE Centurion .

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Spectre: Hostage Rescue.

November 5th saw our monthly gathering at our club Company of Dice.

Steven Drury ran me through a quick game of Spectre.

The mission involved a team of US Delta operators rescuing two hostages from a group of Insurgents before they could behead them.

 The minis are a mixture of EUREKA, EMPRESS ans SPECTRE.

Some of the insurgents.

The hostages and the hostage takers.

Some of the DELTA operators.

Insurgent sentries patrolling the area.

The town with the middle building were the hostages are being held with the sentries patrolling.

The DELTA operators move in to suppress the sentries.

More sentries for the insurgents.

The DELTA operators break up to take positions.

DELTA operators take out the first sentries.

The DELTA sniper team take out two more sentries.

DELTA operators wait behind a bus while the snipers clear the sentries.

The last of the sentries who were taken out clearing the way for the DELTA operators.

DELTA operators with there trained attack dog move towards the building were the hostages are kept after all the sentries have been neutralised.

DELTA operators on the move.

The DELTA snipers provide overwatch from a roof top.

DELTA operators scan the area as they advance to there target.

DELTA operators close in on the target building.

The insurgents leader preparing to behead the hostages.

DELTA ready to breach the doors.

DELTA snipers on overwatch as they relay info to the breaching team to move ASAP.

Insurgents in one of the other building unawear of what is happening.

DELTA operators setting the breaching charge with the insurgents waiting on the other side unaware of what is coming for them.

Door breached, "GO, GO, GO!"

Having heard the breach charge exploding more insurgents come running out of one of the buildings, only to be engaged by a hail of bullets.

A DELTA operator opens up on the insurgents as they come running out of the building.

Meanwhile the DELTA operators have successfully breached the target building and engage the insurgents on the ground floor.

Hearing the explosion and the sound of gunfire a backup team of insurgents arrive at the scene and open up fire.

With the arrival of more insurgents the DELTA snipers open up.

Some of the insurgents who survive the DELTA snipers rush forward and manage to take out one of the DELTA operators.

DELTA operators. Ground floor clear moving to top floor.

A Second DELTA operator is pinned and killed.

However the rest of  DELTA team make it to the top floor and start engaging the insurgents.

Insurgents trying to move to the target building.

However they are pinned down by the DELTA snipers.

Target neutralised hostages rescued.   GAME OVER.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Zogo. An African hot spot. Modern Bolt Action. Part 2.

 Got together with John and Phil to play a second round of our fictitious  African campaign of modern Bolt Action. 

To add a little fun we throw in two dice of a third colour that activates a random action with the player drawing it, rolling a D10 to see what happens from a chart similar to the Fog of War cards used in the Force on Force rules.

Below is a fantastic narative of the two games played writen by John Diamond.

Lost of photos below. 

SENSATION AT THE UN: T’Mbolo M’shombou wins a double victory.

A recent emergency gathering of the UN Security Council has expressed concern over the recent escalating violence in the small central African nation of Zogo. News reports from creditable sources and Zogo state media have reported a double success for the forces loyal to His Imperial Majesty, Royal Highness, The Right Honourable , His Eminence, General President T’Mbolo M’shombou, father to his people and Messiah of the Nation of Zogo. The President, known for his willingness to drown dissenters in a golden bathtub, was in fine form at a recent 29 hour press conference, where only one question was asked; by a reporter from the New York Times. The reporter was then invited to view the presidential golden bath. And never returned. The rest of the conference was a speech by the Great Leader.


Latest report reveal that after the failure of the Islamic Fundamentalists in the north, Zogon forces, backed by Presidential Guard forces, finally destroyed the last centres of resistance in the town of Yalingu in Yalingu province.  With a core of Zogo African Rifles, supported by armoured cars and a contingent of the feared Presidential guard, state media reported the destruction of tens of thousands of rebels and hundreds of rebel armoured cars. State media also reported that the local people welcomed the President’s forces with dancing in the streets, food stalls, great fanfare and celebrations.
‘Peace has been restored to the North of My country,’ the President was quoted as saying last night. ‘Only a few rebels were killed, the rest fled across to the east and west and north and south. They are a lost cause. Some have even fled to the nearby troubled nation of Sudan. Should the Sudanese need help, I can help them in their internal problems!’

Independent reports indicate that there has been great slaughter of locals in Yalingu province. Of deep concern to the UN and the African Union was the confirmed presence of Sudanese nationals in civilian attire fighting for the rebels.

Aboulo M’Shombou, cousin of the President and Minister for Information, Propaganda and People’s Education was forced to defend his country’s actions.
‘This is a matter of internal security and not a matter for foreign enemies. Our Glorious President has acknowledged the presence of foreign fighters amongst the rebel scum marauding thru Yalingu and will seek an apology and reparations from the Sudanese government.”
Sudanese government sources have denied official involvement, but sources close to the Sudanese Ministry of Information released a statement revealing that Zogo forces were involved in heavy fighting close to the border.

Zogo forces suffered heavy loses in armoured vehicles as the rebels were using large numbers of Chinese made RPG’s.  One unconfirmed sources revealed that a Unit of the Presidential guard broke and ran during the engagement, fleeing the battle field.
‘A terrible lie!’ declared President T’Mbolo M’shombou. ‘My Guard never runs.’
It was also noted that several noted Guard commanders were invited to bath with the President in his gold plated bathtub. They were never seen again.
Photos smuggled out by freelance photo journalists revealed multiple government armoured cars a flame from rebel RPG strikes.

Zogon Forces advance on a town to crush the Islamists.

The Islamist brace for the attack.

Zogon Troops and the Zogon Presidential Guard move into the town.

Zogon forces waiting to spring the attack.

Zogon forces on the left. Islamists on the right.

A Zogon BTR40 opens up on what is believed to be Sudanese regulars dressed as Islamist rebels, assisting the Islamists.

The Zogon Presidential Guard open fire.

The Islamists take out the Zogon BTR 60 with an RPG.

The battle rages.

Zogon troops move in and start to cut down the Islamists.

The Islamists hit back with another RPG taking out the BTR40.

What was believed to be Sudanese Regulars in disguise are wipped out leaving the Islamist HQ with no support.

The Presidential Guard moves in to crush the Islamists.

Just about all over for the Islamists.

An Islamist technical desperately tries to stop the onslaught, only to be taken out next turn.

Beleiving the battle is over the Presidental Guard pull out and leave the Zogon troops to mop up.

All that is left of the Islamist.

With the Islamist suffering a defeat for a second time, what is left flees back over the boder into Sudan.


Of greater importance to the stability of the M’shombou regime was the unexpected victory in Patanga province. After the two defeats suffered in recent weeks it was expected that forces loyal to the central government would be forced out of the country’s south and an independent Patanga would be declared. Delegates loyal to the Rebel leader, Beeko Momfasa were known to be canvassing Russia, China, France, Cuba, Kazakhstan, South Africa and Moldova  (what can I say- they were desperate!!) to gain international recognition for Patanga province. Given that the province is extremely wealthy in diamonds and uranium , some nations have expressed an interest.

Reports have conformed that  the M’shombou regime has won a stunning and unexpected victory at Ngui. Forces loyal to President for Life T’Mbolo M’shombou, have declared victory and have cleared rebel forces from Bangsu province, driving them back into Patanga.

Reports from the battlefield indicate that a number of rebels changed sides during the battle and began shooting at the forces of Momfasa, causing great disruption to the attacking rebels. Of greater importance, crucial to the ongoing rebellion, was the reported death of the rebel leader Beeko Momfasa.
Unconfirmed reports stated that the Green Beret wearing rebel leader was leading a unit of his Patangas when his head (with green beret) was taken completely off by the shell from recoilless rifle!
President T’Mbolo M’shombou, in a second statement to the press that lasted 18 hours declared : ‘My trusted assistant and Witch Doctor, Amoua Ambaoulou, told me that a vision had come to him and that I would be victorious! Well, as you all know, I have been shot in the chest by Scud missiles, 12.7mm bullets and have been run over by T-55 tanks- and as you see, I am healthy and whole. Momfasa on the other hand, shows that he was weak- not being able to stand up to one little recoilless rifle shell. It is only a matter of time before I have destroyed the rebels.’

Rebel leaders have now turned to Beeko’s brother , Meeko, to lead the rebellion.
Sources close to the new rebel leader where clear in their explanation of their recent defeat:
‘We were undisciplined. Some of our men had been bribed by the wives of M’Shombou and changed sides during the fight. Our men also ran over mines and failed to destroy the enemy’s armoured vehicles. We have been defeated, but we are waiting. The Baako tribe will have an independent nation. Even now we are in negotiations with powerful friends who know of the cruelty of the evil T’Mbolo M’shombou. We have something that T’Mbolo M’shombou, does not. He may have a golden bath tub, but we have uranium and diamonds.’

The UN has asked members of the security council to consider troop deployments to southern Zogo. The French Ministry of the Interior has expressed concern about the rising level of violence and France’s willingness to deploy troops. Of even greater concern was a recent report in the Daily Mail that Momfasa had approached independent military contractor firm, BilgeWater Inc.

The Zogon troops rush to set up a defence to halt the Rebel advance until elements of President T’Mbolo M’shombou Elite Guard arrive to assisst.

Zogon troops deploy under the watchful eyes of President T’Mbolo M’shombou.

Inspired by there recent victory the Rebels press on with there attack.

Zogon troops with there President in the background.


Rebel HMG.

The Zogons wait.

Wai for it!

The Rebels move forward inspired by there leader Beeko Momfasa in the background wearing the Green beret. He would be killed latter in the battle, having his head blown off by a recoilless rifle. 


More Rebels advance through the thick elephant grass.

Rebel technicals.

Zogon troops waiting in ambush.

Zogon heavy support.

Zogon troops rush forward to the fight.

In the heat of the battle, a Rebel squad changes sides and opens up on a nearby squad. just about wipping it out. ( Fate dice action)

The Zogon BTR's try to stop the Rebel tehnicals.

The first elements of the Zogon Elite Presidential Guard arrive in the form of a BMP2.

The President watches his troops move into action.

The Zogon troops moral is boosted with the arrival of the Presidential Guard.

The Rebels have there own support in the form of a captutred BTR40.

Troops of the Elite Presidential Guard start to arrive.

The Zogon BTR 60 moves into attack mode.

Zogon BTR's open fire on the Rebels as there numbers start to thin out.

"Move forward and crush the Rebel dogs."

The Rebels take out the Presidetial Guard BMP2 with an RPG.

Scratch one BMP2.

Zogon troops manage to stop the Rebel BTR40.

"Ah my loyal Guardsmen. Move forward and crush these dogs"

Rebel troops desperately try to stop the Zogon forces.

Rebel forces press on even with heavy loses.

With his brother having been killed, Meeko Momfasa in the red beret takes charge of the Rebels.

Most of what is left of the Rebels.

The Zogon forces press on crushing most of the Rebels.

Not looking good for the Rebels.

The Rebel HMG Desperately tries to stop the Zogan forces.

The Rebel technical takes one last shot but fails.

More troops from the Presidents Elite Presidential Guard arrive...

... and rush in to join the battle.

Having witnessed his brother and most of the Rebels killed, Meeko Momfasa decides to retreat.

Zogon troops moving forward.

What's left of the Rebels retreats.