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Modern Wars

Tepoi, Borneo, 1964

Modern Wars, Bolt Action, 28mm When I decided to run a small modern game the original plan was to use Force on Force rules. Unfortunately its a long time since I last used them, and I didn’t have time to re-read them as thoroughly as I wanted. They can be something of a mindf**k, particularly

Dang Nap It Valley, 1967

Modern Wars, Vietnam, Low Level Hell, 10mm In my last wargame of 2012 I was racing around in a helicopter, shooting up “Charlie”, in a game staged by Jack Granville. He stages this every Christmas, but for some reason I haven’t played it since December 2006. The 1/200 scale helicopters (from Skytrex) looked pretty cool,

The Longniddry Plantation, Malaya, 1952

Modern Wars (Malayan Emergency), Force on Force, 28mm The thing about Force on Force games is that in often takes longer to put out the scenery than to play the game. This would have been the case here, except Colin Jack, Bill Gilchrist and I hadn’t played a game using Force on Force for quite

Timur Kampong, 1950

Modern Wars, (The Malayan Emergency), Force on Force, 28mm During my wargaming visit to Shetland, the original plan was to play a 15mm Second World War game set in Burma. However, drinking got in the way. Instead, Chris Brown of the Shetland Wargame Club let us use the same terrain for a couple of skirmish

Song, Borneo, 1963

Modern Wars (Borneo Confrontation), Force on Force, 28mm Both Dougie Trail and I have been building up modern forces based around the excellent new Force on Force rules, published by Osprey. Dougie has been concentrating on the Rhodesian Bush War (1964-79), while I’ve been working on the Borneo Confrontation (1962-66). Force on Force games are

The Sanyati Valley, Rhodesia, 1972

Modern Wars (Rhodesia), Force on Force, 28mm While I’ve been painting up modern figures for the Borneo Confrontation, Dougie has been beating his own path through the bush of Rhodesia. This small skirmish was another “testing the rules out” clash using the new Force on Force rules. Hid did a great job painting the lovely

LZ Bird, An Khe, 1966

Modern Wars (Vietnam), Force on Force, 28mm The publication of the new Force on Force modern rules by Osprey has caused quite a stir in the Edinburgh club, and several of the guys are planning to use them to game all sorts of conflicts, from Korea to modern Afghanistan, with the most popular being Rhodesia

Hill 881 North, Khe Sanh, 1967

Modern Wars (Vietnam), Vietnam Skirmish Rules, 28mm This probably wasn’t my finest wargaming moment. We were wondering what to play, and someone mentioned we hadn’t played a Vietnam game for a while. There’s probably a good reason for that – skirmish games are never particularly satisfying, and apart from the chance to put cool toys

The Perfume River, 1968

Modern Wars (Vietnam), Vietnam Skirmish, 28mm One evening someone pointed out that several of us had Vietnam figures, yet we haven’t played a Vietnam game for a year or more. Well, Dave O’Brien went away and dreamed up a nasty little scenario, designed to let the Americans use all their nice toys, while giving them

Hill 861, 1967

Modern Wars (Vietnam), Disposable Heroes, 28mm  Disposable Heroes are a playable but slightly slow set of Second World War skirmish rules, but at least we’re familiar with them. So, hen they recently came up with a “Modern” version it seemed a good idea to try them out. Well, for Christmas I was given a 1/50th

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