Having had a couple of players drop out due to family and health issues, on the day there were six of us - a good number. It can now be revealed that those taking part were:
Game Director and dogsbody - Mr Tim Gow
The forces of progressive democracy - Comrade Bertrand Plastique and Comrade Ian Drury
The running dogs of capitalist imperialism - Mr Bob Cordery, Mr Russell King & Mr Jack Wright
Warpact forces crossed the inner German Border at first light this morning. Intel reports indicate a Warpact Motor Rifle Regiment heading for the picturesque town of Neue Stan Halle. US forces are rushing to defend the area and it's crucial airfield. What could possibly go wrong?
We gathered at 0900ish and after setting up the field of battle - an area of around 30x30 feet, I offered the following overview of Little Cold Wars:
36 inches = 1 km
1 stand of infantry = a western style platoon. Typically represented by 4 figures.
1 stand with MG/mortar/ATGM = support platoon, typically 2-3 figures.
1 artillery observer team. 2 figures
1 AFV/gun model = platoon/troop/battery/Warpact half-company of 4-5 but see also below
1 APC model represents enough transport to lift a Western-style infantry company (so around 12-15 vehicles)
1 aircraft model = a pair of aircraft
1 transport aircraft or helicopter model represents enough transport to lift an infantry company
A game turn = 15 minutes
Given our prompt start - we were ready to begin the game by 1015ish - I aimed to run the game in pretty much real time.
More outdoor fun soon.