Sunday, 29 April 2012

Arctic Strike 2013

As the dust settles from Crisis Point 2012 and the victorious Soviet forces continue their advance through the Lowlands thoughts turn to:-

Arctic Strike 2013 - Fortress Norway

After the success of Crisis Point 2012 the planning has started for Arctic Strike 2013 - 'Fortress Norway' a Cold War Commander Mega Game set in 1991 inspired by the book 'Arctic Strike' by Michael A Palmer (ISBN 0-380-75844-X. The book describes the events surrounding a hypothetical invasion of Norway by the Soviet Union. We have used the book as the basis for the game with some additions to allow players to use forces they have available or forces they would like to use. For example in the book the Swedes do not commit ground forces to the defence of Norway but we are planning to use Swedes as we want to see some S-Tanks on the table, the more unusual the unit the better. 

Keep watching for further details.

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Crisis Point 2012 - More Pics

More pictures from the CWC Big Game - Crisis Point 2012

The Grimsby Lads impressive array of Soviet amphibious equipment

More amphibious equipment

US Rangers launch their heliborne assault on Soviet rear table

The target of the US assault, the Soviet artillery

Hardened shelters by Ian S

Ian S's great little supply depots

East Germans cross the Lippe

East Germans advance on Hunxe

Southern Lippe table

Nice shot of Gordon's ZSU 23-4 in winter camo (just took photo as I liked the model)

Polish 7th Heavy Battalion (Test Bn) finally reach the Soviet paratroops and support immediately taking out a US TOW launcher 

Reserve (Obsolete) Polish IS-II and IS-III's support Soviet Airborne 

After multiple attacks on it the Polish Bridgelayer still survives to complete its task of covering the cratered road in Hunxe

The view from the pub (a bit random)

Chris J's fantastic repair unit with scratchbuilt T55 ARV, I will be using this great piece as inspiration for mine

Another view of the repair unit

Chris J's EW unit

Another view of EW unit

A Mi 24 Hind used to great effect during the game

A Russian aircraft flys low over Hunxe 

Colonel Reinharts' M60's

Soviet T-80's race forward to capture the NATO supply lines

Another great HQ base

The Soviets cross the Maas on the morning of Day 2

2 of the 3 Grimsby Lads discuss the Soviet advance

Soviet artillery

NATO Supply Dumps

Russian armour crosses the Maas

NATO's secret weapon, a full Battalion of Sheep. Luckily for WP Forces they weren't deployed.

East German 150th Diversionary Battalion stops for a kick about before advancing on

Polish and East German tanks continue the slow advance towards Hunxe

East German T54's from the 17 MSD vs Dug In US Light Infantry

Crisis Point 2012 - First Pics

Just returned from the CWC Big Game - Crisis Point 2012 and here are some of the pics from the two day event organised brilliantly by Richard Crawley (SOTCW). A fantastic weekends wargaming was had by all and the mighty Soviet hordes crushed the NATO forces that dared to stand before the power of the Motherland.

These are in no particular order, I will try and sort through them and put up an AAR but for now I hope these pictures will suffice. Check out Richard Crawleys blog for more great shots and some games info.

The Lippe Table

Lippe Table

Lippe Table

The Kanal and River Lippe looking west

Looking east towards Hunxe

The bridge over the Kanal and Lippe at Hunxe

Impressive Baggage Train bridge kindly donated for Crisis Point 2012

West of the Maas Table

Venlo Table

Soviet rear area table with Scud and Frog launchers

Soviet artillery

Venlo table

West of the Maas (Great Timecast buildings from the Grimsby Lads

More from the Grimsby Lads

Gordons Chemical attack goes in

Soviet air support

Gordons' Airborne in BMD's consolidate their landing zone

East German 150th Diversionary Battalion deploys deep behind enemy lines

Polish T55's trundle across the Lippe

More T55's

The Soviet Airborne straight into combat with US Light Infantry

US Command Unit

NATO Rear Area Table (Great supply dumps by Ian S)

The Soviet Airborne take the Hunxe branch of Lidl and immediately clear the shelves of Vodka

West German Air Support

More NATO air support

The bridge over the Maas at Venlo

T80's press forward West of the Maas

Leopards prepare for the Soviet onslaught

Leopard 1's concealed in woods await targets

150th Diversionary Battalion secure the airfield

More to follow