Observation Post: Looking Forward to July

Posted: July 2, 2014 in Gaming, Vietnam War, War on Terror, World War II

So, been kicking around a few new systems that I’m hoping to get onto the table soon…

Cover for Modern War #1 which contains "Red Dragon/Green Crescent"

Cover for Modern War #1 which contains “Red Dragon/Green Crescent”

First up is Red Dragon/Green Crescent from the first ever issue of Modern War magazine. I liked the look of this because the map is simply fucking massive, and the story and setting sounds like something from Desert Strike or Jungle Strike, which are games I was obsessed with as a kid. So, it’s basically a modern war in Asia with the US going up against China, but with both sides looking to rope in as many allies as possible. The rules are pretty hard going so far, but nothing that I can’t grok. I really like the look of the way Random Events are handled. That looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun. Also, you know, anything with a mass of planes is going to get my Dad interested in playing, which is a nice boon.

The full-campaign map is absolutely massive, measuring in at 44" x 34"

The full-campaign map is absolutely massive, measuring in at 44″ x 34″

Following on from the mention of Jungle Strike and Desert Strike, I finally managed to get my hands on a copy of DVG’s Thunderbolt/Apache Leader after having played Phantom Leader more or less obsessively since I got it back in November.

Me, being excited.

Me, being excited.

T/A Leader is a very different game from Phantom Leader, despite sharing several key aspects and rules. In Phantom Leader you’re the airstrike that gets called , you swoop in, nail a bombing run and – hopefully – swoop home again with all of your crew intact. In Thunderbolt/Apache Leader you’re hovering around the combat zone with a really limited number of pilots and vehicles, and you have a ton of tanks and infantry marching towards your base. I have to say I’m finding it a lot more challenging than Phantom Leader, but I’m loving it all the same. I’m really glad that it’s different enough that I don’t feel I’m going to abandon one for the other, and yet similar enough that I enjoy both. Hopefully the forthcoming Huey Leader will be a winner, too!

Miniatures wise I’m also working on cobbling together some pieces for two of my new ‘Nam era rulesets: some planes for Fox Two, Reheat and some US and VC infantry for Charlie Company. Struggling to find any decent Viet Cong minis in 20mm. If anyone knows of anything, please let me know. I’m also putting together some weapon teams and vehicles to expand my games of Bolt Action a little bit.

What have you guys been up to? What are you hoping to get on the table soon? Let me know in the comments, or on www.facebook.com/suppressingfireofficial

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