Thursday, April 24, 2014

BTR-50 Profile

This is a profile for the BTR-50 APC as it is used in my War in Africa setting. It's written in a style similar to the profiles found in the Bolt Action rules and is written from the point of view of a future analyst. It's important to make that obvious as the WIA is taking place around 2045.

BTR-50

The BTR-50 has many design flaws that led to most nations abandoning its use all together in favor of superior vehicles with better armor. Many found their ways into the arsenals of African and Asian nations where their low cost and amphibious abilities where more important than their shortcomings. During the War in Africa BTR-50's could be found on both sides of the conflict, particularly among the mechanized units in the ROP Army where their large troop compartments proved invaluable for the often under equipped troops. The BTR-50 would continue to fill the role of battle-taxi for many soldiers who lacked a better option.

COST: 35 points (inexperienced), 50 points (regular), 65 points (veteran)

WEAPONS: None

DAMAGE VALUE: 7+ (light APC)

TRANSPORT: up to 20 men

OPTIONS: May add a pintle MMG for 15 points or a pintle HMG for 20 points

SPECIAL RULES: Amphibious, Awkward Debussing, Thin Sides

Awkward Debussing - The vehicle is designed in a way that leaves its passengers particularly vulnerable while they exit the vehicle. When an infantry unit debusses from a vehicle with this rule enemy units receive +1 bonus to shooting at that unit for the remainder of that turn.

Thin Sides - The vehicle has very thin side armor or is exceptionally vulnerable to enemy fire on its side facings. Enemy units receive a +2 bonus when firing on the vehicle in its side arc rather than the usual +1 bonus.
A ROP Army BTR-50 carries troops to the front lines.

BTR-50 S2B

The BTR-50 S2B was the Sudan's answer to updating an antique to allow it to serve in a slightly different role than was originally intended. Boasting vastly improved armor and superior firepower in the form of a casement mounted automatic cannon the BTR-50 S2B proved very useful in the fight against the Repblic of Poliebo. BTR-50 S2B's often found use as command vehicles as their larger troop compartments allowed commanders the space they desired for communications equipment.

COST: 95 points (inexperienced), 115 points (regular), 135 points (veteran)

WEAPONS: One casement-mounted forward facing medium automatic cannon

DAMAGE VALUE: 8+ (heavy APC)

TRANSPORT: up to 12 men

OPTIONS: May add a pintle MMG for 15 points or a pintle HMG for 20 points

SPECIAL RULES: Amphibious, Awkward Debussing

Awkward Debussing - The vehicle is designed in a way that leaves its passengers particularly vulnerable while they exit the vehicle. When an infantry unit debusses from a vehicle with this rule enemy units receive +1 bonus to shooting at that unit for the remainder of that turn.

BTR-50 S2B's proved extremely valuable in both defensive
and offensive roles.

I'm glad I got this one out of the way, I think I might try and get the BAWP done next but I'm not really sure there are a dozen at least that I need to do so I may try to do some of the more conventional ones first. I did get my order from Rebel Minis so I'll soon be adding some more Republican Guards to my ROP collection. Might have to get them something nicer to ride in than the terrifyingly vulnerable trucks and BTR-50's. Any suggestions for a sweet ride for my Republican Guards? Thanks for reading and stay thirsty.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

T-55 Profile

This is a profile for the T-55 tank as it is used in my War in Africa setting. It's written in a style similar to the profiles found in the Bolt Action rules and is written from the point of view of a future analyst. It's important to make that obvious as the WIA is taking place around 2045. Enough rambling, onto the profile. 

T-55 Tank

Despite the fact that the T-55 is approaching its centennial it is still widely used by developing nations and is the most common tank in Africa. During the War in Africa it was used by every major combatant and individual tanks even saw action on both sides as vehicles were captured and put back into service against their former operators. Its robust nature has proven again and again that this old warhorse still has some fight in it.

COST: 155 points (inexperienced), 195 points (regular), 235 points (veteran)

WEAPONS: One turret mounted medium anti-tank gun with co-axial MMG

DAMAGE VALUE: 9+ (medium tank)

OPTIONS: Can add a pintle-mounted MMG for 20 points

SPECIAL RULES: HE-instead of causing D2 hits an HE shell causes D6 hits

An Angolan T-55 firing at invading ROP units.

T-55 UA Tank

The T-55 UA wasn't a specific model of tank but a blanket term used for any T-55 that had been significantly modified to improve its armor. Every nation that fought in the War in Africa fielded some number of these improved machines. One of the most common upgrade packages was the High-Explosive Armor Package, or HEAP, cheap and effective it was extremely popular.

COST: 185 points (inexperienced), 215 points (regular), 265 points (veteran)

WEAPONS: One turret mounted medium anti-tank gun with co-axial MMG

DAMAGE VALUE: 9+ (medium tank)

OPTIONS: Can add a pintle-mounted MMG for 20 points

SPECIAL RULES: HE-instead of causing D2 hits an HE shell causes D6 hits

The ROP T-55 UA used a mix of ERA blocks and an
improved composite armored turret.

Sudanese T-55 UA with spaced ablative armor and ERA.

I'll be making a series of these so I can pull them up and check them during games. It's getting a bit hectic flipping through the yellow legal pads that I write all my ideas on. Feel free to use them for your own purposes or just for something neat to look at. Thanks for reading and stay thirsty.

Monday, April 21, 2014

This Year's Winner is...

AHunt

You're the very lucky winner of the giveaway this year. Just get in touch with me and we can work out the particulars of how to get you the basket full of Easter goodies. You can reach me at my email c b hollowell at aim dot com

A very serious looking chap, maybe some Easter candy
will put a smile on his face.

If the candy doesn't do it then he'll just have to complain
to the Easter Troll.

Thanks to everyone who follows, I wish I could give everyone an Easter Basket but that would make it a little less special and leave me quite broke. If you didn't win this year maybe you can win it next time around so keep following and I'll do my best to fill this space with neat minis and my adventures at wargaming. Thanks for reading and stay thirsty.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Sudanese IFV's

My Sudanese force for the War in Africa is a highly mobile force but was lacking in fighting transports until now. I've added two IFV's to them, one BMP-1 and a highly modified BTR-50. These two minis will add a little more punch to my Sudanese without slowing them down at all.

The IFV's will really augment my mostly motorized force.
Able to carry troops and strike at enemy soldiers I'm
sure they will prove invaluable.

Officially this is called a BTR-50-S2B, but most Sudanese
soldiers simply call it a "Hippopotamus" due to its
ugly shape and amphibious ability.

BMP's are not assigned to individual squads the way that
Cossack Armored Transports are, instead they are
a company level asset used when extra firepower
is needed.

These vehicles won't get to see any fighting in my next battle, OPERATION: TORTOISE, but I think they will prove very useful in the continuing campaign against the ROP and the hard fighting with the Belgians in and around Faradje. I've actually managed to make such a big dent in the heap of lead that was the 'pending painting pile' that I've gone ahead and ordered some more minis to expand my Republican Guard. Hopefully I'll have everything done by the time the new minis get here. I want to have some terrifically large battles this summer, full company level engagements that will see hundreds of troops and dozens of vehicles face off to determine the fate of the War in Africa. Thanks for reading and stay thirsty.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Angolan BMP-1's

I got two of these finished to go along with my two squads of mechanized Angolan infantry. I built them stock and didn't bother with any stowage. I really liked the clean lines of the vehicle and low profile. They seem a little small next to the slightly oversized infantry but they fit the role of amored transport very well.

Angolan mechanized troops move into position on the
outskirts of a small town.

The BMP and some infantry suppress the enemy while
other troops use the vehicle as cover.

With the Sagger mounted over the 73mm cannon the BMP-1
 provides the Angolans with much needed bite.

Its amphibious capabilities allow the Angolans to take the
fight to the ROP regardless of the terrain.

The BMP-1 has firing ports that allow its passengers to
fire from within the vehicle.

Still have a ton of things that I'm working on, everything from more Belgians to neat armor conversions for the ROP. I'm working on getting enough tanks together to have some large scale armor battles between the different forces involved in the WIA. I really want to have a slug match between an Angolan Armored Battalion and the Republican Guard Armored Battalion. To have the kind of fight I want I'll need more Republican Guard infantry and tanks, and more Angolan vehicles too, so it might be a few months before I get to have the rumble in the jungle that I want. Thanks for reading and stay thirsty.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

OPERATION: TORTOISE

The name started out as a joke among the Republic of Poliebo's General Staff, it was taking so long to put together it was likened to a tortoise, but grew into something that could change the course of the fighting against the Sudanese. OPERATION: TORTOISE was formulated immediately following the Sudanese invasion but seemed impossible to get moving given the lack of ROP forces in the north of the country. A strategy of delay was adopted and proved successful in stemming the advance of Sudanese forces. The Sudanese were held to the northern side of the Uele River, and seemed unable to cross in force for any significant gains. The hard fighting bought the ROP the time it needed to get the slow moving operation up and rolling. The last piece fell into place as the newly formed ROP XX Corps moved up to the banks of the Uele River, OPERATION: TORTOISE was a go.

The men of XX Corps move into position around the
heavily shelled village of Dubua.

Equipped with amphibious BTR-50 transports, XX Corps
will be able to surge across the Uele River.

The 1st Infantry Assault Brigade makes up the backbone
of XX Corps, they'll be the first across the river.

XX Corps also boasts an impressive motor recon section
that will make the most of the advance against the
Sudanese.

XX Corps aims to cut off the Sudanese II Corps from
supply and reinforcement, then the IV and VII Corps
will be able to squeeze the pocket and destroy the
Sudanese invaders.

This will be the next big battle between the ROP and the Sudanese. I'm working diligently on some new terrain and new vehicle profiles for the yet untested BRDM-2 and BTR-50. I know how I'd like this one to turn out but you know how the saying goes best laid plans and all. There is still time for you to enter for a chance to win this year's Easter Basket Giveaway, just follow the LINK. Thanks for reading and stay thirsty.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Angolan Mechanized Infantry

I'm continuing to expand the armed forces of Angola. These are meant to fill the need for a heavy or elite infantry force within the Angolan Army. I figure that they would be equipped better than the majority of Angolan forces, a sort of show piece. 

The first squad of eight, they have all been converted to
have Chinese body armor.

It's surprising how much more professional these minis
look with the addition of some bulletproof vests.

I also painted all of them to have identical uniforms. I
imagine that this regiment gets the majority of
supplies and equipment that they need.

Other than that they are armed exactly like their less
well equipped comrades.

These are mechanized infantry but they don't have their transports at the moment. Soon some BMP-1's will be arriving in the post from Old Glory Miniatures, there will be some other vehicles in that same order but I'm not going to spill the beans on what those will be until I get some painted up. I plan on painting up a second squad of these and maybe even an officer. Hopefully they will add some backbone to the Angolan Army. If you haven't entered yet be sure to follow the LINK for your chance to win this years Easter Basket Giveaway. Thanks for reading and stay thirsty.