Captain Erik Falkenhuack, Commanding Officer of Strike Force Hawk was awarded the Order of the Black Eagle for bravery in action during the Battle of Ramatunbulla.
Friday, December 30, 2011
SF-Hawk after the battle at Ramatunbulla. Fireteams 1 and 2 on the left and right with Captain Erik Falkenhuack's PLT in the center.
The picture shows the SF unit being 3 men short, this was due to casualties suffered during the battle.
Prussian ministers today revealed an updated map of showing areas that are claimed by Prussia. Prussia now claims a large swath of land directly east of Gdansk. The Polish President dismissed the claim as ludicrous. Further, Prussian ministers passed a recognition bill citing the Prussian heritage of Marienburg now called Malbork and clearly stating intent to return that ancient city to the Prussian Reich.
Briefing Tent, 5th Army Regiment Command HQ deep in southern Karakistan. Colonel Johann DeBeers briefing Strike Force Hawk Commander, Captain Erik Falkenhuack, on the latest intel from interrogations on the stolen convoy.
"Our Russian allies believe that 2 of the 3 trucks laden with small arms and ammunition are within our operational area, in the village of Ramatunbulla. Now normally I would just send a gunship out there with a scout sniper to check things out but all those assets are currently involved elsewhere. It's up to you Captain Falkenhuack to lead your strike force and determine if the trucks are there and if so capture if possible or destroy them if not. As you know our country is small and we could use the arms those trucks carry." With a crisp and smart salute the captain leaves to assemble his team.
To enter or exit a vehicle or building requires one turn.
To enter and start the ammo trucks requires a turn.
If either of the trucks exit the board it results in a Rebel victory.
A Prussian Army Strike Force consists of 2 fireteams, each with an APC led by a sergeant. Also a gunship or tank is assigned to the fireteams, and in this case commanded by the Strike Force Commander in the tank. Captain Falkenhuack lead his Strike Force Hawk to the village outskirts and indeed found the 2 trucks to be parked by one of the large adobe buildings in the village. Captain Falkenhuack gave the order to charge.
The initial deployment with Strike Force Hawk on the left. SF Hawk Veterans D10 Expertise with the Rebels at d8 Seasoned Expertise.
SF Hawk wins initiative but APC1 (upper left) hesitates and fails activation. Rebels activate and spot oncoming Prussian Army vehicles. Rebel Cell 1 (RC1) in the upper building activates and sends out 2 of their cell to exit the building in the hopes of moving the trucks to safety. Rebel Cell 2 (RC2) activates and fires an RPG at the Prussian tank, and scores a hit against it but the tanks armor held.
SF Hawk advances and APC1 activates and opens up with it's LMG and mows down the 2 rebels that exited the upper building as they were making for the trucks. The Prussian Light Tank and APC2 return fire with their LMG's at building 2 and manages a kill there. Remaining 2 members of RC1 exit building for trucks. RC2 fires their RPG again at the tank, killing one crewmember and destroying the tanks LMG.
I normally don't show dice in my game pics but I wanted to demonstrate Bush War FUBAR mechanics. 1 RPG hit with the d8 and 2d10 armor dice that failed to negate the one hit by matching or beating it's score.
Prussians win initiative and continue advance. APC1 let's loose it's LMG again resulting in another kill. APC2 opens up on RC2 in the lower building but failed to hit. The remaining member of RC1 passed his activation with bravado and jumps in the closest truck. RC2 opens up with the RPG again at the tank but once again Prussian engineering wins out.
Rebels win initiative but RC1 can't start the truck as it stalls. APC1 hesitates unsure to whether to open fire at close range on a truck laden with ammunition. RC2 hits the tank again with their RPG this time destroying the main gun. Captain Falkenhuack orders the tank driver to use the tank to block in the second truck hoping that the tank's proximity to their stolen loot will prevent them from shooting at him again for fear of a miss. APC2 storms up to the lower building
entrance and unloads it's fireteam.
SF Hawk wins initiative with APC1 making decisive action and pinning the manned truck between it and the building while APC1 Fireteam unloads. APC2 Fireteam enters the lower building to engage RC2 in close quarters combat resulting in the death of a Prussian soldier. RC1's last rebel is surrounded, fails his activation and surrenders while sitting behind the wheel of the truck. (As an afterthought I should have tested to see if he blew himself and the truck up with a grenade.) Combat continues on the rebels turn with RC2 losing 1 rebel.
APC1 Fireteam secures the two trucks while APC2 Fireteam kills the remaining 2 members of RC2 in bloody hand to hand fighting but loses another valueable team member. APC2 Fireteam Sgt. Max Groeben is thankful for the extra bayonet drills and his pistol. So with both Rebel Cells neutralized and the convoy trucks captured, and only 3 casulties Captain Falkenhuack breaths sigh of relief and details 2 of his team to drive the trucks back to regiment.
Later that night at Base Camp, Captain Erik Falkenhuack addresses his men. "My soldiers, you have all fought well today. Sadly 3 of our brothers are gone, but we will honor their memory and our victory tonight with beer and a feast, as we deserve and as THEY would WANT us to do!" His men smiling, and cheerful, Captain Falkenhuack sits down to share in the victory celebration.
This was my first full 6mm Bush War FUBAR Battle and it was very enjoyable and played out in just over an hour. I apologize that my vehicles aren't painted up very well, they are in Prussian Field Gray (heh) and dipped. Same with the infantry which are awaiting a source of small flocking for their bases. I did manage to paint the faces, and some details on the infantry, but the vehicles were painted last year prior to my full on jump into 6mm this Christmas. 15mm Battles will still be fought, don't despair, after all this started out as a 15mm Republic. Thanks for reading!
REUTERS: Moscow. Karakan rebels crossed the border in a daring raid seizing tanks and other arms from a Kyrgystani military convoy. 42 Kyrgystani soldiers and 3 civilians were killed in the attack. Losses include 3, 2-ton cargo trucks full of assault rifles, ammunition and other small arms along with, surprisingly, 3 cold war era 1960's tanks.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Shown in this AP photo are rebel insurgents emerging from the Old Hotel in downtown Karakala in central Karakistan. No doubt a nest of insurgent activity.
I found this cardstock model over at the Junior General website. Good stuff there.
Friday, November 4, 2011
REUTERS. Karakistan: Prussian army troops engaged separatist rebels in Northern Karakistan today in the great Ciberian Forest. The firefight claimed the lives of 12 rebel insurgents. A PDF spokesman in Karakistan only commented that the Prussian Army was fulfiling their alliance obligations.
I played that the snow areas were forested areas and if the unit stood on white then it was in cover.
PDF troops advanced to the forest edge and opened fire on the rebels, whom ran towards their line.
Next up the bayonets were fixed and the melee began, end of game. PDF losses 0, Rebels 12.
The battle was fought using the FUBAR Dice Mod rules. It was fun but very short. I'll have to educate myself further at the Forge of War on the nuisances of FUBAR.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
REUTERS: Moscow. We are receiving word that there was fighting today in the small Karakan village of Turandihar. Prussian army troops were sent into the village to clear it out of any suspected insurgents and indeed found 2 cells of insurgents operating in the village. After bombing runs by the Russian Air Force with heavy civilian casulties, PDF troops from the 3rd Prussian Army Brigade were sent in on a mop up mission to clean it out. Below is an aerial view of the village just after the bombing.
Upon entering the village the Prussian troops were fired on resulting in 2 troops going down with severe wounds and 1 dead. The PDF soldiers stormed the first ruined building, engaging the insurgents in hand to hand combat killing all 5 of the insurgents from the first cell. Below is a picture our reporter took just prior to the Prussian assault.
The second cell operating in a nearby destroyed store stayed put waiting for the PDF troops to emerge. Instead the Prussian soldiers took cover and used precise firepower to clear out the second insurgent cell.
The battle concluded with 10 dead Karakn rebels and 1 Prussian dead and 2 wounded. Russian Major General Sergei Nostov awarded the Prussian troops Russian medals for bravery and spoke well of his Prussian allies.
I fought this battle using the FUBAR rules from the Forge of War Group. PDF as Veterans and the Rebel Cells as Greens. Both sides rolled with the Karakan Rebels gaining initiative. Insurgent Cell 1 activated and opened fire on the PDF troops resulting in 2 unsaved hits which I took as casualties. Insurgent Cell 2 in the south building killed another trooper. The PDF activates so I chose to assault Cell 1 and killed 3, next turn Cell 2 fails to activate and the PDF kills off the Cell losing only 1 more trooper. Turn 3: Cell 2 fails to activate and gets mowed down by assault fire.
I like the FUBAR rules but I think I'm going to tinker with the rules a bit to suit my tastes. I don't like modifiers of +1 or +2 to die rolls, to much small math is tedious. I want to mod it to add or take away dice.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
The Prussian Navy at last set to sea with 4 new vessels for their Baltic fleet. The Prussian ships were purchased from Venezuela in an arms deal signed last year during a visit by the Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. The photo shows 3 cutter class vessels, the Pillau, the Goldap, and the Neidenburg and 1 patrol craft.
Note on minis: I am not sure of the manufacturer or scale, I think 1/3600.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
The PDF Public Affairs website has released this photo of Prussian Army troops conducting operations in Karakistan; carrying the new Type 97 Assault Rifles recently purchased from China.
Friday, September 23, 2011
Going on vacation this weekend. The misses and I are travelling to Lake Degray near Bismarck AR for a week. We plan on doing nothing, but relaxing at the campsite and enjoying the State Park. We will bring our kayaks, books and of course I'm bringing miniatures to paint. I hope to have finished 2 squads of Prussian Army soldiers and 2 squads of Karakan insurgents to show you upon my return.
Friday, September 16, 2011
Today Prussia and China signed an arms deal worth 2.8 million Euros. Prussia will buy 5000 Type 97 Assault Rifles shown below and will began production of it's own Type 97 models in two years along with the ammunition rounds. Included in the argreement was the purchase of 5,000 HE artillery rounds, and blueprints for the same.
The PDF expects to have the new rifles in the hands of their troops serving in Karakistan within 2 months.
I have just purchased a pack of Chinese PLA 15mm toy soldiers from Rebel Minis. These will serve as the future basis of the 15mm PDF ground forces. There shall be lamentation in Karakistan!
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Delegates from both China and North Korea arrived in Koenigsberg to discuss an arms trade agreement with Prussia. Talks were held at PDF headquarters at Fort Frederick the Great in Koenigsberg. If the talks are successful and a deal is signed, the trade agreement will bring huge stockpiles of Chinese assault rifles, artillery projectiles and other conventional military hardware to Prussia, as well as North Korean missile technology in regards to launch vehicles for communications satellites. At right Prussian ministers confer with their Asian counterparts.
Saturday, September 3, 2011
On the right are Prussian Army troops on patrol in an Karakan town. These troops are part of the 3rd Brigade on deployment under allied Russian command. The soldiers are all wearing the new field gray uniforms. As you can see from the ruins, Karakistan has seen better days.
These are my first 15mm modern minis for my campaign. They are from Old Glory-Command Decision packs. I've decided to switch to an imaginary state for deployment vice Chechnya since I am very unfamiliar with the crisis there.
Friday, September 2, 2011
The Prussian Army today announced the roll out of their first Prussian made tanks. The light urban warfare tank, called the Nacht Panzer 8. Below is a picture of the first 5 painted in field gray as per the new PDF orders, formed in a troop on test runs prior to deployment to Chechnya.
Also new information has come out on the PDF's offensive strike capabilities. The army's strike missile systems are at full mission operations and could be a serious threat to Prussia's neighbors. Intelligence reports indicate ground launched "cruise" missiles and there are sketchy reports of a larger possibly ballistic missile. Interestingly Prussia has also manufactured some rather large offensive artillery guns pictured below, the larger gun having possible range to target Warsaw, hence it being dubbed the Warsaw Gun.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
The PDF has undergone major reorganization in the past year. The PDF is broken down into two sub-branches: the Prussian Army and the Prussian Navy. Both are headquartered in the capital.
The Army reorganized into 4 brigades. A HQ Brigade in Koenigsberg, 1st Brigade at Fort Frederick the Great. 2nd Brigade at Fort Erwin Rommel and the 3rd Brigade at Fort Falkenhayn. All three brigades serve on rotational deployments overseas. Currently the 3rd Brigade is in allied service with Russia fighting rebels in Chechnya. All brigades contain air, ground and missile elements. As such each brigade is fully operations capable on it's own. Also on a side note, the Prussian Army has abandoned green camouflage and reached into the past with a return to field gray, but in a digitized pattern.
HQ Brigade and Commandant of the Army: Major General Paul von Lettow.
1st Brigade Commander: Brigadier General Luther Suldowolowitz
2nd Brigade Commander: Brigadier General Wilhelm Braun
3rd Brigade Commander: Brigadier General Helmuth Gershwin
The Navy structure is still classified at this time.
Today the Prussian Defense Force announces plans to manufacture the first combat vehicle for urban warfare use. Colonel Albert Brendel head of the PDF Engineers Corps said "We expect to roll out our first tank in the next 6 months." The project name of the tank is Panzer 8. Our forces serving under allied Russian command in Chechnya have repeatedly demanded an small combat vehicle that can fight in urban terrain and out. PDF engineers have come up with a light tank design that can be crewed by 3 troopers, has a top speed of 120 km per hour and can offer field commanders a nice strike package with light and heavy machine guns and a 40mm gun. While urban warfare is not exactly the tanker's dream, many future battles will no doubt take place in an urban environment. The force value of a tank cannot be underestimated in an urban setting in which a commander needs all available combat elements to complete his mission while keeping casualties low This urban warfare tank will become an indispensable tool in our arsenal of freedom.