Damn Dirty Apes!

I have a lot to blog about so I’ll divide my news up into a couple of entries today. I missed a bunch of gaming in the past 6 weeks due to work and a vacation I took. At least I got a nice tan! However gaming has come back on strong.

My first bit of news is I have started a new miniatures project. I’ve got about 40 28mm infantry and 6 vehicles to paint up. I also have to make a zoo! I am combining my Devil Dog Design marines and my Eureka Boiler Suit Apes to creat a project currently entitled “Zoo Insurgency.” Expect a catchier name to follow. Basically the story is this: Reservists get the call that there is terrorist activity at the city zoo. Mystified that terrorism has hit our shores but ready to lock and load a convoy of soldiers races to the zoo. Unfortunately the zoo is no more.

“You damn dirty apes, you blew it up!”

–Lt. Taylor

So it is up to the intrepid Reservists to save the day by discovering the simian plot, capture or kill its leadership and discover the horrible truth behind the days events. It should be an interesting scenario to say the least. I am thinking about playing all of the apes myself as GM and letting the players figure out how to best defeat the monkey threat! I am looking forward to putting it together. I bought some new paints and set myself up on Sunday and started to paint the vehicles to get back into the feel of things. I put some BS camo on the hummers and the Track (aka an M113 since the Bradley’s would be left in Iraq). I am trying to find some more modern 28mm modern soldiers so I can go with a more modern TO&E. The old 4 man teams are no longer in vogue. 5 man teams with an extra SAW are more common. In some cases there is even an additional M203! That is a lot of firepower.

I am writing rules for this as well. There are certain aspects of MOUT (Mobility Operations on Urban Terrain) that I want highly modeled. I want to encourage proper tactics. I’ll let the system enforce them. The keys will be Cover – Manuever – Ammo. You need cover to stay alive. You must manuever to find the enemies unprotected sides. You must expend ammo to fix the enemy in place (via pinning from superior fire) and once you get an element flanking the enemy, eliminate them.

My biggest problem right now is I don’t have enough 28mm modern infantry. I am researching options and will report here what I come up with.

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