|BMP-3s and motor rifle troops take up a position to defend Russian sovereignty - and Gazprom pricing|
Last week Dallas hosted the Conscripts for a game of Modern Spearhead. The scenario was an imaginary ultra-modern confrontation between Poland, NATO and the Russian Federation along the border of the Baltic enclave of Kaliningrad. The battle was a "limited engagement" taking place in the context of escalating tensions around a Russian cut-off of gas supplies to Poland.
It was a great turnout on Thursday, and we were particularly happy to host veteran conscript Sean M, returning to Winnipeg for a visit from parts east in Canada. Was great to see you again Sean!
|Polish Leopard IIA4s advance|
The scenario pitted a mixed brigade of Polish and NATO troops against a brigade of top-notch (for the most part) Russian Federation troops. The Polish/NATO goal was to surround the small border town of Bagrationovsk (political symbolism for Poland). The Russian goal was to break the Polish units only - Russian leaders, while making all sorts of noise in the media - were privately concerned that any excessive casualties on NATO countries would inflame public opinion in the West to encourage further conflict.
|Another view of the BMP-3s on the hill|
The Russians had two battalions of top-end T-90s, a battalion of BMP-3 motor rifle troops, and for "flavour", a battalion of naval reserve T-55MVs. The Polish had a battalion of Leopard IIA4s, a battalion of PT-91 Twardy tanks (upgraded T-72s - we used T-80BVs to represent these on the tabletop because they have the reactive armour bricks), and a battalion of motor infantry in BWP-1s (domestic Polish BMP-1 IFVs). The Dutch had a mechanized infantry battalion in YPR-765s, with a couple of YPR-765 TOWs for support.
|PT-91 MBTs (represented by GHQ T-80BVs) advance against the BMP-3s...it will end in tears...|
|T-90s under fire as they try and hold the Leopards back...|
|Sean's T-55s hang out in reserve, waiting to score a moral victory...|
The game would last 10 turns - or until one brigade or the other broke. The game itself proceeded quickly - fast enough that we were able to take a number of breaks to catch up with Sean's hilarious stories, and watch the Winnipeg Blue Bombers somehow win a game.
|A Tunguska provides AAA/SAM cover to the BMP-3 motor rifle troops|
|Dallas' troops got hit hard by an air strike, but otherwise the NATO troops didn't get to them. BMP-3s are awesome|
Sean had the T-55s hanging back on the north of the town. He tried to move up and support Kevin, but rolled the "scottish number" on his order change check for three straight turns, leaving the T-55s in place while poor Kevin was hammered. Sean did rack up a moral victory when one of his T-55MVs managed to engage and knock out a Leopard IIA4 using tube-fired ATGMs. I think he will be talking about that for months...
|The Dutch move out. Dallas's company commanders, however, are pretty sure they "look" Polish...|
|Kevin's T-90s paid a high price against the Leopards, so he evened the odd with a call for air support.|
A big thanks to Dallas for hosting, and to everyone who came out to play some Modern Spearhead!