Category Archives: Battlefront: First Echelon

‘Active Edge’: Building a Cold War BAOR Battlegroup

My good mate, lapsed wargamer and former Best Man, Gary P was recently browsing this blog.  As a long-serving senior officer of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, a veteran of numerous wars and operations, a Staff College graduate and having undertaken … Continue reading

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My ‘Partizan in the Cloud’: The Cassinga Raid, Angola 1978

This weekend should have been spent schlepping up to Newark for my annual pilgrimage to the Partizan 2020 show, but as with so many events at the moment, Partizan has been forced to cancel.  However, they are running the show … Continue reading

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‘Going Dutch’: Building a Cold War Dutch Battlegroup (Part 4)

I’ve been side-tracked on other projects just lately and haven’t really progressed with my 15mm Cold War Cloggy army.  However, I recently found some spare models cluttering up space in my locker, so decided to paint them up as 1980s … Continue reading

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Cold War Polish ATGM Teams

Of all the articles on this blog, my article on the mechanised infantry of the Polish People’s Army of the Cold War has the most hits by quite a wide margin (closely followed by my series on the Cold War … Continue reading

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See You At Crusade! (unless you spot me first, obviously…)

The car’s all packed and we’ll be heading off in the morning at oh-f@£&-hundred-hours to the Crusade 2020 show in Penarth.  So I hope to see a few of you there! 🙂 And the offer still stands: if anyone wants … Continue reading

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My 2019/2020 Demo Game: The Cassinga Raid, Angola 1978 (Part 5: The Scenario)

As discussed in the previous articles here, here and here, I decided last year to do a demo game based on the controversial 1978 Cassinga Raid, which was an early engagement in South Africa’s ‘Border War’ in Angola.  I took … Continue reading

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My 2019/2020 Demo Game: The Cassinga Raid, Angola 1978 (Part 4): The Game!

At long last, all that research, scenario-writing, model-making and terrain-building finally paid off last weekend as our Carringa Raid game took the prize for Best Demo Game at Warfare 2019!  As regular readers will know, I only do demo games … Continue reading

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My 2019/2020 Demo Game: The Cassinga Raid, Angola 1978 (Part 3): Smuggy McSmugface…

I’ll post a proper battle report up later (we actually managed to fully play the game twice, but my phone ran out of photo-storage at the end of the first day…), but the game’s first outing at Warfare 2019 in … Continue reading

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My 2019/2020 Demo Game: The Cassinga Raid, Angola 1978 (Part 2 – the Playtest)

As discussed last time, I’ve spent the last few months building the terrain and forces for a demo-game of the Cassinga Raid, with the intention of going around a few of the UK wargame shows, starting with Warfare in Reading, … Continue reading

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My 2019/2020 Demo Game: The Cassinga Raid, Angola 1978 (Part 1)

As mentioned in recent posts, I’ve spent the last few months building terrain-boards, painting troops and sticking together aeroplanes for my forthcoming demo game at Warfare 2019, which will be held on the weekend of 16th/17th November, at the Rivermead … Continue reading

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