[Wow, it has been a long, long time since I blogged! Truth is, I finally hit the tipping point when it comes to gaming. As I've detailed here, I've just become sick of the shenanigans that currently enfold gaming - both the hobby and the industry. If it isn't disreputable game developers and publishers shoveling high priced garbage our way, it is an equally disreputable gaming press that is conspiring to help devs and pubs shovel garbage our way, but with their added touch of college-level Marxism and militant feminism. I'm sorry, but things have become too toxic and juvenile for me to put up with that for long. So, I've taken a big step back from gaming and have instead begun focusing on other hobbies, some new, some old.
Now, that doesn't mean I will never touch a game again. No, I always have an eye out for a glimmer of hope. Gaming has been in tough straits before but has managed to recover. I suspect history will repeat, but just not yet - the industry needs to burn a bit more to further reduce the rubbish to ash. But perhaps one distant day.
Be that as it may, today was a rare day where I did get some gaming in, largely due to the fact that I am under the weather and didn't have the energy to do anything else. So...bully for me? Anyhoo, seeing how Obama has become the Neville Chamberlain of our century, I was in the mood for a bit of wargaming. So I booted up Eugen's Wargame: Red Dragon. Truth be told, this is one of the games that contributed to the souring of my mood when it came to games. I loved its precursor, Wargame: AirLand Battle, but felt that Red Dragon was little more than an overpriced expansion pack disguised as a standalone title. I still believe that to be true. But...whatever.
The following Russia versus Danes scenario was inspired by Russia's recent nuclear threat against Denmark - yes, I am serious. Read it here. Isn't Obama's foreign policy just the bee's knees? ]
This skirmish scenario ultimately came down who was going to control a section sector 'Echo,' an L-shaped strip of land that forded a waterway that divided the two larger land masses to the north and south. While there was a small village at the northern portion of the sector, the rest was largely open land with the exception of a very wooded areas on its western and eastern edges. The most vital thing about it, however, was the central roadway.
The Russians, using this roadway, immediately launched a strong offensive down it, something one of my scout helicopters discovered to its chagrin.
Some mobile AA smoked it right out of the sky. And the battle was on.
Seeing how my Danish forces were too thin in the area, I scrambled a Drake and a F-16 to harass the advancing Russians. Both did some damage:
Albeit, one Russian missileer managed to get one SAM off at the Drake, forcing it to drop flares and egress:
I then brought in some SP artillery to help slow down the Russians while my AI ally (also Danish forces) and I reinforced the sector:
More airstrikes, this time another F-16 strafes the road:
|You can see one of my warships off the coast|
All this fire support must have worked because the Russian advance slowed. Soon, only dismounted infantry tried to make it up the road. I brought in a pair of helos and let them have it with side-mounted MG fire:
We also brought in some Special Forces teams. They took up position in a patch of woods and hit any armored vehicles that came up the road with ATGM fire:
And more airstikes!
But the Russians were a persistent lot. So, I called in some infantry and had them occupy some building to the south of the sector. Turned out to be a smart move because the Russians managed to get about a platoon of BMPs through the gauntlet of fire. This infantry was in a good position to slow them down:
|The house to the right holds a team that just fired an ATGM|
The Russians were still pushing hard, so I brought in some air mobile infantry to secure additional houses that overlooked the main road:
The Russians must have spotted them moving in because before too much longer, MG fire was raking all the buildings!
At long last, I got some heavy armor in the area. They made quick work of some Russian armor:
I also brought in a platoon of M/92 PNMKs. I were not familiar with these, but they seem to be like the American Bradley. They proved to be as deadly, too, with their KBA 25mm autocannons. They shredded light armor, helos, and infantry alike!
|A M/92 PNMK stops alongside the road to kill some distant targets with its lethal 25mm!|
My one offshore warships got in on the fun and started pounding away with one of its guns:
It wasn't very accurate, but it kept their heads down.
I also brought in a pair of gunships sporting some very helpful TOW missiles:
At this point, the battle was reaching a frightful crescendo. Both sides were throwing everything they could into the mix! I think the Russians were getting desperate because they suddenly sent in a bunch of gunships to take out our strong points. They were very effective, sadly. But I brought in some Hamlet teams, one of which managed to nail a Hind:
|A SAM team, nicely hidden in some woods, lets a missile go at a Hind.|
It was at this point that the Russians seemed to be finally beaten back. Their assault paused and we went on the attack. As can be seen here, the main road was absolutely clogged with destroyed Russian vehicles! My armor had to drive around the wrecks!
My M/92s brought up the rear. Here, one can be seen firing on some dug-in infantry on a now flaming hillside:
We continued to advance with little opposition. At long last some Danish infantry managed to get back to the small village in the north of the sector:
There didn't seem to be anyone home:
We used the cover of the trees to sneak up the back of the village:
All is quiet....
And that is where the battle ended!