Slow Boat from China
This was a five player game representing a Chinese Navy attempt to escort a resupply ship to one of their island bases in the Spratly Islands. The Chinese Navy (PLAN) started out with a corvette (Weihei) escorting the cargo ship and three Type 022 missile boats. The Littoral Alliance side was made up of force from the Philippines, Vietnam, and Taiwan. The Littoral Alliance started out with two Philippine gunboats (one an old South Korean Sea Dolphin and the other an ex-US Cyclone class patrol boat, with some Hellfire missiles) and the other two players selected a Vietnamese force with a Tarantul I and Osa II, and a Taiwanese force with two Kuang Hua VI missile boats. The game started out with the two Philippine boats sitting on either side of the PLAN cargo ship, while the Weihei and three missile boats trailed behind.
|Philippine patrol boats on both sides of the cargo ship, while the Chinese corvette watches their every move|
|Vietnamese ships move slowly toward the cargo ship|
|The cargo ship slows down to clear out some water, while the PLAN missile boats move up|
|Missiles fired at the Philippine ship|
|Cargo ship on fire as missiles head for the Philippine ship|
|Missile fired at the Vietnamese|
|Vietnamese Osa under attack|
|Missiles flying everywhere|
|PLAN and Taiwanese Navy exchange shots while other ships burn in the background|
|A couple more missiles finish off the corvette|
Sandy One to the Rescue
This was a seven player game covering the rescue attempt of a downed pilot after a bomb raid over North Vietnam. There we four US Air Force players flying two each flying a pair of F-4 Phantoms (with limited fuel), while the other two flew four A-1 Skyraiders (the Sandys of the scenario name) and a CH-53 helicopter. The North Vietnamese brought in four MiG-17s and a pair of MiG-19s. They also had some 57mm AAA sites and trucks on the ground. The trucks did have a chance to move, but not very fast (they were actually moving at about 50 MPH, I wanted to give them a chance to try to get close to the downed pilot).
After setting up the Phantoms, we waited for the MiGs to appear.
|F-4 Phantoms passing over some trucks and flak|
|MiGs enter the game|
|A MiG-19 chasing a Phantom|
|The first of many missile misses as an F-4 goes down from a flak hit|
|Another missile miss|
|And another (but at least the A-1 did some damage)|
|Sandy takes down a AAA site|
|A-1s destroy some trucks and another Flak site as the downed pilot puts up some smoke|
|The CH-53 survives a head-on attack|
|And dodges a few more MiGs|
The US made it out with a heavily damaged helicopter, the downed pilot, three F-4s (although one ran out of gas on the way home) and the four A-1s. The North Vietnamese had some damaged planes, but only lost one MiG-17 to an A-1.
Overall, it seemed like things went pretty well and the players seemed to have fun. I think the speed differences between the A-1s/helicopter and all the other planes might have made it not as fun for the A-1 players, so I’ll have to watch that in the future.