Modern Naval Ships

The Indian Fleet
The Indian Fleet

I had ordered Indian and Chinese fleet packs. In addition I picked up a couple of extra aircraft carriers as well as some aircraft. Everything is 1/3000th scale. The vessels in the packet are:

  • 8 Russian built kilo class submarines
  • 1 Vikrant aircraft carrier
  • 3 x Rajput Guided Missile Destroyers
  • 3 x Godaviry Guided Missile Frigates
  • 2 x Taragiri Guided Missile Frigates
  • 2 x Trishul Guided Missile Frigates
  • 4 x Khukri Guided Missile Frigates
  • 4 x Sukanya Patrol Craft

To that I added an Admiral Gorshkov as the newer aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya which is set to enter service with the Indian Navy this year.

The Chinese Fleet
The Chinese Fleet

The second pack I received was a Chinese fleet. It consisted of:

  •  3 x Han class Nuclear Attack Submarines
  • 3 x Ming class Patrol Submarines
  • 2 x Luhu Guided Missile Destroyers
  • 4 x Luta Guided Missile Destroyers
  • 2 x Jinaan Helicopter Carrying Destroyers
  • 2 x Jiang Wei Type 1  Guided Missile Frigates
  • 2 x Jiang Wei Type 2  Guided Missile Frigates
  • 2 x Jiang Hu Type 1  Guided Missile Frigates
  • 4 x Jiang Hu Type 2  Guided Missile Frigates
  • 2 x Jiang Hu Type 3  Guided Missile Frigates
  • 1 x Fuqing ((go on, you know you want to say the name of this like a naughty boy))  Fleet Oiler
  • 1 x Nanking Fleet Replenishment Ship

To that I added an aircraft carrier, the Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Kuznetsov (Адмирал Флота Советского Союза Кузнецов) as a sister-ship of the Varyag. TheVaryag was purchased by China and converted to serve in the PLAN as the Liaoning, being commissioned into the PLAN in September 2012.

The aircraft
The aircraft

To all of the above I added some aircraft for both sides. Unfortunately the 1/3000th modern aircraft from Navwar are on a base so the only thing I can really use them for is marking air-raids coming in. In the World War 2 range Navwar makes aircraft without the big base which is great as you can add them to the flight deck of an aircraft carrier and improve the look of the vessel.

The World War 2 aircraft can be mounted in flights on stands as well. Anyway, they will serve well as markers.

The only other thing to add is the rules.

A few weeks ago I ordered a copy of the Shipwreck naval rules from Quick Reaction Force. They were delivered and have provided some interesting evening reading lately. They have been around for a few years but they also simplify the game somewhat ensuring that a modern naval battle can be completed in fairly quick time.

I am tempted to get some American vessels as well and perhaps some Russian vessels. I think I might try them from GHQ or C-in-C (both of which are more expensive than Navwar and in 1/2400th but both of which make beautiful models).

Shipwreck Naval Wargame Rules
Shipwreck Naval Wargame Rules

A Modern Game – the Danes hold NATO’s Northern Flank

PA312497 I trekked to Canberra over the weekend. The main reason was to see number three son and visit the Australian War Memorial (see another post coming up). However instead of driving back to Sydney on Saturday night I headed over to Doug and Gillian’s to see two of my favourite Labradors as well as to have a game with Doug.

We’d been looking at the Cold War Commander Rules and Doug had been purchasing off eBay. I’d sent an order to Navwar in the UK (6 days from the time I faxed the order until I had the goods in my hands) for some Heroics and Ros tanks and Infantry. I was building a Danish force circa 1970 to 1990. Doug had Soviets so, setting the year as 1984, we had a game.

Basically the game revolved around the Danes providing a holding force on NATO’s northern flank to slow the advance of a second-string Soviet column. The Danes had set up a very hasty defence, digging a mechanised infantry battalion in across the centre of the expected line of advance, supported by a couple of squadrons of light tanks (M41 Walker Bulldogs – one troop shown in the picture above about to advance on some BMPs).

The Danes held, especially as the T-72s rolled in against the infantry. When we called time and the Danes surrendered, they had held the Soviet advance for a fair while and it was a near run thing as the Soviet morale was also starting to get close to becoming shaky.

It was an enjoyable game, made enjoyable as much from the good company as anything else.

The picture above shows the Danish M41s almost completed – the bases need finishing and a final varnish which will be done this week. I’ll post pictures of them when they are finished. I also have a battalion of Centurions to paint for the Danes as well which will give them more punch against the Soviets as well as consigning the M41s to the Recce role.

Next up after finishing off the Danes will be Norwegians.

Blitzkreig Commander, Cold War Commander

I have had  Blitzkreig Commander for a while now and I quite like those rules. I have some Skytrex 1/200th scale vehicles and figures for this by have not got around to acutally doing anything with them yet. On the strength of the Blitzkreig Commander rules, however, I have also decided to get a copy of Cold War Commander. Guess what I’ll be doing when I get the Victorian Science Fiction project finished?