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Demo Video: Special Forces vs. The Walking Dead

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About the Project

Lately, I've been running war games every weekend with members of the community via web conference. Players log on and play wargames with each other in real time, regardless of location, and we usually have at least a couple spectators as well. Many times it’s been Darkstar, but we’re also running wargames in Panzer Leader, Arab-Israeli Wars, and now Valor & Victory.

BoW/OTT community members @brucelea, @damon, @davehawes, and @rasmus have taken the plunge, leading battalions across thousands of meters of desert, starfleets in pitched battles across the heavens, or vicious firefights in the jungles of Vietnam, all without leaving the comfort of their home.

Hard-core, old-school command-tactical wargames can now be run (complete with spectators and recordings) in real time, with BOTH PLAYERS moving pieces across THE SAME virtual game board, thus maintaining player agency, speedy and instant results (no play by e-mail), interwoven turn sequences, any questions / feedback instantly received and addressed, and with the game being virtually recorded as it goes, a ready-made battle report can actually be created as we go.

All of this without the players having to install any new software on their computer, on any platform (PC or Mac). All that's needed is to agree on a time, a handful of dice, and a bellyful of courage!

Every weekend can now be a boot camp! All without costing me thousands of dollars in airfare, too!

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Demo Video: Sitrep Skirmish system in "The Walking Dead"

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Tonight we’re running a short mini-demo of how our Sitrep Skirmish system might be used in a post-apocalypse setting … such as AMC’s “The Walking Dead.”

Being a badass, elite paramilitary operator is all well and good, but when it comes to “walkers” … you only have so many bullets. And of course, the more you fire … the more walkers are drawn to your noise …

Then there’s the REAL threat, the other survivors who are all to willing (and capable) to kill to take what you have.

Sitrep Skirmish (Tactical Special Forces Wargame) set in the world of The Walking Dead

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Apologies – everyone … 

Something unexpected has come up and I won’t be able to run this stream today.

Join us as Oriskany Jim takes a couple members of the Sitrep Community through a spin of “Sitrep Skirmish,” our own ultra-modern special forces combat game.  This time it’s different, though … we’re experimenting with how a “real life” tactical spec ops game system might behave in the zombie apocalypse like “The Walking Dead.”

How long could tier-one operators survive in such an environment?  Badasses or not, they only have so many bullets.  Then of course, are the post-apocalypse threats who are very much still alive …

Sunday, 2PM ET / 7PM UK

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Map is modified, cleaned up, expanded, and ready for today's game.Map is modified, cleaned up, expanded, and ready for today's game.
Walkers closing in from all sides!Walkers closing in from all sides!
New gaming pieces (virtual minitaures) created for this game.  More female operators and men not necessary in full military gear (more contractor / PMC equipment and clothes).New gaming pieces (virtual minitaures) created for this game. More female operators and men not necessary in full military gear (more contractor / PMC equipment and clothes).

Second Battle of Fallujah - Wargame Stream (Elessar2590 vs. Oriskany)

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Here is the edited replay of Sunday’s stream, where @elessar2590 and @oriskany sit down for a game of Valor and Victory: Modern Expansion recreating part of the Second Battle of Fallujah (November 2004)

This was recognized as the bloodiest and most intense battle of the Iraq War, and the worst urban Battle US forces had been involved in since Vietnam.  In the annals of Marine Corps history, comparisons were drawn to places like Tarawa and Hue City.

@elessar2590 has played Modern Expansion Valor & Victory many times, so we have a “veteran” player and a good, intense fight!  I won’t spoil the outcome, but suffice it to say it gets very close.

Might make a fun listen while hobbying or painting!

If this kind of content interests you, please consider checking out our Sitrep Podcast Discord: https://discord.gg/hbHHD5Mcbg

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Second Battle of Fallujah - November 2004

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It’s back to modern wargaming for the Sitrep Podcast.  Tomorrow afternoon we kick our 2022 content with a live stream with community member @elessar2590 (Dylan) – when we’ll take a look at the Second Battle of Fallujah.

Part of Operation Phantom Fury, this was a US Marine Corps attack into one of the deadliest strongholds of the Iraqi insurgency, with support of the US Army’s 7th Cavalry and British forces providing perimeter security.

Second Fallujah is widely considered the “height” of the Iraq War (after the initial invasion in March 2003), and the bloodiest battle in the Iraq War for US troops.

@Elessar2590 and I will be using my modern-era expansion oif Barry Doyle’s Valor & Victory wargame system to take a company of US Marines (3rd Bn/5th Marine Regiment, 1st MARDIV) into the Jolan District of Fallujah in an attempt to approximate the action during this hard-fought battle.

Sunday, 2PM ET / 7PM UK

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The counters are ready to go for today's game.The counters are ready to go for today's game.
The map is drawn up.The map is drawn up.
Some of the background materials.Some of the background materials.

5-Minute "Fly Over" review of 20mm Wargame Table - Battle of Trenton

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In the winter of 1776, the American Revolution flickers at the precipice of oblivion.

Having suffered a staggering string of defeats and with only about 2000 soldiers left under command, General Washington hatches a last-ditch, do-or-die plan to buy the Revolution just a little more time.

On Christmas night, Washington takes the starving, barefoot remains of his army across the icy Delaware River, out of Pennsylvania and into New Jersey. This risky crossing is made at night during a snowstorm, followed by a nine-mile forced march.

Their target is a garrison of German troops – commonly called “Hessians” – fortified at the town of Trenton. The assault takes place at daybreak on 26 December. It is a spectacular success, often lauded as the “Christmas Miracle of ‘76”.

For the 245th anniversary of the Battle of Trenton, we built a 20mm wargame, played live on stream.

This video highlights the table and armies set up for our recreation of this fateful historical event.

Battle of Trenton - 20mm PHYSICAL miniatures wargame video

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Good morning everyone: Here is the edited replay video of yesterday’s stream, where we commemorated the 245th anniversary of the Battle of Trenton – the “Christmas Miracle of 1776” during the American Revolution.

In this battle, General Washington and his last 2000 men make a risky night crossing of the Delaware River on Christmas Night, crossing from Pennsylvania into New Jersey. They objective … mount a last-ditch, do-or-die assault against a garrison of 1000-1200 Crown German “Hessians” stationed at the town of Trenton, capital of New Jersey.

In all we’re looking at two river crossings, 20 miles of forced night marches, all made with absolute stealth. Had the Hessians (Fredrician-trained Continetal soldiers with fortified buildings, dry powder, professional officers, supplies, food, etc) gotten even a hint this attack was coming, that would have been the end of Washington’s sick, starving, half-clothed, and demoralized army and probably the American Revolution with it.

As it went down historically, complete surprise was achieved, and the “Miracle of Trenton” was carried off with only a handful of casualties. Meanwhile, the whole Hessian outpost was killed, captured, or wounded (less than 50 managed to escape across the fields to rejoin Cornwallis’ British garrison at Princeton).

In this 20mm miniatures game, we have a 32-square foot table, 170+ figures, and the first two and a half turns already complete (all the approaches and activations, etc).  We jump right right into the first musket volley!

Hope you enjoy the video! Might make a fun listen while hobbying or painting.

The Battle of Trenton – 20mm Miniature Wargame – The Christmas Miracle of 1776

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Today we’re running a 20mm miniature wargame depicting the main action at the Battle of Trenton, fought during the American Revolution on 26 December 1776.  A desperate surprise attack against a fortified brigade of German soldiers in the employ of the British Crown, this was the absolute last throw of the dice for an American Continental Army on the brink of disintegration.

Crossing the half-frozen Delaware River in the dead of Christmas night, the Americans marched against the Germans and assaulted Trenton in one of the most fateful moments of the war.

Failure here would have meant the end of the Continental Army, almost certainly the Revolution, and probably any prospect of a “United States” for at least another hundred years.

Sunday, 2PM ET / 7PM UK

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Historical landmarks on the table include the Presbyterian Church, St. Michael’s Evangelical Chruch, Pott’s House (Colonel Johann Rall’s HQ), Petty’s Run (creek), the Stone Barracks, and Abraham Hunt’s House.

Patriot units include:

  • Knox’s Artillery
  • Fermoy’s Brigade (Greene’s Division)
  • Sterling’s Brigade (Greene’s Division)
  • Mercer’s Brigade (Greene’s Division)
  • Glover’s Brigade (Sullivan’s Division)
  • St. Claire’s Brigade (Sullivan’s Division)
  • Command Group with General Washington, Colonel Fitzgerald, and Captain Alexander Hamilton.

Crown German (“Hessian”) units include:

  • Rall’s Grenadier Regiment
  • Knyphausen Regiment
  • Lossberg Regiment
  • Jaegers

 

Overall look at the table, viewed from the battlefield's northeast.Overall look at the table, viewed from the battlefield's northeast.
Knox's Artillery, with Washington's command group just behind.  Stationed on the high ground north of town, these guns fired right down the throat of King's Street (including Pott's House, Rall's HQ) and Queen's Street.Knox's Artillery, with Washington's command group just behind. Stationed on the high ground north of town, these guns fired right down the throat of King's Street (including Pott's House, Rall's HQ) and Queen's Street.
Fermoy's brigade (including 1st Pennsylvania Rifles and Patriot Continental German Regiments) close in from the northeast, outflanking the Hessian right wing as they struggle to come together into some kind of formation.Fermoy's brigade (including 1st Pennsylvania Rifles and Patriot Continental German Regiments) close in from the northeast, outflanking the Hessian right wing as they struggle to come together into some kind of formation.
Steven's Brigade, Greene's Division, pushing down between King and Queen Street.Steven's Brigade, Greene's Division, pushing down between King and Queen Street.
Hessian reinforcements rally through the Trenton streets, passing the Presbyterian Church behind them.Hessian reinforcements rally through the Trenton streets, passing the Presbyterian Church behind them.
Speaking of the Presbyterian Church, here she is, complete with cemetery (where Johann Rall will historically be buried).Speaking of the Presbyterian Church, here she is, complete with cemetery (where Johann Rall will historically be buried).
Nathaniel Greene's Division, including Stephen's, Mercer's, and Sterling's Brigades, are forming up along Petty's Run to engage Rall's Grenadiers and the fusiliers of the Lossberg Regiment.Nathaniel Greene's Division, including Stephen's, Mercer's, and Sterling's Brigades, are forming up along Petty's Run to engage Rall's Grenadiers and the fusiliers of the Lossberg Regiment.
Washington's Command Group, including Colonel Fitzgerald and Captain Alexander WashingtonWashington's Command Group, including Colonel Fitzgerald and Captain Alexander Washington
Hessians of the Knyphausen Fusiliers (including a detachment of Jaeger riflemen) mobilize to support the Hessian right.Hessians of the Knyphausen Fusiliers (including a detachment of Jaeger riflemen) mobilize to support the Hessian right.
Sullivan's Division - including Glover's Brigade, St.Claire's Brigade, Sergeant's Brigade (off table), cross Petty's Creek behind the Pott House (Rall's HQ) and engages the Hessians as they try to form up out of the stone barracks.Sullivan's Division - including Glover's Brigade, St.Claire's Brigade, Sergeant's Brigade (off table), cross Petty's Creek behind the Pott House (Rall's HQ) and engages the Hessians as they try to form up out of the stone barracks.

Christmas Carnage VII (North Pole Defense Wargame)

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It’s happened yet again, folks! Once more a powerful army of dastardly villains has marshalled its forces and launched on assault on Santa’s North Pole Village and Christmas Workshop … all in a sinister attempt to ruin the holidays for everyone!

It’s up to the heroes of the North Pole Defense Force to save the day in the name of happiness and holiday cheer! Can this magical “Christmas Militia” defeat a battlegroup of modern Russian armor, including T-80s, T-72s, T-64s, and T-55s? Or will Santa’s workshop wind up in cinders?

Find out as we play the wargame that determines the fate of the North Pole … YET AGAIN!

The full video is of course already posted, but here are a few snap shots ... First, the overall table.The full video is of course already posted, but here are a few snap shots ... First, the overall table.
The The "rules" of this extremely informal and impromptu wargame.
The heroes of the NPDF (North Pole Defense Force)The heroes of the NPDF (North Pole Defense Force)
Action in progress!Action in progress!
Some of the chaos at the end of the battle!Some of the chaos at the end of the battle!

Trenton Table Progress and the Return of an Xmas Tradition?

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Up at my Dad’s now, and the Trenton board is entering it’s “final construction” for our scheduled 26 December game (Battle of Trenton, 26 Deceomber 1776).

Meanwhile, there might also be a smaller, side “project of opportunity”?

Disturbing intelligence reports have arrived of a possible hostile force marshalling and armored strike force near Santa’s Village at the North Pole …

Often these enemy forces strike at Santa’s Workshop and Christmas Village in vindictive attempts to ruin the holiday – and it’s up to the brave and lovable heroes of the NPDF (North Pole Defense Force) to foil their dastardly plans.

No promises, but we’ll see what happens this year …

The Trenton Table is basically l aid out.  Lots more to do on this, but the basic framework is laid out.The Trenton Table is basically l aid out. Lots more to do on this, but the basic framework is laid out.
Landmarks include Presbyterian Church, St. Michael's Evangelical Church, Pott's House (Rall's HQ), Stone Barracks, and Abraham Hunt House, and Petty's Run (creek)Landmarks include Presbyterian Church, St. Michael's Evangelical Church, Pott's House (Rall's HQ), Stone Barracks, and Abraham Hunt House, and Petty's Run (creek)
Meanwhile, we MAAAY see some combat at the North Pole, where Santa's Workshop and Christmas Village MAAAAY come under attack by an unspecified enemy force?Meanwhile, we MAAAY see some combat at the North Pole, where Santa's Workshop and Christmas Village MAAAAY come under attack by an unspecified enemy force?
Can the heroes of the NPDF save the Christmas holiday again?Can the heroes of the NPDF save the Christmas holiday again?

Hobby Stream - Hessians and Buildings! (Trenton 1776)

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Here is the replay from yesterday’s stream, where I start some of of the last preparations for our 20mm Battle of Trenton Game (scheduled for 26 December)

Might make for a fun listen while hobbying or crafting or painting. Hope you enjoy!

WOW! A Golden Button!

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First of all, HUGE THANKS to the team for the honor of a Golden Button on these scratch-constructed 20mm buildings I’ve been putting together for our upcoming Battle of Trenton.

Holy hell, that’s awesome.  Thanks so much!

So Ben and Lloyd were asking about the patterns / skins used on this.

I have found elements on line, but had to more or less put them together myself (I just didn’t draw them pixel-by-pixel).  Also, they had to be scaled to the right degree.

Anyway, these are attached to this project thread if anyone might have use for them in their own construction projects. 😀

WOW!  A Golden Button!
WOW!  A Golden Button!
WOW!  A Golden Button!
WOW!  A Golden Button!
WOW!  A Golden Button!
WOW!  A Golden Button!
WOW!  A Golden Button!
WOW!  A Golden Button!
WOW!  A Golden Button!
WOW!  A Golden Button!
WOW!  A Golden Button!

The Miracle at Christmas - Battle of Trenton 1776 (Prep Work and Hobby Chill)

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We’re getting ready for our 20mm wargame recreating the Battle of Trenton (26 December 1776).  Crossing the Delaware River under cover of darkness on Christmas night, General George Washington took the last 2000+ men of his disintegrating army and launched a desperate counterattack against a Hessian garrison in the town of Trenton, New Jersey.  It didn’t win the war or turn the tide, but the miraculous “Christmas Victory” provided just enough hope to keep the flickering candle of American freedom alive a little longer.

Join us as we start working through our last prep work to setting up this 26 December commemorative 20mm wargame!

Sunday, 2PM ET / 7PM UK

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Last Buildings Complete!

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So the last buildings on this project are now complete.  Among the last bits of construction was going back and “face lifting” the large church (so it cansit beside the smaller church that came after it).

I hope to get all this set up for a Sunday stream, along with starting the detail-painting on my Hessians (all prep work for the upcoming 20mm Battle of Trenton game I hope to run on December 26).

Here is the church with the modular wings set on the sides, and new bell tower built.Here is the church with the modular wings set on the sides, and new bell tower built.
Scaled vs. 20mm AWI figuresScaled vs. 20mm AWI figures
From the side.  In Trenton we had the Presbyterian Church, a significant building neara the battle area historical battle site and resting place of the Hessian commander.From the side. In Trenton we had the Presbyterian Church, a significant building neara the battle area historical battle site and resting place of the Hessian commander.
The second, smaller church is in the background.  24 buildings completed in 10-12 days, so we should be okay to recreate a respectable approximation of the 26 December battle.The second, smaller church is in the background. 24 buildings completed in 10-12 days, so we should be okay to recreate a respectable approximation of the 26 December battle.

Video Replay: Panzer Leader Engagement in the World of Twilight 2000

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No more background,  no more discussion, here is Part 2 with the battle already in full swing, first blood drawn and opposing units fully engaged and intermingled!

Here is the Part Two of Sunday’s stream, where Damon and myself sat down to try a small-scale tactical wargame in the bleak setting of Twilight 2000.

Damon’s got the starving, threadbare remnants of Soviet 21st Motorized Rifle Division and the Polish 10th Tank Division.  I command the exhausted, shell-shocked survivors of Task Force 3-77 Armor (2nd Brigade, 5th US Infantry Mechanized) and elements of Canadian 4th Mechanized Brigade Group (Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry and 8th Canadian Hussars).

The game is played with the fictional units, vehicles, and weapons included in the original 1984 release of the Twilight 2000 game.  The battle is set right as the 5th US Infantry (Mechanized) finally disintegrates completely, in the absolute last gasp of both the NATO and Warsaw Pact forces in the irradiated wasteland of central Poland.

Infamously, this is where the base campaign pack of Twilight 2000 begins, when 5th Infantry Division HQ is overrun by Polish armor and the commanding general radios to his men in the clear: “Good luck.  You’re on your own.”

Can my Americans and Canadian allies hold off part of this Warsaw Pact offensive and perhaps buy time for more of our comrades to escape?

ALMOST DONE!

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I am finally getting close with my American Revolution buildings project for the Battle of Trenton.

All scratch-built construction, made from gift boxes, Photoshop skins, and pine hobby sticks from the craft store.

Two more houses and another church (smaller than the one already completed for this project).Two more houses and another church (smaller than the one already completed for this project).
Those little Those little "side sheds" and wings on the church are all detached, so the buildings can be "lego-blocked" in different combinations and shapes.
I'm a lot happier with the way this church came out.  Now my other, larger church looks rather lame by comparison. So I might have to quickly revisit the first church and give it a bit of a facelift.I'm a lot happier with the way this church came out. Now my other, larger church looks rather lame by comparison. So I might have to quickly revisit the first church and give it a bit of a facelift.
I find that on town / city / urban boards, the NUMBER of buildings is important because that's where you get your streets, alleys, corners, and tactical features for a good up-close shoot-out.  Anyway, just 1-2 more small buildings left and I'll then set up the whole I find that on town / city / urban boards, the NUMBER of buildings is important because that's where you get your streets, alleys, corners, and tactical features for a good up-close shoot-out. Anyway, just 1-2 more small buildings left and I'll then set up the whole "village."

Video Replay: Panzer Leader Engagement in the World of Twilight 2000

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Here is the Part One of Sunday’s stream, where Damon and myself sat down to try a small-scale tactical wargame in the bleak setting of Twilight 2000.

Damon’s got the starving, threadbare remnants of Soviet 21st Motorized Rifle Division and the Polish 10th Tank Division.  I command the exhausted, shell-shocked survivors of Task Force 3-77 Armor (2nd Brigade, 5th US Infantry Mechanized) and elements of Canadian 4th Mechanized Brigade Group (Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry and 8th Canadian Hussars).

The game is played with the fictional units, vehicles, and weapons included in the original 1984 release of the Twilight 2000 game.  The battle is set right as the 5th US Infantry (Mechanized) finally disintegrates completely, in the absolute last gasp of both the NATO and Warsaw Pact forces in the irradiated wasteland of central Poland.

Infamously, this is where the base campaign pack of Twilight 2000 begins, when 5th Infantry Division HQ is overrun by Polish armor and the commanding general radios to his men in the clear: “Good luck.  You’re on your own.”

Can my Americans and Canadian allies hold off part of this Warsaw Pact offensive and perhaps buy time for more of our comrades to escape?

More Construction on 1776 Trenton

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Scratch-building some more 20mm Colonial buildings for the upcoming “Christmas Special” anniversary game of the Battle of Trenton (26 December, 1776).

Cardboard gift boxes, Photoshop skins, some pine wood sticks, and 1.7 metric f**k-tons of patience.

More Construction on 1776 Trenton
More Construction on 1776 Trenton
More Construction on 1776 Trenton

Panzer Leader in the world of Twilight 2000

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Join community members Damon and Oriskany Jim as they try an experimental game of Panzer Leader set in the grim “future” of Twilight 2000. In the setting of this RPG, a fictional World War III in the late 1990s has crippled global civilization to the point of slow, unraveling collapse. Soldiers in the various armies all around the world just … stop getting orders from command structures and governments that no longer exist.

Can we use tabletop wargames to play larger-scale battles in this setting? Perhaps we can imagine clashes between post-apocalypse warlords, the last futile military campaigns before the final collapse, or maybe the first struggles of some restored local government and militia?

Sunday, 2PM ET / 7PM UK

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Using material from the old sourcebooks and campaign supplements, I tried to plot out some approximate positions for the Using material from the old sourcebooks and campaign supplements, I tried to plot out some approximate positions for the "standard" first campaign in Twilight 2000 - where characters start off with the 5th US Infantry Division (Mechanized) in central Poland. They have just failed to mount an eastward push on Lodz, and are now cut off and counterattacked by Soviet and Warsaw Pact forces. As divisional headquarters is overrun, the radio message comes down from the commanding general. "Good luck. You're on your own." Civilization has collapsed and your division is gone. What do you do?
Here is the map for today's game.  We'll be imagining some of the very last battles of 5th US Infantry (remnants) before its final disintegration, south-southeast of Kalisz (the usual beginning point of many Twilight 2000 campaigns) - July, 2000.  Here is the map for today's game. We'll be imagining some of the very last battles of 5th US Infantry (remnants) before its final disintegration, south-southeast of Kalisz (the usual beginning point of many Twilight 2000 campaigns) - July, 2000.
The US and NATO sourcebooks (at least in the original 1980s editions of the RPG) give great data on what units and equipment was on hand when the final collapse came.  Of course these units are long gone by the time a Twilight 2000 campaign typically starts.  But the game lists 4th Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group as being attached to 5th US Mechanized (XI Corps, subordinated to Third West German Army).  Of course, we're looking at older versions of the M1A1 (shorter L44 gun), and the strange The US and NATO sourcebooks (at least in the original 1980s editions of the RPG) give great data on what units and equipment was on hand when the final collapse came. Of course these units are long gone by the time a Twilight 2000 campaign typically starts. But the game lists 4th Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group as being attached to 5th US Mechanized (XI Corps, subordinated to Third West German Army). Of course, we're looking at older versions of the M1A1 (shorter L44 gun), and the strange "M1A2" the original game writers imagined might be in service in the "distant future" of the year 2000.
5th US Infantry's final death blow is actually delivered largely by Warsaw Pact Polish units, coordinating with Soviets.  Most of the equipment and units here is pretty familiar.  Just note the odd 5th US Infantry's final death blow is actually delivered largely by Warsaw Pact Polish units, coordinating with Soviets. Most of the equipment and units here is pretty familiar. Just note the odd "T-90" tank (in the 1980s they had some strange ideas on where tank design would go). Also note the conscripts, the shattered absence of any kind of standard OOB, the use of civilian vehicles for transport, and yes ... even cavalry scouts. Twilight 2000 is basically "Team Yankee" crossed with "Mad Max," the world has been nuked six ways from Sunday and the armies of the world (what's left of them) must now make their own way in the ruins of a new Dark Age.

Scratch-Building 1700s 20mm Town for Battle of Trenton

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For the last week or so I have been building 20mm Americal Colonial buildings like a fiend … becuase I’m getting ready to run the Battle of Trenton in 20mm on the December 26 anniversary and only recently remembered three facts.

1) The Battle of Trenton takes place … in Trenton.
2) Trenton is a … town.
3) I have virtually no buildings for this scale and period.

So I’ve been building…  All by hand, all from scratch.

Here's my little town so far ... You can see some of the boxes I've been using for construction still stacked up in the background.Here's my little town so far ... You can see some of the boxes I've been using for construction still stacked up in the background.
Downloaded what skins I could find, then did some Photoshop work to scale and assemble them the way I wanted.  Maybe here we have some Downloaded what skins I could find, then did some Photoshop work to scale and assemble them the way I wanted. Maybe here we have some "Sons of Liberty" staggering out of a local pub.
The biggest building I have so far is church.  I needed one, the Trenton Presbyterian Church was the biggest physical structure in the town at the time, made of stone, and so is an actual tactical feature.  Also, the German commander is buried in its graveyard, you can visit his gravestone to this day.The biggest building I have so far is church. I needed one, the Trenton Presbyterian Church was the biggest physical structure in the town at the time, made of stone, and so is an actual tactical feature. Also, the German commander is buried in its graveyard, you can visit his gravestone to this day.
These are all just These are all just "cubes" of cardboard, but with a little but of detail, peaked rooves, and by assembling smaller "cubes" together (With a little work in Photoshop and a pinch of patience), you can get some fairly realistic and more complex shapes.
With enough of these (I'm *mostly* done, I have maybe 5-7 smaller ones left) I hope to approximate most of King Street and Queen Street leading north out of Trenton, where much of this battle took place.With enough of these (I'm *mostly* done, I have maybe 5-7 smaller ones left) I hope to approximate most of King Street and Queen Street leading north out of Trenton, where much of this battle took place.

Creating Character Artwork for Twlight 2000

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Good afternoon, everyone – Here is the replay of last night’s stream, where I took a swing at original character artwork for a character unfortunate enough to live in the world of Twlight 2000.

We try to keep it fresh and approach modern military gaming from all kinds of different angles. Might make for a fun listen while hobbying or painting.

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