Jamie and I played in Route 66, Will McNally and Pete Jones's excellent Vietnam War game in which our heroes were tasked with transporting a convoy of supplies through hostile territory to a US firebase.
|Route 66 - the red strips are 'blinds'; which may or may|
not represent enemy activity.
The long table was divided in two by a river. On the nearside of the river was a village with we needed to pass through as it taking the trucks off road was likely to lead to them bogging down. We decided to send our two M113 ACAVs into a flanking position so they could provide fire support whilst a squad of our infantry dismounted to attack frontally.
Unfortunately, the first blind that wasn't a blank turned out to be a trap. An unlucky die roll meant that one of our precious two ACAVs hit a mine and was destroyed! A significant dent in our firepower at an early stage of the game!
|The second M113 ACAV (centre) burns before we even start |
to assault the village.
|An NVA machine gun threatens the convoy's left flank.|
|Suspiciously well-armed for a medevac but never mind.|
|The Brown Water Navy were a useful addition to our firepower.|
|Richard Baber and Rob Connolly wonder what's for lunch.|
|Roofs restored now the enemy are destroyed, Will's hooches are |
surprisingly effective for such simple cardboard and crepe paper constructions.
|That's the downed Huey in the cloud of smoke by the river!|
|As the first elements of the convoy cross the bridge, the lead squad again |
dismounts to rescue the crew and wounded from the downed Huey.
At this point Jamie was put in charge of the troops manning the Firebase and the cry of 'Sappers!' went up as the enemy launched a major assault.
I raced the one remaining M113 ACAV towards the camp gate thinking the vehicle's firepower could probably swing the battle our way. Sadly, I hadn't accounted for the enemy's sole RPG-7 and my own ability to throw the worst possible score on a d10 at the crucial moment. Easy Rider, having made it literally right to the wire, was knocked out by the incoming grenade.
|Pete's pipe-cleaner RPG-in-flight zooms past the camp |
perimeter defences to strike Easy Rider.
Route 66 was great fun and thanks are due to Pete and Will for putting on a great looking game and to Rob and Richard for having our backs when the gooks were all over us.
I believe Sunday was to be Hue! Jamie and I were sad that we couldn't be there.