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Mako11 Inactive Member03 Aug 2011 2:13 p.m. PST

With the 30th Anniversary of the Falklands Conflict coming up soon, e.g. in less than a year (really can't believe it was that long ago), just curious to see how much interest there is in gaming some of the land, sea, or air, or combined battles there?

Also, as an ulterior motive, I'm hoping to prod Geoff from QRF to produce a 1/100th scale Pucara as well, and possibly some 15mm troops suitable too (since the MJ Figures are currently MIA),

He knows about my request for the Pucara already, but I'm hoping some of you will convince him to have the Pucara produced soon, to provide some much needed close air support for the Argies.

They already have a very extensive range of 1/2400th scale vessels for the naval side of things, and may have some 15mm figs suitable for use in the theater (can't recall about that for sure, but don't believe they have any dedicated Falklands figs for either the British or the Argentines may have to make do with some others as stand-ins, that are close enough in this scale).

Lots of options for fighting the air war, including some 1/1200th aircraft coming from QRF, 1/600th, 1/300th, etc.

So, if you'd love to see some Pucaras in 1/100th scale, as well as some dedicated 15mm figs, e-mail Geoff at QRF to let him know, so hopefully we can get them before or about the time of the anniversary, instead of 2 3 years, or more after the event.

Would also love to see some nice SAS and SBS figs, with kayaks, inflatables, and other small craft, for covert insertions, and for raids on the Argentine forces on the islands, especially airbases.

Some special forces for attacks on the Argentine mainland airbases, and/or Argentine special forces would be nice too, since the latter were considering conducting raids on Ascension Island, and Gibraltar.

sjolly H4 Inactive Member03 Aug 2011 2:20 p.m. PST

Absolutely – I'm a naval gamer (Harpoon normally), and would love to have an excuse to expand my miniature collection!

Bertie04 Aug 2011 6:16 a.m. PST

In Hong Kong we have done "Lombardo's Fork", based on the information in David Brown's book, assuming that TG 79.3
evades Conqueror and crosses the Burdwood coming up from the south whilst there is enough wind for TG 79.1 to launch. And also, as mentioned on another posts, the sub hunt north of Port Stanley, and the first day at San Carlos… all very playable and very interesting games.

Number6 Inactive Member07 Aug 2011 9:42 p.m. PST

Well I am hoping to find time to finish a Downtown/Elusive Victory mod for the Falklands using Vassal. I've got the map and counter designs.


Mapleleaf Inactive Member10 Aug 2011 2:41 a.m. PST

30 years !!! I feel old

benglish16 Aug 2011 8:02 p.m. PST

Does anyone have any pics of Falklands games they've played in any scale? I'd love to see how they did the terrain.

sjolly H4 Inactive Member17 Aug 2011 1:50 p.m. PST


One of the Harpoon Naval Reviews (don't have them with me right now) had a solo game of the Falklands, that showed the scenery used for a Falklands game. I'll find which one and let you know.


Bertie18 Aug 2011 2:24 a.m. PST

1:3000 scale ships, 1:700 scale aircraft, ground scale 3"=1mile
Partly because it was a naval game, and mostly because I was rushed, the terrain was not my best. I'll redo it before we play again. After all, the whole point in using iniatures is that it looks right.

archstanton73 Inactive Member18 Aug 2011 11:47 a.m. PST

Yep--got 1/600th planes 1/6000 ships all ready to do the air/naval side of it

Grand Duke Natokina Inactive Member18 Aug 2011 1:24 p.m. PST

30 years already?

corvettek225 Inactive Member06 Sep 2011 1:22 p.m. PST

I've got lots of MJ Falklands figs if anyone is interested.
corvettek225 at gmail dot com


IronDuke181328 Sep 2011 10:41 p.m. PST


I'd be interested. Send me a PM.


desert war Inactive Member29 Sep 2011 7:56 p.m. PST

Bertie, Where did you get your ships and planes from.

Bertie30 Sep 2011 12:05 a.m. PST

Dear Desert,
Navwar, Skytrex and Denian mostly.
The Canberra is converted Navwar, and the Norland, Europic Ferry and Mexeflottes are scratch built.
For planes I use Skywave 1:700 mostly, with some White Ensign Models 1:700 and Tumbling Dice 1:600, they provided the A4s, Harriers and Pucarras respectively. The Daggers were kitbashed by putting delta wings on YAK 38s from the (Hasegawa I think,)Soviet navy pack.

Chouan Inactive Member03 Oct 2011 5:08 a.m. PST

You could do an RFA Sir Galahad game, where you see which one of the Engineers can get out of the Engine Room before they're burned.

arodrig6 Inactive Member03 Oct 2011 9:15 p.m. PST

This might be relevant. I've just released the HMS Endurance (1967) for sale through my 3D printing store, Objects May Appear… ( ):

It is available in multiple scales:

1:2400 (less expensive version in WSF material)


Jemima Fawr Inactive Member23 Dec 2011 8:05 a.m. PST

Once again, Kirchner seems to be wanting to mount her own 30th Anniversary re-fight at 1:1…

I bet the Falklanders are gutted that their ships are no longer permitted to use Paraguayan ports.

Neroon Inactive Member23 Dec 2011 6:59 p.m. PST


A 1/100 Pucara and Argentine infantry would also be very useful for AK-47 gamers. Lot's of sales opportunities I should think.


Perhaps the PM should send "Falk Off Argentina" T-shirts to his opposite numbers in Mercusor. Better yet, have a well publicised port call by an RN SSN (or even better an SSBN). Just to remind the dagos of their place in the pecking order.


Chouan Inactive Member24 Dec 2011 7:48 a.m. PST

Every time we seriously down grade our forces when Argentina has domestic problems their illegal claim to the Falklands comes up again. A bit more seriously this time. We should send a warship there. Or a squadron of Harriers. If only we had one….. of either.

Mako11 Inactive Member26 Dec 2011 6:14 p.m. PST

Perhaps you could lease the Chinese (Russian-built) carrier for a few weeks, and have it sail close by Argentina, flying a false British Flag, with scattered inflatable Sea Harriers tied down on the deck.

Flying false flags worked a few centuries ago, back in the Age of Sail, so might work now.

GeoffQRF Inactive Member27 Dec 2011 3:42 a.m. PST

Knowing our luck, they'd sink it and we'd have to cancel the replacements to foot the bill :-D

(Less impressive when you can only afford two inflatable Sea Harriers too)

Mako11 Inactive Member30 Dec 2011 12:57 a.m. PST

Well, there is that, and/or it would break down, have to get towed into the nearest port (probably in Argentina, since things have a way of going bad at the worst possible moment), and the Argentines would get a good laugh.

Yes, truly a sad situation.

Perhaps you could get the school children to start a national paper mache' project of building Sea Harrier decoys.

GeoffQRF Inactive Member30 Dec 2011 9:01 a.m. PST

Some of those paper Sea Harriers are quite realistic:



Not quite sure how they would fare in the South Atlantic weather though…


Lion in the Stars30 Dec 2011 8:43 p.m. PST

Oh, I think a port visit from an SSN would get someone's attention in a very prompt fashion.

Especially if you do a SINKEX down there and show them what a Spearfish can do to someone instead of a 30+year-old Mk14 torp.

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