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Just Jack Supporting Member of TMP07 Jul 2015 6:01 p.m. PST


It's 1930 on 1 Feb 1990, and the CLA's C Company, Unconventional Warfare Group, is charged with blocking east-west running fast routes through the Escambray Mountains (just east of Cienfuegos), the goal being to isolate powerful regime forces at Camaguey, Las Tunas, Holguin, and Santiago de Cuba and prevent them from influencing the fight in the west, with Havana being enveloped from both west (Playa Colorada landing site) and east (Bay of Pigs landing site).

C Company has spent the past several hours variously conducting reconnaissance to identify enemy columns heading west, and dispersing to dodge harassing regime ground attack aircraft ("I thought our flyboys were supposed to take care of all that…"). In any case, C Company has identified an enemy column of Task Force A, 12th Mechanized Company, sallying forth out of Holguin; the Company Commander quickly issues orders for a hasty ambush. It would turn into what would surely be one of the most ferocious firefights of the entire War of Liberation…


So far we've had:
1) B Squadron SOF destroyed a radar site in support of amphibious landings at Playa Colorada (5). B Sqdn then egressed and linked up with CLA rotary wing assets for their follow-on mission in Havana (6).
2) C Squadron SOF destroyed a the Cuban military's communications center.
3) 1st Para Battalion dropped in and seized a bridge to screen the landings at Playa Colorada (5).
4) 2nd Para battalion dropped in and eliminated a Castro-regime garrison to screen the landings at the Bay of Pigs (just west of (4).
5) 1st Marine Company, 3rd Infantry Battalion, made an amphibious assault at Playa Colorada.
6) A Squadron SOF attacked a Castro-regime SAM site near Havana, which failed to clear the way for B Squadron's helo assault into Havana.
7) 2nd Marine Company, 6th Infantry Battalion, landed at the Bay of Pigs then turned east and ran into a strong enemy force, which it handily defeated.
8) B Company of the UWG pursued and destroyed an enemy garrison in the Escambray Mountains.
9) B Squadron SOF conducted an aerial insertion into Havana to seize a radio station and broadcast news of the invasion.
10) 10th Popular Force Battalion seized and destroyed the Pedroso bridge to protect the Bay of Pigs landing site from the Matanzas garrison.
11) 1st Airborne Infantry Battalion successfully fought off a regime counterattack near the bridge at Sandino, protecting the western (Playa Colorada) landing site from the Pinar del Rio garrison.
12) 6th Infantry Battalion fought through an enemy ambush while pushing inland from the Bay of Pigs landing site.
13) 8th Popular Force Battalion ambushed a mechanized column of the enemy 2nd Armored Battalion, just west of Havana.
14) 2nd Airborne Battalion engaged enemy armored forces of the 6th Armored Battalion in the village of El Rincon, en route to the Bay of Pigs landing site.
15) 4th Infantry Battalion's 1st Air Assault Company conducts an air assault southeast of Sandino to counter enemy mechanized forces of 3rd Infantry Battalion (forcing 1st Airborne Battalion's right flank).
16) 9th Popular Force Battalion conducts a spoiling attack on the regime's 7th Infantry Battalion in the Matanzas garrison.
17) 2nd Air Assault Company, 7th Infantry Battalion, inserts east of El Rincon to block the escape of the regime's 6th Armored Battalion.
18) C Company of the UWG fought a running battle in the Escambray Mountains to delay/halt the regime's 12th Mechanized Battalion moving west.


The opposing forces, with regime forces on the left and the CLA on the right. The CLA are Minifigs Australians from their Modern Range, and the regime forces are Argentinians from Pendraken's Falklands range, with an M-8 armored car and two SU-76s, also from Pendraken.

The CLA has a Command Stand representing their Company Commander (unfortunately it has four figures vice three, just like the regular rifle stands), six rifle stands, and a single leader figure representing their Battalion Commander. Each rifle team is carrying multiple LAWs, but they have to get to very short range for them to be effective. The regime force has a Command Stand, six rifle stands, an MG team, an 82mm mortar team, a very old M-8 armored car, and two very old SU-76s.


Overview of the map, north is up. The enemy armored column is on the highway at top right, but they also have an infantry force at bottom right. The CLA is also split into two forces, with Colonel Huistrella and three rifle teams in the north, and Captain Gonzalez and three rifle teams in the south.


Since they've proven so popular, how about another picture of my missiles in action (from "Fight's On!")? The lightly armed Special Forces troopers use the rugged terrain to get close and fire a LAW at one of the enemy armored vehicles.

To see the whole fight, please check the blog at:

Well, that's 18 fights in the books, and that's just D-Day! Of course, the following days will feature only a few fights each, and I can't see the War of Liberation going on for more than a week, there are simply too many other projects I need to get to. Tomorrow or the next day I plan on posting a Situation Report ("SITREP"), outlining what exactly has happened so far in the overall scheme of things, and the operational plan for the next day (from the standpoint of the Cuban Liberation Army, of course).

I hope you're enjoying them, it's really been a lot of fun for me.


Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian07 Jul 2015 7:31 p.m. PST

thumbs up

War Panda07 Jul 2015 10:10 p.m. PST

Very enjoyable campaign Jack! Lovely looking table too…haven't been getting much time to even gander at what's been going on here at all recently but its clear you're enjoying them!

Thanks for posting and talk to you soon

Just Jack Supporting Member of TMP08 Jul 2015 12:26 p.m. PST

Thanks Mr Editor, and thanks Panda.

Good to see you're still alive John, hope you and the family are having a great summer. Still looking forward to kicking Ivan's butt ;)


War Panda08 Jul 2015 3:29 p.m. PST

I'm alive…but just bearly 😉 any developments with the Nappy project? I'm looking forward to seeing some musket smoke…

And yes I'll be back to bring that battle to an end. Negotiations with Ivan are at an advanced stage. I had no idea how much he was willing to pay to see you humiliated on the battlefield 👹

Just Jack Supporting Member of TMP08 Jul 2015 3:44 p.m. PST


Glad to hear it man. Regarding Naps, I've painted up all the infantry for the Brits (what a bear), just need to base them and finish up some light cav for them and they'll be done. That's a twelve figure stand for every Brit infantry unit and a three horse stand for every cav unit, a gun for each arty unit (horse and foot), plus individual leaders. Pretty proud of that, but still have a bit to finish for the French. I still have to do the Brit allies; I'm painting them as Dutch, but they'll serve as Portugese too. I'm not looking forward to doing all that…

Regarding Ivan, I thought his side was all "everybody deserves a trophy"? ;)


Weasel08 Jul 2015 5:31 p.m. PST

No trophies for imperialist lapdogs though.

Just Jack Supporting Member of TMP08 Jul 2015 6:22 p.m. PST

I was wondering when you'd show up.

A communist masquerading as a fascist, how appropriate;)

Are you done playing around Klingons and Wookies yet, ready to work on some *real* gaming stuff? I'm waiting for you to write me a set of scenarios for my next campaign. That's how it works, right? My wish is your command? The customer is always right ;)

I hope all is well man. Me, I've just been working, swimming with the kids, and playing my ass off. As a matter of fact, I counted them up, and the next game I play (after the four I've played but not yet posted, will be Cuba Libre 23) will be my fiftieth game using 5Core Company Command. FIFTIETH!!!


vtsaogames08 Jul 2015 6:42 p.m. PST

So just when does Fidel get eased into retirement?

Just Jack Supporting Member of TMP08 Jul 2015 8:27 p.m. PST


It's coming! I've finished up the fights (4) for D+1, moving into D+2 this weekend (should have another batrep posted tomorrow night). With the way things are going, and certainly they could change, I can't see the War for Liberation going past D+4 or D+5.

The question is, do I make El Presidente's escape/attempted escape (whether he gets out or not will be determined on the tabletop) the culmination of the campaign, i.e., fighting stops when he leaves/gets caught, or do I have the attempt earlier, with some hold outs still fighting afterwards?

I've been leaning towards El Presidente making the attempt on D+3, with some holdovers carrying on until D+4 or 5, then ending with a Direct Action mission to take down the hardcore holdover.

What do you think? Any ideas I'm not having?


blacksmith09 Jul 2015 2:58 a.m. PST

50 games? Jack you need to pay Ivan again for Company Command; so much fun for 6 quids is not fair :)

Just Jack Supporting Member of TMP09 Jul 2015 4:16 p.m. PST


Ivan needs to pay me, it's the longest war game rule advertisement in history! ;)


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