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Personal logo Pictors Studio Sponsoring Member of TMP10 Apr 2016 6:40 a.m. PST

Nov. 20, 1953, French Paras drop into the valley of Dien Bien Phu on top of the elite 148th Communist regiment.

We played three battles representing different aspects of the fighting. The first was the initial drop with parachutists dispersed along a line running down the table. The Viet Minh were located in two groups and had to respond to the parachutists.


The French player got pretty lucky and his troops landed in clumps of two's or three's almost the whole way with only one guy getting placed well away from the main body.


Some of the paras were in the open though and became easy targets of the Viet Minh.


The rest managed to give pretty good but the Communist forces proved superior in this engagement.

The second scenario saw 4 Paras start the game opposed to 8 Viet Minh. There were four markers scattered on the table. Two representing paras and one each representing a mortar and an ammo crate.


The markers were revealed when any model drew line of sight to them.


The para markers could take reaction shots at the Viet Minh when revealed or try to stay hidden.


The Paras suffered two casualties before driving the Viet Minh from the field.


After recovering their equipment the French set up some mortar positions which the Viet Minh were attacking in force. As movement was detected and radioed down a force of paras moved to intercept the Viet Minh attacking.


This game was in some ways the neatest because the camp of the paras worked on the table. The French player moved two paras into a position covering an opening. The hope was just to slow the Viet Minh down by causing them to take a less direct route, most of which had been covered by other teams. The Viet Minh player forgot that the paras had been moved there and didn't see them when moving.


Two Viet Minh moved into the clearing and were instantly killed for their lack of observational skills.


Those paras became over confident and then tried to rush the remaining Viet Minh. One of them was taken out and the other forced to retreat.

This caused the French to take more conservative actions and wait for better opportunities. As the Viet Minh had to reorganize after having their commander killed the French consolidated and moved up on the flank.


Two Viet Minh were caught in the open and cut down and the rest fled.

Personal logo Pictors Studio Sponsoring Member of TMP10 Apr 2016 6:53 a.m. PST

We used Infinity for the game. The stats for the paras and Viet Minh and weapons can be found below.

The only exception to the normal infinity rules were that models had to move in groups of at least two (coordinated order, which didn't cost B values when shooting) and that if you failed a WIP roll for being shot you had to pass one before you could move again, which we forgot more often that we remembered it.

Rifle Short 0-8/0 medium 8-16/+3 long 16-24/-3 max 24-48/-6 B 2 S 13

Sub MG short 0-8/+3 medium 8-16/0 long 12-16/-3 max 16-24/-6 B 4 S 13

LMG short 0-8/0 medium 8-24/+3 long 24-36/-3 max 36-48/-6 B 4 S 13

Grenade short 0-4/+3 medium 4-8/0 max 8-12/-3 B 1 S 13

French paras

Mov 4-4 CC 13 BS 12 PH 10 WIP 12

Viet Minh

Mov 4-4 CC 10 BS 11 PH 9 WIP 12

Personal logo PzGeneral Supporting Member of TMP10 Apr 2016 7:39 a.m. PST

Very nice Scott

Bismarck10 Apr 2016 7:40 a.m. PST

Great looking figures, game and AAR.
thanks for posting all the eye candy!

Cosmic Reset10 Apr 2016 8:36 a.m. PST

Cool game(s), and the figs do look great. Thanks for sharing it.

Captain DEwell10 Apr 2016 11:49 a.m. PST

I adore those fine Paul Hicks sculpts and your painting skills complement them so well.

I like your AAR and what you have achieved with Dien Bien Phu. Thanks for sharing.

darthfozzywig Supporting Member of TMP10 Apr 2016 3:24 p.m. PST

thumbs up

Personal logo Pictors Studio Sponsoring Member of TMP10 Apr 2016 9:07 p.m. PST

Thanks for the compliments guys. The figures are excellent. I'll have to get more next time I have the chance, hopefully in May or June sometime.

Thomas Nissvik13 Apr 2016 2:45 a.m. PST

Brilliant stuff!
We need to give these minis all the publicity we can so people realise how nice they are and buy them so we get more sculpts added to the range. I want FFL and RTA and all sorts.

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