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dsfrank11 Aug 2022 8:33 p.m. PST

from time to time we have a post that references the US Army's training simulation using micro armor from the mid 70s to late 80s – the Dunn Kempp system – many grognard veterans recall playing it but there are virtually no pictures out there of the game in play – I'll be dusting off my set of boards – all 10 of them ( 8' x 10' of thermoformed plastic nothern Fulda Gap terrain goodness)and bringing them to both the Advance the Colors and Fall In conventions coming up to run the game – rules as written as a bit of nostalgia for us old timers

irishserb12 Aug 2022 5:16 a.m. PST

That is an awesome idea! I look forward to seeing, an possibly playing the game.

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian12 Aug 2022 6:40 a.m. PST

IIRC the rules were a variant of WRG

Only played on the vauform boards a couple times, but many games on a TASC table at the Infantry School at Ft Benning

Martian Root Canal12 Aug 2022 7:57 a.m. PST

Our gaming club used to play it at the Armory Building at the University of Illinois. The Army ROTC unit had a complete set. We repainted the micro-armor to actual colors, then added in new vehicles and eventually switched to GDW's TacForce. I recall using the boards for System 7 Napoleonics once.

Eumelus Supporting Member of TMP12 Aug 2022 9:39 a.m. PST

Part of the Army's mid-70s shift to taking a more serious approach to shedding its post-Vietnam traumas and preparing for confronting our real-world mid- to high-intensity warfare adversaries. Anybody remember the mythical "OPFOR" nation with its ridged helmets?

DaleWill Supporting Member of TMP12 Aug 2022 10:48 a.m. PST

When I was a teenager I remember playing once at Fort Drum in Watertown, NY on those terrain boards. Somehow a group of local gamers where invited out to play. Looks like I'm going to try and sign up for the game at Fall-in.

jurgenation Supporting Member of TMP12 Aug 2022 1:02 p.m. PST

Great game.

Major Mike12 Aug 2022 4:42 p.m. PST

Yep, played/trained with that. Also used First Battle, but that was for Division level exercises that usually had a control center with game pieces on maps moved by players and the Battalion and up HQ's were in the field moving around and getting reports passed to them from the players by radio.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP12 Aug 2022 4:42 p.m. PST

Didn't play, but one of our officers paid me to paint the microarmor version of the tank company he was never going to command. I liked that guy. He was honest about it.

MajorB13 Aug 2022 3:17 a.m. PST

The rules are available here:

kcabai13 Aug 2022 10:19 a.m. PST

Played the game for first time in 1980 at Armor Officer Basic Course at Ft. Knox, Having already been a micro armor minis gamer, and had published the first edition of the "Jagdpanzer" rules a few years earlier. We had a very good winning streak vs the instructors.

A great tool to teach tactics to all ranks, before an FTX. As a Commander I also requisitioned one for my company a few years later. The rest of the BN soon followed suite. Before I left the 4th ID, in 1984 all 3 Brigades had a number of sets. An interesting note is that I taught Staff Duty personnel to paint the Division's tanks during their overnight watches. I still have a couple of the complete rules and umpires sets.

witteridderludo13 Aug 2022 10:21 a.m. PST

Thank you MajorB for the link.

svsavory13 Aug 2022 6:22 p.m. PST

Nostalgia! I remember seeing it played at the old Capcon conventions in Columbus, Ohio, many years ago.

jfleisher15 Aug 2022 12:29 p.m. PST

I also saw it played at CapCon in Columbus. Man I miss small, local conventions.

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