Northeast Atlanta Gaming

August 30, 2010

“Chariots of the Desert”, by David Eshel

I’ve read a number of books about the various parts of this conflict, and I’m looking hard for a first person account of the Six Day War I read as a teen (all I can recall are bits and pieces, though). This book came recommended somewhere. It could be Tanknet, it could just be on the dozens of forums I’ve read looking for tank stats. This book though has to be  the best narrative that focuses on the development of the Israeli Tank Corps. It is particularly useful to the historian or wargamer in its wealth of detail. It lists all the  tanks used by the Israelis and then discusses the tanks they faced. A good appendix covers the T-62, for example.

As far as I know, the book is not in print, but is relatively easy to find as a used copy in the usual places, such as


August 29, 2010

More 1980 British Battalion Sheets, and an Options sheet

I’ve updated Sheet E on the previous British post (missing CP and S counters), and I’ll add two more sheets of 1980 British AIW factored units in this post. Sheet F are the Royal Marines, as depicted by Dan Fraser. Sheet G is an options sheet. Included are: Wombat 120 mm recoilless rifles, an anti-tank gun still used in some units in 1980. I provide a battery version, a section sized version (2 Wombats, with a AF of 15), and a “reload” counter, to be placed under an infantry unit or a vehicle to indicate that they are mounting Wombats (i.e. take a Land Rover, place the Wombat reload counter under it, and now you have a Land Rover that uses Wombats). Depending on the scenario you may find them useful. I also provide Milan launchers as a reload counter.

In most of my British charts I broke 81mm mortars down to sections of 2 mortars. You may not want that, so batteries of 81mm mortars, both foot and mounted in FV432s, are provided. A variety of AFVs, not used on the charts, are provided. Included is the Centurion AVRE with its 165mm cannon (do not allow this unit to shoot vehicles or units; the HESH shell is just not designed for that. It is terrific against fortifications or bunkers). Also included is the FV180 combat engineering tractor, and the Spartan ARV.

Included on Sheet G are commando infantry units; these can replace the rifle units in the Royal Marine sheet. There are Scorpion and Ferret reconnaissance vehicles, and 9 later model Centurions, 4 tank platoons, of the Cents that had 50mm of additional frontal armor applied. Centurions are not front line units in 1980, but everyone needs some variety now and then.

80UK Sheet F

80UK Sheet G

August 7, 2010

M1s and T-72s

Filed under: Counters,Games,Tactical — foodnearsnellville @ 2:44 pm
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This is a repost of an archive I’ve placed on Yahoo Panzerblitz. As such, it contains a PDF with game counters and an explanatory PDF. To note, all the M1s are gunned as if they could fight in Desert Storm, and all the versions are versions that could have fought in Desert Storm. However, almost all tanks in DS were upgunned to 120mm and I suspect almost all tanks were then upgraded to the M1A1 standard.

The T72s in this selection are a mix of the AIW stock T-72, my best guess as to the kind of T-72 most often encountered in Iraq (and gunned accordingly), and then for comparison, a T-72B with Soviet front line troops, both with and without ERA (T-72BK5 = T-72B with Kontakt 5 armor).

PDF with counters

AIW M1s and T72s

PDF in explanation

AIW M1s and T72s in explanation

August 6, 2010

Armor and slope effects

Filed under: Armor — foodnearsnellville @ 12:26 am
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One of the factors that made the T-34 a great tank in its day was thick and well sloped armor. I’ve always taken it for granted that this kind of technique was good for tanks, but the why of it was something I never seriously thought about. Until now. Knowing both armor thickness and slope is important in calculating defense factors.

The geometry is pretty straightforward. Line segment CD is perpendicular to the armor plate and is the thickness of the plate. The line segment CE is how much armor a projectile traveling in a straight line must penetrate. CE is related to CD by the cosine of the angle ECD, which by a variety of ways, can be shown to be the angle α.

Continuing will give you a listing of a program to calculate effective RHAs for any given slope.

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