Thursday, June 13, 2013

Tour of Duty: I Corps 1967

Well it is time to blog about a conflict that I greatly enjoy talking about. There are so many misconceptions about the scale of the fights in the Vietnam War it isn’t even funny. Most gamers seem to think that this was nothing but a skirmish war where squads or platoons set up or got ambushed on patrols. Sure this did happen, I won’t deny that at all, but it was a small part of the overall war effort. There were actions involving battalions of Free World forces and they were a very common occurrence. Anyhow, let’s move on to the real reason for this post.

My Pops yearly visit ended about two weeks ago and my recovery made my gaming time extremely limited. So we skipped our annual Nam gaming sessions this year, but we have decided to give a big go of it next year and running a 4 week mini campaign. We are considering focusing on the Hill Battles of 1967, which really is the 1st battle for Khe Sanh.  If not the Hill Battles we will stick with 1967 and delve into the battles around Cam Lo, this was a particularly ugly fight that my Dad actually participated in.

Now we have not decided if we are going to use FoW Vietnam or a rule system of our own design. IF we use FoW Nam it will be highly (and I do mean highly) house ruled, I would have to write up a USMC army list cause they have not covered the Marines yet. More on this as it develops and as always I will share any rules or house rules that I write with the community.

So over the next year, I need to paint another entire company of USMC, a pair of M50 Ontos tank destroyers, another company of NVA and flesh out my Main Force VC. I am also hoping I can find some 1/100 Sea Horse or Sea Knight helicopters as well, I hate having to pretend Huey’s are Sea Horses. Since the USMC did not even get transport Huey’s until near the end of the war.

Until next time, keep your powder dry and lead flying!


  1. For a moment I thought this would be about the TV series by that name.

    Anyway, have fun painting up Thing 1 and Thing 2 there.

  2. What miniature range(s) will you be using? Will you be going mostly or all Battlefront?

    What models will you be using for the Ontos?

    Would you consider the "Charlie Don't Surf" rule-set from Too Fat Lardies? (The name of the company and their games are silly but my understanding is that the rules are fairly serious and well researched, also in the intro to the CDS rulebook the author shares a similar frustration about the size of most Vietnam wargames)

  3. (This probably should have been in my first comment)

    I'm excited about your new blog and I'm looking forward to more Vietnam content as it's a period of history I've just recently been fascinated by both historically and war-gaming wise. I personally often prefer smaller skirmish style games, so the misconception fits my war-gaming preference well, but I'm curious to see larger engagements on the table.