I have decided to go a slightly alt-history route for my ‘Modern’/Cold War 6mm project. Why? Well to be honest I’ve always found the Warsaw Pact quite boring – everyone’s got more or less the same kit and everyone has the same organisation which I just find a bit tedious, even now the ex-members still have tons of Soviet-era equipment so that puts the kibosh on building current forces. Also, when it comes down to it, all Cold War gaming is what-iffery ain’t it so what the hell, in for a penny and all that!
So I was having a think and I thought what-if the Warsaw Pact never was? The rationale being that Hitler never made it into power and hence WW2 never happened so now we have a Europe as it was in 1939 with the Soviet Union still a communist state (I am toying with the idea of having an independent Ukraine though, it has come about from the Russian Civil War). I think that this can give opportunities for a number of different style ‘conflicts’. I could go for a straight up all European countries are either united in a NATO-esque alliance to counter the USSR or there are a number of smaller alliances that counter each other and play conflicts that might arise from there, or I could ‘re-do’ WW2 with modern kit.
So that’s the background sorted, how am I going to do the ‘new’ Eastern European armies?
I’m going to base them on a real country’s TO&E and their equipment mix with maybe a few tweaks here and there – this will allow me to model some of the less played modern forces whilst still enabling me to dabble in this alternative timeline and to field some lesser used equipment so, for example, I’ve decided on Romania having Morocco’s stuff as the organisation and equipment mix sort of ‘feels’ right (and means I get a Moroccan force made up too). I am going to take each armies OOB from the 1994 ‘Military Balance’, I feel that this is just far enough away from the Cold War ending for the ex WarPact nations to have developed their own force structures and also sees the reduction in forces that might be a reasonable ‘fit’ for my alternative time line where Europe has been at peace for a long time.
Rules used will be Fist Full of Tows 3 which are the standard rules at the club and allow Brigade sized actions, which is exactly the level I was after, and also allows units to be built quite quickly, also other club members already have ‘regular’ forces for these rules so it means that I don’t have to worry about not having any Germans, Brits, French etc. at first – if I can convince them to do a game with them!
Here’s where to find the OOB’s and TO&E’s if you are interested, I’ll add them as forces get made:
- Poland OOB: https://tracksandthreads.wordpress.com/2017/05/03/polish-army/
- Polish Mechanised Division: https://tracksandthreads.wordpress.com/2015/09/25/polish-mechanised-division/
- Polish Armoured Cavalry Division https://tracksandthreads.wordpress.com/2017/06/22/polish-armoured-cavalry-division/
- Lithuania: https://tracksandthreads.wordpress.com/2017/05/01/lithuanian-army/
- Austrian PanzerGrenadier Brigade: https://tracksandthreads.wordpress.com/2015/09/16/austrian-panzer-grenadier-bgde/