Sunday, January 31, 2016

'Defensive Terrain' from ClintB - 'Tunnels in Vietnam'

Well the bonus round called for defensible terrain. As I wanted to have something I could use, I decided to create two Vietnam tunnel entrances.

I know they are hard to see in the pictures but they are not concealed! That is just the terrain basing for all my Vietnam figures. But I assure you there is a tunnel entrance on each base. As I will not actually be making the tunnels for the wargames figures to crawl around these will only represent the entrances. Players will then have a choice of how they react, maybe call for tunnel rats, maybe pour napalm down the hole or maybe just chuck a grenade. That is up to them.

To the right is a real picture of a tunnel entrance Chu Chi district which is now a tourist attraction. So I selected a picture of a reasonably attractive girl  just to show how small the entrances are/were.  (Come on she is better looking than most hairy arse wargamers!). Clearly she holds the tunnel entrance over her head so these really would be hard to see on the jungle floor.

The US army did create a specialist unit nicknamed "tunnel rats" who were smaller than the average recruit and also I would imagine some what braver! Not a job for me then as the idea of crawling through dark tunnels looking for an enemy is not my idea of a good time.
 The Badge bears the motto "Non Gratum Anus Rodentum" which the google Latin translator makes out to be "Not acceptable alive" and not anything rude about rats! Who Knew seeing the motto? I am sure many people did translate this as something completely different.

So as this is clearly terrain I do not expect to gain any points as such, but they are useful in a Vietnam wargame and that for me is the point.

29 comments:

  1. I can just about see the tunnel entrances Clint :)

    As for the young lady, how do you know that she isn't a wargamer and doesn't have a hairy ass? ;)

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    1. Thanks Tamsin. So much for that little piece of heaven...

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    2. Indeed. I have to click away now I'm so shattered...

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    3. Thanks Tamsin she might indeed be a wargamer with a hairy arse. But I would like to think she would be at least have less body hair than many of us. And the comment I made, made no mention of her Not being a wargamer or not having a hairy arse, just that she was better looking than the majority of us who are wargamers with hairy arses!

      Thanks Milsey. She may well be Australian for all I know. I will trust you to let us all know.

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    4. Thanks Curt. Sleep well and do not even dream of clicking! (It is for your own good)

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  2. Nice game markers. Should cause a few problems on the table. cheers

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    1. Thanks Kiwi. Tunnels in Vietnam games are hard to cover but with luck this may help.

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    1. Thanks Barks As a wargamer I do appreciate all the vignettes but I cannot use them myself so I wanted something quick and easy for the table top.

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  4. Very left field, good entry and err... exit :-)

    Ian

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    1. Thank you Ian. Obviously they will just represent the tunnels, but where they go who can tell at this stage.

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    1. Thank you Fran. In Vietnam games Tunnels may or not need marking!

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  6. Very creative indeed and as for the photo illustrating scale: I was too distracted to really notice...

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    1. Thanks Sander. If it distracts anyone I may have to put more young ladies in the challenge.

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  7. He he.. nice.. this is quite a smart idea for defensive terrain here! Great idea!

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    1. Thanks Kyle. As I begin to finish off my Vietnam collection this was an easy thing to make and I can and will use.

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  8. I love this Clint and have always been fascinated by the tunnels of Vietnam.

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    1. Thank you Michael. The tunnels are scary dangerous and fascinating. Well worth a look if you are in that part of the world. But I suspect like me you may be too tall.

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    1. Thanks Phyllion. Being honest I was sceptical about the whole "Defensive Terrain" bonus round as no points for terrain so I wanted something I could use just in case it went tits up.

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    2. Clint, your low confidence in my 'theme round design' is shattering my ego... ;P

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    3. I am happy to admit that I have been proven wrong.

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    1. Something Smiffy could add!

      Thank you Ray

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  11. Great entry, Clint! Just as sneaky as the tunnels themselves! ;)

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    1. Thank you David. I have decided to enter every bonus round BUT my entries must not involve spending any money (so has to be figures I already have) AND it must be of use for me.

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  12. Excellent, claustrophobic work, Clint. My hands are shaking at just the thought of being on one of those tunnels!

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    1. Thank you Sidney. Given I am over 6 foot tall they would be very cramped for me and claustrophobic as well as Humid and that is without the traps and poisonous critters that the locals DID put in there. So I would agree with you entirely. Not somewhere I would choose to go.

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