The DOTR book from Ambush Alley Games has a range of scenarios and I fancied trying out my new models on the Super Six One rescue mission which in the book is title "Eight Souls On Board", which is a reference to the crew of Super 61.
I didn't replicate the actual crash but made a generic objective or terrain piece up using one the helicopters.
I did some reading and couldn't quite match the scenario as written with events recorded and depicted in the film "Blackhawk Down". Film events I could ignore as you have to put up with a lot of hollywood, however there were still some things that I fancied tinkering with.
Super Six Eight is the CSAR helicopter. The scenario has 15 guys in the Helo fast roping in. As far as I can tell this is a bit overboard as in reality the ground element arrived at about the same time. The narrative of the battle (plus the film :) ) indicates a smaller CSAR team based around the two PJs and the CCT with some Delta support (not sure it needs five) and a Ranger security element. Add to this Lt DiTomasso's team plus a Little bird which dropped to pick up Sgt Busch and it is a lot and would probably overwhelm the defenders (unless the VPs are amended)
So I have changed the scenario (which my opponent doesn't know yet and he won't read this until later :) )
I am changing it to have:
- Super Six One on the table with Sgt Busch defending.
- CSAR Bird will be 2 x PJ, 1 x CCT, 4 x Delta Operators and a Single Ranger team without the M60 addition to Fast Rope in as the game progresses. I don't fancy letting everyone disembark in one turn. In real life Super Six Eight is also hit by RPG fire as it dropped off its team, so I fancy dropping that in on my opponent as well ;)
- Ranger 1 will be a Ranger fire team from one edge of the board which will be Lt DiTomasso's team plus a M60.
- Ranger 2 will be a second Ranger fire team from the same edge but not closer than 12" or something along those lines to the other unit. This team will arrive after Ranger 1 but not too sure how long after.
The USMC Medic set is pressed into service as the medics. I haven't done the CCT yet though