Modern Micro Armor Rules from Proving Ground Games

This is a set of rules for modern micro armor (1/285th scale AKA 6mm) combat that is published by Proving Ground Games.  I intend to do a compete review of these rules once I’ve had a chance to really learn them and use them a few times,,, but I fear that I’m so busy right now that might not happen for a little while.  So I at least wanted share this with you and let you know that I have flipped through the entire book and from what I’ve seen so far I think I really like it. If you are looking for a set of modern micro armor 1 to 1 combat rules I think this is a book certainly worth looking at. You can get more info on these rules at http://www.provinggroundgames.com/fieldsoffirenews . Their website does not seem to have an online shopping component so I think you just have to contact them for pricing and ordering information. If you contact them please tell them that you heard about these rules from Allen at GameCraft Miniatures.

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Considering a slightly crazy game board project

A while ago I built a model of the Iraqi Ministry of Justice building that resides at the intersection of Haifa St and Nasir St. in downtown Baghdad.  If I don’t say so myself, it’s a pretty impressive model.  I also noticed that the building across the street, the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs is a mirror image of the same building with the exception of a bit of the “tail” cut off.  So making that building would be a piece of cake since I have the MoJ building already designed in CAD … just mirror the drawing and chop off the bit that’s missing on the other building.  Once I thought about doing this second building, I got the crazy idea of doing a set of game boards around the area where these buildings live.  I figured out that I could do four boards at 20″ x 20″ (my standard board size) and take in this area very nicely.  I’ll have to think about this … these two buildings would the centerpiece of the project, but there would also need to be a few hundred smaller buildings around the neighborhood,,, and that’s where the real work would be.

The first photo shows the area being considered, shown in 4 20″ x 20″ boards.  The next two show my existing Iraqi MoJ building model.

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My new gaming table

My new gaming table has room to store 18 game boards underneath and can accommodate 15 boards on top in a 3×5 arrangement (with the end boards hanging off the ends 2″ each) or a 3×4 arrangement with room on the table at each end for papers, rule books, dice, sodas, beer, pretzels, etc.

Now I’ve got to finish the rest of the “room”, it’s really going to be more of an enclosed patio but it will be very nice when it’s done.  The roof is done and some of the wall panels have gone up.

P.S. If you are wondering, my gaming boards are 20″ x 20″.
Two reasons for this;
1) In my rules that is one square kM
2) You can actually get 8 boards out of a full sheet of MDF, you cannot do that when you try to make them 24″ x 24″

Playing with myself again (wait, that does not sound right)

Spent some time tonight in the spare bedroom (AKA, the office, AKA the doggies room) doing some playtesting of my TAC II data and refreshing my old brain on the mechanics of TacForce.

I only played 4 complete turns but in that short time the US troops were geting their asses handed to them.  I was playing both sides, so it had nothing do to do with the players, it was mostly the luck of the dice … it seemed that every time I rolled for the US I got crappy rolls and every time I rolled for the Iraqis I got amazing rolls … that’s just how it goes sometimes I guess.

Here are a few pix (click on em to make em bigger)

Even with all the US units blowing up around her, she slept through the entire battle.