Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Operation Spanner in the Works

I played the final scenario in my solo Indonesian Confrontation 'What If?' mini-campaign this afternoon, using the Naval Command rules. In the scenario, an Indonesian amphibious task force is intercepted by a Royal Navy battlegroup off the east coast of Borneo, with all of the action taking place at night. The Royal Navy had to sink or otherwise heavily damage the Indonesian task force to prevent it launching an invasion of Sabah, while the unsuspecting Indonesians had to avoid being detected and slip through the radar net. 

I won't give a blow by blow account now, saving that for a full report tomorrow, but the Royal Navy succeeded in smashing the invasion force, despite losing a frigate in the process. It was really good fun and I have achieved my initial goal, which was to get a grip on the Naval Command rules and tick off one of my projects on the Let 'Em Have It! list. I'll be returning to this project later in the year, as I still haven't tried all the rules mechanisms and really want to paint up HMS Eagle and some classic 1960's Fleet Air Arm jets!


  1. Sounds awesome, Jim, can’t wait for the batrep.


  2. Cheers Jack...hoping to get it done sooner rather than later.

  3. Awesome as ever. Also a good set of scenario's to test the rules.

    In an earlier post you emntioned that the markers might lessen the visual experience. It might at that. However, on seeing the photo's I like the clarity they bring to understanding the situation, instead of making little notes on the different ship sheets. This work very well for novice players. I like them. :-)

    Writing this comment is also a trip down memory lane, to my first, and self designed wargame as I didn't know yet where to get them. I used ships from Battleship and Submarine Hunt and aircraft from a 1:600 carrier from Revell. For damage I put those white markers in them, for fire the red ones. The location where the marker was put also determined what weapons and sensor would have been destroyed. It worked quite well.

    Nice photo shots and interesting setting



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