AMPHIBIOUS/RIVERINE LANDING CRAFT AND MONITORS
- OKAY, I UNDERSTAND THE DEAL ( I THINK). Y'ALL ARE LOOKING FOR A WAY TO
CONDUCT AMPHIBIOUS AND RIVERINE OPERATIONS IN A SCIENC FICTION SETTING.
I am working on a similiar idea for part of a campaign scenario in
WH40K: RT (Modi -fied yep the auld rules modified by house rules we
like from newer versions). Since we also play STARGUARD, SLAMMER
SHOCKFORCE, TRAVELLER, and a couple of other rules sets i cannot
remember right now, even our big battles (with several 100s of figures
on a side plus vehicles) are tactical in nature, part of the BIG
PICTURE, but not THE BIG PICTURE. this allows us to actually do
planetary invasions, fighting for key areas,etc.
what i am gonna do, since we RPG as well as fight battles, and a PC of
wot ever level is part of said battles, is this. we have no KING KONG
CHARACTERS! our versions of arnie, sly, dolph, and jean - claude
etc, are out there fighting but brains EISENHOWER, MONTY,
ROMMEL,ZUHAKOV(or wot ever - i never can remember or spell his name
right!) AND MACARTHUR ARE IN THE COMMAND BUNKER, where they belong,
NOT FIGHTING HAND TO HAND!
as i am planning, some of that battles will be fought on inland
waterways of larger island and land masses, and some will be fought on ,
around or for islands that make up the majority of the land mass on
the as yet unnamed planet.
a. limit the number of starports available for use to all combatant
(larest civilian population center and one other civilian population
center. MAYBE jointly used by the local PDF Orbital Command and System
Patrol Forces.ALWAYS HAS ground and space defenses, including a "force
field generators" if jointly occuppied with the military. otherwise,
probably no such things. the larger civilian population centers may
also have these "force field generators" to protect the citizens from
orbital bombardment, if the planet is in a danger area. otherwise,
peaclving, cost conscious citizens blow this off as not needed!
b. limit the number civilian of shuttleports available for use for orbit
to ground traffic., AS WELL AS THE NUMBER OF CIVILIAN shuttlecraft on
the planet. facilities are always undefended.
c. Limit the number of Planetary Defense Centers (orbital defense
capable weaponry, aircraft, spacefighter, and shuttle support/use
facilities ) available to the PDF. these facilities will also be home to
the larger PDF organizations as garrison and rapid reaction troops.
ALWAYS has a "force field generator" and ther ground defenses.
d. limit the number of airports available for civilian use, including
blimp and dirigi - ble facilities as well as STOL and VTOL aircraft.
logic dictates these wil be found at larger civlian settlements, both
inland and on islands . always undefended.
e. now, suddenly, water borne transport of goods and folks becomes very
very needful. river and ocean ports are everywhere, with every level of
sophistication. always undefended, but may have local marine law
enforcement facilities . SUDDENLY, MARITIME POLICING, RESCUE, TAX
COLLECTION, ANTI-SMUGGLING OERATIONS, ETC, ARE VERY NECESSARY, and now
there is the reason to have those boats!
now you can have any and all tech levels and types of surface and even
sub - marine craft (under water mining bases, etc) from sail boats to
submersible freighters .
i am going to scratch build some funky scale patrol boats, fishing
boats, etc, like the MAJRGENs page, and maybe a couple of larger
surface vessels purpose built for scenarios (civilian not military).
for riverine and amphibious operations against who ever, i will make
some thing similiar to WWII Higgins boats to haul troops, vehicles,
and supplies for the PDF, and modify some of the same for use as
firesupport vessels, or monitors,the way it was done by the french and
the americans in the RVN War.
as the Brits say, kitbashing is also useful for ideas here, and saves
that money we all work so hard for!
NO SUPERGUNS! just battlecannons, las cannons, multimeltas, heavy
plasma guns, heavy bolters, autocannons,missile launchers, mortars,
and maybe a heavyflamer like is on the IG flame throwing AFV. this fits
in with the smaller scale actions depicted in all 25mm - 28mm science
fiction rules (even the big battles ).
HEAVIER GUN SUPPORT OR MISSILE SUPPORT WILL BE SUPPLIED FROM WAY OFF
TABLE BY ORBITING SHIPS OR FROM PDCS A LONG WAY OFF,IF, IF, THE CALLER
HAS A HIGH ENOUGH FIRE SUPPORT MISSION PRIORITY TO GO TO THE HEAD OF THE
LIST (BIG PICTURE, REMEMBER!)......
to do this right, the GM will need to nake maps for players use (world
as well as area tactical prior to a games), and keep track of them for
anyway, those are some of my thoughts.
hope they are helpful!
and i am always interested in hearing other folks ideas too.
"THOUGH I BE WOUNDED, I AM NOT SLAIN! I WILL LAY ME DOWN TO BLEED A
WHILE, THEN RISE AND FIGHT AGAIN!" OLD ENGLISH POEM.