If you hadn’t noticed, it’s been ‘Nam Week this week on Beast of War, which, to be honest, has simply been an excuse to advertise and market Flames of War: Tour of Duty.
As an alternative, can I suggest a few other rules you may want to consider instead of Flames of War: all of them, whilst different mechanically, give their own ‘look and feel’ to the gamer playing the war in Vietnam.
Probably the grand-daddy of them all, Charlie Company was released in 1986 by RAMF as miniatures game campaign system based in Vietnam. It’s designed to be played by several players, who all play the Free World Forces (Primarily US)
An umpire plays the opposition, and so the game gives a great feel for the paranoia of warfare – especially since, at the end of the game, the US player may not even see what casualties they have caused.
An excellent campaign system to boot.
Another system that is designed around a campaign, with anything from a squad to a platoon in play. The game also includes extensive rules for playing solo.
These rules use the THW reaction system, which is something of a ‘Marmite’ game mechanic – but these are set of rules well worth a look.
Force on Force uses an excellent mechanic for asymmetric warfare (originally designed for use with Iraq/ Afghanistan) and Ambush Valley adapts these dependent upon whether you are fighting NVA or VC.
These are my favourite Platoon-level wargaming rules, although I still think that the original version of these rules, published by Ambush Alley in 2009, are much better as this second edition (published in 2011) does not include the original campaign system. A campaign system which emulates a ‘Tour of Duty’ is a must for a Platoon level game, IMO.
A really excellent set of rules, although some people may not like them due to the card-driven nature of the activation system. The rules have a comprehensive mission generation system, which uses a scenario system which allows asymmetric combat to work well where each force is working to a different set of military and political victory conditions.
IMO, the best set of Vietnam rules on the market.
As for figure ranges,in 10mm it is difficult to see past Pendraken Miniatures. 15mm has a wide selection available, including Peter Pig, Flashpoint, Command Decision and QRF.
For 28mm, although there have been some more recent releases by the like of Eureka, the guide that I originally produced several years ago still holds mostly true.
Whilst it will probably fall on deaf ears (and yes, I agree that some of the models look nice) there is much more to Vietnam than Flames of War: Tour of Duty