Friday, 30 December 2016

Tomorrow's War US Army Light Infantry Platoon

Lately I have been posting pictures of huge armies for Alien Squad Leader.  However, for a moment I will go back to the beginning of my 15mm sci fi experience. 

Tomorrow's War was my introduction into 15mm sci fi gaming.  It plays either at 15mm or 28mm scale and can be played with individually based miniatures or with groups mounted on stands.  It has it's roots in a far older game, that being Stargrunt 2, by Ground Zero Games.   I will not go into depth into SG2, suffice to say the rules are available on the GZG website for free download.  Any serious miniature wargamer should possess these rules.  There is an excellent review of SG2on YouTube by Color of the Gods which I recommend watching.

Tomorrow's war focuses on near future combat on the modern battlefield.  There is no magic, psychic powers or skulls on every flat surface in this game.  It is set roughly 300 years from now, with many real world Earth nations establishing colonies off world.  Brushfire wars and guerilla warfare is the main focus of this game.  The game features rules for just about everything you could want: artillery, air strikes, robotic troops, super-soldier drugs, aliens, the "Grid" (a futuristic electronic battleground), armor, the list goes on and on.  Tomorrow's War does not require many miniatures.  30 is more than enough with 40-50 the maximum that one could realistically ever use in a single game.  A typical game plays no more than three squads plus some support elements (typically).

One of the first forces I painted up was for the United States, specifically a US Army Light Infantry Platoon.  The US Army is one of the few nations to make heavy use of robotic troops.  They are loathe to put living soldiers in harms way if machines can do the same job.  As such the platoon contains almost as many machines than human beings.

Reinforced US Army Light Infantry Platoon (miniatures by GZG & Khurasan)
The basic platoon consists of 29 human soldiers and 27 robotic units

HQ Section (5 soldiers, 3 recon drones and 2 autonomous medical units)
3 Rifle Squads (7 soldiers and 7 autonomous gun platforms ea)
1 Light Infantry Weapon Squad (3 soldiers and 7 autonomous gun platforms with heavier weaponry)

The platoon below has been reinforced with an extra squad along with two heavy machinegun teams, one mortar team, one ATGM team and two snipers. 

Infantry HQ Section

US Army Light Infantry Rifle Squad

US Army Light Infantry Fireteam

US Army Light Infantry Fireteam

US Army Light Infantry AGP Contact Fireteam

US Army Light Infantry Weapons Squad
Heavy MG Teams
Recon Drones, ATGM Teams with Mortar support

I hope this shows that even a small number of miniatures (not necessarily a full platoon like this) can make for a full game experience in 15mm.

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