Sunday, 18 September 2016

Hollywood NAM

Chain of Command Force Lists based on the Movie Platoon

Huey Helicopters, M16s, Napalm, Booby Traps and 60s Soundtracks.
A lot of Wargamers interest in the Vietnam War has come from the Big Screen.

The following Force lists are for those gamers that love Hollywoods version of the Vietnam War and are based on the Movie PLATOON.

Firstly what makes a stereotypical Hollywood Vietnam War Movie

The primary weapon of the Hollywood Grunt is the M16 regardless of the period in the War.

All VC carry AK47s.  US soldiers also pick these up to fire whenever they get the chance.

All M60s are crewed by 1 man only.
Usually the muscle man who speaks only in tough guy one liners.

Helicopters and plenty of them.
Helicopters can be taken as a Support Option and are activated the same as a Vehicle however they can be placed anywhere on the table when they move.
Armed with 2 side mounted M60s 

Snake and Nape
Snakeye bombs and Napalm Canisters.
Aircraft attack runs are activated by playing a Chain of Command Dice to target any unit  in line of sight of a friendly unit.

Select target point then roll 2d6 to see if the target point deviates.
2     Deviate 4D6 inches
3     Deviate 3D6 inches
4     Deviate 2D6 inches
5     Deviate 1D6 inches
6+   On target

Then roll on Mortar direction table to determine direction the target point shifts

They have an impact area of 48" x 24" hitting any unit under impact area with 6 dice doubling any shock inflicted.

Sounds of the 60s
The Rolling Stones and Creedance.
Radio Vietnam is where it is at -

Booby Traps
Punji Pits everywhere.
VC player can interrupt an enemy unit moving by using a Chain of Command dice to activate a Booby Trap.
Enemy player rolls a dice to attempt to detect the booby trap.
Successful detection is based on movement rate enemy was moving.

If moving 3D6 booby trap is not detected.
If moving 2D6 booby trap is detected on a roll of 5+
If moving 1D6 booby trap is detected on a roll of 3+

Regardless of movement rate units movement ends  as soon as they are interrupted.
Attack is 4d6 treating target as in the open.  Any shock is doubled.

Zips in the Wire
Viet Cong in Black Pajamas.  Endless waves.
Whenever a VC squad breaks a replacement squad is automatically gained deploying as normal.

Charlie in the Trees
VC Snipers hidden in the treetops.

Palm Trees
Expanses of Palm Trees

A Doc who always reflects on the pointlessness of War.
The medic can attempt to patch up any casualties inflicted on a unit he is attached to in a round of fire.  Roll one D6 for any kill.  On a 6 the casualty is ignored and replaced by a point of shock.

All other rules per previous Chain of Command articles.

TOE and Characters from the Movie.

NB: No Force Ratings are given as this is Hollywood.  Take what you want.


Bravo Company, 25th Infantry division 1967
Command Dice: 5

Rifle Platoon HQ
Captain Harris (Dale Dye) Ranking Senior Leader - M16 (Optional)

Lieutenant Wolfe (Mark Moses), Inferior Senior Leader with M16 (Only has 2 command initiatives)
Staff Sergeant Barnes (Tom Berenger) Senior Leader with M16 & M72 LAW (Ignores first wound suffered)
Doc Gomez (Paul Sanchez), Medical Orderly

Rifle Squad

Sergeant Elias Grodin (Willem Dafoe), Senior Leader with M16

Fireteam 1
Junior (Reggie Johnson) with M16
Gator Lerner (Johnny Depp) with M16
Crawford (Chris Pedersen) with M16
King (Keith David), M60 Belt Fed LMG

Fireteam 2
Chris Taylor (Charlie Sheen) with M16 & M72 LAW
Flash (Basile Achara) with M16
Big Harold (Forest Whitaker) with M16
Rhah (Francesco Quinn) with M16
Sandy (J. Adam Glover), Pistol .45 cal, M-79

Rifle Squad
Sergeant Red O'Neil (John C. McGinley) Inferior Junior Leader with M16 (Only has 1 command initiative)

Fireteam 1
Ebenhoch (Mark Ebenhoch) with M16
Rodriguez (Chris Castillejo) with M16
Huffmeister (Robert Galotti) with M16
Tex (David Neidorf),  M60 Belt Fed LMG

Fireteam 2
Francis (Corey Glover) with M16
Ace (Terry McIlvain) with M16
Bunny (Kevin Dillon), Shotgun

Rifle Squad
Sergeant Warren (Tony Todd), Junior Leader with M16

Fireteam 1
Gardner (Bob Orwig) with M16
Tony Hoyt (Ivan Kane) with M16
Fu Sheng (Steve Barredo) with M16
Morehouse (Kevin Eshelman), M60 Belt Fed LMG

Fireteam 2
Sal (Richard Edson) with M16
Manny Washington (Corkey Ford) with M16
Parker (Peter Hicks) with M16
Tubbs (Andrew B. Clark), Pistol .45 cal, M-79

(Figure in brackets denotes max allowed)

Entrenchments for 1 team (6)
Forward observer with 81mm Mortars (1)
Huey Helicopter (1)


Command Dice

Platoon Head Quarters
1 x 2nd Lieutenant, Senior leader with Pistol
1 x Senior Sergeant, Junior leader with AK

Squads one to three
1 x Sergeant, Junior Leader with AK
1 x RPG-7
7 x Riflemen armed with AKs

(Figure in brackets denotes max allowed)
Forward observer with 60mm Mortars (1)
Snipers (3)


  1. Very cool, not my modelling period, but love Nam movies, so this gives me some inspiration to start another project.