The Northern Flank Cold War – Kick OFF COMING SOON!
"Defend Sweden" this is a test!!! The real kickoff will be starting in around 3 weeks time 🙂
The Northern Flank - Defensive battles , Naval and Airborne Landings "
While many eyes were on Central Europe during the Cold War, and the associated flashpoints of the Fulda and Hof Gaps and Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin, there were many other places where the Cold War flared, including some of the coldest places on Earth. Scandinavia was as much in the cockpit of the Cold War as the Frederichstrasse. The US Navy had Carrier Battle Groups hiding amongst the fjords of Norway, attempting to come to grips with the Soviet Navy and its immense base complexes in the Kola Peninsula. The US Navy and allied navies had a new strategy of projecting force right into the Soviet backyard, to destroy the missile submarine bastions, as well as their means to resupply and support their fleet. Add to that the number of airfields within range of the notional Atlantic convoy routes; it was at once an opportunity and a threat to Soviet plans. The Soviets needed those airfields to cut the Atlantic lifeline to the United States long enough to crush NATO without, hopefully, the nuclear genie being loosed from the bottle. The Soviets needed those airfields in Sweden, as well as the sea room to sortie the Soviet Red Banner Northern Fleet to cut those routes."
'Jason Weiser' Red Stars White Lights author
Thanks for looking at my second kick off! My first Kick Off was a big success thanks to many supporters and I hope all enjoyed it. I learnt quite a lot with it and I hope to add of the feedback and lessons into this new one to make it even more slicker then ever! That includes a large investment before I start so that I can get a head start on the production and minimise the time to get it all out. This will not include the stretch goals which I also hope to introduce! I've a new addon to my software which will allow me to this. So the goal will be the Swedish Army , Soviet Naval Marines and Soviet Airborne VDV. The Swedish army had army groups with varying orbats, however Ill do my best to represent them as one force. It was typically the number of platoons and the tank type that was different.
The soviet Marines were an interesting bunch, making use of not so modern equipment unlike its army comrades. I suspect the forces they were going to go up against were not the elite front line troops of NATO, however I do believe they would be in for a nasty surprise! The Soviet Marines used PT 76 light tanks, BTR 60's , BRDM variants and the T55 AMV. A rather cool upgrade of the T55A.
The Soviet Airborne VDV are also another interesting force (a theme here!) which included air deployable vehicles and elite soviet paratroopers. These forces were likely air dropped to take key strategic points in conjunction with the Soviet Marines. These forces include the BMD, BTR-D, Nona, UAZ jeeps and ASU 85 which have already been created, however I thought these might be a cool addition to a Soviet force. I will also be adding the Mil MI-8 HIP which will give the VDV that extra mobility on the battlefield. It allows for some very cool 'Secure Airhead' type scenarios!
Another unusual and neat part of the Northern Flank was the weather!...Cold and Snow to be more precise and the Norwegians and Swedes were very much prepared with the BV series of snowmobiles! The BV202 to be precise. This will be available as a platoon and with the ATGM TOW option. A generic cold weather crew will be suitable for any of the NATO forces. The first goal will be forces for the Swedish and Soviet Naval Marines/Soviet VDV Airborne (gotta have someone to fight)
Swedish Forces Options
Infantry Platoon Mechanised Infantry Platoon (PBV 302)
MBT Platoon (S-tank , Centurion)
Tank Destroyer Platoon (Ikv-91)
Anti Tank Platoon (C303 with RCL)
MBT Company (S-tank , Centurion)
Tank Destroyer Company (IKV-91)
Mechanised Infantry Company (PBV302)
Swedish forces are based on 4 vehicles per platoon
Soviet Naval Forces
Mechanised Infantry Platoon (BTR)
MBT Platoon (T-55 or T-55 AMV )
Mechanised Infantry Company ( BTR)
Light Tank Recon Platoon (PT-76)
ATGM Platoon - (BRDM 2)
Infantry Company MBT Company (T-55 and T-55 AMV)
Mechanised Infantry Company (BTR)
Soviet Airborne Forces
Mechanised Airborne Infantry Platoon (BMD or BTRD)
MBT Platoon (ASU 85) Mechanised Infantry Company (BTRD or BMD)
Light Tank Recon Platoon (BDRM)
ATGM Platoon - (BDRM)
Infantry Company MBT Company (ASU-85)
Mechanised Airborne Infantry Company (BTRD or BMD)
Mi-Mil 8 HIP Helcopter
All soviet forces are based on 3 vehicles per platoon
Add on Forces
Add on forces can be added from the main shop product line. They will be dispatched with the order. Digital orders will be dispatched on the kick off close date. BV202 BV202 Platoon Red Star White Light Scenario book
As you can see from the rewards I have only Two force Types. This is Nato and Warsaw Pact. I have used these terms to describe the size of the platoon. The NATO forces being comprised of the following. You can choose which force you require - i.e Swedish, Soviet Marine, Soviet VDV or any strech goal after the purchase. For example If you choose the reward Warsaw PACT mechanised platoon - you can have either the Soviet Marine or VDV option. Likewise if you chose NATO MBT platoon you can choose Sweden or a NATO sized streth goal i.e Norway. I will have a grace period of 2 weeks after the successful funding for you to change your options if you want to. You will just need to drop me a note with the change. I am happy to mix and match your options. Stretch Goals Stretch goals are complex in terms of production. All stretch goals take a considerable amount of additional effort as these need to be produced from scratch. Sadly they can impact production times. If I run additional stretch goals I will make it clear that these will be separate from the initial rewards in terms of delivery. If you would like like rewards from both initial rewards and stretch goals then I can only deliver all the items in one delivery sorry. Additional stretch goals make take up to 6-8 weeks given the amount of additional work. I will advise on all stretch goals if they take longer then expected.
The First stretch Goal
This will follow on reaching goals
Preparation and Shipping
The models are all completed, including the S Tank, PBV 302, centurion,T55 AMV, T55, BRDM-2 and IK 91. All models have been printed and are ready for production. The first goal infantry figures are also completed and ready for production moulds and casting. All moulds are created by a established mould maker and cast by myself. With previous experiences I would suggest this will not be ready for shipping until ##\##\##. I do hope to be much earlier for many of my supporters. I now have a streamlined process and have added many lessons learned from previous kickstarters. Vehicles have been modified to speed up the resin casting, whilst retaining the realism and detail expected from my resin kits and figures. If this all turns into a hugesuccess then I suspect this may effect the timings, however everything is in place to help cope with any demand with extra hands at the ready if needed. Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions or suggestions. I aim to add stretch goals depending on feedback! Ill try my best to do what you want to see!
Risks and challenges
Some sculpting, molding, 3d printing and casting is done out of house by established miniature manufacturing company, so I am reliant on their time and skills. I have pre booked time with these talented people, all whom have backed my project in so many ways. As with life, these people may experience delays and if so, so do I. I will do my utmost to keep to the schedules I have set, however I can not discount delays entirely. I do promise to do my very best and I have already began the production phase with the item. All vehicles are printed and in production as are all figures. The only items not yet in production are any stretch goal items .
Thank You for looking!