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This is a test!!!


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 Norway, as well as the sea room to sortie the Soviet Red Banner Northern Fleet to cut those routes.

The Norwegians knew this as well, and it was one of the many factors that motivated their early membership in NATO in 1948 when the alliance formed. Norway’s history had been one of neutrality in World War I, and in World War II, she had declared it again. It had proved no defence, and she at first, wound up a battleground between the Allies and the Nazis, then five years of brutal Nazi occupation. The Norwegians swore this would not occur again. (This led to a policy of not allowing any permanent foreign bases on her soil, even her NATO allies, were not allowed into the country except during exercises, or time of war).

Sweden and Norway in the 1980's was a nation of just over 7 million. They had a small militaries of just 165,000, supported by 85,000 Home Guardsmen facing off against a potential Soviet juggernaut. There was no room for error, cowardice or even accommodation. They had seen the price Finland had paid. It was not in the Scandinavian character. So, every year, NATO came, and exercised and planned for a war that never came. "


Jason Weiser Red Stars White Lights author

Hi


Thanks for looking at my second kick off! My first KickOff 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 minialmise the time to get it all out. This will not include the stretch goals which I also hope to introduce! Ive a new addon to my software which will allow me to.


So the first reward 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 suprise!  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 depoyable vehicles and elite soviet paratroopers. These forces were likely air dropped to take key strategic points in conjuction 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.


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 (Nato) Forces


Infantry Platoon


Mechanised Infantry Platoon (PBV 302)


MBT Platoon (S-tank , Centurion)


Tank Destroyer Platoon (Ikv-91)


Anti Tank Platoon (C303 with RCL)


Infantry Company


MBT Company (S-tank , Centurion)


Tank Destroyer Company (IKV-91)


Mechanised Infantry Company (PBV302)


BV202  Platoon


Soviet Forces (Naval and VDV Forces)


Infantry Platoon


Mechanised Infantry Platoon (BTR 60PB or BMD)


MBT Platoon (T-55 and T-55 AMV or ASU 85)


Mechanised Infantry Company (BTR or BMD)


Light Tank Recon  Platoon (PT-76 or BTR-D)


ATGM Platoon - BRDM


Infantry Company


MBT Company (T-55 and T-55 AMV or ASU-85)


Mechanised Infantry Company (BTR or BMD)


Singles and 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.


Red Star White Light Scenario book


To be added




The Rewards


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 stretch 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.


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 considable amount of additional effort as these need to be produced from scratch. Sadly they can impact production times. If I run run additional stetchgoals I will make it clear that these will be seperate from the initial rewards in terms of delivery. If you would like like rewards from both initial rewards and stretchgoals then I can only deliver all the items in one delivery sorry. Additional stretchgoals make take up to 6-8 weeks given the amount of additional work.




The First stretch Goal


Norwegian Forces


Infantry Platoon


Mechanised Infantry Platoon (NM135)


MBT Platoon (Leo 1A1NO )


Mechanised Infantry Company (NM135)


Light Tank Recon  Platoon (NM116)


ATGM Platoon - (NM142)


Infantry Company


MBT Company (Leo 1A1NO )


Mechanised Infantry Company (NM135)




Preparation and Shipping


The models are all completed, including the S Tank, PBV 302, Centurion, T55, MTLB, PT-76 ,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 I have a massive success 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!


Thank You


Keith


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354.00
Pledged of 4,000.00 Goal
3
Pledgers
Ended On
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31
2017
 
The Northern Flank Cold War Kick Off 15mm figure and vehicle range to cover Scandinavia in the 1980's. The forces include Sweden , Soviet Marines and VDV Airborne forces. Strechgoals will be added if succesful!
Reward A - NATO Infantry Platoon: 17.00

Infantry Platoon
3 infantry Sections and 1 HQ section

Each section contains 8 men.  The HQ section contains 5 men

Reward B - NATO Infantry Company: 47.00
1 Company HQ 3 Infantry Platoons The company HQ consists of 5 men Each platoon contains 3 infantry sections and a HQ section
Reward C - NATO Mechanised Platoon: 39.00
NATO sized Mechanised Platoon Each platoon contains 3 infantry sections and a HQ section 4 APC's Each section contains 8 men.  The HQ section contains 5 men
Reward D - NATO anti tank Platoon: 26.00
NATO sized anti tank Platoon
Reward E- NATO Recon Platoon: 22.00
NATO sized Recon Platoon
Reward F - NATO MBT Platoon: 28.00
NATO sized MBT Platoon 4x MBT and a selection of crew
Reward G - NATO MBT Company: 98.00
NATO sized Company 14x MBT and a selection of crew
Reward H - NATO Mechansied Company: 98.00
1 Company HQ The company HQ contains 5 men , One 8 man rifle squad and 2 APC 3 Infantry Platoons Each platoon contains 3 infantry sections and a HQ section and 4x APC
Reward I - NATO Combat Team Armoured Heavy: 105.00
1 MBT HQ  2x MBT 2 MBT Platoons  Each platoon contains 4x MBT 1 Mechanised Infantry Platoon  The mechanised platoon contains 3 infantry sections and a HQ section with 4 APC's Each section contains 8 men.  The HQ section contains 5 men
Reward F - NATO Combat Team Infantry Heavy : 118.00
1 x HQ  1 Infantry HQ and 1 Infantry section with 2 APC's 2 x Mechanised Infantry Platoon Each mechanised platoon contains 3 infantry sections and a HQ section with 4 APC's Each section contains 8 men.  The HQ section contains 5 men 1 x MBT Platoon With 4 MBT
Warsaw PACT Infantry Platoon: 16.00
Warsaw PACT  Infantry Platoon
Warsaw PACT Infantry Company : 47.00
Warsaw PACT Infantry Company
Warsaw PACT Mechanised Platoon: 30.00
Warsaw PACT Mechanised Platoon
Warsaw PACT Anti Tank Platoon: 20.00
Warsaw PACT Anti Tank Platoon
Warsaw PACT Recon Platoon: 20.00
Warsaw PACT Recon Platoon
Warsaw PACT MBT Platoon: 21.00
Warsaw PACT MBT Platoon
Warsaw PACTMBT Company: 98.00
Warsaw PACT MBT Company
Warsaw PACTMechansied Company: 120.00
Warsaw PACT MBT Company
Warsaw PACT Combat Team Armoured Heavy: 105.00
Warsaw PACT  Combat Team Armoured Heavy
Warsaw PACTCombat Team Infantry Heavy : 118.00
Warsaw PACT  Combat Team Infantry Heavy |
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