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Saturday, January 8, 2022

Rolling Thunder Mission #2

 Happy New Year to everyone! I hope 2022 is going well for all of you!

Here is some photos from the second mission of the Rolling Thunder game I am playing. I am using the Thud Ridge Rules and all the aircraft are from Tumbling Dice Miniatures. They are very good miniatures.

For this mission we are going back to the same target at mission number 1. The mission did not succeeded in taking down the bridge and now we also know there are two AAA sites near the bridge. We will have the same strike package as before with two F-100's armed with rockets to attack one of the AAA sites and the F-105's doing the heavy lifting and striking the bridge.We also have two F-100's flying in an anti-aircraft roll, armed with Air to Air Missiles.

On the way to the target a surprise guest showed up, a flight of 3 MiG-17's.

The lead F-100's go into attack formation to take out the AAA site, The AAA gunners are good and they are able to shoot down one of the two attacking F-100's. The Second F-100 is successful and is able to knock out the AAA site, this will allow an easier approach to the target by the F-105's.

The F-105's get into there attack formation ready to take out the bridge. They are hoping for a clean entry and exit from the target area.

While the F-105's are lining up for the attack on the bridge. the F-100's flying cover on the flight engage the MiG-17's in a head on gun attack. One of the MiG-17's is shot down and the F-100's are not hit. The surviving MiG's are going to break off the dog fight and try to shoot down some of the F-105's

The lead F-105 is shot down by small arms fire, the flight is coming in low this time to increase the chance of hitting the target, but it also means they are vulnerable to small arms fire. The second F-105 scores a hit on the bridge but it is still not enough to drop the bridge. The third F-105 misses the target but number 4 is able to hit the bridge and do enough damage to drop the bridge. Mission Accomplished. Now they need to get back to base.

The F-105's take a left turn after coming off the target but this puts them into the path of the MiG-17's. The MiG's try to shoot down one of the F-105's but there gun fire is not effective in hitting any of the F-105's. The F-100's that were trying to catch the MiG's finally catch up and a short dog fight results in one of the F-100's damaging one of the MiG's. 

The F-105's continue there turn and head back to base. The MiG's decide to break off and head back to base as well. Having lost one MiG and another with damage, the flight lead decides it is time to head for home. The F-100's take up a position behind the F-105's as they make for the border.

The mission was a success for the Americans as the bridge was taken out. The Americans lost one F-100 to the AAA site and they also lost one F-105 to small arms fire over the target. The North Vietnamese lost one MiG-17 and also had one MiG damaged. They also lost the bridge and one AAA site. 

All in all it was a good mission. Next up is the rescue mission to retrieve the down pilots. I need to paint up some minis for that mission but I am happy that the rules cover the SAR (Search And Rescue) operations. 

Keep safe!


  1. Your Rolling Thunder games are a pleasure to see.

  2. Great game. Love the special effects too!

  3. Are you going this solo or do you have an opponent giving you a hard time?
    Did you make your own explosion markers?

    1. Unfortunately I have been doing this Solo. The Covid situation here has prevented me from bringing this game to the club. This Vietnam War project is my COVID-19 project, I did not have any of these aircraft or the rules before Covid hit so I have painted everything up and learned the rules solo. I plan to bring the game to the club once I feel safe going back. Yes I make my own explosion marker, I need to make some more. I have some plastic explosion markers but they are on my shelf at the club.

    2. Are your explosions steel wool, or glued flock or something else? They look pretty good.
      I also noticed (on second look) hexes on your map. Are you using them for thud ridge? I have a feeling the game is hexless but I have read of people using hexes for it(?)

    3. Hi Daveb, I made the explosion markers by gluing lump flock together and then spray painting it black and then add the colors. You will see one that is all black in the photos above, I am not done painting that one.... Yes the game is hex less and that is how I play it. the game mat has hexes for when I play Check your 6. I prefer the hex free games but I use whatever mat I have available. I am still looking for a jungle aerial mat to get.

  4. Fantastic looking game - Thud Ridge is a superb rule set, too, though I've not actually used it for Vietnam (I've used it for the 1967-1973 Arab-Israeli conflicts and the 1985 Agacher Strip War)

  5. Hi Nick, Yes the rules are very good. Lots of options for air battles. I am doing my scenarios by introducing different aspects of the rules. I started off with Air to Ground with some AAA then I added the North Vietnamese Air Force and I plan to introduce the SAR aspect before going into SAM's. I have only used the rules for this time period. I have a personal reason, my Dad was an air traffic controller in Da Nang with the USAF back in 1969.