Weird Wargaming: OPFOR as “Actors”

In some of my Command scenarios, I’ve depicted exercises. Many similar scenarios use the “characters”, the foreign platforms they’re simulating. Therefore there would be a lot of Soviet origin fighters. And there’s no problem with that. But I’ve decided to do things a little differently in my own.

I’ve decided to frequently use the “actors”, the western units painted up as “aggressors” to play the enemy during the operations. Part of this is just for the sake of distinct novelty, and part of it is to provide a non-contrived way for advanced western platforms to fight each other.

A general substitution rule I’ve used is this.

MiG-21F-5
MiG-23F-20
MiG-29F-20, F-16
Su-27F-15
Su-24F-111

There are of course even more variants, but those are the general ones.

The next part is setting the side proficiency of the OPFOR to “Ace”, the highest one. It’s there to simulate both highly trained crews (hi Jester and Viper) and give the player more of a challenge.

That’s my small personal guideline for exercise scenarios.

One thought on “Weird Wargaming: OPFOR as “Actors”

  1. You might even add a 3rd column for ‘French and other’, I’ve been having some fun with them lately. The Dassault family are different enough to NATO to make a difference as are the SAABs, not to mention some of the Israeli variants. Scoping out Pacific Fury and there are some weird mash-ups there for sure: Burmese F-6A (Chinese Mig-19) escorting Italian built G-4 Super Galebs for instance…

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