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Beware Of The Locals:
A Guide To Vietnamese Local Forces
with Tom Leamy
The Local Forces Company opens up a fantastic way of developing your
lists for the North Vietnamese. The local militias that the North Vietnamese recruited were
at the grass roots of the guerilla structure with many villagers recruited and
supplied by bands of roving party loyalists.
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The other assets I like to use with the Local Forces are the PAVN
Fortifications; booby traps and minefields in particular. It is always worth
taking some booby traps, they can be used in a variety of ways but one of my favourite uses is to
plop them down to delay or disrupt Free World reinforcements or redeployments.
Mine fields appearing out of nowhere can put a big dent in the Free World’s
plans, it may be perverse but I do enjoy doing that.
Local Forces bring some great new options to the Nationalist player.
You can use them as a blunt instrument or you can use them alongside your other
assets to hit your enemy from a completely different angle. With the ability to
bring the sneakiness into the game for the North Vietnamese I find using the
Local Forces can be a lot of fun, if somewhat unpredictable. It is the
unpredictability that makes them so appealing to me as a player but a canny North
Vietnamese player will be able to fully exploit the Local Forces and the assets
the PAVN can bring to the table to make not only an interesting force, but a
powerful antagonist for the Free World.