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Local Resistance (VPABX12)
Includes 6x Resistance teams and 6x Sampan boats

Free World forces in the Republic of Vietnam faced the day-to-day paranoia of dealing with a civilian population whose loyalties could not be guessed.

Any man, woman, or child of the local populace could be working for the resistance, reporting on troop movements, providing false information, or sniping at the enemy.

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Brown Water Navy
The waterways of the Mekong Delta are busy with sampans, merchants, villages, and farming communities. They are the life blood of South Vietnam, through which over half of the entire country’s rice flows. It is remote with few roads accessing the interior’s rice fields and jungles. The Việt Cộng have launched their liberation movement from within this formidable fortress.

However, the US Army and Navy have come together to create the Mobile Riverine Force, a joint operation of infantry and assault boats. They are reinforced with helicopter gunships, devastating Skyraider aircraft and more. This new force is ready to take the fight upriver.

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Brown Water Navy

Local Resistance Teams

With the Local Forces came three advantages for the regular North Vietnamese force. Firstly local knowledge of the terrain; secondly, local supplies to be had; and third, numbers to bolster any prolonged attack or campaign. Local Forces lacked the equipment of the regular forces but were inventive and used their local knowledge to lure Free World troops into traps and ambushes.

Designed by Gary Morley
Painted by Bob Pearce

Resistance Fighters
The Communist cause has the advantage of the support of the local resistance, be they simply locals who contribute food and medicines, or active fighters who scout out imperialist and puppet positions and plant bombs.

Resistance teams are Independent teams of one or two civilian figures on a small base. They are considered as friendly teams by the opposing side.

Resistance teams can be Deployed anywhere on table, as long as they are 12”/30cm away from all table edges, 12”/30cm away from all other Resistance teams, 6”/15cm away from all ANZAC teams, and 2”/5cm away from other Free World teams.

Resistance teams cannot be shot at, nor assaulted. If they are within 4”/10cm of a team that is Charging Into Contact (whether Assaulting or Counterattacking), they are automatically Destroyed.

If caught under the template of an Artillery Bombardment, they are liable to be hit and Destroyed like any other team, but they cannot be the Aiming Point for a Bombardment.


Questioning Resistance Teams
Of course, the imperialists and their puppets are constantly persecuting the hard-working peasants, making the life of the resistance fraught with danger

In the Free World player’s Assault Step, a Free World platoon that is not Pinned Down and did not shoot may attempt to Question and detain Resistance teams instead of Launching an Assault. The platoon rolls a Skill Test for each Resistance team within 4”/10cm of it.

  • On a successful Skill Test, the Resistance team is Destroyed.
  • Otherwise, the Resistance team bluffs its way through the inspection and is unharmed.
Any teams within 4”/10cm of a Resistance team being questioned cannot be Gone to Ground. Independent teams and Helicopters cannot Question Resistance teams.


Local Knowledge
Local forces have ancient knowledge about living in the Mekong and dealing with its challenges.

Teams from a Việt Cộng Battalion HQ, Địa Phương Quân (Local Force) Companies (including any teams Combat Attached to them), and Resistance teams treat Jungle Overgrowth and Dense Jungle simply as Difficult Going (instead of using the normal terrain rules).
Shooting with Resistance
Some resistance fighters and special agents take a more aggressive approach, placing bombs, opening fire with machine-guns, and throwing hand grenades. These heroes of the revolution are maligned as terrorists by the imperialists.

The Nationalist player can attempt to shoot with any or all Resistance teams at the start of their Shooting Step. To do so, roll a die for each shooting Resistance team.
  • On a roll of 4+, the Resistance team can shoot, but is then automatically Destroyed.
  • Otherwise, the Resistance team does not attack, but neither does it give itself away.
 Even more special rules for Local Resistance Teams can be found in Brown Water Navy

Local Resistance Teams in Flames Of War

Team Mobility
Resistance team Infantry 4"/10cm 1
4+ No penalty for moving.

Sampan Boats

Sampans were shallow-draft boats generally used for transportation of goods or people, usually in rivers or coastal areas. It was unusual for a sampan to sail far from land as they did not have the means to survive rough weather. They strived in areas normal boats couldn't easily sail in.

Designed by Evan Allen
Painted by Chris Townley
Using Sampans
On the Mekong Delta, the waterways are the arteries of commerce and travel. The resistance used this route for ferrying troops and passing information and supplies.

Resistance Teams can use Sampans to enter Impassable water features, such as rivers. When a Resistance Team moves into a water feature, replace it with a Sampan Resistance team. While using a Sampan, a Resistance Team still uses all of the Resistance Fighter rules.
Mekong Traffic
Many waterways are packed with sampans travelling up and down the river conducting business or perhaps smuggling...

Enemy boat teams treat the area within 4”/10cm of a Sampan Resistance team as Slow Going.

VPABX12 Contents

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Assembling the VPABX12

When assembling your sampan boats you have the option of using a rower or an engine operator. Below I will show you how to add either one.

Rower. Glue the feet of the rower to the back right of your Sampan boat as shown below. 

Tip: When assembling your models it's always a good idea to dry fit your parts before glueing.

Engine operator. Glue the bottom the the engine operator to the back of the boat. Don't forget to dry fit!

Local Resistance teams. Assembly of the Local Resistance teams is easy. Just choose any two civilian figures to glue into each base, as you can see below.

Happy modelling!

~ George 

Last Updated On Friday, June 5, 2015 by James at Battlefront