I was considering writing a post about the upcoming Storm of Magic WFB supplement after pictures from July's White Dwarf have were leaked last week and no one really seems to have given much thought to it. Instead, I feel more compelled to talk about Battlefront's (somewhat) new Vietnam supplement "Tropic Lightning" - a preview of which you can see at Bell of Lost Souls. It's not really that new, it came with April's Wargames Illustrated, so BoLS and myself are bit behind the curve here, but moving on...
My father-in-law was drafted during the Vietnam War and was in the Army's 25th Infantry Division, aka the Tropic Lightning. I've known him for nearly ten years and he rarely speaks about his military service. Most of the stories he has told about his time in the Army are not about his combat experiences. Mostly they're about how he learned to fly in Hawaii during his leave time and the bizarre food he ate in Vietnam. I can only recall one instance of when he talked about actual fighting, which was very brief and conveyed more to me about what it was like to be there than any war film injected with narrative from a member of the Sheen family can. I know from other family members how much the war affected him for years after he came back.
I commented on this sentiment on the BOLS article and FatalXS suggested that I talk to my father in law about it, as his wife is Italian and he got her input before starting a Bersaglieri battalion for FoW. Honestly, this is a sensitive subject I would prefer not to talk to him about. I did ask my wife about it and here reaction was about the same when I explained that there were rules to represent her dad's unit. She felt it would be weird playing out a game to represent a battle that her dad was in.
|"The guy on the right is my pops!" Yeah, that's kinda weird...|
When I get the chance, I'll take a look at the book. I think Battlefront does a god job handling the subject matter of their games and presenting it in an appropriate light.