RAPID FIRE! -- Modifications for post-war conflicts

Aaron W. Longbottom

Introduction

These are a set of modifications to the fast play WW2 rules ``Rapid Fire!" by Colin Rumford and Richard Marsh (Stratagem Publications LTD). They allow you to extend the range of battles you can play from the end of WW2 up until the present day. In formulating the modifications and, in some cases, new rules I have tried to change as little as possible. This is in order not to loose the elegance and simplicity of the originals. I hope I have succeeded. Below I go through the changes, section by section, and then at the end list the A.F.V., gun and missile characteristics for a number of countries. Lastly I include four scenarios based on games on a 6' x 8' table.

-- Aaron Longbottom November 1996.

1. MOVEMENT RATES

                            Road  X Country
Very fast tracked vehicles   30"     18"

3. MORAL

( Optional rule addition)
a: An infantry battalion or ......... strength has fallen to (Elite) 50%, (Regular) 60%, (Militia/Poor) 70% or which has sustained a total of (Elite) 20, (Regular) 16, (Militia/Poor) 12 casualties (which ever is least). For the ...........

6. ANTI-TANK FIRE

New gun classes 0, -1, -2, -3 & -4.
New vehicle classes I, II, III & IV.

Fourth range band (for gun types ``-3" & ``-4" only) Distant 48-60"

Below use outer gun type with outer vehicle class, inner gun type with inner vehicle class. For example;

An M60A1 (Gun 0) firing at a T-72 (Armour I) has a basic hit roll of 4+,
A BMP-3 (Gun 3) firing at an AMX-VC1 (Armour D) has a basic hit roll of 3+,
A Challenger I (Gun -3) firing at a BMP-2 (Armour C) has a basic hit roll of 2+,
An ERB (Gun 3) firing at a Centurion UG (Armour I) has no chance of a hit.

           Gun Type =  -4  -3  -2  -1   0   1   2

                        0   1   2   3   4   5   6

Vehicle Class - IV  A   3   4   5   6   -   -   -
Vehicle Class - III B   2   3   4   5   6   -   -
Vehicle Class - II  C   2   2   3   4   5   6   -
Vehicle Class - I   D   2   2   2   3   4   5   6
Vehicle Class - A   E   2   2   2   2   3   4   5
Vehicle Class - B   F   2   2   2   2   2   3   4

Additional Modifiers:

  -1   if firer moved over half of its maximum movement rate
       and gun IS stabilised.
  -1   if target/firer moved (not Anti-Tank Rifle) and gun
       IS NOT stabilised.
  -2   if at distant range (type ``-3" & ``-4" guns only).

Effect:
Chobram/Reactive armour treat ATGW effect as ``Extreme" (Reactive armour only works once, on first hit)
Extreme/Distant: 4=Light Damage, 5=Heavy Damage, 6=Destroyed.

7. MISCELLANEOUS WEAPONS AND THEIR EFFECTS

LAD:  May fire only once per game. Max. range 4". Range ``Normal", gun type 1.
      (HE value 8pts. on table 4)
LAW:  Have 3 shots per game. Max. range 8". Range ``Normal", gun type 0.
      (HE value 8pts on table 4)
ATGW: Have 3 shots per game unless stated otherwise. Max. range varies. 
      Range ``Normal", gun type varies.
      (HE value 8pts on table 4)

10. SMOKE

AFV Smoke: Laid at start of turn. Removed start of next turn.
  Dischargers - 3" diam. up to 1" from AFV
  Generators  - 3" wide x length of movement of AFV (maximum of 6" only).
                Must use Move THEN Fire option for turn laying smoke.

12. AIRCRAFT

New aircraft type: Helicopter
May have one aircraft AND ANY number of helicopters over the table in any one turn.
Helicopters move as aircraft but may also hover and load/unload (taking one full turn).

Ground Attack:
May use guided weapons. Treat as ATGWs to hit.

Anti-aircraft Fire:

  Light SAM - Treated as anti-aircraft gun.
  Heavy SAM - May fire on targets at any range.
              15% chance to shoot down aircraft.
              30% chance to drive it off.

NEW RULES FOR NIGHT FIGHTING

Unaided visibility at night is at 1/6th ranges, 1/12th if no moon.
Search light: normal visibility cone 24" by 4". User is automatically spotted by others at any range.
Illumination Shell: Dice to hit as for HE fire. Gives normal visibility within an 8" radius.

                    Maximum Visibility
Night sight       Infantry     AFV 

Infra-red sight      12"       24" 
Image Intensifier    15"       30" 
Thermal Imager        -     Normal daytime range 
User of Infra-red sight is automatically spotted by other infra-red sights or image intensifiers out to 24".

NEW RULES FOR NBC WARFARE

Radiation or biological contaminated areas must be specified before the start of the game, and remain for the duration of the game. They may not be entered by units without NBC protection. Those with NBC protection may enter without risk, but have NBC restrictions/modifiers, see below.

Chemical rounds may be delivered by artillery or aircraft during the game, each round covering an area 6" square. Persistent agents last for the rest of the game, non-persistent agents last for 1 turn. Once an area has been identified as containing a chemical agent units with no NBC protection may not enter. Those with NBC protection may enter without risk, but have NBC restrictions/modifiers, see below.

Any units within the affected area that are either surprised OR have no NBC protection must dice each turn below:

D6 per figure   Elite          6
casualty if:    Regular       5-6
                Poor/No NBC   4-6
If using NBC protection (troops or vehicles) then:

  • Half movement
  • -1 to firing AT weapons
  • -1 point from small arms fire
  • -1 in moral tests

    17. THE COST OF A FORCE

    LAD 10pts    Lt  SAM  20pts (Vehicle 3 rounds)
    LAW 20pts    Hvy SAM  40pts (Vehicle 3 rounds)
     
    Gun Type: ``-4" 180pts    ``-1" 100pts
              ``-3" 150pts    ``0"  80pts
              ``-2" 120pts    Stabilised +10pts
    
    Vehicle Class: ``IV"  160pts   Chobram  +10pts
                   ``III" 140pts   Reactive  +5pts
                   ``II"  120pts
                   ``I"   100pts
    
    ATGW Specialist vehicle (3 rounds) as Gun Type.
         Single shot as 50% Gun Type.
     
    Very Fast +20pts   AFV Smoke +5pts
    
    AFV IR night sight 10pts  Infantry IR night sight  5pts
    AFV II night sight 15pts  Infantry II night sight 10pts
    AFV TI night sight 20pts
    

    18. VEHICLE/GUN CLASSIFICATION

    Weapons: # stabilised, r Reactive, c Chobram, * Single A.T.G.W. only
    pts in () for A.T.G.W.s are for ``single shot" option.

    Speed: S Slow, M Medium, F Fast, VF Very Fast, J Jeep, L Light truck/Armoured Car

    Smoke: D Dischargers, G Generators

    Armour

    Rapid Fire!  Challenger 2000  Firefly  Command    W.R.G.  mm (approx.)
                                           Decision 
        IV           18-20           -        60     XI-XII     525
        III          16-17           -        50       X        450
        II           13-15           -        40       IX       375
        I             9-12           -        30    VII-VIII    300
        A             7-8          13-20      20       VI       200
        B             5-6           8-12      15       V        125
        C             3-4           6-7       10    III-IV       75 
        D             2             3-5        5       II        55
        E             0-1           0-2        2        I        20
        F                     Soft Vehicle 
    

    Guns

     Rapid Fire! Challenger 2000  Firefly Command Decision            W.R.G.
                   K.E.    Chem.           K.E.    Chem.   K.E. (`K' at) Chem. (`3' at)
    
        -4         27+     45+      -      71+     x10       over VIII   over X
        -3        22-26   36-44     -     56-70    x9          VIII       X    
        -2        17-21   28-35     -     41-55    x8          VII        IX   
        -1        14-16   23-27     -     31-40    x7          VI         VIII 
         0        12-13   20-22   23-25   21-30    x6          V          VII  
         1         9-11   15-19   18-22   11-20    x5         IV-V        VI   
         2         7-8    12-14   14-17    7-10    x4          IV         V    
         3          6     10-11   11-13    3-6     x3          III        IV   
         4          5      8-9     9-10    1-2     x2          II         III  
         5         1-4     1-7     1-8      <1     x1          I          I-II
    
    K.E. - Kinetic Energy (AP/APDS/APFSDS/etc),
    Chem. - Chemical Energy (HEAT/HESH/etc).

    American AFVs

    Vehicle         Armour    Gun        Speed  NF   Smoke   Pts
    
    M113 (A3)          D      MG           F    -     (D)    40(45)
    M2/M3 (A2)      Cc(Bc)   3# TOW*       F    TI    D(G)  125(145) + ATGW
    LVTP-7 (A1)       E(D)   MG(GL)        F    II    (G)    40(60)
    V-150              E      MG           J   (II)   (D)    40(55)
    LAV-25             E     3(TOW*)       J   (TI)    D     65(85) + ATGW
    M125 (A3)          D    81mm mort.     F    -     (D)    45(50)
    M106               D   107mm mort.     F    -      -     55
    M150               D      TOW          F    II     -     45 + ATGW
    M901 (A1)          D      TOW          F  II(TI)   D     50(55) + ATGW
    M163               D  5 (4 AA guns)    F    -      -     40
    M48 Chap.          F    Lt. SAM        F    -      -     35
    M109               E   155mm How.      M    -      -     85
    M110               E   203mm How.      M    -      -     85
    M-551              C   0#(Shillelagh*) F  II(TI)   D    200(215)
    M-47               A       0           M   (IR)    -    160(170)
    M-48A1-3 (90mm)    A       0           M    IR     -    170
    M-48A5  (105mm)    A       0           M    IR     D    175
    M-60A1             I       0           M    IR     -    190
    M-60A1Rise/A3      I     0(-2)#        M    II     D    205(245)
    M-60A2             I  0#(Shillelagh*)  M    IR     D    255
    M-1 (105mm)       IIc     -2#          VF   TI    DG    305
    IPM-1            IIIc     -2#          VF   TI    DG    325
    M-1A1             IVc     -2#          VF   TI    DG    345
    M-1A1(HA)/M-1A2   IVc     -3#          VF   TI    DG    375
    

    American Guns/ATGW

    Weapon      Range  Gun  NF   Pts
    
    106mm RCL     -     1    -   60
    Dragon 1     18"   -1    -  100(50)
    Dragon 2     18"   -2   TI  140(80)
    Shillelagh   60"   -1    -  100(50)
    TOW A/B      72"   -1    -  100(50)
    ITOW/TOW 2   72"   -3    -  150(75)
    Hellfire     72"   -3    -  150(75) Laser designator. Count
    Hellfire 7   72"   -4    -  180(90) range to designator.
    

    British AFVs

    Vehicle         Armour   Gun    Speed NF   Smoke  Pts
    
    FV432              D      MG      F    -     D    45
    MICV80           C(Bc)    2       F   II     D   105(135)
    Ferret             E      MG      J    -     D    40
    Scorpion           E      2       VF  II     D    85
    Scimitar           E      2       VF  II     D    85
    Fox                E      2       J   II     D    85
    Spartan            E      MG      VF   -     D    45
    Saracan            E      MG      L    -     D    35
    Saxon              E      MG      J    -     -    40
    FV432(m)           D   81mm mort. M&   -     D    40
    MCT                E    MILAN 2   VF  TI     D   195
    MICV80 MILAN     C(Bc) MILAN 2,2  F   II     D   245(275)
    Striker            E   Swingfire  VF II(TI)  D   165(175)
    FV438              D   Swingfire  F   -      D   155
    TR-1               E   Hvy SAM    M    -     -    50
    Abbot              E   105mm How  M    -     D    55
    Centurion (17pdr)  A      1       M    -     D   145
    Centurion (20pdr)  A      0       M    -     D   165
    Centurion (105mm)  I      0#      M  (IR)    D   195(205)
    Vickers I          A      0#      M    -     D   185
    Chieftain          I     -1#      M   IR     D   225
    Khalid            II     -3#      F   II     D   305
    Challenger I     IIIc    -3#      F  II(TI)  D   335(345)
    Challenger II     IVc    -3#      F   TI    DG   365
    

    British Guns/ATGW

    Weapon      Range  Gun  NF   Pts
    
    Wombat        -     0    -   80
    Milan 1      36"   -1   II  110(60)
    Milan 2      36"   -2   TI  140(80)
    Milan 2T/3   36"   -3   TI  170(95)
    Swingfire    72"   -2    -  120(60)
    Swingfire 4  72"   -3   TI  170(95)
    

    French AFVs

    Vehicle         Armour    Gun       Speed   NF  Smoke  Pts
    
    VAB                E      MG          J     -     -    30
    AMX-10P            C     5(#)         F   II(TI)  D    75(95)
    AMX-VC1            D      MG          F     -     -    40
    AMX-10RC          D(C)   2(-2)        F   II(TI)  D    85(175)
    Panhard M3         E      MG          J     -     D    45
    EBR                E      3           J     -     D    65
    ERC-90             E      0           J    (II)   D   115(125)
    AML-90             E     2(0)         J    (IR)   D    85(125)
    AML-60             E    60mm mort.    J     IR    D    50
    VCAC-HOT           E      HOT         J     TI    -    40 + ATGW
    VAB/PM81           E    81mm mort.    J     -     -    35
    AMX-13DCA          C   5 (2 AA guns)  F     -     D    65
    GCT                E    155mm How.    F     -     -    80
    F3                 E    155mm How.    F     -     -    80
    AMX-13(75)         D     3(0)         F    (II)   D    65(125)
    AMX-13(105)       D(C)   2(-2)        F     II    D    85(145)
    AMX-30             B     1(-2)        F     IR    D   145(185)
    AMX-30B2          A(r)   -2           F   IR(TI)  D   230(240)
    Leclerc           IIIc   -3#          VF    TI    D   355
    

    German AFVs

    
    Vehicle         Armour    Gun      Speed   NF     Smoke  Pts
    
    Luchs             E        5         J    IR(TI)    D    55(65)
    Marder            B    5 Milan1/2*   F   IR/II(TI)  D    95(105) + ATGW
    TPZ-1             E       MG         J      -       D    45
    UR-416            E       MG         J      -      (D)   40(45)
    Kanone            B        1         F     IR       D   145
    Jaguar 1          B     HOT-1(2)     F    IR(TI)    D   145(165)
    Jaguar 2          B     TOW 2        F     IT       D   170
    Gepard            D   5 (2 AA guns)  F      -       D    55
    FH70              D    155mm How.    F      -       D    95
    Leopard 1        A(I)    -1#         F    II(TI)    D   215(245)
    Leopard 2        IIc     -2#         VF    II       D   295
    Leopard 2I       IVc     -2#         F     TI       D   335
    

    German Guns/ATGW

    Weapon      Range  Gun  NF   Pts
    
    HOT-1        72"   -2    -  120(60)
    HOT-2        72"   -3    -  150(75)
    HOT-2T/3     72"   -4    -  180(90)
    

    Israeli AFVs

    Vehicle          Armour    Gun      Speed   NF   Smoke  Pts
    
    RAM V-1            E       MG         J      -     -    40
    RBY-1              E       MG         J      -     -    40
    Centurion APC     Ir   MG/60mm mort.  M      -     D   125
    Zelda              D       MG         F      -    (D)   40(45)
    FSV                D   5 (4 AA guns)  F     II     -    55
    M50                E    155mm How.    S      -     -    60
    L33                D    155mm How.    S      -     -    70
    TI-67UG          A(r)    1(-2)#       M   IR(II)   -   160(225)
    M-60A1            Ir      1(#)        M     IR     D   180(190)
    M-60A1UG         IIc      -2#         M     II     D   275
    CenturionUG       I(r)   0(-2)#       M     II     D   205(250)
    Sherman M51       B        2          M     IR     D   115
    Merkava C1       II       -2#         M     II     -   260
    Merkava C2      III       -2#         M     II    (D)  280(285)
    Merkava C3      IIIc      -2#         F     TI     D   315
    

    Russian AFVs

    Vehicle     Armour     Gun             Speed   NF   Smoke  Pts
    
    BTR-152       E       (MG)               J      -     -    30(40)
    BTR-40        E       (MG)               J      -     -    30(40)
    BTR-50        D        MG                M    (IR)   (G)   30(45)
    BTR-60        E        MG                J     IR     -    45
    BTR-70        D       MG(GL)             J    (IR)    -    50(65)
    BTR-80      D(C)      MG(4)              J   IR(II)   D    65(100)
    MTLB          D        MG                M     IR     -    40
    BMD-1         E      2   AT3/4*          VF    IR     G    85 + ATGW
    BMD-2         E    5(4#) AT4/5*          VF    IR     G    55(75) + ATGW
    BMD-3         E    5(4#) AT4/5*          F     II    DG    55(75) + ATGW
    BMP-1         D      2   AT3/4*          F     IR   G(D)   85 + ATGW
    BMP-2         C    5(4)# AT5*            F     II   G(D)   75(95) + ATGW
    BMP-3         C      3#  AT10*           F     II    DG    105 + ATGW
    BRDM-1        E        MG                J      -     -    40
    BRDM-2        E        MG                J     IR     -    50
    BRDM-2S       E        AT3               J     IR     -    40 + ATGW
    BRDM-3        E        AT5               J     IR     -    40 + ATGW
    ZSU-57-2      E     3 (2 AA guns)        M      -     -    40
    ZSU-23-4      E    5# (4 AA guns)        M     IR     -    40
    SA-9          E      Lt SAM              J      -     -    40
    SA-13         E      Lt SAM              F      -     -    40
    2S1           E     122mm How.           F     IR     -    70
    2S3           E     152mm How.           F     IR     -    80
    PT-76         D        4(#)              M      -     G    45(55)
    SU-100        B         1                M      -     -   120
    ASU-57        E         3                M      -     -    40
    ASU-85        D         2                M     IR    (D)   70(75)
    ISU-152       A     152mm How.           S      -     -   130
    IS-2          A         0                M      -     -   160
    IS-3          A         0                M      -     G   165
    T-10          I         0                M    (IR)    G   185(195)
    T-54          B        1(#)              M    (IR)    G   120(140)
    T-55          A       1(0)#              M      -     G   155(175)
    T-55AMV       Ar        0#(Bastion)      M      -     G   180
    T-55AM1/2     I         0#(Bastion)      M     IR     D   205
    T-62          A         0#               M     IR     G   185
    T-62M         Ir       -1#(Sheksna)      M     IR   G(D)  240
    T-64(A)       I         1#               F     IR   G(D)  195
    T-64B        IIc       -2#(Kobra)        F     IR    DG   285
    T-72          Ic        1#               F     IR     G   205
    T-72A/B       Ic       -2#               F     IR    DG   265
    T-72B1       IIc  -2(-3)#(Svir/Refleks)  F   IR(II)  DG   285(315)
    T-80          I        -2#(Kobra)        F     IR    DG   255
    T-80B        IIc       -2#(Kobra)        VF    IR    DG   295
    T-80U        IIc       -2#(Svir)         VF    II    DG   295
    T-90        IIIc       -3#(Refleks)      F     TI    DG   345
    

    Russian Guns/ATGW

    Weapon      Range  Gun  NF   Pts            Type
    
    Snapper      60"    1    -   60(30)        Shmel (AT1)
    Swatter A    48"    1    -   60(30)        Fleyta (AT2A)
    Swatter B    72"    1    -   60(30)        Flanga-M (AT2B)
    Swatter C    72"    0    -   80(40)        Flanga-MP (AT2C)
    Sagger A/B   60"    1    -   60(30)        Malyutka/-M (AT3A/B)
    Sagger C     60"   0/-1  -   80/100(40/50) Malyutka-P (AT3C)
    Sagger D     60"   -2    -  100(50)        Malyutka-2(AT3D)
    Spigot A     36"    0    -   80(40)        Fagot (AT4A)
    Spigot B     48"   -2    -  120(60)        (AT4B)
    Spigot C     48"   -2   TI  140(80)        Faktoria (AT4C)
    Spandrel     72"   -1    -  100(50)        Kokurs (AT5)
    Spandrel A   48"   -2   TI  140(80)        Kokurs-M (AT5A)
    Spiral       72"   -1    -  100(50)        Skorpion (AT6)
    Kokon        72"   -2    -  120(60)        Shturm-S (AT6A)
    Saxhorn      18"    0    -   80(40)        Metis (AT7A)
    Saxhorn B    24"   -2   TI  140(80)        Metis-M (AT7B)
    Kornet       72"   -2   TI  140(80)        (AT14)
    Ataka-V      72"   -2    -  120(60)        (AT9)
    

    Russian Gun-Launched ATGW

    1 shot only. Not costed in points for tanks.
    Weapon      Range  Gun  Pts   Type
    
    Songster     72"   -1  (50)  (Kobra,AT8)
    Stabber      72"    0  (40)  (Bastion/Kastet,AT10)
    Sniper (A)   72"   -2  (60)  (Svir/Refleks,AT11)
    Shekana      72"    0  (40)  (Sheksna,AT12)