Personally my interest in this conflict is just coming to fruition but I thought it would make a good BOTW style scenario.
Background (taken from Wikipedia):
Rhodesia was settled by British and South African pioneers beginning in the 1890s and while it was never accorded full dominion status, Rhodesia effectively governed itself after 1923. In his famous "Wind of Change" speech addressed to the parliament of South Africa in 1960, British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan stated Britain's intention to grant independence to British territories in Africa. As a consequence many Rhodesians, white and black, were concerned at the possibility that decolonisation and native rule would bring chaos, as had resulted when the Congo became independent. Britain's unwillingness to compromise on the policy of "No independence before majority rule" led to Rhodesia unilaterally declaring independence on 11 November 1965. Though Rhodesia had the unofficial support of neighbouring South Africa and Portugal, which governed Mozambique, it never gained formal recognition from any country.
Most white Rhodesians viewed the war as one of survival with atrocities committed in the former Belgian Congo, the Mau Mau Uprising campaign in Kenya and elsewhere in Africa fresh in their minds. Many whites (and a sizable minority of black Rhodesians) viewed their lifestyle as being under attack, which both had considered safer and with a higher standard of living than many other African countries. Although the vote in Rhodesia was open to all, regardless of race, property ownership requirements effectively denied the franchise to most of Rhodesia's blacks. The 1969 constitution provided for "Non-Europeans" (principally blacks) to elect representatives for 8 of the seats in the 66 seat parliament. A further 8 of these seats were reserved for tribal chiefs.
Amidst this backdrop, black nationalists advocated armed struggle to bring about independence in Rhodesia. Resistance also stemmed from the wide disparities in wealth possession between blacks and whites. In Rhodesia, Europeans owned most of the fertile land whilst Africans were crowded on barren land, following forced evictions or clearances by the colonial authorities.
Two rival nationalist organizations soon emerged: the Zimbabwe African People’s Union (ZAPU) and the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU), following a split in the former in August 1963, following disagreements over tactics as well as tribalism and personality clashes. ZANU and its military wing ZANLA were headed initially by the Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole, and later Robert Mugabe, consisted mainly of the Shona speaking tribes. ZAPU and its military wing ZIPRA consisted mainly of Ndebele ethnic groups under Joshua Nkomo.
Cold War politics played into the conflict also, with the Soviet Union supporting ZIPRA and Communist China providing support to ZANLA. Each group subsequently fought a separate war against the Rhodesian security forces, and the two groups sometimes fought against each other as well. In June 1979, the governments of Cuba and Mozambique offered direct military assistance to the Patriotic Front, but Mugabe and Nkomo declined. Other foreign nations also contributed to the conflict, for instance North Korean military officials taught Zimbabwean militants how to use explosives and arms in a camp near Pyongyang. By April 1979 12,000 ZANLA guerrillas were training in Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Libya while 9,500 of its 13,500 extant cadres were operating in Rhodesia. On the other side of the conflict South Africa clandestinely provided both material and military support to the Rhodesian government.
Inevitably the Bush War occurred within the context of regional Cold War in Africa, and became embroiled with a number of conflicts in several neighbouring countries as well. Such conflicts included the Angolan War of Independence (1961–1975) and Angolan Civil War (1975–2002), the Mozambican War of Independence (1964–1974) and Mozambican Civil War (1977–1992), and the Shaba I (1977) and Shaba II (1978) conflicts."
In keeping with BOTW tradition, we would be focusing on the Selous Scouts, an elite group of Rhodesian combat reconnaissance forces. Typically they would travel in small groups taking on much larger groups of the foe. They were quite heavily armed, being equipped with FN FALs, L1A1s, and FN MAGs. Some XM177s and M16s have been seen but it's likely these are actually pictures of US "Soldiers of Fortune". They could also often be seen using weapons of the enemy: AKMs of various origin, RPDs, RPKs (interestingly enough often with the "rare" drum), G3A3s, etc.
Camouflage shirt with OD pants or shorts
Camo pattern options:
Rhodesian camouflage pattern
Transkei camouflage pattern
Green DPM (for people who are not so dedicated) it can be labeled as "similar" to the Transkei or Rhodesian pattern... Okay, not really, but we have to find some kind of commonly found uniform otherwise we'll be cutting out a large amount of people from the event.
Web gear can be of course be accurate to the conflict but here are some other options:
M1956 Web gear
British Pattern 37 web gear
British Pattern 58 web gear
Custom pouches and rigs were also pretty common
Fereday FAL rig
Sorry, I don't have time to finish this right now, but I'll continue with the OP FOR requirements when I get the chance. What do you think so far? Any suggestions? I know I haven't gotten very specific but I thought it would make a cool two day event. The idea here is of a "BOTW Game 1" style event. In other words, yes, there will be some restrictions on what can and cannot be used/worn.