Thursday, March 01, 2012

I've got an idea....

...that maybe I could do the linked series of scenario's/Teasers that I did for Jeff in this post [click here] as a skirmish campaign... set in WWII to be precise...

Bear with me..... so the background is France 1940 - clearly the Germans would be the attacker...

Picture courtesy robshobbiesandtoys.com ...
I remember building this very kit...
First Teaser

So we open the campaign with Teaser #9; "Attack on the Camp" (which is, as near or dammit, the "Dawn Attack" tabletop teaser available from my Teaser's page) this time though the camp is a French army advance post manned by a squad/company of infantry with some support weapons.... play it exactly as per the teaser but instead of units it's sections, or less.... I'll give the Germans similar numbers, perhaps better quality......

Teaser 2

Escaping towards safety following the previous rude awakening, the French (lorried??) are moving quickly when their OIC decides to halt and turn and try to stop the German advance(Teaser #3; "Holding Action (1)")

Same rules apply w.r.t digging in (the French can't - the Germans won't want to)

I may allow the Germans some mechanised transport - Hanomags...

If as expected the Germans win they push the French on, both sides recover any casualties, and we come to the final teaser..

Teaser 3

"Reinforcements in Depth (2)"; Teaser #16.. the French, exhausted and near end are told that reinforcements are on the way and that they must stop and hold at all costs... we need to keep the balance, but if we allow the French some armour, we need to ensure the German's get something that puts them on a par - either A/T or AFV....

The idea was prompted by two things - first, I found my old PC based skirmish rules the other day.. these were a joint effort between DG and I and must be at least 15 years old... I also came across our old 15mm skirmish set up on one of my shelves and was once again taken by the excellence of those early war French AFV's... watch out for this on the blog soon - I'll play it solo and use a small 4' square table.....

9 comments:

  1. From my last experience with Song of Drums and Shakos, skirmish games can be very exciting!
    Regards
    Rafa

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  2. I presume that you are aware that Ross Macfarlane has already run your "mini-campaign" with his 40mm 1840s figures.

    The games are recounted on his "game of the month" blog:

    gameofmonth.blogspot.com/


    -- Jeff

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  3. Dont worry about that Ross, it is still a bloody good idea :-)

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  4. Steve,
    I am excited to see someone staging one of these mini-campaigns in a WWII setting. Most of the blogs I read regularly are centered on earlier eras -- primarily because that particular bunch of wargamers present the best rules ideas and battle reports (you guys know who you are).
    I have been collecting WWII plastic since 1972, but I don't get to do much with it lately except read other people's battle reports and compare dozens of rule sets.
    What rules are you looking at using for your campaign?

    Regards,
    John

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  5. By Gum there is a blast from the past..I did a series of WW2 games at various shows in the early 80s in 1/35th 1/32nd and at one time had quite a collection. There is even a photo of one of my games in Mil-mod somewhere - at Northen Militaire. Wonder where all that plastic went....

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  6. Cheers guys - it just seems like every now and again you get quite excited about doing something.. the weather this weekend is supposed to be bad in UK so now I have something to do while I watch Le Bleu's tonk the Irish on Sunday in Stade de France....

    Rafa - I really enjoyed those posts of yours - I wonder if that was what registered and made me think to do this mini campaign??

    Jeff - sure do - enjoyed the posts, but looking forward to the technical wrap up to see if he had to tweak any of the Teasers...

    Pig - will do... :o)

    John - which rules? Now there's a question - I honestly can't remember.... their source is lost in the mists of time... I seem to remember an old A4 set, skirmish, old style publication of paper and typewritten, "Kampfgruppe"????? There's a fair amount of Don Featherstone in their as well... but it all got computerised so the mechanics are pretty straight forward....

    Big Andy - me too... I had (still do come to that) a huge interest in the North Africa WWII theatre as a kid - I can still remember the smell of the Humbrol "sand" I slapped on this one....

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  7. Great idea! I have yet to find a period or scale or size of action that can't the teasers can't be adapted to. I did think for a minute when seeing the box cover that you were going to be playing out a 54mm skirmish.

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  8. Ross - 15mm... hugely characterful figures from the Peter Pig range...

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  9. I built that Tamiya Hanomag too, as it was featured in Military Modelling!

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