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Also… I did buy some of these trenches from 3d Corp to try out. I love their craters as seen in my pics, but I will give them a dry brushing. the trenches are scaled for 15mm, and are about 30mm wide on the interior, but I think they will work. My normal infantry bases are 40mm x 20mm and some of my heavy weapons are on 25mm rounds.
Going to do some experimentation and post the results when I get a chance. Trenches need a nice drybrush too. The lengths are a bit longer than I would have liked between traverses, so I might assume a bit of abstraction and limit line of sight to 6″ along a trench so attacking down a trench is assault combat. Bombers still get to attack over and around traverses with no penalty.
Of the experiment fails, these Supreme Littleness ones. look good and I wish I had found them first!
Thanks! Do you have any pictures of them in action? Seriously consider derby my them as my trench solution.
Look really nice, thank you for sharing!
Ok, here we s my stab at the French. I am interested in doing them myself and eventually. My limited understanding was the platoon leader could shuffle troops around sections as needed, ie concentrate his rifle grenade launchers.
Here’s how I would do it, if we are lucky someone with better knowledge will chime in.
April 1916 – October 1917
1 bombing squad
1 chauchat squad (as Lewis squad)
2 rifle squads with additional option for rifle grenade attack with D3 damage
October 1917-October 1918
2 x bombing squads
2 x chauchat / gl squads, which may fire as a Lewis Section OR a gl Section. Don’t forget that rifle grenades ignore overhead cover, but do d6-1 damage while the chauchet gets the -1 to hit, so depends on your tactical situation
how does that sound?
Sorry just saw this, i’ll Have to noodle it some. I have some notes at home for late 1917 – October 1918 French. Will get back to you.
No problem! Your basing should work fine, you just need a way to track hits on squads, there is no removal until the squad is combat ineffective. I’d go with two of your FOW based per squad, so your figurecratio is about 1:1.
I use dice for convenience to track hits, but have some casualty figures I need to paint up.
2×2 with lots of terrain, should be fine. My play area is about 2.5 feet wide on my blog.
let us know how you get on and tinker away with them!
I have attacked this over the last few years by aggressively culling figures and periods I have not used in years and downscaling most of my gaming to 3mm, 6mm, and 10mm (Except for my Pulp stuff)
The biggest issue I found with the larger scales was storing the terrain, not the figures. For example, I had a 20mm WW1 project, sold it, and downsized to 10mm. The figures all fit in roughly the same storage footprint, but the terrain in practice is at least 25% in 10mm what it was in 20mm.
Having followed you for a while, I know you are on the small scale train, so the only other option is to aggressively shed periods or projects you don’t use. I found by doing that and focusing on fewer periods I am getting more gaming in, even if a lot of it is solo! I have a set of cabinets and am trying to keep everything in and if I start to overflow, then start culling.
A third option is to get attractive storage, I found these type of “book boxes” at Home Goods on sale, and am able to store frequently used terrain, dice, and markers out in the open without being an eyesore.
Something like this: https://www.amazon.com/Homeneeds-Vintage-Wooden-Book-Storage/dp/B072LPHFNL/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1518364036&sr=8-4&keywords=book+box&dpID=314X8YTixwL&preST=_SY300_QL70_&dpSrc=srch
Good luck, it is a constant problem, especially if you have far-ranging interests in history.
Do I smell a Sea Lion?
On the way to you today, I threw in a couple of copies of my own QRS, and some experimental scouting rules I have not even tried.
Kyoto, leave me a comment on my blog with your address, I moderate The comments so it won’t show up, and I will drop a hard copy in the mail for you, my treat.
Ivan is pretty busy running the vast Nordic Weasel empire, so i’ll Pitch in here.
Kyoteblue: I have my gratis copy, how about I buy a copy off of Wargames Vault (so Ivan gets his loot) and I can email it to you?
Ochoin: This might fit the bill for him, he’ll really just need to start with a platoon a side. It is completely scale and basing agnostic, so he can use fewer figures to represent a squad if this is his first project.
I salute you, anything to expand the hobby!
Well, as one of the designers I have to say these rules will change your life, add pep to your step, and help save thousands in home repairs!
But seriously, what I was aiming for was something easy and quick, but focused on the specialist weapons and small unit tactics that developed during the war. Roughly the game scale of Through the Mud and the Blood, but simpler.
As a rule of thumb, if you like Ivan’s other Nordic Weasel games or Niel Thomas’ rules such as One Hour Wargames, this will probably be your cup of tea. Take a look at my first playthrough, you can see how we have suppression baked into the system.
All in all I am very happy with them, but most importantly they are a toolbox, and you can easily add chrome if you like, many optinal rules are included.
I hope you give them a spin, thanks!
Great! I hope it helps. Took me 8 times longer to write it up than to play it… I hope he gets them to you soon.
Thank you, I appreciate the support. I hope to get a play by play up this weekend so you can see them in action. Meanwhile, my wife just beat me horribly in the boardgame War of 1812.
Looks great Jack! I look forward to following your project.
http://jozistinman.blogspot.com/15/01/2018 at 17:46 in reply to: Death Temple of Sarnath report from Siege of Augusta #81941
<p style=”text-align: left;”>Thanks! Had some great players</p>
Hey Ivan, going to pick these up. I am STILL, two or three years later, looking for a set of WW1 platoon rules that are simple but give me the feel I am looking for.
I have been trying to simplify complicated rules, but based on my one hour war game experience, a better approach seems to be adding chrome to simpler rules.
This smells like it is right down my alley… so I will force you to take more of my money!!!!
Shelldrake, thank you for sharing that! I have some 10mm Pendraken WW1 on order and was planning on individual bases with platoon sized actions. Seeing yours have convinced me I am not crazy (for trying this project.)
Shelldrake has combined my options, gone Skirmish AND small. For AWI skirmish, I am doing something similar in 6mm, copying this guy’s basing scheme.
One thing I love about the smaller scales is terrain storage is exponentially easier too.
I have a similar set of criteria, I need something that will fit on my 3′ x 5′ gaming table and something I can set up quickly and fight in a couple of hours.
Here are my suggestions:
- Go Skirmish. This seems to be a popular option, you can get a good game in using any scale you like with a couple dozen figures per side in a period that strikes your fancy, and it should all fit in a 3′ x 3′ space. Think games like:
Any or all of these can give a fun game if you like to skirmish either with or without guns
2. Go small: This is my current favorite option
Small scale figures are a great option to do battles on reasonable sized tables. While i love going to Historicon and seeing 20 feet long tables crammed with figures, it is not something I can do on a regular basis.
Do yourself a favor and go read this essay by Peter Berry right now and then come back…
Ok, he can say it better than I ever can. here are some great examples fo folks going small and playing great looking and fun games without breaking the bank or breaking their backs. And in many cases, I would argue more realistically because they have room to maneuver their troops.
Good luck and let us know which direction you go!
Thank you! Cigar Bix battle mat + Kallistra hills underneath + Grout sponge woods, easy peasy.
We have updated the post, check it out again, this time with my wife’s perspective added.
http://jozistinman.blogspot.com/22/11/2017 at 01:27 in reply to: Is there a link between number of games and number of different games? #76713
Yes, when I paired down my number if periods played, my games went up significantly. I spent more time thinking about rules and setting up games than painting another project that would not get used.
I have tinkered with my ratings again and am thinking about what you are saying.
Also…. I forgot and was letting vehicles reaction fire against infantry over 4″ away. So the rifle squad would go to ground and then take more shock dice BEFORE they had a chance to get another shot off. So, your observation jives, the Krasnovians were getting about double the number of shots off…
I want to incorporate some sort of reconnaissance / target acquisition aspect to the rules, any suggestions?
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After the British Victory in the American Revolution, I figure you deserve it…
WOW! I am getting caught up on the forums, but just want to chime in, this looks amazing!
Look great! I really like your bases, too. You cannot go wrong with Nazis.
looks good, thanks for sharing. I have never looked closely at any AWI board games before, this is interesting.
I can only fit so many figures on the table!!!!! And I have to include Hercules Poirot, he is my wife’s favorite. trust me, it will be chaotic enough, I am working on my random event cards.
Thanks guys. We are trying to do two turns a week, so stay tuned!
http://jozistinman.blogspot.com/05/09/2017 at 00:50 in reply to: I need 2 volunteers to play a Matrix Game by email #70996
It is much easier to demonstrate than to explain. Hopefully I’ll have some arguments to post in the next day or two, stay tuned.
I have added examples of Matrix arguments for the players, see: https://tinmanmatrixgames.blogspot.com/
http://jozistinman.blogspot.com/02/09/2017 at 16:31 in reply to: I need 2 volunteers to play a Matrix Game by email #70886
I have enough victims, so closing it, should get started in the next few days, so stay tuned. I think there is a fair amount of interest in matrix games in general, but folks need to see one in action I think in order to be confident enough to dive in and play. Hopefully my little game helps.
http://jozistinman.blogspot.com/02/09/2017 at 00:42 in reply to: I need 2 volunteers to play a Matrix Game by email #70857
Going to open this up on another site… so get in while you can! Thanks!
Thank you! And thank you for all of the great rules you have put out. Getting a response from the master himself is an honor, kind of like writing a short story and having HP Lovecraft or Robert E. Howard tell you they liked it.
I am shamelessly ripping off your philosophy. I have never played in a game you have run, but I have seen them, and I love your approach and style.
Now ordering little plastic Oscar looking trophies from Amazon to hand out as well, to get everyone in the right frame of mind.
I ran another session, you can see it here: http://jozistinman.blogspot.com/2017/08/death-temple-of-sarnath-playtest-2.html
Thanks again and I will post how everything goes, I expect by March I will have run this a half dozen times at 3 conventions.
I my personal experience sporadically from 1990 – 2011 you’d keep your magazine and police up brass in the training area afterwards. I was never in combat, but I assume it would be much looser and discarding a magazine may not be unusual, unless you stay in and control the engagement area after the firefight, then you’d probaby police up any friendly magazines, of course along with enemy weapons, etc.
http://jozistinman.blogspot.com/20/05/2017 at 01:47 in reply to: SBCT Rifle Company BP Defense and Tactical Vignettes #62305
Thanks, Ivan! There is a lot I did not think of. I probably should have had the Infantry hide, then “pop up” and fire. They would be only subject to shock dice in reaction fire. Most of the armored vehicle kills were outright brew-ups.
Going to use this as my baseline scenario, next time I will try that tactic with the Infantry, then add attachments one at a time, such as a MGS or TOW platoon and see how it goes. I’ll probably end up with 4 or 5 versions of this scenario. Just to keep my jaded palette fresh, I am alternating weekends playing Company Command and 6mm AWI games, so might be a week or so before I get it out again, but will use the time to re-read through the rules.
I cannot wait to hear what Jack has to say, his vast experience with the rules will give me some great insights.
http://jozistinman.blogspot.com/14/05/2017 at 15:47 in reply to: One Hour Wargames: Updated House Rules and Wietzel's Mill #61981
Thank you sir! Your blog has been an inspiration. I find I really prefer the smaller space. I can easily make it pleasing to the eye, it is easy to set up and store, and I have room around the perimeter for coffee, markers, and dice and can keep the playing area fairly clean. I am thinking about using a little white board to track hits so I can get rid of the red dice on the table.
My next side project is going to be Sharp Practice on the same sized terrain at half scale using 6mm.
Personally, I don’t mind a brief Aar if it accompanies a scenario. My single favorite recurring feature in any magazine is “Bite Sized Battles” in WSS.
Thanks for the info. I buy single issues of magazines online as PDFs, may give this one a miss.
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Thank you! I am very pleased with these and getting a lot to of table time with them.
Each battalion today has 1 command and seven line strips, so 2 extra line strips per battalion. I had them painted by a painting service, otherwise I would paint up extra command strips but they just would not match.
I might add skirmishers, keep the ideas coming! I will do some experimenting this weekend and post pictures.
Thanks! Sorry, I probably mixed up the steps or the order of the bases! Pico Armor are 1/600 scale or 3mm and there is a very complete range available from Odzial Ozmy in Poland, I purchase mine from Pico Armor here in the US: https://www.picoarmor.com/
They are ridiculously detailed for being half the size of Micro Armor and they have ACW and Napoleonics too. I whip them out pretty fast with a lot of dry brushing and army painter wash at the end to pick out the details. Check out how Bish does his bases, looks like fewer steps and a really nice effect!