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Looks good, please keep it up. In the midst of a house hunt and move now, so I have to game vicariously through you guy’s blogs. I have come to the heretical idea that for me 4 x 3 is an ideal board size weather I am doing 1/600, 6mm, or 28mm skirmish.
The older I get the more I share that type of sentiment. One reason, besides just raw interest, that I switched from tactical ww2 to ww1, at least in the Great War everyone in the trenches is a victim of circumstances to some degree or another.
I respect anyone’s feelings in this area, never been in combat, but seen two guys killed in a training accident and that was enough.
A matter of individual choice that I will respect unless it crosses that fuzzy boundary in my head of being in egregiously poor taste.
Like the judge said about pornography. I can’t define it but I know it when I see it.
Good to hear you are well. I get the confusion about your handle, Jozi’s Tin Man is supposed to = Tin Man owned by Jozi (My Wife), I am not Jozi.
Ok, my wife talked me out of it… She likes 28mm Doc Savage and Poirot. A momentary lapse, hopefully, this is the last time I pack and move all my crap.
I do have considerably less stuff than 5 years ago, so my reduction has had tangible effects. Mike, you made me laugh as I have sold off every other 28mm except for my pulp and Victorian stuff and gone 3mm / 6mm / 10mm.
Excellent point, the classroom material I leveraged from West Point does not discuss the ROE.
I am am really enjoying this discussion, as is sheds some light on how we simplify things on the tabletop and leave out what in the real world are the critics cal decisions.
Ha! LOL. Yes, the book solution has the 240 targeting the truck, as it is your best weapon for the job. Also, good spotting on the SALUTE report, as you are only 2 blocks from the crash site, you platoon leader and company commander just MIGHT be interested that you have made contact.
Good eye, and I always appreciate your quibbles and enjoy your comments on the forum.
I’ll post another one in a week or so and you can dive in on it too.
I’d have had Fireteam 2 hit the RPG gunners, engage until all targets down, then shift to the AK guys. I’d station myself with the M240 and have it engage the truck, then shift fire right or left depending on how each fireteam does, it should be able to eliminate the SPG pretty quickly at 75 meters. Fire team 2 hits the AK guys, engage until all targets down.
I’d detach the designated marksman and one guy from fireteam 2 to provide security. As soon as the Technical is out of action and I decided where to shift fire with the 240 (say 30 – 60 seconds into the engagement) then I’d call up the Platoon leader and report contact. Once we are done here, move the two blocks towards the Blackhawk with the fire team 1, MG and Me in traveling overwatch, and Fire team 2 pulling rear security. Speed is of the essence to get to the crash site and establish a perimeter.
Of course, it is easy for me to decide all this in my jammies in my nice cozy house and not in 120 degree heat with guys trying to kill me.
Next one will be at a higher level of command, and I think we’ll go WW2 this time.
Of course this is all a scam so I can get rid of some old magazines…
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Ok guys only 4 entries and 2 days left! Even if you are not CONUS, enter for the glory, like one UK respondent did!
This is straight from West Point, are you better than a “wet behind the ears kaydet on the Hudson?”
http://jozistinman.blogspot.com/11/04/2018 at 17:23 in reply to: Win Free Magazines from me with a Tactical Decision Exercise! #88533
Small typo above, AR = Automatic rifleman with M249 SAW
3 entries so far!!!
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http://jozistinman.blogspot.com/10/04/2018 at 16:25 in reply to: Win Free Magazines from me with a Tactical Decision Exercise! #88445
Ahhh excellent questions, I will update the blog post. But…
SQD LDR= Squad leader
TM LDR = Team leader
GREN = grenadier, M4 with attached M203 40mm Grenade launcher
RMAT= normally the squad Javelin ATGM gunner, but left behind for this mission so another AR
AR = M4 Assault rifle
DM = Squad designated marksman armed with upgraded M-16 with bipod and good optics.
http://jozistinman.blogspot.com/10/04/2018 at 12:10 in reply to: Win Free Magazines from me with a Tactical Decision Exercise! #88424
Come on guys, only one entry so far! Just hit my blog link below.. Thanks!
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Wierd… I obviously don’t know what I am doing… either, way send me your entries!
http://jozistinman.blogspot.com/25/03/2018 at 00:08 in reply to: Battle of the Plains of Abraham: First Polemos Ruse de Guerre battle #87180
Looks great, keep posting!
I’ll chime in, keep it up! I will follow with interest
I love early war miniaturrs and would have bought more had i not down scaled from 20mm to 10mm. Ochoin, have him take a look a d just follow Abwherdchlacts blog above for inspiration.
EWM has good fast shopping to US as well.
I did ww1 using those same figures once and I strongly urge him to take a look at Early War Miniatures trenches. They look great, and you can get them prepainted. I sold mine off or you ‘d donate them.
They are also scaled for 20mm / 1:72 and I found their metal figures compatible with the plastics so you can supplement for hard to find poses like grenade launchers.
Have him take a look: https://earlywarminiatures.com/product-category/ewm-scenery-products-designs/ewm-scenery-products-designs-trenches-infantry-and-artillery-positions/ewm-scenery-products-designs-trenches-infantry-and-artillery-positions-linked-trench-models-20mm-scale/
You can see more detail about my trenches in this post including where I ordered them from.
While not as nice as Sidney Roundwood’s 28mm sculpted trench tiles, they get the job done for me and are darned near indestructible. They are scaled for 15mm but I use them with 10mm.
Trenches are a conundrum let me know what solution you go with.
Thank guys! Now I need to make some wire and shattered forest bases, but you can have a fun game in a small space with a little terrain.
An inspiring collection, thank you for sharing and great brushwork!
I have played Camerone several times as the French and it is always an interesting problem of shifting forces around and managing your scant resources as long as you can. I like the idea of the defender not knowing that it is a last stand until too late, I remember that chapter from Red Army. Maybe a disguised scenario? Market Garden in space or even the horse and musket period, with a group of dragoons seizing a bridge and told to hold out for X turns. But a messenger gets through on X-2 that the reinforcements are never coming…
Thanks, Tim. I have aimed at a WW1 full trench system, it is hard to get it in scale for based 10mm figures. “In Scale” it should be, what 10mm wide, a German “wide” Trench maybe 15mm – 20mm wide to stop tanks?
I like your idea for front pieces for dug in troops on stands that are dug in, and have followed that model with WW2 in the past, and will again if I do WW2 again in the future. It looks better on the table than a maker with the words “Dug In.”
I am willing to eat the abstraction for the gain in sturdiness, other folks may not want to, so I wanted to get some pictures out there. I like the lichen if I want to make them look narrower. Also going to play with shortening them somewhat so the traverses are not so long.
I think that is what they are designed for, their sample pics on eBay show FOW bases in them. The shipping is a bit steep, but they are darn near indestructible which was one of my requirements. Show work perfectly with your FOW WW1 guys.
Sorry, Black Hat, I am to lazy… 🙁 . They are also now SOLD!!!!
Glad you like it! I am the guy who collaborated with Ivan.
I think we just didn’t take dedicated AT weapons that showed up later in the war into account.
Here is my suggestion, Ivan will probably have a more elegant one. When shooting at tanks:
Mauser 13.5mm AT rifle: No +2 to hit and does D3 damage.
German machine guns with a belt of armor piercing K bullets, one shot per gun per game: +1 to hit and D6 damage
37mm Antitank gun: like field gun
76mm minenwerfer in direct fire role (frequently pressed into service as AT weapon: as field gun but I would restrict to 12” firefight range.
Share pics and your experiences with the rules, and don’t be afraid to fiddle with them to give you the effect you want!
I have never thought of it, but it might be interesting at this scale. You could include some logistical elements, such as the need to have LZ’s secured for the US to stay supplied and disallow airstrikes and fir support for NVA units in contact with US units “hold on to their belts.”
Maybe something the scale of Ia Drang Valley?
Looking good! Thanks for sharing. Cracking good rules.
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.