World War Two - Tactical

Campaign themes. 

This month (July 2018) is the 75th anniversary of the Kursk battles on the eastern front. I am running a month of themed battles around the subject of Kursk and reading Lloyd Clark’s book on the subject. The first six battles are from a boardgame called Dark July, which is a Kursk based expansion to the Lock ‘n Load Tactical boardgame system. 


The blow link is an introductory post. the resource section has a link that will take the reader through the various battles in the order that they were played and written up.


Battles for Kursk LINK http://battlefieldswarriors.blogspot.com/2018/07/july-means-kursk.html


NEW - Tigers at Caen.


This is the new west front 1944 - ‘45 module for my hex based Tigers at Minsk WWII tactical rules and these are introduced in a blog post that has a download link and also a link to the latest version (March 2018) of the Tigers at Minsk rules themselves.


The post also lists the changes (which are quite minor) to the TaM ruleset. This includes a new Shoot and Scoot rule for the lighter tank destroyers / Jagd vehicles.


Link http://battlefieldswarriors.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/tigers-at-caen-module-download.html


Tigers at Minsk

These are my home brew rules for tactical level WWII games on a hexed table. Units are representing individual rifle sections (including the inherent light machine gun), individual guns, anti-tank guns and vehicles. The ground scale is roughly 100 - 125 metres to the hex.


The passage of time is randomly generated and this can effect game length and events such as the arrival of reinforcements. Importantly, the game has been designed to play on a small hex grid, just 8 wide by 6 deep or a little bigger and with Kallistra 4"hexes, that can all fit onto a large pinboard.


The rules come with 6 scenarios covering mid war actions on the eastern front.


The latest edition (May 2016) have just been made available - they have some very minor tweaks, this post explains all - LINK


Downloads (thank you Dropbox)

Tigers at Minsk: the rules with game charts and scenarios and weapon stats for mid war eastern front

Tigers at Caen: the west front 1944 - ‘45 module with equipment lists, some new rules and a scenario.

Stalingrad scenarios: two scenarios, one being a nostalgic return to the Guards Counter-attack from basic Squad Leader.

Beware the Woods Scenario: Tiger tanks are sent into woods to clear it out - but danger lurks.

Game markers: a set of markers to print off and mount on card.

2nd Playtest notes of  the Yartzevo campaign module: note this is an 8 meg download.

Yartzevo Defiant - complete campaign game engine for the Tigers at Minsk rules.

Free game - a download with map and counters to play one of the Tigers at Minsk scenarios - useful for people to try the system who may not have the figures or terrain yet.

A playtest report from the Yartzevo campaign. 

LINK http://battlefieldswarriors.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/the-fight-for-suetovo-yartzevo-campaign.html

AAR - Tigers at Minsk rules used to replay a generic scenario presented in a magazine ... Blow the Bridge. LINK http://battlefieldswarriors.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/blow-bridge.html

LOCK ‘n Load Tactical

From Lock 'n Load. A tactical WWII game with individual squads and vehicles and scaled at 40 metres per hex. 


Heroes of the Pacific module. There are some quite clever rules to give this module a Pacific feel without adding any real complexity to the system. There is an AAR with observational notes and further links over on the blog CLICK BELOW.


The Lock ‘n Load Starter kit - an overview and AAR.

Lock ‘ Load Tactical SOLO module - an overview and examples.

Looking at the new V5 rules that are about to be released.

General Articles

Blog Article -  Comparing 5 tactical systems - LINK HERE

Blog Article - ASL Starter Kit 1 for beginners - LINK HERE
Blog article - Conflict of Heroes - a look at the armour system, with a focus on the T34/76 and Tiger I LINK HERE 
Blog article - Cross of Iron - looking at the activation system and a T34/76 v Tiger I encounter LINK HERE
Blog article - Band of Brothers - an infantry primer using a scenario to describe the core system LINK HERE
Blog article - Panzer - a look at the armour system, with a focus on the T34/76 and Tiger I LINK HERE
Blog article - Tank on Tank - a lighter approach to WWII tactical gaming LINK HERE
Blog Article - Counter-Attack at Buron - an AAR from Tigers at Caen LINK HERE

Panzer by GMT and designed by James Day.


Panzer is a tank centric tactical WWII boardgame series. Scales are 100 metres to the hex, 1 vehicle per counter, 1 squad per counter.

A look at the gun / armour relationships in the Panzer base game - LINK HERE


 Basic Squad Leader - the module that started the whole thing off!


Blog article discussing the replay of Scenario 1 - The Guards Counterattack

LINK - http://battlefieldswarriors.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/the-joy-of-nostalgia-basic-squad-leader.html