This Week


Guderian’s War by One Small Step.

A new purchase and a new company to me. This is a Ty Bomba design covering the 1941 drive on Moscow.

It is quite tightly focussed, with just the central thrust of Barbarossa being covered and perhaps unusually for a Barbarossa game, is time limited to end before the muds start. So the question becomes, can the Germans make Moscow in a shorter time frame? as claimed by Guderian.

I quite like Bomba east front designs and this game has ‘untried units’ for pretty much the entire Soviet order-of-battle, which is perhaps my favourite game mechanic and makes for good solitaire play. With a mounted board and 5/8th counters, this one should hit the table soon.


Arnhem by Avalon Hill.

Another oldie but goodie, it is some years since I have played this, but Mike put it up on the table on Friday and we got an enjoyable session out of it.

To my knowledge, it was the first of the Area based designs and having played many other Area based games over recent years, it was really interesting to go back to the zero point before the various aspects of Area engine evolution came into being.

I took the German side and ran what seemed a good campaign of significantly reducing Allied capability and slowly shrinking the perimeter, until by the final turn, having full control of the board - however, as visually or inutuitively right that looked, the result was an Allied minor victory.

This is because the game is not about slowly reducing the perimeter, but rather, doing it quickly and taking ownership of VP areas early to accumulated a higher VP total through the game - that is where the real challenge is for the German player and something I failed to grasp. However, a very successful gaming evening and the charms of the game are as strong as they were 40 years ago.


Panzer - a tale of two tank platoons.

I have been looking at GMT’s Panzer game from the perspective of how the men, their training and their machines, inter-play into the narrative of the game. 

Taking a slice of action that has two platoons face off while attempting to secure the same objective, I have added a layer of narrative that personalises the action a bit, while also explaining some of the mechanics that make things happen in a way that loosens player control. As usual, it is over on the blog as a new post.



Bosworth Battlefield (1485).

We visited the Bosworth Battlefield Centre today, though when booking accomodation last week, Storm Ali was not even on the cards, but, here we are witnessing the tail end of the storm, so needless to say heavy rain put paid to battlefield trail walking.

Not to worry, I have done it before and it was interesting to visit the museum and then pop into the gift shop, which is very well stocked with books. I picked up the Terry Wise, Men-at-Arms volume on The Wars of the Roses by Osprey Publishing. A nice title for the wargamer and one that I have owned before (I sold all my books when moving to a small apartment) and is lovely to have back in my hands.

The visit is in part connected with the three boxes of Perry 28mm WoR plastics at home in the ‘to be painted’ pile, which itself has been causing some stirings in the ‘possible new project’  department.

As an aside, years ago (1985) I visited the Battlefield Centre for the 500th Anniversary celebrations of the battle. Around that time I was fascinated by the engagement and had self published a small booklet (poor by todays standards) that covered the history of the battle and which included a small section on wargaming the subject. I had a 4’ x 3’ polystyrene battleboard and used a small collection of badly painted / based 10mm figures to illustrate the game rules. The booklet was sold through the Battlefield Centre. Perhaps all of the above will set the stage for a related blog post at some future point :-)


Commanders yearly renewal

I really have no idea to what degree this website is visited or useful, so perhaps somewhat against my better judgement, I have renewed the contract for another 12 months.

It at least gives me some breathing space to decide how best to use this site for it to better compliment the Warriors & Battlefields blog


Perry ACW terrain items.

With the Perry 28mm ACW Battle in a Box project being jacked up again, I decided to do the terrain bits from the set. The photo shows the snake fencing. To give a smaller footprint, the concertina effect has been reduced, which still looks OK while elongating the fencing. This in turn extends the fence to give six foot in total (ratherthan the ‘just over 4’ that the box blurb states).

The farmhouse has likewise been done and while the paints were out, four cross rail pieces that I have had for ages from Renedra also got a dressing up.

There is a blog article that gives some detail on all the pieces at the below link.


First face-to-face game with Panzer from GMT

Mike and myself had our first ftf session with Panzer using the basic rules. Within a couple of turns, we decided to bring in the advanced rules for firing (AP penetration), which are obviously more satisfying, but for this particular line-up, also allows a better representation of the gun capability of the Pz IVg’s 75/43.

There were a goodly number of KO, BU and track results, plus two Bail Outs, so by the end of it there was a good handle on the basic game engine. I think this will come out again. I was looking at the bogging rules from the optional ruebook and they look to be a good early addition, as it brings extra nuance to that initial map. 


Getting the Perry 28mm ACW Battle in a Box onto the table.

Well sort of anyway - After a couple of false starts with getting this box set completed, I am now on a new attempt, but with a change of approached. A bit of gaming is going to happen while the set is being painted, just to keep enthusiasm going. 

The first action has been fought and there is an article on the blog that covers getting back into this set and the AAR covering the first action.

Despite some units not be ‘dressed for `battle’, visiually the game was enjoyable and a ton of fun to play. Some items should start to appear over on the painting table page in the not too distant future.

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