Dan Fraser, on his excellent wargaming wiki "Canuck Commander" has posted an re-write of the famous Panzerblitz family of rules for the miniature world. (found here)
Those of you who enjoy fighting real battles where a unit equals a platoon or a Soviet company will not be disappointed. SOUND OFFICERS CALL fought a "small" battalion action recently using Mr Fraser's rules and found them to be satisfying and true to the original game.
|eager German Landsers cross the line of departure|
|Soviet infantry platoons dug in are targeted by German artillery!|
|Result 1 platoon DISRUPTED.|
|Air arrived on turn 2 but the bombs missed...Never send a fighter pilot to do a real man's work.|
|recon 223 hit by the SU-76! The action is heating up. The lead German elements come under accurate Soviet Artillery fire as you can see in the background.|
|Soviets await the attack|
|No man's land as the German battalion advance heats up. Soviets move more infantry platoons in to reinforce.|
|mortar platoon and the CP stand.|
Lessons Learned: Oh boy is this going to sound familiar to any of you who actually read my blog...
Combined Arms: Just like GHQ - you have to use your artillery and direct fires to achieve a "disruption" result so you can move in and close assault or over-run the enemy while they are disrupted. Opportunity fire from Panzerleader and Arab-Israeli wars is introduced so use smoke to obscure movement if you have it!
Slow Infantry: Did you ever notice, just like a paper defending a thesis, Avalon Hill games always seem to have a "theme" the author wants you to subscribe to. Squad Leader was basically to move in cover and out of sight wherever you go. Panzerblitz seems to be that infantry are slower than molasses and should be transported, ideally in armored halftracks wherever you go. I increased their movement to 4" which was still barely nothing compared to the 16" and 18" movement of my tracked vehicles...
Anyways, this is my daughter's birthday weekend everyone so don't expect too much gaming, painting, or war-like transmissions from this net. Looks like it's all Peppa Pig and Minnie Mouse for the next 48 hours.
|My daughter playing piano at my Uncle's House. She likes playing on that piano as much as I do!|