Panzerblitz was a very special game for me. It introduced me to operations research analysis, Jim Dunnigan (one of my personal heroes), and 1:4 scale games. Besides its inherent faults (lack of opportunity fire, Panzer-bushing, etc) it was the perfect game at the time, and one where I exploited almost all that the rules themselves failed to cover [Dave F will remember me racing to the objective in a single stand 251/1 halftrack platoon with no dismounts using road movement. Winning the game only because the rules didn't forbid what I specifically did. Was it real victory? Nope. But did the rules say that I didnt' win???]
Still though, Panzerblitz and its necessary spawns of Panzerleader and ArabIsraeliWars delivered. A satisfying game, a chance to explore for the first time these magnificent machines and formations, and a chance to relive the epic battles that captured the imagination.
Panzerblitz, I believe, is the reason I have enjoyed playing GHQ's MicroArmour rules so much, and the combat systems are seamless, with GHQ (John Fernandes, actually) taking PB to the next level and restructuring them for the tabletop.
That said, no game was as fast as Panzerblitz. So I wonder what it would be like to actually use plastic and lead miniatures instead of cardboard counters? Rulers instead of hexes? Well everyone who knows me (or reads my blog) knows that if I'm writing about it now, I'm most likely going to attempt it soon. I know it's been done before and there are some excellent rules mods out there on the internet already. I would like to try theirs as well as playing the rules as-is before tinkering with the ground scale (which I already know I 'll have to do)
It's playing hell with my painting schedule but oh well :)
Speaking of rules musings and distractions, does anyone have experience playing Eastern Funker's "Panzerfaust, Iron Fist" rules? I am still in the infantry combat section of these very comprehensive rules and have been enjoying them thoroughly. For "tactical" games where I want to game small unit tactics with lots of infantry and a handful of tanks, they are terrific and have a unique command and control system. For larger games where I want to replay entire battles, a good 1:4 game is probably more appropriate - enter Panzerblitz!
Anyway that was on my mind. I would be interested to know if anyone out there has tried this and what their experiences have been?
Panzerblitz is still a very popular game and MMP has published a new supplement called Panzerblitz: Hill of Death. Tosasch miniatures also has a modern supplement out there which looks great. A quick web search revealed a bunch of "home-made" modern counters with the full complement of NATO and Pact forces available for the aspiring (and cost conscious!) general.