Saturday, 6 February 2016

Final PBEM Campaign Battle

Battle of Stuttgart

We have finally completed the battle of Stuttgart, which is the last battle of the PBEM campaign.  The wargame was set up before Christmas, but not started until 13 January.   There were only 10 moves, but it still took almost four weeks.

Over the past year we have wargamed 58 campaign battles, which is more than one a week – even allowing for holidays.   So why would it take almost four weeks to game the last one?

I could offer many excuses.    Since we returned from Christmas in the UK we have formed a new weekly walking group.   Hill walking is our second love, and we do it at least twice a week.   A lot of the energy and enthusiasm that went into running the PBEM campaign has been diverted to forming the second walking group.

Over the past two weeks we have done a lot of decorating.   We have had a mild winter here in Spain, and have repainted all of our outdoor railings.

So our time has been filled with activity.   I have always claimed that you always find time to do the things you really want to do, and I still believe that.   So the real reason is that I have lost interest in wargaming.   But hopefully only for a short time.

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Tactical Map for Solo Campaign

The tactical map for the solo campaign is slightly larger than the one for the PBEM campaign.   The new one is twelve squares wide by nine squares deep.   The PBEM map was nine by nine squares.   This is to show four major cities, the left and right being the French and Allied main depots.   Nine squares (three by three) will still be a wargames table.   Each square still represents one of my two by two foot scenic squares.

In the PBEM campaign each commander started at in the left or right line of squares.   The campaign objective, always a city, was in the middle of the map.   Each commander could reach the objective at the same time, should they both race for it.   Neither started the campaign with any disadvantage.

This often resulted in both racing to take the objective, and the resulting campaign in a series of battles to take or hold the objective.   Consequently we had a lot of wargames involving one side attacking a defended city.   The campaign was usually decided by which side had suffered the most attrition (battle casualties) and fought the wargame with the most casualties.

With the wider map there is no city in the centre.   Instead there are two outer cities, which will be the respective main depots.   And two inner cities, which will be fought over.  

Being a solo campaign one side will be on the defensive, and have orders to hold the objective.   The other will have orders to attack, and will determine the shape of the campaign.   I will command both, but the initiative will always lie with the attacker.

For this particular phase of the campaign the campaign objective will be to take and hold the river Weser.  

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Strategic Map for Solo Campaign

The first solo campaign will be based in northern Germany.   The white area is the strategic area for the first campaign.   Each square is a wargames table.

I have chosen this area because I have not used the Prussian and First French armies for some time.  They were the first to bow out of the PBEM campaign.    First French Army is commanded by Napoleon and includes the Imperial Guard.   This will be the first time that I have commanded them in a campaign.

I am using the same campaign maps and orders of battle, but the campaign area will be different.   For the PBEM campaign the phase objective was always a city, and was always in the centre of a 3x3 grid square map.   Both armies always started at opposite ends of the map.  This was to allow maximum freedom to each commander to choose his campaign strategy.  

However in the solo campaign the strategic map will be 4x3, with a city at each side of the map.  These cities will be the main French and Allied supply centre.   One side will always be in defence and one will attack.  This is to make it easier to play a solo campaign.   I will command both armies, but the attacker will have the initiative.

I will now work on the first tactical map.   It will be a 12x9 square grid map, and each square will be one of the 2x2 foot squares I use to make up my wargames table.   The table is 6x6 foot, and consists of 9 scenic squares.