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Spotlight Articles

Outstanding articles that are not necessarily linked to one particular game, but may have broad appeal to gamers.

Napoleonics - scales and rules - update

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Norm Smith, in his Battlefields and Warriors blog, continues on his project of choosing one scale and a 'go to' set of rules for Napoleonics. In this post, he's comparing Valour & Fortitude (…feels like a slicker application of [Black Powder], which I like.), versus Shadow of the Eagles (…has a whiff of old school charm about it, which I also like.). And as to scale: "…I do wonder whether deciding on a scale will finally simply come down to a case of mind over heart or heart over mind!"

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 3/10/2023

Edward visits Piggy Longton 1472

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"... Edward (Yorkist rival for the throne) is on his way to Piggy Longton for ‘discussions’ with Lord Darcy." Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, has the pot stirring for more Piggy Longton action. How does Darcy's meeting with "the other side" go: "If that was intended to pacify Edward, it spectacularly failed..."!

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 3/3/2023

Attack on West Rottington 1472

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"The devils shall payeth a price f'r their deeds...". Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, brings us an action packed report on Lord Darcy's response to the raid on Beacan Farm! Join Norm for the tale and pictures of his excellent miniatures as the clash unfolds: "It wasn’t long before Yorkist contingents were pouring onto the battlefield, but they were met by deadly volleys from the Lancastrian archers."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 2/22/2023

Making a List and Checking It Thrice

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"Having just reported on the completion of my Joust for the Fun of It rules, ... came up with the bright idea that I could also play it using the 1:20 scale Schleich toy knights." Ed, in his Ed M's Wargames Meanderings blog, is pursuing fun with his home brew jousting rules. Check out what he's up to: "Towards these ends, I have been hitting ebay hard...".

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 2/20/2023

More Spotlight articles...

Gaming Conventions

Gaming Conventions

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Grognard Opponents Wanted (9/14/2022)

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Gaming Conventions

New Gaming Conventions calendar. You can see all upcoming gaming conventions worldwide.

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Gaming Clubs/Organziations

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If you belong to a gaming club, or know of one, please drop us a line and let us know so we can get it listed on Grognard.com!

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Grognard Originals

In addition to our links to great content all around the internet, expect to see more Grognard.com "originals" in the future.

Six Strategy Videos for Falling Sky

The famous Gallic Wars was the make-or-break effort that defined the fortunes of Julius Caesar. If he could defeat the Germanic barbarians who lived in what we now call France, he could go back to Rome a conquering hero. If not, he would be a forgotten nobody. Six videos chronicle the strategies of the major Gallic forces at play, differentiating future Belgians, Burgundians, and Celts against the invading Romans. Can you repeat the desperate gambles that Caesar made to win an Empire? Or will Vercingetorix finally get his revenge?

A Close Look at a Neglected Gem

Long overdue review of Victory Games' "Central America: America's Backyard War", written by Mark D.. In depth review covering rules, game features, and scenarios (one of the highlights of the game). Editor's note: I've been playing this game again after a long, long time, so I felt this article was worth re-publishing to maybe spark interest in the game...

Falling Sky - Perfect Opening Moves - Roman (updated)

Is there such a thing as a "Perfect Opening Move" in any of GMT's COIN Series games? Mark D. shares his idea of a "perfect" opening turn for the Romans in Falling Sky. Enjoy.

Editor's note added on 5/15/2021.

Higlanders - Scenario for Vietnam: 1965-1975

Experimental scenario for Vietnam: 1965-1975 created and shared by Mark D'Agosta.

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Game: Defiant Russia: The Great Patriotic War, 1941


Publisher: Avalanche Press
Game Type: Board
Designer(s): William Sariego
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Defiant Russia is a fast-playing game of the Axis invasion of the Soviet Union, known as Operation Barbarossa.


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Date: 1/22/2023
Poster: Doug Holt
Campaign game - Defiant Russia ‘41

"Hitler’s Directive of ‘No Retreat’ exposes the army to continued fighting and heavier losses as the formations must stand and absorb whatever is thrown at them." Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, concludes his Barbarossa project replay of Defiant Russia, while reading Barbarossa - How Hitler Lost the War. Check out what's going on in the final game turn (scroll down to December 1941), when with "…just remnants of units still in place, this area is a rotting door waiting to be kicked down…"!
Date: 10/26/2016
Poster: Ed Sommers
Battlefields & Warriors: Norm's Thoughts

Norm Smith writes a quick blurb about the 2nd Edition of "Russia Defiant" and shares links to a video he produced about the game as well as links to some of his other comments...
Date: 3/24/2015
Poster: Ed Sommers
House Rules (Word)

An extensive set of "house rules" compiled and shared by Joseph Bisio.
Date: 3/24/2015
Poster: Ed Sommers
Player Aid Card (Word)

Player aid card shared by Preacher.
Date: 2/27/2011
Poster: Ed Sommers
Barbarossa in an Afternoon

Brief but decent and well illustrated review of Defiant Russia, written by Sean Chick.
Date: 1/15/2009
Poster: Ed Sommers
Designer's Notes

Designer notes (William Sariego).
Date: 4/17/2007
Poster: Ed Sommers
Defiant Russia - First Impressions

Concise but coherent review, written by Osprey for BGG.
Date: 4/18/2006
Poster: Ed Sommers
Game Replay

Fairly detailed replay between Mark Woloshen and opponent Sean.
Date: 6/15/2005
Poster: Ed Sommers
Official Game Variants

Official Game variants from designer William Sariego...
Date: 5/30/2005
Poster: Ed Sommers
Defiant Russia - Cheat Sheet (PDF)

Cheat sheet prepared by game designer William Sariego.
Date: 5/25/2005
Poster: Ed Sommers
Game Replay (Alan Snider)

Game replay: Alan Snider vs Nathan Hiebert...
Date: 4/23/2005
Poster: Ed Sommers
Game Replay - Alan Snider

Date: 11/11/2004
Poster: Ed Sommers
Variant D10 CRT (Word)

Defiant Russia D10 Combat Based Table - Created and shared by Joseph Bisio.
Date: 11/10/2004
Poster: Ed Sommers
Archived Fan Site

Thanks to the Internet Archive (Wayback Machine), this old fan site created by Norm Smith is still accessible...