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Spotlight Articles

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

Generic multi-period scenario creation

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"The whole point of doing this is that I get something of a fast play ‘throw down’ game...". Norm Smith, in Battlefields and Warriors is creating the first of an intended four scenario setups usable over differing eras. Check out how Norm crafts his set up (with pictures) for a meeting engagement where "...victory will be based upon the capture of the bridge."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 11/21/2022


Havel: Wargaming the information environment

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"...how do you know your roleplay citizens will act like the real thing?" Rex Brynen, in PaxSims, discusses a series of "information and influence wargames" run by NATO last year. Check out Rex's thoughts on the results, and why "…much of it would have been recognizable to the propagandists of WW2—or diplomats, advertising executives, and political party strategists today."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 11/16/2022


1944 - Henri’s Farm

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"…3 Panthers have just entered the scene, intending to move to the ploughed fields to dominate the open views to their front!" Norm Smith, in his Battlefields and Warriors blog, brings us a "quick throw down scenario" to test some of his own rules. Check out the pictures and the action after "The Panthers probe forwards threatening the British infantry..."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 11/11/2022


War and Peace – the Digital Version

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"Digital version with fog of war and cross-platform multi-player under development." Avalon Digital has an ongoing Kickstarter campaign for a computer version of Mark McLaughlin's classic War & Peace. The campaign could also involve a seventh edition reprint of the game.

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 11/7/2022


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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.

Battle for Russia - Game Turn Restrictions Summary

I'm finally getting to play this game, and am looking forward to it. There are a decent amount of "special rules" and restrictions that apply to either the Axis or Soviet player, depending on which turn it is. Rather than flipping back and forth in the rule book, I made a quick & dirty cheat sheet for myself which I have been using, and thought I'd share it. If anyone sees anything that's incorrect, please let me know via email at mark at grognard dot com. (updated 4/11/2020 to include rules for ignoring Rivers - Axis only on Turn 1; both sides on Turn 2)

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Game: Sword and Spear
Publisher: Great Escape Games
Game Type: Miniatures
Designer(s): Mark Lewis

Article Descriptions
Article ID: 7
Date: 9/16/2022
Poster: Doug Holt
1471 - Feud on the battlefield!

"...their embittered hatred of each other would now no doubt be played out on the battlefield and it would be personal!" Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, takes the Tewkesbury action between his two Piggy Longton opponents, Darcy and Trebian, from board game to figures table, using the Sword and Spear miniatures rules. Join Norm for the clash, and see if the issue is decided when "…it is Trebian who is getting the upper hand and he eventually cracks the Lancastrian centre, but…"!
Article ID: 6
Date: 8/17/2022
Poster: Doug Holt
1471 - The 2nd Battle of Coron Torr

"...once again, Darcy had to attack towards Crown Hill, the gateway to his estates from the west." Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, brings us another intense Piggy Longton clash, using the Sword and Spear miniatures rules. The fight reaches a crescendo when the Bishop of Dungborough, Stephen the Fearless, "…led the long spears to the foot of the slope and then started to climb to clash with Trebian’s dismounted Men-at-Arms, the latter being roughly handled." Is this a win for Lord Darcy, or does he just face more hard decisions…?
Article ID: 5
Date: 6/3/2022
Poster: Doug Holt
1471 - The defence of Crown Hill, Piggy Longton.

"Even as Somerset and Darcy were breaking camp and readying their troops for the attack on the hamlet, Lord Trebian’s men were already marching!" Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, brings us more intense Pocket Armies action, using the Sword and Spear miniatures rules. Join Norm for the fun and great miniatures photos, then find out why he exclaims "Well that was a surprise!", and concludes "1471 is proving to be the year of decision!"
Article ID: 4
Date: 1/5/2022
Poster: Doug Holt
The Battle of Longton Fields - 1471 Piggy Longton

"Darcy, aware he was outnumbered, joined his own Men-at-Arms and moved them forwards, ready for the inevitable clash of heavy armour on heavy armour." Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, brings us more spectacular Pocket Armies action, using the Sword and Spear miniatures rules. Join Norm for a gripping narrative: "In the Centre, Darcy was coming under extreme pressure, he had lost many archers and his Men-at-Arms were now engaged by both Salisbury’s Men-at-arms and William Stanley’s levy billmen. This centre could become broken…"!
Article ID: 3
Date: 12/6/2021
Poster: Doug Holt
Festival of Osric’s Chapel - Piggy Longton 1471

"Lord Darcy... suspected that the Festival of Osric’s Chapel the following Sunday was the moment that his adversarial neighbour would choose to strike." Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, brings us more Pocket Armies action, using the Sword and Spear miniatures rules. The men of Lord Darcy, bucked up by local Bishop Stephen the Fearless and the promise of ale, are ready for a good showing. Yet things reach a point where the engagement "…had become a battle that really could go either way. Both commanders simply had to hold their nerve."
Article ID: 2
Date: 9/21/2021
Poster: Doug Holt
Raiding Piggy Longton 1471

"The moment needed someone to take charge and Bishop Dungborough, or rather Stephen the Fearless, was that man!" Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, brings us more Pocket Armies project action, using the Sword and Spear miniatures rules, and featuring a redoubtable man of faith! Join Norm for the clash of arms, terrific miniatures photos and some unique victory conditions: If the Yorkists successfully burn down the tavern, they instantly win. If the Yorkists capture Stephen the Fearless, they instantly win. If the Yorkists cause the death of the Bishop in combat ….. they instantly lose!
Article ID: 1
Date: 6/28/2021
Poster: Doug Holt
Wars of the Roses clash

"...I thought it about time I created a generic scenario that different rule sets could be bench marked against, to test different areas of the rules and try to pick a 'go-to' set." Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, is back at his Pocket Armies project, using the Sword and Spear miniatures rules. Check out the action in a War of the Roses encounter, where "…in the end, the [Lancastrian] pike found themselves fighting to both front and rear."