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bpmasher07 Nov 2018 4:34 a.m. PST

Still looking for new rules to digest!

I came across the Bloody Big Battles WW2 hack here on TMP.

Anyone played it extensively? It seems to be a good grand tactical set (for some reason I'm into those at the moment) that can replicate bigger battles even in 1/72.

I'm currently creating troops for Panzer Korps/FFT 3 but this game might be a good alternative to both systems.

Apparently you can duplicate TO&Es in a similar way to PK rules in that you just read up on the equipment it has and you can play it on the tabletop. I like this as it gives gaming another level of plausibility.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2018 8:19 a.m. PST

There is also Megablitz. The author used 1/72 figures to illustrate that set.

ChrisBBB2 Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2018 5:52 a.m. PST

Thanks for your interest in BBB for WWII. I don't think it would really work for 1/72 scale without some major compromises, but that's up to you.

There are actually three WWII versions of BBB, all in various states of playtest, none in finished publishable form.

The most advanced version is also the most technical, BBWW2B, by Bob Mackenzie. A beta version of this is freely available in the files of the BBB Yahoo group:
I think Bob has refined it significantly since that version was posted, but you could ask him. He has his own website with very very nice AARs indeed:
Worth a visit for any WWII gamer, regardless of rules preference.

I myself did a simplified less technical version based on Bob's approach but that remains a work in progress and I haven't touched it for a while.

The newest, simplest, cleanest approach and my own current favourite is a version by Bruce McCallum. That's what I used for my game last month of Canadians vs 12th SS Panzer:

All three versions have been used for successful games with two or three brigades a side, on 6'x4', in an evening. There's a little way to go before any of them becomes final and definitive. But meanwhile, do download Bob's version and give it a go, and watch the BBB Yahoo group for future developments.


Bloody Big BATTLES!

bpmasher08 Nov 2018 7:33 a.m. PST

Hmm… gotta consider getting into 6mm then for grand tactical gaming.

Thanks for the replies folks!

ChrisBBB2 Supporting Member of TMP09 Nov 2018 12:19 p.m. PST

I would certainly encourage you to go 6mm for grand tactical WWII, whatever ruleset you settle on in the end. Hard to beat 6mm for looking reasonably like a big battle while still being able to tell the tanks apart.


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