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Nick Stern Supporting Member of TMP30 May 2019 1:27 p.m. PST

I am looking for a good, play tested, Foreign Legion in North Africa scenario. I have figures in both 15mm and 54mm, so game size doesn't matter. I have been running a scenario where a relief column is trying to get through to a besieged fort. The Arabs have only enough men to decisively defeat either the fort or the column. It's a good scenario, but I'd like to try another.

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Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian30 May 2019 1:56 p.m. PST

March or Die?

Maybe an extended patrol to escort a group to a dig? Trying to cross a board without creating an incident?

Basically something that will get the FFL out of the fort and vulnerable

Ragbones30 May 2019 2:05 p.m. PST

Hi Nick,
I'd suggest looking at a couple of the Colonial Campaign booklets published by Skirmish Campaigns and The Sword and the Flame Scenario Portfolio 2016 from Sergeants 3. The, "Sudan: The Gordon Campaign," Colonial Campaign booklet is full of great scenarios that are easily adapted to other Colonial settings like the French in North Africa or Tonkin. Likewise, TSATF Scenario Portfolio is chock full of great ideas easily adapted to other Colonial settings. I've adapted scenarios for the Sudan, the French in North Africa and the Boxer Rebellion from 3 or 4 different Colonial Campaign booklets. In addition, there's the Red Shadow web site from which you may be able to extrapolate a couple good game scenarios.

Nick Stern Supporting Member of TMP30 May 2019 3:05 p.m. PST

Saber6, thanks, I am watching March or Die right now. It's been so long since I watched it, I forgot that the film starts at the end of WW1. Ragbones, thanks, I have all those publications. I will take a look. I just want something that feels right for the Legion, which is why I seem to be stuck on forts and caravans.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP30 May 2019 4:23 p.m. PST

I recall someone running a game with the long OOP Woodens FFL and Arabs, that involved escorting a large water barrel from point A to point B.

tinned fruit Supporting Member of TMP31 May 2019 8:14 a.m. PST

Check out "The Amazing Adventures of The Red Shadow"

Great Scenarios and battle reports.

Hope this helps.


robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP31 May 2019 6:23 p.m. PST

There's an older set titled "Sons of the Desert" with scenarios which looked adaptable to other systems.

Have to agree, mostly you either besiege Fort Zinderneuf or march to the relief of same. But you know at some point, someone has to go into debatable land and actually build the fort. Might be a game in that.

ChrisBrantley01 Jun 2019 12:56 a.m. PST

How about this for a scenario….a small (company-sized) advance force of FFL has to defend a water source (well or oasis) for the slow moving column. Can they hold it until reenforcements from the column arrive?

Lion in the Stars01 Jun 2019 1:53 a.m. PST

You could also raid the Science versus Pluck rules (written for all the players to be on the Imperial side and fighting against a Game Master running all the Africans). You can get a PDF from Wargame Vault for $5. USD link

coolyork01 Jun 2019 1:30 p.m. PST

Nick Stern , Im running a FFL game at the next Hurricon in Sept. Caravans are alway good . (Make a map and separate board into six sectors . Roll a six sided dye ever couple turns to see where the next Arab unit comes on . It will keep them guessing ) Protect Date Tree farms or small village from Arabs . Attack fortified Oasis Arab strong holds . Mourning attack on French camp ( roll for dust storms . Keep in mind Forts where rarely sieged . Good luck

SgtGuinness Supporting Member of TMP12 Jun 2019 2:53 a.m. PST

No way Coolyork, I'm in! I'll see you there. I'm going to run a NWF 1880's game, scenario TBD.

Henry Martini12 Jun 2019 3:26 p.m. PST

The April issue (no. 432) of MW has an article on the Zaian War of 1914-21 that includes a scenario. It requires the French to defend a fort under reconstruction from Berber attacks and get a supply/reinforcement convoy through to the garrison. If you left out the grenades, light automatic weapons, and armoured car it could be set pre-WW1.

SgtGuinness Supporting Member of TMP13 Jun 2019 1:19 p.m. PST

Henry Martini, that sounds like a great scenario. What make is the A/C? Too bad I no longer get MW, I started at issue #1 and quit about 2 years ago. I had to cut out all my mag subscriptions. I was collecting WI, MW, S&S, plus others long out of production. Too much money and too much space. 😞

Henry Martini13 Jun 2019 2:51 p.m. PST

The A/C was converted from a toy car by the article's author.

I concur on the subject of magazines, SgtGuinness. Where once I used to buy all three glossies regularly, I now only have a standing order at the newsagent for WSS and occasionally purchase the other two when I chance upon them and the contents make it worthwhile; a rare occurrence in these days of dumbing down and flash over substance.

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