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Bob the Temple Builder16 Mar 2021 3:01 a.m. PST

I have written a review of Graham Evans' latest Spanish Civil War wargame rules – FOR WHOM THE DICE ROLLS – on my blog.


sixlasers16 Mar 2021 6:00 a.m. PST

Sounds interesting. My table is 5ft by 3ft. Is this ok for these rules?

Bob the Temple Builder16 Mar 2021 7:03 a.m. PST


Your table size should certainly be suitable for brigade-level battles.

sixlasers16 Mar 2021 10:19 a.m. PST

Are they grid based? If so what size are the grids? Thanks.

Bob the Temple Builder16 Mar 2021 10:50 a.m. PST


These rules aren't grid based, unlike Graham's previous rules.

sixlasers16 Mar 2021 11:14 a.m. PST

Thanks. I have just purchased The Battle For Spain by Anthony Beevor so this should provide inspiration. I have never been involved in 20t century gaming. I am very interested in the history of WW2 and have read many books about it, but there is just too much unpleasantness behind the battles for me to game it. I am sure you know what I mean.
I know that bad things happened in the Spanish Civil War but to me I have less issues with the gaming side of things.
Incidentally I have just finished reading Sicily 43 by James Holland and can recommend it. A great book about a campaign which is little written about.

Legionarius16 Mar 2021 7:21 p.m. PST

Sixlasers The SCW is very interesting with all kinds of unique and colorful units. However, if you want to avoid unpleasantness or brutality this is not your war. The SCW is full of abuses, massacres, and war crimes of all kinds by both sides. In ugliness it compares with the Pacific Theater or the Eastern Front of WWII.

Martin Rapier17 Mar 2021 1:23 a.m. PST

Yes, the SCW is a fascinating period and very interesting to game, but like all civil wars, incredibly bitter and divisive. Our Civil War was nearly 400 years ago but parts of Britain are still riven with sectarian division, the one in Spain was a lot more recent than that. I gather there are still one or two unresolved issues over the pond too.

Anyway, Graham has playtested these rules to death, so they will give a good game. Numerous reports on his blog to give you an idea what to expect.

Trebian Sponsoring Member of TMP17 Mar 2021 3:23 a.m. PST

@sixlasers: I usually run Divisional level games on a 6' x 4' table. Distances are given in inches, so if you find space tight you can always play the old trick of substituting centimetres!

There's a description of the rules on my blog (as you might expect, seeing as how I'm the author!): link . There's a separate page at the top, and if you search the labels or scroll down there are a number of AARs.

sixlasers17 Mar 2021 7:20 a.m. PST

Thank you -very useful. I'm going to read Anthony Beevor's book and then decide if I want to take the plunge.

David Manley17 Mar 2021 7:31 a.m. PST

Looking forward to these, they will work fine with my existing Peter Pig 15mm collection

Trebian Sponsoring Member of TMP17 Mar 2021 8:49 a.m. PST

@sixlasers: Beevor's book (the later one) is an emotional and inspiring work. Like a lot of SCW literature. Enjoy it.

@David Manley: Do you think that's a coincidence?

boggler17 Mar 2021 9:00 a.m. PST

I grabbed a copy last week..they look really good and have a very interesting card based play system. Clever stuff!

Trebian Sponsoring Member of TMP17 Mar 2021 12:22 p.m. PST

@boggler: Thanks for the vote of confidence. Please tell all your friends. The card activation system is unique, I think.

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