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robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP26 Oct 2021 1:54 p.m. PST

I know exactly what I need, but I don't know whether it's even made.
1. Each base represents a platoon--at most a company.
2. A hex or square grid, with multiple bases in each area.
3. Rules not to exceed 4 pages with minimal record-keeping.

Does this sound familiar to anyone? Anything close to this?


advocate26 Oct 2021 2:51 p.m. PST

'Rommel' might come close. I wanted to like it but found it somewhat artificial in the end. YMMV.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP26 Oct 2021 3:21 p.m. PST

The Portable Wargame?

Personal logo Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP26 Oct 2021 11:04 p.m. PST


RittervonBek27 Oct 2021 12:03 a.m. PST

Memoir'44 can be adapted to those requirements. The cards are not necessary if you're playing free hand. The Portable Wargame suite by Bob Cordery is also a solid platform to build on.

If i get my own rule ideas* down on "paper" anytime soon I would be happy to send you a draft.

*as in "these are mechanisms from other sets that i am putting together to fit my own vision"

Big Red Supporting Member of TMP27 Oct 2021 3:22 a.m. PST

RittervonBek, can you describe playing free hand Memoir '44?

RittervonBek27 Oct 2021 7:29 a.m. PST

I'm afraid not. Never done it. But the game engine does not need cards if you're just after movement and shooting rules.

fredavner Supporting Member of TMP27 Oct 2021 8:20 p.m. PST

Various Peter pig rules

Personal logo FlyXwire Supporting Member of TMP28 Oct 2021 5:22 a.m. PST


This is what my group has developed, bolted on top of the board game Tank On Tank game engine.

For attrition of individual elements within a platoon unit (for mid-size scale miniatures) -

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Version with "hits" tabulated per platoon or section size stand, if playing with 3mm minis -

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Takeda1x28 Oct 2021 10:25 a.m. PST


Off the top of my head, hex based ww2 rules I can think of are "tigers at Minsk", "hexblitz" and a set called "ww2 hexes" on hexesandminiatures site. I think the sets above are higher or lower scale than platoon per stand, but it's worth a look to see if any of them fit the bill. Let me know what u find as I would be interested in what you find also.


Joe Legan Supporting Member of TMP01 Nov 2021 3:24 a.m. PST

I would second Peter pig and panzer blitz.



pfmodel02 Nov 2021 4:34 p.m. PST

KISS Rommel's is about your best bet, but each element represents a battalion from memory.

This video shows a list of all the rules which use platoon element scale:

This is the company element scale rules;

And for KISS Rommel, this is the battalion elements scale rules;

greenknight4 Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Nov 2021 8:52 p.m. PST

KISS company gets my vote

blank frank04 Nov 2021 12:57 p.m. PST

Another vote for Bob Cordery's Portable wargame rules. He's even written a rule book called Hexblitz. His many books are on Amazon.

blank frank05 Nov 2021 8:37 a.m. PST

Bob even has lots of his rules up on his blog. Here's a set. Uses grids and is four pages. I'm unsure as to the scale.

PDF link

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