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Personal logo Shaun Travers Supporting Member of TMP09 Apr 2022 1:40 a.m. PST

This is mission 6, and the last, in a campaign following a British company through 1944 France. I am using 6mm forces and playing on a 3x4 grid on an A4 page.

It is 1944 and a UK infantry force is attacking a German infantry force. The UK mission is a screen. The force is tasked to provide a screen to protect engineers working nearby (just off table from entry point). The British win if they can prevent the Germans from breaking through in a certain timeframe.

A full battle report is on the blog here:

A picture from early in the games as units are cautious advancing:

Durban Gamer09 Apr 2022 4:12 a.m. PST

Another excellent example of how to have a good game even for someone who has limited kit and space, and also no opponent. Thanks for posting!

Personal logo Shaun Travers Supporting Member of TMP09 Apr 2022 3:57 p.m. PST

Thanks! I am not sure I can get any smaller than A4. while it works, I hanker for slightly larger squares (A3 anyone?).

Joe Legan Supporting Member of TMP12 Apr 2022 6:18 p.m. PST

Shaun, great stuff! Glad the scenarios are working out for you. You said you aren't invested in the units. Have you tried just rolling up the officers as characters? I am doing this with a French company now and it seems to be working.


Just Jack Supporting Member of TMP12 Apr 2022 8:06 p.m. PST


First, let me apologize for my tardiness; I saw in my feed when you posted this, but there was a whole lot of baseball going on this past weekend and then work has had me… well, working ;) I did try leaving a comment on your blog the other day, but for some reason when I try to leave comments on blogs using my phone it has a nasty habit of allowing me to type everything up but then not publish when I press submit. In any case…

Wow… The campaign was enjoyable from the standpoint of showcasing your rules and setup, but good grief did you ever get the Brits' butt whipped! My goodness, you should be taken out back and flogged, then shipped off to command sewage plant in Ouagadougou!!! We need to send ya back to the salt and pepper League for a little seasoning, you are not ready to command a straddle trench, much less a rifle company!

In all seriousness, you certainly didn't take it easy on the British, consistently putting them in horrible tactical situations, advancing through terrain devoid of cover or into well-armed, veteran enemy troops, with precious little support. Where's the massive stonks, on call 25-pdrs, or at least the company's organic 3" mortars? The scenarios seemed to be VERY difficult for the Brits.

"This is the last game in the campaign."
I think it has to be, you got everyone killed! ;)

"I think I could handle tracking 4-5 units/soldiers, but not 10."

"Never fear, I still will be playing 20mm WW2…"
Allegedly. Please do take your time, Sir.

It was a cool campaign, but I must admit I'm dying to see your big 20mm games again (Operation Jupiter style), though I'm sure we could all settle for a 20mm campaign using 5MIN ;)


Personal logo Shaun Travers Supporting Member of TMP14 Apr 2022 4:37 p.m. PST

@Joe, funny enough – I thought of this after posting to the blog Maybe if I just followed the CO and the 3 platoons rather than all 10 sections? That is doable for me. Next time – I am sure there will be a next time. It may be awhile as I want to get some historical scenarios out the way before embarking on a campaign again.

Personal logo Shaun Travers Supporting Member of TMP14 Apr 2022 4:44 p.m. PST


Yeah, the British really did not get the luck of the draw for these randomised battles. I think they lost most of them. This last one – facing 2 MMGs and no support on the British side? And I agree about the mortar support – where are the battalion mortars when you need them? Or even just one round of the 25pdrs? In one of the scenarios, they won due to one 25pdr stonk! Really, it is down to randomisation what support they get. In this game, even though the Germans won, it was a time boxed thing and if the Brits had held on a few more turns they would have won.

I still have a plan for 20mm on a 2'x2' (with 3 figures = a section). If that does not work I may have to do a 5MiN campaign :-) We are renovating (downstairs this time, plus an upstairs kitchen) and so room for 1/2 a table tennis table for decent 20mm play is not really possible until late this year.

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