Chris Kemp's Not Quite Mechanised
NQM Summer Holiday Toy Soldier Campaign
Phil Steele's and my Russians pour over the Steppes like Rats. The German Recce looks Worried.
In 2006, I ran a largely solo refight of Stalingrad on one table. It worked well, so for 2007, I may try something like this again - a battle limited to one tabletop. This is handy, as I can leave my wargames table set up. It represents the border between the Empire of Bombastia, and the People's Tan Republic for control of Oilfields. This year the two armies have decided that the border is disputed, and worth fighting to a standstill over.
My battles follow the spirit of Lilliput and Brogdignab, but for a real example of a pointless war such as this, look at the Iran-Iraq war over the Shatt-Al_Arab. There might be scope for a whole fictional campaign set in the 1930s. I'm sure that the Italians and Germans would want to get involved in the area of Turkey, in support of Bombastia and that Persia and Syria would be fought over. If oil is involved, America would be in there somewhere too.
The Border Incident at Hill 1 2007
An unruly bunch of Tan Peasants attack the Bombastian border post at Hill 1 - allegedly. Perhaps it was due to the unremitting shelling, and loud Oompah band music that they had suffered over Spring, perhaps oil prices were low. The Empire decided that It's dignity had been affronted, and war was declared. Imperial American Allies attacked over the border, to be met by the Tan Border Guard Regiment. The war had begun.
What follows are a series of comments illustrating the way that the battle was fought, some variations to the rules to make a campaign in such a confined space work, and general comments as the mood dictates.
Usually this game is played solo, but if friends drop round, usually they are usually invited to play a turn or so, as time permits.