Sunday, March 27, 2011

One Hundred and Twenty Years After

April's Saturday Afternoon Wargame will take place on Saturday 30th April so as to avoid Easter. By popular demand (well, Rob suggested it) we're going to play some more Principles of War.

By way of tribute to the author who got me into wargaming in the first place we'll again be using Charles Grant's Grand Duchy of Lorraine and the VFS as the setting. However, I don't have any 1750s troops so we'll be setting the action at the time of the Franco-Prussian War (hence the title above).

Continuing the Grant theme we'll be playing The Bridge Demolition, the first of the Tabletop Teasers published in Battle for Wargamers between 1979 and 1982. The action was fought between the Grants père et fils and the scenario and results were published in the February and March 1979 editions of the magazine. You can still see them at Steve the Wargamer's blog.

It should be interesting adapting POW to fit this scenario. The approach to command and control is very different to the Grants' original rules. I think the answer may lie in the positioning of, and number of, the Movement Bases POW uses to both speed up the early phases of the battle and to reduce the information generals have about their opponent's deployment.

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