Russian Scouts – A Crossfire Battle Report 2

Russian Scouts Table from on high

Chris Harrod and I played my Russian Scouts Crossfire Scenario. Despite the fact I’ve played this scenario before I really botched my job as a Russian scout. Sigh. Penal battalion for me I suspect. None-the-less there were some insights into reconnaissance scenarios and how, specifically, to improve this one.

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SU-76i in 1902nd SAP – A Crossfire Battle Report

Table SU-76i from Short Edge Annotated by Dick Bryant

Dick Bryant has been play testing my SU-76i in 1902nd SAP – A Crossfire Scenario. In his first go he found the same flaw I had previously, i.e. the attacker just makes a hole and pours through. I Mused about how to solve that and suggested he try attacking from the short edge. Dick tried this with much better results.

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PowerPoint Maps: Drawing Maps for Crossfire

Making Papa Eicke 15 Tweak

Okay, we’ve decided our map scale, got our table grids and our Crossfire Symbol Catalogue, now what? Time to actually draw a map for a Crossfire Scenario.

In this post I explain how I go about drawing a map for Crossfire. All that preparation from earlier posts makes drawing such a map really easy.

Rather than talk in general terms I thought I’d take you through the process I used to draw the map for Papa Eicke – A Crossfire Scenario.

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Russian Scouts – A Crossfire Battle Report

Russian Scout Platoon

Mark Bretherton has a go at my Russian Scouts Crossfire Scenario. Mark’s experience echoed earlier play tests of this and other “reconnaissance” scenarios. Basically the attacker can go all out to kill the opposition rather than scout. I’ve made a few tweaks to the scenario to address this.

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SU-76 “Colombina” in Action – A Crossfire Battle Report

Table from German side

One Thursday night Chris Harrod and I played my SU-76 “Colombina” in Action Scenario. I picked this scenario because we have at most four hours to play in an evening, including set up. Being on the 4’x4′ table with a small company defending I figured this would be quick enough to fit.

Summary: Chris as the Russians won. Good game with some interesting choices for both sides. But the scenario does need some tweaking to make it even better.

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Making Field Features for Crossfire

Carpet Tile Plain Sand 50cm x 50cm

Fields are the cheapest and easiest terrain feature to make for a Crossfire game. All you need are carpet tiles and/or door mats from a DIY store.

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When are Soviet Fields In-Season or Out-of-Season in Crossfire?

Winter Wheat Growth Cycle

I was talking to Dick Bryant about my SU-76i in 1902nd SAP – A Crossfire Scenario. He’d noticed that is was quite hard to defend this terrain because the fields of fire were limited by the in-season fields. Dick suggested making the fields out-of-season. The question is, would Soviet fields actually be in-season or out-of-season in Aug-Sep?

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Help wanted – Please play test my Crossfire Scenarios

Your Crossfire Community Needs You

Too many of my Crossfire Scenarios are draft and not play tested. This is because this website started as my wargaming notes and everything went on it, including unfinished work no matter how vague. With the move to WordPress I don’t do that any more; I now only post finished pieces. But I still have a lot of unfinished work on the site. Time to go back, tidy them up and most importantly play test them. And I could use some help.

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PowerPoint Maps: Creating a Symbol Catalogue for Crossfire

Crossfire Symbol Catalogue

I’m always happy to invest a bit of time to make my life easier later. So now that I’m seriously looking at using MS PowerPoint for drawing my wargaming maps I thought I’d invest a bit of time in getting the basics right. For map making the key is a Symbol Catalogue containing all the elements I need before I actual draw anything. This post describes how I put together a Symbol Catalogue for Crossfire.

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The Confessions of a Megalomaniac Wargamer and Amateur Historian (2015)

Megalomaniac

One of the things that really impresses me about Paul Ward of Matakishi’s Tea House is his focus. He chooses a new project, plans the project, does the project, finishes it, and moves on.

I’m a bit more scatter gun myself despite the fact that at work I encourage teams to limit work in progress. I start with a focus and get a lot done but then often wander off on a tangent when something else comes up that sparks my interest. I let myself do that because this is my hobby, not my job. A hobby shouldn’t really

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PowerPoint Maps: Draw Grids for your Tables

Grids for All Tables

The first thing I did in PowerPoint was build the grids for various table sizes. I like to lay out my terrain on a 12″ x 12″ grid on the table and want the map to show the grid. So I made templates for the various sizes of table I’m likely to want a map for. All of this depends on the Map Scale you previously decided on.

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Hiding Hidden Forces in Crossfire

Caution for Unhidden Hidden Enemy

Being hidden helps a lot in Crossfire. But if the attacker knows the defender’s order of battle they also know how many enemy stands are still hidden on table. With few remaining hidden defenders the attacker can be more aggressive. With lots the attacker will be more cautious. But real attackers could never be certain of the size of the defending force so couldn’t number crunch their way to victory. The question is, how to introduce that uncertainty into a game without an umpire?

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PointPoint Maps: What Map Scale to Use?

PowerPoint Canvas - On-Screen Show

If you want start drawing maps, including maps using MS PowerPoint, the first thing you have to decide is what is the map scale.

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PowerPoint Maps: From CC2 to PowerPoint for Drawing Maps

Crossfire at Position Four- The Village P Scenario

I’m starting to use Microsoft PowerPoint to draw maps for my Wargaming projects. So I thought I’d start a series on how to do that.

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Three Ways to Follow Steven’s Balagan

Keep Calm and Follow Me

Richard aka DoctorPhalanx pointed out the feed from this blog has been broken for a year. Ooops. So I have fixed it. In fact there are three ways to follow Steven’s Balagan: email, feed (RSS), and twitter.

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