Category: Spanish Civil War

The Spanish Civil War (La Guerra Civil Española) of 1936-39 pitted the Republican government backed by the Soviet Union against the Nationalist rebels backed by German and Italy. So far I’ve restricted my efforts to the Nationalist March on Madrid in late 1936.


Moroccan Knives – A Crossfire Battle Report 2

Moroccan Knives Table

Jamie Wish and I played my Moroccan Knives scenario set in the Spanish Civil War. Jamie started work at 05:00 hours the next morning so we wanted something quick. This scenario is guaranteed to take less than two hours so was a good candidate. It was a bit one sided and I’ve suggested a couple of changes.

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45 Pesetas – A Crossfire Battle Report in the Spanish Civil War

45 Pesetas Table

Andrew Fisher played my 45 Pesetas – A Crossfire Scenario in the Spanish Civil War, which is very good of him since it is quite draft.

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The 3Fs of Crossfire Scenario Design: Flavour, Fair, Fun

3Fs of Crossfire Scenario Design

I play wargames. Emphasis on “games”. So when I design a new scenario I look for three things. The scenario must result in a game that is fun, fair and has flavour. The 3Fs of scenario design. For this post I’ll use Crossfire examples but the same principles apply to any game system.

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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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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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Ring of Iron – A Crossfire Battle Report

Andrew Coleby and I play tested my Ring of Iron Scenario. I’d only knocked it together in a couple of hours and that showed in the design. I subsequently changed three things.

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Timeline for the Spanish Civil War Campaign in the North

This is my timeline for the northern campaign of the Spanish Civil War. The Republican north comprised three areas: Asturias, Santander and Vizcaya. They largely fought, and were crushed separately, from each other and from the main Republican area in the south. Vizcaya was called ‘Euzkadi’ by the locals.

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Crossfire Box – How to store all those bits n bobs

I’ve got a lot of Crossfire kit: figures, terrain, and bits n bobs. It is the bits n bobs that have gone into my “Crossfire Box”. The box is a 9 litre Very Useful Box with two 9 litre sorting tray (7 compartments each). Basically markers and dice.

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Carabanchel – Crossfire Battle Report 2

Carabanchel Table

In the second game of Carabanchel Scenario Chris Harrod played the defending Republicans and I played the attacking Moroccans.

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Carabanchel – Crossfire Battle Reports

Carabanchel Table

I’ve played my Carabanchel Scenario a few times now. All were close run affairs until the final moments.

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Carabanchel – A Crossfire Scenario in the Spanish Civil War

Table Carabanchel

A scenario for Fuego Cruzado – my variant of Crossfire for the Spanish Civil War – set in the Carabanchel Sector as the Nationalists attempt to rush Madrid in early Nov 1936.

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Carabanchel – Crossfire Battle Report 1

Carabanchel Table

Chris Harrod and I played my Carabanchel Scenario. Chris played the attacking Nationalist Moroccan Regulares and I played the Republican Militia.

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Moroccan Knives – A Crossfire Battle Report

Moroccan Knives Table

Andrew Coleby and I tried out my Moroccan Knives scenario set in the Spanish Civil War. Andrew wanted to try a Spanish Civil scenario for Crossfire and I wanted to experiment with a small table and lots of terrain; like the 2 Foot City but in the countryside. We only get a couple of hours to play when Andrew comes over so the game had to be small. All this meant we had small companies facing each other on a 4’x3′ table covered in woods features. It turned out to be a good little game.

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Moroccan Knives – A Crossfire Scenario in the Spanish Civil War

Table Moroccan Knives

This scenario came about because Andrew Coleby wanted to try a Spanish Civil War for Crossfire, or more specifically my variant called Fuego Cruzado. We only get a couple of hours to play when Andrew comes over so the game had to be small. Aside from keeping the forces small I also thought I’d experiment with a small table and lots of terrain; like the 2 Foot City but in the countryside. So this game has small companies facing each other on a 4’x3′ table. The title, “Moroccan Knives”, is because the militia were generally terrified of the Moroccans and

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Ring of Iron – A Crossfire Scenario in the Spanish Civil War

Table Ring of Iron

A scenario for Fuego Cruzado – my variant of Crossfire for the Spanish Civil War – set in the Basque Country. The Nationalists are trying to penetrate the “Ring of Iron” around Bilbao.

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