Category: Crossfire Musing


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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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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How to get an Anti-Tank Ditch on a Flat Table

Anti-Tank Ditch

Stephen Phenow sent through a picture of his Anti-Tank Ditch. I think it is fiendishly clever in it’s simplicity.

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Modelling a Crossfire Depression

Platoon enters depression

One of the common Terrain Types in Crossfire are “Depressions”. But my table top is flat so how do I simulate a depression on a flat table?

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Musing on Breakthrough Objectives for Crossfire Scenarios

Table SU-76i from Short Edge

I have only played the HTD scenario “The Island” once, a fair few years ago with Rich Wilcox. The game revealed a flaw in Breakthrough objectives. The attacker just makes a hole and pours through. More recently Dick Bryant play tested my SU-76i in 1902nd SAP – A Crossfire Scenario, which was based on “The Island”. Dick found the same problem. So it seems time to revisit Breakthrough objectives for Crossfire scenarios.

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Using the Saitek Competition Pro Game Clock for Crossfire

Saitek Competition Pro Game Clock

It is rather embarrassing but I’ve had my Saitek Competition Pro Game Clock for nearly two years, have tried to use it for a Crossfire game twice and failed both times. Most recently for Operation Crossfire. The trouble is that this is a complicated clock because it is for competitions, we hardly ever use it, and we leave it to the last minute to figure out how to use it. Disaster. This time I thought I’d write a few notes to remind myself for next time.

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Standardised AFVs for “Operation Crossfire”

T34/85

It is Operation Crossfire today and as part of the briefing Nikolas Lloyd has mandated some standardised statistics for the vehicles on both sides. I thought I’d post them to get them into a printable format.

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Using a Figures in Comfort Case for Storing 15mm Tanks

Figures in Comfort Mini Case

One winter’s evening in London I was loading my car with Crossfire kit to take to a club game. It was getting dark and just starting to rain. That was, of course, just the moment I dropped my box of 15mm tanks on the pavement. Over the next 30 minutes I was on hands and knees in the rain and dark trying to find the precious panzers. Luckily I managed to recover all of the vehicles but some received irreparable damage.

I never want to repeat that experience so, at the next show I went to, I picked up

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Hiding Troops in the Open in Crossfire

Crossfire allows troops to start the game hidden in features. Troops are not allowed to start the game hiding outside a feature, i.e. in the open. If we expand the concept of “hidden” from “hiding behind a tree” to “hidden from enemy sight” then hiding in the open should be allowed. What to do?

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Vince’s 6mm Crossfire

Vince's 6mm Crossfire

Vince Lody sent through some photos of his 6mm Crossfire. His games look amazing but they happen on tiny tables.

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Martin Groat’s Three Player Crossfire

I’ve found an odd number of players is awkward in Crossfire. So awkward I haven’t really done it. So I ended up as an observer when our fourth player didn’t turn up for our 92nd Naval in Stalingrad game. It would have been nice to have played so I’m revisiting how to play a three player game. Luckily Martin Groat has a method to play Crossfire with three players.

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What to use for Crests in Crossfire

Crests as Low Hills

I’ve tried several variations on HTD Crests so I thought I’d share some of them.

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Challenges of Insurgent Warfare for Crossfire

Portuguese Convoy

My Portuguese Colonial War project has stalled. I’ve got the forces for both insurgents and Portuguese security forces. I’ve got palms for jungle. I should be ready to game but instead I’ve stalled.

My problem is figuring out how to wargame the the common Combat Missions in the Portuguese Colonial War when using Crossfire. Combat missions of a insurgency are different to conventional warfare such as World War II. So, as a step forward I thought I’d jot down my thoughts about these challenges. I’m not trying to solve those problems just articulate them clearly. These problems are probably

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How to Track Fire Missions (FM) in Crossfire

Galt Fun Buttons

Crossfire artillery and mortars use Fire Missions (FM) and you have to keep track of how many you’ve still got left. This is pretty much the only book keeping in the game. Here are a few things I’ve tried for tracking the FM used/remaining.

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Prettier Orders of Battle for Crossfire

Order of Battle - German Defender - Weak

For convenience I use indented lists for my orders of battle in my Crossfire scenarios. But, inspired by those of Flames of War, I have wondered whether I should move to a prettier format. Okay, not with silhouettes of troops or whatnot, but a bit more graphic. This is what I came up with.

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