This is a skirmish level mini-campaign set in no-mans land on a fairly static front. It is applicable to any period (see the possible settings). Each player is a junior commander whose job is the patrol and control the area between the opposing forces. Over three game days and nights each player must plan and execute 6 missions from a predetermined list. The interest lies in the fact that each player is picking from a different list to that of his opponent. The key problem being addressed is “How does a commander react when faced with events not covered by his orders?”
A variety of vehicles were used in the Spanish Civil War. They ranged from the WWI vintage FT17 through to the relatively modern BT5 used at the start of WWII. Both sides also improvised armoured fighting vehicles from converted trucks and tractors. The Basques even built their own tankette.
The Political Commissar Special Rule for Crossfire. Standard Crossfire doesn’t cover this but it is described in Hit the Dirt (p. 8). The rule is optional but is applicable to Soviets in WWII – in particular between July 1941 and November 1942 – and communists in any number of civil wars and insurgencies, e.g. the Spanish Civil War and the Portuguese Colonial War.
Some musing on Cavalry and Mounted Infantry in Crossfire. Standard Crossfire doesn’t cover this. My musings are primarily based on ideas by Daniele Varelli on the Crossfire Discussion Forum. Cavalry is divided into Charging Cavalry – who fight mounted – and/or Mounted Infantry – who dismount to fight. Usually a player must choose at deployment whether his Cavalry is “dismounted” or “mounted”; normally they cannot mount/dismount during the game.
I like 15 mm and when I started collecting Spanish Civil War figures Peter Pig was the only choice. They are a good solid range but not quite as good as new ranges from Peter Pig, or indeed from The Late Queen. None-the-less a this range covers every thing you need to get started in the Spanish Civil War.
The Spanish Civil had a lot in common with WWII, but there were some key differences. I’ve got a separate page on the historical Spanish Civil War Order of Battle. Here I have attempted to explain the organisation of the dominant formations as they would appear in Fuego Cruzado – my variant of Crossfire for Spain’s wars.