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.


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I started this blog on 21 Feb 2001 and then Migrated Balagan to WordPress on 15 Sep 2013. So, roughly 4.5 years ago. One of the great things about WordPress, compared to the hand crafted HTML site I had before, is that I get statistics on page views. Apparently I’ve had 1,176,779 views since I migrated and 1,125 comments. My biggest day (23 Feb 2018) brought 2,420 views – this was because Reddit got hold of my Academy of Street Fighting: Tactics during the Battle of Stalingrad post. Today is a typical day with 750 views.

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2018 Confessions of a Megalomaniac Wargamer and Amateur Historian

Megalomaniac

My inner megalomaniac is back. This post is a follow on from my 2017 Reflections of a Megalomaniac Wargamer and Amateur Historian. The previous post was a retrospective of the last 23 months, which means pointing out my successes. This post is the (overly ambitious) list of what I’d like to get done in the coming year. It is the more embarrassing part. The confession. Bear in mind these are more or less active projects.

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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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2015 Confessions of a Megalomaniac Wargamer and Amateur Historian

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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Generic Building Sectors for Crossfire

Crossfire Generic Buildings 58 All Buildings

Most of my Crossfire buildings are generic 3″x3″ sectors of foam board on a cardboard base. Some are building complexes of more than one sector. And I’ve also done Triangular Blocks to give Diagonal Streets.

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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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