So finally here comes Forgotten War Korea: 1950 – 1953, the newest ASL core module. I was somewhat uncertain whether to obtain a copy. But I like playing ASL and I dislike not having the boards to play with. What to expect from the scenarios and the period specific rules I do not know.
Latest arrival in my ASL arsenal is Objective: Schmidt published by Bounding Fire. After the parcel passed customs clearence I finally hold the package in my hands. So what does it contain? This blog post will try to provide you with an answer. Myself I am very interested to learn about the scenarios and the maps. I live a mere 40 km from the small towns of Schmidt, Kommerscheid and Vossenack and I am keen to find out more about the fighting that took place in November 1944 during the Battle of the Hürtgen Forest. Those of you who are historically interested will find many eye-witness accounts on the fighting that took place in this westernmost region of Germany. Link to veteran stories and pictures now and then.
One of the most immersive wargames series I have come accross is the Operational Combat Series (OCS) by MMP. As a former logistics branch officer I rather like the restraints placed on the armchair general by logistical needs and supply restrictions. I have spent houres understanding the rules and learning how to use them. Beyond the Rhine was the OCS game that I used on VASSAL to practice the rules as I find the campaign game quite challenging. Unfortunaltely I cannot lay out the campaign game so wanted to go for a smaller campaign.
I just received some more wargames to keep me occupied over the christmas holidays and beyond. This gives me opportunity to post some thoughts on these wargames. All are operational in scope, i.e. on army / army group level (Holland ’44) with companies, battalions, and regiments to manouvre with. Other operational wargames are on theater level (Ukraine ’43) and have regiments and divisions as the main manouvre elements.
I recently came across a bordgame that I had heard from and was eager to play. This is Commands & Colors Napoleonics. So when I got the chance to play I gave it a try. My first game was the Friedland 1807 battle. We played the game with all special rules and the new command cards and tactical cards. I found C&C N to be a much enjoyable game.
This game from GMT covers the first year of the Serbian Campaign, the campaign that startet the Great War in late July 1914 when Austro-Hungarian forces invaded the Kingdom of Serbia. This particular and historically significant conflict has not been covered in a wargame as far as I know. This allows me to learn more about a region and a period that I have been up until now little aware of.
Lately Daniel and I are playing the scenario ASL 66 THE BUSCHMASTERS. I get to play the Japanese wich provides my with a completely new ASL experience. The picture above shows a single surrouded Japanese elite squad fending off many times its numbers for several turns. They even ambushed and killed a US 6-6-6 squad that was bold enough to rush into hand-to-hand combat.