EXCERPT FROM APPENDIX 1 from Don Featherstone's Battles With Model Soldiers
(The book that got me started.)

"Nothing in these pages is a dictate, no word says you must or you shall do it this way. On the contrary, the book sets out from the very beginning to stimulate the reader to think for himself, and to use what he has read merely as a foundation for efforts and ideas which reflect his own temperament and character. Only in this way will he obtain maximum satisfaction from the hobby of battling with model soldiers."

-Don Featherstone 1918 - 2013

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Meanwhile, in a Different Valley

I've been working on a follow up to my last post, had it almost ready last night. Thought I  might finish it today but there was a game on at Jeff's place in the Annapolis Valley ( armchair commander blog) ....

My Brave, Patriotic Antitank Rifle team who went on to liberate a brick house from the Fascists, distract the enemy and almost destroy a 1/2 track full of infantry before being over run by a unit of fascist infantry. 
Jeff had set up a simple multiplayer, 15mm Bolt Action, Russian Front game as an introduction to the rules. As a group our experience with the rules ranged from a little to none at all but by turn two we all seemed to have the hang of it and the rules were not a serious obstacle.
The cell snap we Russians used to plan our attack.

The Germans were defending with a large force of well armed but souless tyrants against​ our paltry handful of brave Patriots. (Which is to say that the forces were of equal value). We won the right to attack with our mission being to break through the German lines and exit units.

After a Council of War we decided to attack up the right bank of the stream with an armoured car and 3 units of infantry while our heavy weapons (mg, sniper and A/T rifle team) deployed left of the stream to provide fire support and fix or "amuse" the enemy. A T34 was in reserve behind the center and 2 veteran infantry units were making a flank March up the right flank. I'm not sure that my clumsy attempts to suggest that they were going to appear on the open left flank had any influence but they seemed hesitant to take our massed infantry assault seriously until it was a bit too late and spent a lot of time and effort on wiping out my handful of support teams and my poor T34 who appeared in the center and dueled with a PAK40 and a Marder for several turns. I say dueled but it was mostly about my guys surviving shot after shot until the last one.

Anyway, the plan worked, our right hook punched a wide hole which allowed us to break through with a substantial force for a clear win.

With  good company, lots of rolling of dice and a little brain work, it was a good day.


  1. Ross,
    Glad you had a good day of Gaming the Russian Front with your Friends- and a WIN to boot! Well done. Cheers. KEV.