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Spotlight Articles

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On the Origins of the Royal Navy’s Grand Fleet. Book Review.

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"The discourse surrounding fleets deployed in support of a global empire is as valid today as it was at the start of the 20th Century." Ray Garbee reviews Genesis of the Grand Fleet: The Admiralty, Germany, and the Home Fleet, 1896–1914, by Christopher Buckey. Ray finds a book that offers solid insights "...as it details how the government – specifically the Admiralty – had to wrestle with Fredrick the Great’s maxim of 'He who defends everything, defends nothing'."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 10/8/2021


Confronting Chaos: a New Concept for Information Advantage

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"...although American teams lose wargames all the time, this is, in fact, a very big deal." Chris Dougherty explains his concerns about how three decades of Pentagon war planning have "…assumed U.S. forces could achieve information dominance in a great-power conflict, akin to what the American military attained during the 1991 Gulf War. That assumption is fatally flawed."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 9/17/2021


The Return of Great Power Proxy Wars

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"If the United States fights with China or Russia, what type of war will it be?" Frank Hoffman and Andrew Orner, in War on the Rocks, make the argument that proxy wars are likely to again become a preferred tool of statecraft. "Proxy conflicts are, after all, the ultimate indirect approach."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 9/10/2021


WotR - Recruiting continues

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"...the herald is such a splendid figure, that Lord Cobham insisted on him joining the ranks!" Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, gives us a figures and painting update for his Wars of the Roses collection. Check out more of Norm's excellent miniatures work. And perhaps there is some action coming: "…I hear there are rumblings in the Parish of Piggy Longton, something to do with the Bishop of Dungborough recruiting for The King - what could possibly go wrong there!"

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 9/6/2021


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Grognard Originals

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How to Play Shores of Tripoli: Naval Combat

The Shores of Tripoli, published by Fort Circle Games, is a great game to introduce someone to the hobby.Seek Out and Play has produced a series of excellent videos tutorials to help people learn the game and start playing quickly. In this video, they teach you how naval combat works.

Falling Sky - Perfect Opening Moves - Roman (updated)

Is there such a thing as a "Perfect Opening Move" in any of GMT's COIN Series games? Mark D. shares his idea of a "perfect" opening turn for the Romans in Falling Sky. Enjoy.

Editor's note added on 5/15/2021.

Higlanders - Scenario for Vietnam: 1965-1975

Experimental scenario for Vietnam: 1965-1975 created and shared by Mark D'Agosta.

Battle for Russia - Game Turn Restrictions Summary

I'm finally getting to play this game, and am looking forward to it. There are a decent amount of "special rules" and restrictions that apply to either the Axis or Soviet player, depending on which turn it is. Rather than flipping back and forth in the rule book, I made a quick & dirty cheat sheet for myself which I have been using, and thought I'd share it. If anyone sees anything that's incorrect, please let me know via email at mark at grognard dot com. (updated 4/11/2020 to include rules for ignoring Rivers - Axis only on Turn 1; both sides on Turn 2)

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Pub Dates
Game: Two Flags - One Nation
Publisher: Norman Smith
Game Type: Miniatures
Designer(s): Norm Smith

Article Descriptions
Article ID: 10
Date: 10/4/2021
Poster: Doug Holt
A return to Mill Creek (ACW)

"The battle had reached a finely balanced point. All the Confederates need at the moment to win is to capture the Union end of the bridge." Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, brings us a replay of the ‘Action at Mill Creek’ scenario from his Two Flags - One Nation miniatures rules. Which way does the action tip? "A great cry of Huzzah! was heard from the bridge, what can it mean?"
Article ID: 9
Date: 8/16/2021
Poster: Doug Holt
Gettysburg Hexed!

"The two new rule areas sound quite simple, but they have a potential to have an exaggerated impact on the game...". Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, continues his Two Flags - One Nation miniatures rules adjustments, and takes them out for a test drive with the ACW McPherson’s Ridge scenario. Check out the action: "Nightmare! Another regiment already in the waterway fails that test and also leaves the table. A third regiment (already on 6 losses) also fails and retires back to Willoughby Run."
Article ID: 8
Date: 8/9/2021
Poster: Doug Holt
Converting TF-ON rules to non-hex

"Core design principles have been to favour fun over simulation, but with results and a flow of play reflecting the way that official accounts of battle often read, so that narrative is preserved." Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, takes us along in his thought process as he converts his Two Flags - One Nation American Civil War rules from hex to open table format. Check out a tabletop master's interesting insights, to include the basic perspective that "…often it will probably be more realistic to not let a unit do something than say it can just because it is not covered in the rules."
Article ID: 7
Date: 4/2/2021
Poster: Doug Holt
12mm McPherson’s Ridge 1863

"Will the Confederates hold on to their tasked objectives, or will they be thrown back by the Union wave of reinforcements?" Norm Smith, while working with his Two Flags - One Nation American Civil War rules, brings us an interesting result in the McPherson’s Ridge scenario: "…in today’s playing, there was quite a one sided surprise. I don’t think I like those!"
Article ID: 6
Date: 2/8/2021
Poster: Doug Holt
1863 - Action at Mill Creek.

"This is a ‘the fastest with the mostest’ type scenario." Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, has a tense replay with his Two Flags - One Nation American Civil War rules. Plenty of photos of Norm's excellent miniatures and, of course, the action: "The pressure is really now on for the Union ...... where are those reinforcements!"
Article ID: 5
Date: 3/13/2019
Poster: Doug Holt
Fox Gap 1862 on a smaller grid

"…the plucky raw and small 5th North Carolina unit, even though taking 3 Heavy Casualties from the guns, stood its ground." Norm Smith, in his Battlefields and Warriors blog, gives us an action packed replay of the Fox Gap scenario using his Two Flags - One Nation ACW miniatures rules. Plenty of tension, unexpected die rolls, and "Then there was ‘one of those moments’…"
Article ID: 4
Date: 2/18/2019
Poster: Ed Sommers
Battle of McDowell - Replay using "Two Flags - One Nation" rules

Replay, based on a conversion to hexes of an earlier replay Jon B put up on his rather fine ‘Grymauch’s Solo Wargaming’ blog a few days ago, which he played out in 6mm. This replay is based upon a conversion to hexes and is played using Norm Smith's "Two Flags - One Nation" rules...
Article ID: 3
Date: 2/18/2019
Poster: Ed Sommers
Two Flags - One Nation: Free ACW Hex-Based Rules

"Two Flags - One Nation". This 2017 Edition updates Norm Smith's home brew ACW hex based rules, which are now well over 10 years old. Much remains familiar, but they have picked up some new mechanics from my more recent rule designs, in particular his napoleonic rules (Eagles at Quatre Bras), as he attempts to merge several aspects of the two sets together...
Article ID: 2
Date: 2/4/2019
Poster: Doug Holt
TF-ON design problems with rivers

"...the question arose as to whether a smoothbore musket could fire across Bull Run." Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, mulls how to handle a quirky situation created by terrain hexes. Come along as Norm takes us on an fascinating walk through the "…design problems and the compromises that can fall out of putting sticking plasters on gaps that appear in rules."
Article ID: 1
Date: 1/25/2019
Poster: Doug Holt
ACW - Action at Mill Creek

Can the Confederates capture the bridge crossing "…before that enemy reinforcing brigade arrives to spoil their day..."? Norm Smith, in his Battlefields and Warriors blog, discusses some changes to his Two Flags - One Nation American Civil War rules, followed by a quick test scenario. Check out the fun, as Norm concludes "…combat had gone down to the last dice roll, which I took as a good sign of scenario balance."