Numbers, Wargames and Arsing About
A blog about all of the stuff I write on the backs of envelopes and never get round to finishing.......yet!
Monday, 28 February 2022
Saturday, 25 September 2021
There you are Mr Mojo!
"Ho there Mr Mojo, where have you been?"
"Sorry boss, things were going **** up with Brexit so I shot over to Crete to paddle board with some Russians."
"Well, now you are back we can crack on, have you had any ideas?"
"Well, loads but....well we had a few beers and stuff so I'm a bit murky on where I got to."
"Good thing I'm doing your job for you then!"
First up, more progress on Stout Hearts as per picture. Nearly final map. Looking to finish this very soon. Play testing next week. The photo does show this is a floppy map, bits of A4 stuck together, but it does look nice in real life.
I have been very happily inspired by a number of developments in other guys wargaming lives:
Bob Cordery's Portable Wargame is getting a lot of interesting applications. This one (of many) from Mark Cordone is brilliant, from the home made map tiles and 2D buildings to the 1/72 micro armies is simply superb (here).
I like reviews, especially ones which are useful. A simple like it or not is not helpful. However, there is a great review of my Hue game here.
The reviewer didn't like it all that much but appreciated the experience. The important thing for me is that he thought that it was a good simulation of urban warfare. That is, lots of static shooting and endless assaults. Possibly not a not a fun game for the manoeuvre enthusiast but I take that as a compliment
On the horizon
Against the Odds Magazine have a belated Annual coming out. This time, La Vendée - 1793. I find this endlessly fascinating so it is on my list (see the blurb here).
Unfortunately, some Google nutter has decided to screw up everyone's Drive links. I know this has affected some of you looking to download some of my files. Please keep trying, I'm working to make all of them available again very soon. Thank you for your interest.
Saturday, 28 August 2021
Russian Front Notebook 1
I have decided to start keeping some proper notes on references for the Russian Front (Great Patriotic War if you prefer) so I can find them later on.
In this first installment, some references on useful but uncommon subjects.
Luftwaffe strategic bombing in Russia
Not a subject I am familiar with but a very interesting video from Bismarck (Military Aviation History channel).
And one of the source documents he uses (the RAND Report on Luftwaffe strategic bombing).
German railway operations in Russia
Another subject that I must admit has not been on my radar since playing the Russian Campaign. A very useful article on The Influence of Railways on Military Operations in the Russo-German War 1941–1945.
Russian squad tactics
And a couple of useful references:
Russian/Soviet Rifle Squads 1935-2019
There are some points of accuracy to explore on these but nonetheless, very helpful. Possibly a clue about my current project.
More to come in due course!
Wednesday, 11 August 2021
Quatre Bras run out!
A belated thank you to Mr Rapier and chums for giving my old Quatre Bras game a remote run out the other week. Glad to see people having a go and, I think, reasonably successfully. Nice to see and also to have some useful feedback. Feel free to have a go here. One day the whole 100 days!
Also very worthwhile having a look at Martin's latest OHW game, this time GD at Kursk. Really really good!
Monday, 26 July 2021
Something for the weekend sir?
No sooner than I post about Stalingrad than I come across another series of brilliant documentaries by Army University Press (US Army that is!). Their series of four videos on the battle for Stalingrad describe the fighting through the lens of current (US) army doctrine. Big boy stuff this with acronyms and very unusual use of English. Really excellent.
One thing to look out for is their staff ride for Stalingrad. There are some brilliant handouts for staff ride leaders and a complete three dimensional environment that, unfortunately, is only available to US Army personnel.
One other excellent video series that I have come across is by The Operations Room. They specialise in top down animations. The one that blew me away was their first episode of Black Hawk Down. Check it out, it's great!
Sunday, 30 May 2021
TIK History - Tick VG?
TIK History: I came across TIK History through one of Geordie's very helpful blog posts. If you Google TIK you will see some interesting discussions about some of his views. To say that he has a particular perspective on economics is an understatement. He would fit in well with Trump supporters who view the NHS as the work of the communist devil.
Having said that, and make you own minds up if you wish to form an opinion, is it worth watching some of his output?
The short answer is yes. I have watched all 23 episodes so far of Battlestorm Stalingrad. I thought they were really good and educational:
- TIK does pretty well at presenting and his style goes down OK with me.
- The story is narrated through animated maps, these are detailed (look like US Army topographic maps), zoomable and show their scale.
- Statements are supported by references.
- The narrative really does create an insightful picture of what actually happened.
- The main source for the series is Glantz's Stalingrad trilogy supplemented by the current wave of new histories and is well researched.
- It has reminded me I need to refresh my library and I have bought the latest edition of When Titans Clashed by Glantz and read it straight through. I have a few other updated books to get as well.
- It has rekindled my interest in the Eastern Front which is a very nice change of scenery.
- The visual representation of the campaign shows what I knew, but didn't always realise was so important. The Red Army contested the battle through endless desperate defences and multiple continuous counter attacks. This brings to life the granularity of the fighting which, to my mind, no other medium has managed to do.
- There are great learning points for wargames.
Wednesday, 19 May 2021
Hi all, just a quick addition to the PW post. Phil Dutré has kindly provided a link to his excellent index of PW issues http://snv-ttm.blogspot.com/p/wargames-magazine-database.html. Thanks Phil!