I've been looking through Neil Thomas's 'One Hour Wargames' book wondering how to use it and hit on the idea of using his 'Machine Age' rules from the book with my 15mm Peter Pig Spanish Civil War figures . He mentions playing a campaign using 5 of the 30 scenarios in the book and linking them loosely together . The forces are decided by a dice roll and use a maximum of 6 units per side which is great as I can do this by the existing figures I have with minimal painting of figures .
The first scenario - a pitch battle - you dice for a scenario from each group of 6 scenarios . The forces deploy 6" in from the top and bottom of the table and the victory goes to the whoever holds the hill and the crossroads .
The table as set up , the buildings, walls etc are purely scene dressing and do not influence the game . The crossroads are nearest the camera and the hill top left .
The forces , at the top the Republicans 3 infantry units , a heavy infantry unit and 2 tanks .Nearest the camera the Nationalists 4 infantry , a heavy infantry and a tank . He uses only 4 troop types in the rules but as I didn't have any cavalry painted I substituted tanks which are mentioned as an option . The Heavy infantry represent troops with heavier armament and better morale .
The Nationalist General Luis Rosales deploys his troops ., is he saying "I want that tree cut down for a start !" ?
The Nationalist army, nearest the camera an infantry unit and a heavy infantry on the road to seize the crossroads and hold them , in the background 3 infantry and a tank unit which will attack the disputed hill .
The Republican commander General Jancinto Benavente discusses his strategy with his staff .
The Republicans , On the road their 2 tank units and a infantry unit which will attack the crossroads then an infantry unit which will act as a reserve and in the background a heavy infantry unit and the remaining infantry which will take and hold the hill . The next post will be the battle itself .....