A new soloist seeks advice

((Al Blyth submits the following:))

A complete newbie to wargaming but a lifelong interest in military history. Finally selling my model trains and painting up large 1.32 armies for Normandy 1944 — bocage region. Collecting a lot of of armour — Forces of Valour, 21st century etc. Just want to enjoy solo war games with the simplest rules possible and fancy using playing cards and dice for the random aspects but nothing too technical please! Has anyone any suggestions? I am based in Kent UK and have a fairly large den within an old barn to play in.


Al Blyth

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3 Responses to A new soloist seeks advice

  1. Paul Le Long says:

    Hello Al & welcome.

    You must have a big table/playing area if you’re using 1/32 scale. I would have thought that you would be limited to platoon level skirmishes with figures that big.

    For rules you could do a lot worse than check out those by David Newport in LW 182 & 183. I’ve shamelessly ripped off some of David’s ideas for a set of rules set in Normandy – I can send these to you if you’re interested – George can give you my email address.

    Also check out last month’s Miniature Wargames & Battlegames – issue 369 – there is a great article in there on design philosophy for WWII rules. You need to know what kind of game you want & design the rules accordingly I think – do you want an infantry skirmish or loads of AFVs, artillery barrages, air strikes etc?

    One piece of advice: you need lots of terrain so don’t chuck all of your model railway stuff away too quickly. Normandy battlefields were extremely crowded – hedges, trees, undergrowth, the odd farm etc. Your soldiers need that cover.

    Another piece of advice(!): Hidden deployment & hidden movement could be key, especially for solo games. David’s rules are really good on this aspect. You might have a situation where – initially at least – only one side is actually deployed on the table, the enemy being represented by cards – the latter may represent real troops or may just be a dummy.

    If you want to go with a commercial set of rules, Chain of Command by Too Fat Lardies looks good & is easily adapted to solo play.

    Good luck.

  2. Chris says:

    Hello and welcome Al,

    In addition to the excellent advice/suggestions from Paul, I would recommend looking into the WW2 forum on TMP. There is also a Solo forum on TMP that reinforces what we try to promote here at LW.

    I believe there is also a Journal of 20th Century Wargaming in production. This might prove useful as well.

    I would echo Paul’s remarks about your chosen scale and apparently roomy space for playing at war, but don’t want to appear small.

    I hope that at some point in the near future you will notify us of your progress on this blog or even write a piece for Lone Warrior.



  3. Deano says:

    Well this may be a self promotion but it is sort of designed for the self starter and it is solo!


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