Thursday 5 April 2018

Revisiting Rommel via Axis and Allies

A very nice set of rules and there is a whole heap of useful material available on the Sam Mustafa website

Way back in September of last year I acquired a copy of Rommel by Sam Mustafa. These are a grid-based operational level set of WW2 rules. At the time I was thinking about 3mm using the models produced by Tumbling Dice (of which I have supply lurking in the man cave) and half sized squares (in the rules they use 6" squares so a 6ft by 4ft table will be 8 x 12) - mainly because I already have some boards gridded up using 3" squares for my Portable Wargames.

Fast forward some six months (gosh, that went quickly!) and I am now knee deep in my Axis and Allies WW2 project that has given me rather a lot of 1:300th -1:285th scale tanks and artillery. These are quite basic and generic looking models (and by generic I mean that, for example, the Sherman looks like a Sherman but you would struggle to pin it down to a specific mark of that iconic tank) but they would work very nicely with Rommel using the smaller playing area.

I have yet to decide about infantry as originally for the Portable Wargame style games I envisaged using the appropriate units from my block armies but for Rommel figures would look better. I have a vast number of 20mm Axis and Allies 20mm figures that I want to use so may well dip into them.

Given the scale of the actions fought using Rommel a lot of low level detail is abstracted and this extends to equipment and weaponry. I have absolutely no problem with this and so using the Axis and Allies Boardgame pieces, as well as those available from Historical Boardgaming, means that I can get extra mileage out of the models above and beyond my planned Portable Wargame adventures.

Much to ponder methinks....


Geordie an Exiled FoG said...

I seem to be going through a rule collecting phase
Should Rommel be on this list?

Ray Rousell said...

Sounds like a plan?

Jonathan Freitag said...

Sounds interesting. Ponder away!

David Crook said...

Hi Geordie,

Absolutely! They have some very neat ideas contained therein and whilst they will not appeal to the 1 figure 1 man skirmish brigade they are great for large actions.

Certainly worth a investment IMHO.

All the best,


David Crook said...

Hi Ray,

It is a plan of sorts and rather unusually for me it actually quite achievable....

(Best I go and lie down in a darkened room....)

All the best,


David Crook said...

Hi Jonathan,

I like to ponder, in fact I consider myself to be a leading authority on pondering.....

Where I struggle though is turning the pondering into something more tangible....

All the best,


William Stewart said...

Looking forward to seeing the plan develop.

David Crook said...

Hi William,

There are a few ideas to throw in the mix but overall I reckon I am on the right track.

All the best,