I wanted to try some really oldschool wargaming, and I think Donald Featherstone is considered to be one of the inventors of simple rules for wargaming with toy soldiers. On the excellent blog of 'The Man of Tinblog' I found a blogpost with a copy of Donald Featherstone's Close Wars. These rule are very simple and aren't exactly made for this size or modern battles, but I wanted to have a go at a 'classic' and see if it was playable with the scenario I've used in my recent games.
- 2 rifle-squads each of 10 soldiers, a LMG and and a bazooka/flame thrower. Each squad can operate as 2 fireteams independently.
- 1 HMG-detachment of 3 soldiers
- 1 sniper
- HQ-section with platoon-leader and 2 medics
- After turn 12 if rules include vehicles or skilled troops: A QRF consisting of 1 truck with a HMG and a section of 10 'veterans' with a LMG and a bazooka arrives from the next village. Only if Lumbaya is still held by Katangese forces. Since these rules doesn't support vehicles, the QRF enters the village at foot.
- 1 Platoon of 3 rifle-squads each of 8 soldiers and a LMG. The squads can operate independently.
- 1 Light mortar-detachment of 2 soldiers and an observer
- 1 bazooka-detachment of 3 soldiers
- HQ-section with platoon-leader
- 1 Jeep with HMG and 2 soldiers. Since these rules do not include vehicles, the Jeep stayed stationary with the HMG at the deployment-area acting a 1 unit, but due to short firing ranges never come close enough to enter combat.
- Since these rules doesn't include any heavy weapons, I just rolled a dice for any weapons and let all of them have the same range.
- Katangese: To hold the strongpoint of Lumbaya. Can request QRF-support as mentioned in the force-section from turn 12 if still holding whole or part of the strongpoint.
- UN: To take and hold the strongpoint of Lumbya, preferably within 12 turns, and take control on as many Katangese gendarms located there as possible.
- Impetus Bonus gives a +1 for surprising when emerging from cover and achieved an ambush
- It's simple and can be played with easily available and cheap army men or toy soldiers from a lot of different periods.
- Retreating forces (due to a moral check) have to dice to see if the're routing or can go back to battle.
- Really fast playing
- It's just too simple and doesn't divide weapons into groups by their damage potential.
- It doesn't include any vehicles.
- The turn sequence seems unclear. I played it I Go, You Go.
- What really happens to wounded; hits that makes a save also seems unclear. I let them just fight on.