The Jersey Shore Battle Games, also called Sandy Hook Battle Games, by the late Thor Sheil, with whom I kept in contact and exchanged wargaming ideas with, was actually the very first (free) wargame-rules I ever read (but not played before now), and therefore a naturally starting point for these following play-through blogg-posts.
- 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: A QRF consisting of 1 truck with a HMG and a section of 10 'veterans' armed with assault rifels, a LMG and a bazooka arrives from the next village. Only if Lumbaya is still held by Katangese forces.
- 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.
- 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.
|The UN troops advanced slowly through the dence vegatation|
|But in Lumbaya they're ready and awaiting the UN attack. The Catangese HMG is located on the roof in the background, and the HMG is going to take out a great number of UN troops and their supports before being taken out them selves.|
|First the gunner was sniped down, and later the Catangese HMG finished off the whole vehicle|
- It's simple and can be played with easily available and cheap army men or toy soldiers from a lot of different periods.
- Have rules for consequences of mortar, grenades and bombs not hitting their target, as they are going to hit something else instead.
- Rules for morale.
- Rules for concealed units and movement.
- Since you have to roll 2 dice for every shot to determine hits, and there are a greater number of shots for different automatic weapons and at the same time suggested about 30 soldiers for each side, I think it's going to be a lot of dice-rolling. I would actually consider to play this with a D12 dice instead.
- Even with the advanced rules, there are no rules for using sniper rifles. Since the rules encourages adaptions, I used the same rules as for Infantry rifles; 1 shoot needing a 7 or better to hit, but can throw dice 3 times into the same target and choosing the best of them and giving it a Range 2.
- Infantry movement is not actually mentioned in the 'Sandpit-rules', so I had to use same rules but the 'Showdown Wild West' for reference. Infantry movement is a Range 1, which is 12" in this scale.
- I think the hand-to-hand combat rules seems unclear. Now I didn't get to get close enough to engage my troops in any hand-to-hand-combat, but it it seems like there is no dice-rolling or anything. Just outnumbering.
- I miss an easy and quick reference board/table in the rules. Now I had jo do a lot of rereading when battling.