Scouting Mini-Game | Postcards from the Front
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In Tony Bath's book, How to Set Up a Wargames Campaign, he describes a mini-game he devised to play out the results of a Scouting Mission.
He says he created this mini-game for “adding some spice” to the campaign period when two armies in the field make contact.
Bath proposed that each force would have five mounted scouts ranging ahead, checking on the territory and disposition of the enemy forces. When contact was made Bath would produce a gridded board (likely a 16”x20” Local Terrain Map created for the full-scale conflicts) and each commander would set out five models on their baseline.
I have modified it somewhat, and added some rules for conflict.
Each scout is assigned the mission of traversing the game board to the enemy baseline, with the goal of gaining a view of the enemy’s main force. Of course, they are also assigned to prevent the enemy from doing the very same thing!
The game board laid is out to facilitate an offset one-inch grid, it would likely work with a hex-map, as well.
At the end of the Game Jam, a 3D version of this game with six miniatures, a hand-painted game board, and terrain pieces will be available on a VERY limited basis!
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