SECOND WORLD WAR
The Jackson gamers have always played WWII games. We have used the Avalon Hill Tobruk rules way WAYY back in time for a "Micro-Tanks" game. We have used our own Skirmish Rules for 54mm games, in France, in the Desert and in the Pacific theaters. We used the old 1944 rules published by The Courier in the 1970s. In the Late 1980s, we used a set of rules written by Eric Teuber for 1:285/6mm battles. In the late 1990s, we had several games using the Command Decision rules published by Games Workshop and our 6mm tanks.
For a while we used a simplified version of the Mein Panzer rules for 20mm games. We have used the Axis & Allies Miniatures rules by Hasbro, and a modification of the old Avalon Hill Squad Leader Rules for 15mm battles. We have played a number of very enjoyable games using Arty Conliffe's Crossfire rules and most recently have tried the I Ain't Been Shot Mum! rules by "Two Fat Lardies."
Photo by Jim Pitts
I AIN'T BEEN SHOT MUM!
This shot shows the downed Ju-88 in our game of German Aircrew attempting to escape from England in 1940, aided by German paratroopers. The British Home Guard has other ideas of course.. The plane is a Lindberg 1/64 scale plastic model.
You can see the battle report here An enemy Machine has Crashed...
A Rules set by
One of Jay Stribling's American infantry platoons as it overruns one of Jim Pitts' Fallschirmjager platoons. One of Jim's squads has already been destroyed and the other two will soon follow it into oblivion. This took place in our Crossfire game, played on August 1st, 2009
Jim Pitts described it thusly: "The Americans were less than inspiringly commanded ...(while) the Germans were capably commanded..." As one of the American GI commanders, I have to admit that Jim is right (Jay Stribling).
You can see the battle report here A Romp in the French countryside.
Another battle report is here Along the Sneuf Canal. This was a game that we played on July 2, 2010.
One of our latest Crossfire game's report is here Triple Threat. We played this game that we played on August 7, 2010.
And another recent Crossfire game report is here The American Victory. We played this game that we played on August 21, 2010.
Our 15mm WWII games using A modification of the SQUAD LEADER WITH MINIATURES rules
I have wanted to play a miniatures version of Avalon Hill's SQUAD LEADER boardgame for years. Sane people do this with 6mm (1/295th scale) miniatures on a mildly enlarged hex grid. Naturally I did this with a grossly enlarged grid sheet with each hex being 4" across, and 2.25 inches on the hex faces. The troops are in 15mm scale. Our game table which is 6' x 8' is about 1.5 times the width of a scaled-up Avalon Hill game board, but only about .8 of the length of what a game board would be with 4" hexes.
There is an early game that we played before we went to a hex-gridded ground cloth. There are no photos of that game. There is a Yahoo group called "Squad Leader in Minatures." That group has a set of the Avalon Hill game rules modified for 6mm miniature play (no hex grid needed).
Our rules vary somewhat from the original rules and from the Yahoo Group's rules. The Jackson Gamers play with forces much larger than most of the Avalon Hill Scenarios. Also we use more players, from 3 to 5 per side. We do not get as many turns in. A 4-turn game being the average length of our battles.
Three Villages. The Germans dominated this game with excellent tank gunnery and some fine shooting by two FLAK 88 guns. Jay Striblng was the game-master for this 15mm WWII game on our hex-gridded groundcloth, using a modified version of the Squad Leader in Miniature rules. It only lasted 2 turns. We gamed this at Jay's home in Jackson MS on September 3rd, 2007.
The German Advance. Jay Striblng was the game-master for this 15mm WWII game on our hex-gridded groundcloth, using a modified version of the Squad Leader in Miniature rules. We gamed this at Jay's home in Jackson MS on November 24th, 2006. The German Panzers won in the end.
The American Advance. Jay Striblng was the game-master for this 15mm WWII game on a hex-gridded groundcloth, using a modified version of the Squad Leader in Miniature rules. We gamed this at HOBBYTOWN in Flowood MS on November 4th, 2006. This was another learning game for us. Only the first part of the game report is here.
Continuing the Attack. Jay Stribling was the game-master for this 15mm WWII game somewhere on the Franco-German boarder. We used a hex-gridded groundcloth and adaptations of the Squad Leader in Miniature rules. We gamed this at HOBBYTOWN in Flowood MS on September 2nd, 2006. This was a learning game, but also was a deadly combat.
AXIS & ALLIES
THE MINIATURES GAME
Our WWII games using the Pre-Painted AXIS & ALLIES miniatues (10-12mm size)
Blood in Italy. This was our third club AXIS & ALLIES Minitures game. Fred Diamond ran this game, using the Axis & Allies Miniatures rules. This time we had more vehiles and more aircraft. In fact, one of the Allied aircraft won the game by blowing up the most important Axis vehicle. This game system is quick and easy to learn. Players get to roll "buckets" of dice. The Jackson gamers like this game system. Fred's miniatures look great also.
AXIS & ALLIES - Game 2. This was our second club AXIS & ALLIES Minitures game. Fred Diamond has accumulated even more miniatures for this game. We play on a large table and the players on one side can gang up on a small portion of the enemy - or try to. Most of the players had retained some memory of basic tactics. The Russians with lend-lease American tanks to aid them, crushed the German and Italian forces. This is a quick game, lasting only a couple of hours. We STILL like this game.
AXIS & ALLIES - Game 1. This was our first club AXIS & ALLIES Minitures game. Fred Diamond has lavishly spent his treasure accumulating forces for this game. He has enlarged it and we played 3 per side in this eastern-front action. Most of the players had retained some memory of basic tactics. The Russians and Americans, tried to hold off the German and Italian forces, but to no avail. We LIKED it.
COMMAND DECISION ALLIES
Our 6mm WWII games using the COMMAND DECISION rules
We have played many MANY games in this scale, but this is the only one that we have photos or records of.
The Battle of Abbeville was the title of the 6mm WWII game that Rick Parks ran on January 27, 2001. A sizeable group of the Jackson Gamers had great fun shooting up tanks and potting the poor infantry. Click on the name for the battle report.
WW II SKIRMISH GAME
IN 54mm SCALE
Our WWII games using our own SKIRMISH RULES for 54mm games.
Again, we have played dozens if not more than 100 of these games. Urged on by Mike Lowery, we modified a set of rules in the old magazine War Games Digest (Later called MILITARY DIGEST) written by the late Wally Simon. You can go to these rules HERE.
Along the Deadly Trail The Jackson Gamers gathered at Jay Ainsworth's home on Sept 16, 2000 for a 54mm Skirmish game set during WWII on some nameless Japanese-occupied island. An American patrol was moving along jungle terrain probing for the Japanese that we all knew were there. Click above to see some photos and read about the battle.
What about your WWII Naval games?
We will have a page for those games also. It is not ready yet. You can access thos games from our "Photogallery" page - see the link immediately below.
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