I have just received my copy of the new 'Panzer Grenadier Deluxe' tactical WW2 rules, written by Dave Brown, author of the excellent Napoleonic rule set General de Brigade.
Dave contacted me and asked if he could use some of my WW2 images that I had put on the blog for his new rule book and of course I was more than happy to oblige.
You will see Dave's demonstration games at many of the shows in the U.K. as part of the Loughton Strike Force wargames club. Salute 2014 being no exception with their superb WW2 game that they put on, Kursk: Attack on Ponyri: 1943 using the above rules.
Panzer Grenadier Deluxe is the 3rd Edition of these rules and in the words of the author - Players will find the Deluxe Edition has less detail than the 2nd Edition with slicker mechanisms that create a fluid, higher tempo game with rules that still provide "realistic" wargame outcomes. The desire has been to rework the rules avoiding continual reference to charts, providing a game that is fast paced, easy to learn and with a minimum of record keeping.
I have only had chance to skim through the book so far but first impressions are very good. It comes in hard back with some superb artwork on the front "Rommel the Desert Fox" and on the back "Fighting for a Foothold - 82nd Airborne at St. Mere Eglise".
There are 248 pages packed with some very inspirational colour and black and white photographs of both historical and wargames images of the WW2 conflict. The layout looks very professional and set out in 25 clear and easy to locate chapters.
The rules are designed for use with 15mm or 20mm figures, but can also be used with 10mm - 12mm or even 28mm. Tactical units represented are infantry sections, (or squads) formed into platoons and companies, supported by tanks, AFV's, artillery and ground attack aircraft.
If you are interested in a set of these rules and want to know more then visit Dave's forum where he will be able to answer any of your questions. http://generaldebrigade.fr.yuku.com/
My collection of 28mm WW2 has been geared up for skirmish games with a platoon of figures plus support a side, so I will have to expand on these to bring them up to a Battlegroup formation before I am able to try out the rules and experience larger actions in this period. Until then I will be using many of the pictures of the superb terrain that is displayed in the book for inspiration for my own games table.
I will finish off this post with a little taster of what is coming up in my next weeks blog. No, it's not tree's and hedges, look more closely.