In late 2008, in an effort to get myself playing more games, I decided to play all 52 scenarios from Scenarios For All Ages by
Charles S Grant and Stuart Asquith. More than that, I decided to play them in order, 1 a week, starting on Nov 5. I knew I wouldn't
manage to play every week so I set a deadline of Dec 31st 2009. With a little help from my friends, I made it with a day to spare.

In the end, I played 52 games in 60 weeks. 34 solo games, 15 face to face games, 3 Play-by-Email mini-campaigns
17 other gamers from 4 countries participated, (Canada 11, US 4, Ireland 1, Argentina 1)

11 'periods' were played - 20/25mm Ancients (3), Prince Valiant 40mm skirmish (9), 40mm 16thC (10),
40mm semi-flat War of Polish Sucession (1), 40mm AWI (2), 40mm Pirate
Skirmish (5), 40mm early 19thC fictional (17), 15mm ACW (1), 25mm Zulu War (1),
20mm WWII (1), 20mm 1960's fictional (2)

I posted a brief report on each game on my webpage. I am shutting down my website so I am re-posting
the reports here, starting at Game #52 so that they will eventually appear in order. The reports were written in a variety of voices and tenses (sometimes all mixed together!) and it was tempting to rewrite them but I have left them as they were originally written with only very minor corrections, particularly to things like links.

To avoid copyright issues and save myself work, I have not given the details of the scenarios. Having a copy of the book will help make sense of the reports. The book may currently be purchased from John Curry at as well as from booksellers like On Military Matters and Caliver.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

7 Nov 2009 Scenario 40: Parachute Assault.

This game was played solo using 1/72nd fictional 1960's figures and Morschauser's Modern Rules.    

After the border incident covered above, the Roscian Army was mobilized  and defense posts were set up at strategic points including the bridge over the Recyklid River. Two pillboxes were hastily constructed to house the MG's (perhaps concrete might have been more effective than the corrugated cardboard that appears to have been used.) and sandbag redoubts provided for a mortar, recoilless rifle (field gun) and 10 infantry squads. The bridgehead was too small so 4 squads were stationed in  the burnt out shells of the surrounding villages. The silence of the dawn was shattered  by the sound of approaching aircraft and the rattle of dice as the pilots tried to determine where to drop their cargos. The Rhinos end up clustered about a drop zone a foot north of the bridge while the Lion Brigade landed about 2 feet away to the South West.\Another throw of a die determined that the Naryatrians had achieved surprise and got first move. As luck would have it, 1 squad hand landed close enough to move into anti-tank grenade range of 1 pillbox (I was treating the pillbox as equivalent to an Armoured Car that can't move) and with a 6, lobbed a grenade through the slit . 

On the far side, one of the Lions dropped almost on top of an LDF squad and was wiped out in the ensuing melee, despite landing behind him. A series of sharp firefights with the occasional assaults followed but with 1 pillbox destroyed, the other facing the wrong way and the Rhinos inside the defenses by turn 2, the outcome was not long in doubt. Within an hour, while there were only 4 Naryatrian squads still functioning but the bridge was secure.  

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