Played four more scenarios with my Dad of this addictive game.
As usual I played Allies in each scenario.
First had my Russians against a Finnish force defending a forest trail in 1939 which the Ivans won rather handily forcing a Finnish surrender.
Next up was a British Commando Raid in 1940 which proved to be a disaster as Germans got multiple reinforcements including a pesky 81mm off board mortar which decimated my hapless Tommies.
Then it was off to Crete in 1941 with my chaps defending a ridgeline against advancing Fallschirmjager.
I got pretty lucky in this one taking out Dads key leader and holding onto key Victory Locations until Sudden Death clock ran out.
Last up was Russians vs Germans near Minsk in 1941 with another victory for the Reds who close assaulted their way to victory.
As ever great stuff with lots of drama and random events generating exciting games.
Had another blast with solo Piquet game over last few days (1-2 hours over succeeding evenings)
I played a few more turns of Les Grognards before (for reasons unknown !) I decided to reset the game using Command Piquet.
Used same table and forces but this time the Prussians fielded their full complement of troops whilst the French had 2 units of Young Guard and 1 of Middle Guard 'left out of battle'.
Both had similar Army Morale with Prussia obtaining an Excellent deck and a D12 Commander, French had a D10 Commander and an Average deck.
Play saw the Old Guard Brigade struggle for central village whilst a large Cavalry encounter took place on their left flank.
Young Guard brigades plowed forward against Prussian foot and gave their Grenadier Brigade a rough handling at least initially.
However the Prussians had a Cavalry Brigade in reserve which shored up the Grenadiers and then proceeded to destroy a Young a Guard Brigade opening a gaping hole in French line.
At same time two Prussian Dragoon Regiments bypassed their battling comrades to flank the village forcing the French Infantry into squares.
A 'feature' of CmdPK compared to FOB is the fact that when a unit Routs friendly units within it Defence Dice radius must test, I quite like this despite the extra dice rolls.
Of course a couple of routs proved disastrous for France whittling their strength down until they were out of Morale Chips thereby being unable to Rally and Hits or Routers.
Command Piquet also has a 'Hold Test' for units that suffer hits from shooting but I much prefer FOBs 'odds vs evens' system as much more streamlined method.
For solo game I found CmdPKs D20 vs D20 initiative to work fine though again the FOB system of Active and Reactive initiative is more 'balanced' for want of a better word.
All in all great fun using these older versions of PK for solo play although of course the use of Opportunity Chips is bit problematic especially in CmdPK which has a lot more and with options to not only fire but possibly have a sort of 'mini initiative' run.
Set up a solo game using Piquet: Les Grognards Napoleonic supplement. I also used the Theater Of War system to generate the terrain, deployments and pre-battle set-ups (main outcome being the absence of 6 Prussian units !)
Only couple of turns done using the basic D20 Initiative System (works fine for solo games) but a few pics taken.