Force on Force – the much anticipated new rules from Ambush Alley have been released.
This rule set takes the original Ambush Alley rule set, which was designed for combat between modern combat units and insurgents, and amends it to allow two military forces to fight each other.
It does this in two different time periods – Modern Day and World War II.
As well as infantry and armoured combat, the rules also cover such things as off table artillery and air support.
The rules include several army lists and scenarios:
For Modern Day, there are TO&E for Australians, British (Regulars & Royal Marines), US (Marines, Light Infantry and Rangers) and USSR (Cold War Soviet Motorised Rifle Brigade)
For World War II, there are TO&E for German Panzer Grenadiers, British Army and US Army.
Scenarios include Normandy 1944 (British vs Germans), Ardennes 1944 (US vs Germans) and Berlin (Russia vs Germans), plus Basra 2003 (British vs Iraqi), Baghdad 2003 (US vs Iraqi), Afghanistan 2007 (British vs Taliban) and a fictitious Cold War scenario set in West Germany 1986 (US vs Soviet)
Having had a quick flick through the rules, these look to be a well presented set of rules. However, first observations do raise a couple of questions.
1. Why are the modern forces not matched up? If you are providing modern British and US troops, why not Modern Russians for what-if cold war? Failing that, if you have Cold War Russians, you should have a matching Cold War US Army list.
2. WW2 – where are the Russians? You should really have included the TO&E of the Russians in these rules.
Lots to have a look at, and I will review these rules in an upcoming podcast, but I hope by then that some of the questions may be answered…