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Pz 8 - 1950/75 Wargame Rules

1. What You Need
1/300 or 1/285 or 1/600 models and miniatures; terrain elements; one D6 die and one deviation die (a D6 with one arrow on each side) for each player; chits for Disorganized and Suppressed units; a ruler marked in inches or 25mm segments; a playing area (4'x 3'or 120 x 80cm will suffice for a game involving one or two Btg each side).

2. Units
One base of infantry, artillery or one model represents one platoon or battery. Troops can be Elite, Average or Green. Bases can be 1" or 30mm squares., or whatever other sizes you already have. 1" in the rules represents 100 mt; when playing infantry scenarios, use 1" = 50 mt (i.e. double all distances).

3. Sequence of Play
Determine before game starts who is Side A and B (by agreement or rolling one die). Each Turn:

  1. A moves
  2. B fires
  3. B moves
  4. A fires
  5. A and B rally

4. Movement
Halve movement distance (except Helicopters) on rough ground (woods, hills, buildings etc), double on roads. Distances on open ground are:

Unit Type
Move
HMG, Mortars, RCL, ATGW, SAM
1"
Foot
2"
Slow MBT or WW2 Heavy Tanks such as Centurion, Chieftain, JS-II or III
3"
MBT, M47, M48, M60, T 54-55, Amphibious Tanks, PT-76
4"
WW2 Medium Tanks, Sherman M4, T34/85, Pz IV
4"
Trucks
4"
Fast MBT such as AMX30, Leopard 1, T62
5"
Jeep, Land Rover, Motorcycles, Half-Tracks, Armoured Cars
6"
Fast Armoured Vehicles such as AMX 13, BTRs, BMP 1, M113
6"
Helicopters
18"

Trucks, Half-Tracks, Armoured Personnel Carriers and Transport Helicopters can carry one base of infantry, HMG, mortars, RCL, ATGW or SAM. Artillery and Anti-tank guns can move only if limbered by a Truck or Half-Track or other suitable vehicle. Halve movement distance when mounting / dismounting, or unlimbering / limbering.

5. Fire
Fire can be direct (when a unit can see the target) or indirect (artillery only). Friendly or enemy units, and non-open ground, block line of sight to all ground units. Helicopters can always see and be seen. Non-vehicle units or tank hunters in rough ground, woods or buildings, are visibile only within 5", unless they already fired in that turn. Tell the other player which unit fires and its target, check the firing range, then roll a D6. Target is hit with a result = 4, 5, 6.

  • -1 if over half range
  • -1 if target in rough ground, buildings or field fortifications
  • -2 if in bunkers
  • -1 if shooting unit is Green
  • +1 if shooting unit is Elite
  • +1 if shooting with ATGW or SAM

Indirect fire is done by artillery batteries that are supposed to be off of the table. Range is unlimited. Hits the target with a 5,6 (all other modifiers apply) otherwise it deviates. Roll a deviation die for direction and one D6 for distance. When a 1 or 2 is rolled to hit, that battery can't fire anymore for that game. Close combat applies when enemy units are in contact; target unit is automatically hit. ATGW or SAM teams, and helicopters with Rockets or ATGW, can fire with these weapons only once during the game.

6. Damage
If target is hit, firer rolls one D6 + Attack Factor, target rolls one D6 + Defence Factor. Compare the results:

  • if equal, no Damage
  • if firer scores +1, target is Disorganized
  • if firer scores +2, target is Suppressed
  • if firer scores +3 or more, target is Destroyed

Disorganized units can't move; they fire with a -1 to hit; if hit and Disorganized again, become Suppressed. Suppressed units can't move or fire; if hit and Suppressed again, or engaged in close combat, are Destroyed. HQ that suffer Disorganized and Suppressed results, make a D6 saving roll (unless in close combat): 4-6 = downgrade 1 level of damage (i.e. ok if Disorganized, Disorganized if suppressed); subtract -1 if Green, add +1 of Elite. Helicopters are automatically removed from the game with a Disorganized or Suppressed result from Infantry, HMG, AA guns, or with a simple hit by SAM. Transported troops and limbered guns suffer the same damage of their transport.

7. Ranges

Unit Type
Move
Infantry
2"
HMG
4"
Mortar
10"
RCL (= recoiless gun) 106mm
10"
ATGW (= anti-tank guided weapon)
30"
SAM (= surface to air missile)
40"
WW2 45-47mm
5"
WW2 75mm or 6pdr
10"
WW2 76mm, 85mm or 17 pdr
12"
WW2 88mm, 90mm, 122mm
15"
Modern up to 57mm
12"
Modern 75mm - 90mm - 100mm
15"
Modern 105mm or over
18"
Medium Artillery (up to 105mm) and Rockets
30"
Heavy Artillery
40"

Range is measured 360 degrees from the centre of the base, except Artillery, Anti Tank Gun and turretless Armour that have a firing arc of 45 degrees forward. Artillery ranges are for direct fire only. Minimum range for Rockets, ATGW and SAM is 5".

8. Attack Factors

Unit Type
vs. Soft
vs. Armour
Infantry
2
3
HMG
3
0
Mortar
3
1
RCL 106mm
2
4
ATGW
-
5
WW2 45-47mm
2
2
WW2 75mm or 6pdr
2
3
WW2 76mm, 85mm or 17 pdr
2
4
WW2 88mm, 90mm, 100mm or 122mm
2
5
Modern up to 57mm
2
3
Modern 75mm-76mm
2
4
Modern 90 mm-100mm
3
5
Modern 105mm or over
3
6
Medium Artillery
4
2
Heavy Artillery or Rockets
5
3

9. Defence Factors

Unit Type
Factors
Infantry, HMG, Mortars, Vehicles
0
Artillery and AT guns
1
Light Armoured Vehicles, Armoured Cars, Half-Tracks, BTRs, BMP1, M113
1
Light Tanks such as AMX 13 or PT-76
2
WW2 Tanks such as Sherman, T34 or PzIV
3
WW2 Heavy Tanks such as JS-II or III
4
MBT such as M47, M48, M60, T54, T55, T62, Leopard I, AMX 30, Centurion
5
Heavy MBT such as Chieftain
6
Helicopters
3

Armoured vehicles halve their Defence Factor (rounded up) if hit from sides or back, or if attacked by Indirect Fire or Helicopters.

10. Rally
During this phase, both players can try to recover Disorganized or Suppressed units that are within 12" of one HQ unit. Roll a D6 = 5,6 = unit ok if Disorganized, Disorganized if Suppressed. Add +1 to roll if Elite, -1 of Green.

11. Minefields and Wire
Minefields are represented by 1" square counters. For each "real" minefield counter, one or two "fake" minefield counters are deployed. When a unit enters a minefield, must stop for one turn. Reveal the minefield, if "real" it attacks immediately with Attack Factor = 3, after that it is removed. Engineers and Mine Clearing Tanks are immune to Minfields attacks, but must still stop one turn when they enter them. Wire sections are 1" wide and can't be crossed by wheeled vehicles such as Trucks, Jeeps or Armoured Cars. Infantry units that enter them must stop and are immediately attacked with Attack Factor = 1. Engineers and all Tracked Vehicles must stop too, but they remove the Wire section.

12. Aircrafts and Helicopters
Players can make a limited number of air attacks during the game. In the Firing phase, place the Aircraft model near the target and roll a D6 = 4.5,6 = hit. All other modifiers apply. In addition, subtract -1 for each AA gun within 6", or for each SAM team within 40" from the target. Attack Factors are: Ground Attack WW2 = 2, Ground Attack Modern = 3, Bombers = 4. Armoured Vehicles halve (round up) their Defence Factor. Helicopters are instead treated like "soft" ground units, except that they don't count terrain penalties and can be targeted only by Infantry, HMG, AA guns and SAM.

13. Acknowledgment
These ultra-simple rules are based on Mechanized Warfare Rules by Andrew Thomas, published by Irregular Miniatures.

6 March 2010, Pz8