|A grid-based game about to start to test out some rule options|
|German defenders with orders to hold the buildings at all costs and let the reserves counter-attack (they can be seen lined up top right-hand of picture)|
Tracking of hits
I find tracking 15 hits on a unit quite frustrating at times with having to move markers or up to 3 hit dice around with a unit. I don't mind moving 1 (or maybe 2 dice at a pinch) around with a unit. Mainly because they can fit the dice on to a stand. So I choose to try halving the to hit dice scores and also reducing the number of hits a unit can take to 6 after which it is eliminated (on the 7th hit). All to hit dice scores are rounded down:
1 = 0 hits
2 = 1 hit
3 = 1 hit
4 = 2 hits
5 = 2 hits
6 = 3 hits
This then has implications to halving again for cover as occurs within the OHW rules. Leading on to treatment of cover option...
In OHW the number of hits is normally halved. The alternative option is to double the number of hits a unit can take to 12. This does mean once a unit has taken hit number 7 when in cover it is committed to remaining in cover. For should it move out of its defensive cover it will be eliminated.
|Defenders are able to endure more hits. The attackers are at their limit with 6. One more hit and they are eliminated.|
I incorporated this mechanism into my American War of Independence OHW variation rules awhile back and found it works well, making units commit to a defensive role (especially with militia units). It does mean if you want to launch a counter-attack you need to hold units in reserve to do so.
Shooting (and multiple attacks)
Rather than having multiple attacks on a unit, only one combined attack can be made per turn on a unit. With combined attack the primary attacking unit (normally the one with the best modifier) rolls an additional dice for each supporting unit engaged in an attack. Then selects the highest dice score to apply the number of hits.
For example: an AT gun with two infantry units against a tank rolls 3 dice selects the highest score and adds +2 modifier.
Overall the mechanism does favour the defenders over attackers, who will need a minimum of 2 to 3 attacks (depending on modifiers) to eliminate a defending unit assuming they are in the open.
To introduce an element of unpredictability to movement, roll one dice:
1 = unit does not move
2 to 5 = unit moves as normal
6 = unit moves as normal and is able to shoot
So far the options are working to provide an enjoyable and quick game. There are a couple more changes I want to try out over the next few weeks.
|German reserves counter attack|