Monday, 12 September 2011
Battlefield Evolution: 1979
I started this back in the spring but found it was just too much for me to deal with then. In the interim I had considered just using the points system straight out of Cold War Commander or from my old copy of WRGs Armour & Infantry 1950-1985.
I thought I'd give Bevo: Modern Combat one more chance and luckily found myself more in tune with their points structure and able to make some headway. I established a baseline using the existing points values of the British Army soldiery, AFVs and weapons given in the rules to approximate the placement of troops and kit common to the 1979-80 era. The point values of broadly similar foreign hardware also proved useful for guidance - eg the Spähpanzer Luchs at 110 points equates nicely to a Fox CVR(W) in role and combat value.
Still a little rejigging to do, but the hard work is done. I'm not a slave to points, preferring to use knowledge and judgement to make sure a scenario is not wildly unbalanced. However, with both Winter of '79 and Crisis in Alcovia, a points based system will provide focus to collecting our forces and allow us quickly and simply to create ad hoc, off the shelf games.