Welcome to Platoon Forward!

Welcome to the site where the story of the battle is as important as the battle itself. Here we will focus on men thrust into extraordinary situations of life and death. They must lead other men with duty and honor to meet their countries objectives. Some will be blessed with great skill, some will carry great shortcomings. No matter what nation, no matter what war, no matter what theater, they are all called to move their Platoon or Squadron forward!

These are their individual stories as played out using my various campaign rules . Hopefully these stories will entertain and inspire you to use your own troops, airmen and sailors to accomplish your own great heroics.

Sunday, August 12, 2012


Been a busy summer with my son back from university.   Had almost 4 weeks of holiday of the last 12!   Has not left much time for gaming or updating this blog.  But things have been moving.

Squadron Forward was published!  While not as much feedback as Platoon Forward, all of it has been positive.  Am now tinkering with how to do more specific, limited air campaigns such as Midway, a Malta convoy or Operation Torch.  This would use Squadron Forward but add a few specific rules to cover the unique time limited event and would have a definite victory condition besides getting your squadron through.  First up is Operation Torch.  Needed some Vichy fighters painted up so:
It looks better at 15,000 ft!!

Second up I have been working on a variant for SAGA that makes it  closer to how I play it.  It adds Shield wall, variable movement [must for solo gamers! ] morale after melee, leaders and champions. 
Still keeps all this stuff simple in the spirit of the SAGA rules.  I think I am going to call it "Stepping out" and will prbably publish it in WSS.  Needed some Normans for this one to test it on so...

OK so the painting isn't terrific but he looks great in

the midst of battle!

Besides-- I'm an idea guy!

Still toying with various stuff for Warband Forward.  

Release the Hounds is moving along well.  These are my Coastal actions rules for WW II desgined primarily for DDs and below.   I hadn't wanted to write them because I wanted to write Flotilla Forward but couldn't find a set of Coastal rules that didn't require me to write a bunch of stuff down. Because these are actually a set of tactical rules I am going to use outside playtesters for these.  I have contacted a couple of you but could use 2 more.  If seriously interested in playtesting these and you have a good working knowledge of coastal actions AND don't mind crappy pre production rules with poor explenations then e-mail me with 3 sentances on "why me" at the_legans4 at msn.com or just post here..
Flotilla Forward-- back burner until Release the Hounds is further along.

Middle of NoWhere--  Feel bad about this.  I did paint up a Huey but have not playtested any more scenarios.   Blame SAGA.

Bomber Foward --   Back burner

Jasta Forward--   Looking for someone with more knowldge of WW I aircraft  than I to help. 

Thats all the updates for now.    I hope everyone is enjoying both Platoon Forward and Squadron Forward!




  1. Hello Joe!

    Congratulations on getting Squadron Forward published. Also congrats on the interview on 15mm wargaming in WSS. I enjoyed it and certainly agree with your premise that cheaper and easier to paint is better, which is why I'm dipping a toe into 6mm Napoleonics as well as my larger scales.

    I had no idea you are working on other projects as well. I'm interested in the coastal action rules as well as I am experimenting with some commando raids rules with a slightly weird war theme and need some naval rules, so if you need a playtester let me know.



  2. Definitely interested in your Coastal Rules. I have some British and Italian Coastal units and have wanted to do something with them.

  3. Gentlemen,

    You guys are in; thanks. Chris I have your e-mail. Padre, please e-mail me yours at my address above. Do you guys have any DDs or anything that can act as DDs? Within the next 2 weeks I will send a QRS and some ships cards.



  4. Any more progress on Jasta Forward? I really enjoy platoon forward and am very interested in a similar product for WWI aviation