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.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Prospero Año

Hope everyone had a great holiday!  Mine was fantastic hence no posts.   Time for family and a trip to Spain. 

We also got to Gibraltar where I visited the great tunnel.  Not too much left there from WW II though.
Main gun room of the great tunnel

 Played some SAGA, Bag the Hun and Release the Hounds.    Actually got some ships I plan to use as my Russian navy.  Next time a RTH battle report.  Today I wanted to talk about a game I bought my son. 
I bought my son the X-wing game from Fantasy Flight.

 I am not a huge Star Wars guy but it was a lot of fun.  It reminded me of P-40s vrs Oscars or Nates. :)   The system is simple yet subtle.  I really like the combat resolution routine.   It uses special dice but the dice take into consideration extra factors (concentration) and critical hits all in one go; elegant.   Battles are not in the vertical (except you can do an immelman) but it seems to work well.   Movement is simultaneous as plotted on a wheel which is a bummer for the solitaire gamer and combat is sequental based on pilot skill.  My son actually came up with a way to play solitaire which should work.  Roll a D6 for each pilot to determine who goes first with highest score going last.  An average pilot has a +2, Veteran +4 and Luke and Darth +6 to the die roll. 
Most importantly we had a blast playing!  They don't call the Immelman turns "Immelman" turns in the game but something else.  So I was able to poke my son by referring to them as such!
We played everyday we weren't in Spain and got to spend some quality time together. Any game that can do that is OK in my book!   

{ Sorry there are no pictures for this post.   I can't seem to load pictures from my hard drive anymore.  Does anyone know how to do that now?   It use to be an option under insert picture.}




  1. Joe
    I had the same problem before the summer. Probably you have reached the limit of photos allowed by Google. I circumveted this by creating a new account and giving it permissions to post in my blog :-)

  2. I have the same problem, I used FLICKR but that gave me about 36 free photos. I just added photobucket. You can use the html link, copy and paste into the blog. The pictures will appear when you save and reopen. As a loast resort you can delete unwanted pics, or delete pics from your blog, as a final result you can pay about $3 USD per month to expand the capacity of pics.

  3. Thanks gentlemen. Delaware, I signed up for photobucket and when I pasted the link it won't work because it says it the URL is password protected.


  4. Added pictures to their Picasa thing. Worked well. Have only used 16% of my storage now.