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.

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Flotilla Forward Released!

 After a long journey Flotilla Forward is finally released in time for Christmas!  You can find it here:



As many of you know the rough draft was finished in March 2020 but Covid hit and occupied much of my time over the last 2 years.  A special thanks To Chris Stoesen for editing and really polishing the final product.  

For those of you familiar with Platoon Forward and Squadron Forward I consider this a tweener.  You have to husband your craft similar to SF and go to and from your missions.  But I was able to have blinds similar to PF.  The blinds work differently than PF though;  the blinds are almost always a boat/ship.  You just don't know what or even if it is actually right there.  This leads to tension as you approach the convoy and hope you see them first.  I did away with true "false" blinds because with only 2-4 of your boats on the board the scenarios were too hard to balance.  False sightings are now a random event so they are in there still.  The other cool add is backgrounds for your captains.  This is similar to Grunts Forward.  I believe the 5 battles are all balanced and give a wide range of activities for your boats.  The mission generator is a little weighted to allow some more variety than historical.  You can also get "special missions" handed to you post battle.   The post battle works similar to SF but with a nautical bent.  Biased opinion but I am please with the results and hope you will like this work regardless if you use Action Stations, Schnell rules for Schnell boots, flaklighter or Cruel Seas.  Any questions please ask.   I am hopefull to raise enough money to buy some turkeys for Christmas!

                                            Didn't make it into Flotilla Forward because I don't have a force table for the Royal Romanian Navy.





  1. I'm glad to have contributed to the turkey fund :)

  2. Thank you David. Sold over a dozen on the first day! That alone should get a couple of turkeys to people. I suspect your comments help. Thank you!

  3. Just downloaded a copy..looks brilliant and a lot of fun. I may even flip it over to use for WW1 coastal wargames as it's pretty flexible. Thanks Joe and it's great that al the proceeds go to a food bank too.

  4. Also posted a review on the blog to spread the word: