This past Saturday my group and I ran a combined game of Through the Mud & Blood and Platoon Forward. Both rule sets are published by the Two Fat Lardies. Platoon Forward is a supplement that allows you to create scenarios, either linked or one off battles, and create leaders that one can follow through the series of battles. It is wonderful for solo play or with a group. The set was designed with World War II in mind but with a few simple changes I was able to amend some of the charts for World War I. I purchased the set to help with scenario generation but after reading through the set I decided to try a short campaign with the group and drew up two opposing sides. The first battle ended up being a Flank Attack with the Germans attacking some dug in Russians.
The scenario is set up with the defender dug in and expecting an attack from the south. The attacker rolled a d6 to pick their starting point. They rolled a 2 so they entered the board on the left of the Russians coming in the middle of the board. The attacker also received a HMG firing from the south (off board) to help pin/harass the Russians. The Germans were also given as a pre-game event and aggressive streak for the game and the Russians picked an extra move card.
The board was set up with the Russians holding a key cross road in the middle of the board.
Some mistakes I made with this scenario was the ability of the Russian commander to react so quickly to the advancing Germans. I should have limited the Russians in some way, either requiring one of the squads to send a runner back to warn of the attack or doing something where the Russians could activate certain blinds depending on how close the Germans got to certain terrain pieces. Without the limitation the Russians were able to throw everything they had at the Germans within a turn or two and the surprise was lost completely. Another mistake I made was limiting the off board HMG to only fire when its card came up, instead of giving it a chance to fire once every turn.
I will be running another scenario using Platoon Forward next month with the same leaders/squads.