Wargames

Water­loo 1815

The war game prob­a­bly comes from var­i­ous board games, of which the best known is the chess game. In recent years, there have been a myr­i­ad of dif­fer­ent war games, where you oper­ate with pieces on a game board that is divid­ed into fields — usu­al­ly in the form of a map.
War games have, over time, been used in offi­cer train­ing and plan­ning of cam­paigns and operations.
What start­ed out as a pure nurs­ery is devel­oped for high­ly sci­en­tif­ic strate­gic games based on math­e­mat­i­cal for­mu­las and prob­a­bil­i­ty cal­cu­la­tions, where all the con­di­tions that play into a war — moral­i­ty, the weath­er, the sup­ply sit­u­a­tion and so on. — tak­en into consideration.
In the begin­ning, dif­fer­ent sizes of char­ac­ters were used for the war games. In the Euro­pean coun­tries, 20 and 30 mm flat shapes were used, while 54 mm fig­ures were used in the UK. The use of the 54mm fig­ures made it dif­fi­cult to oper­ate with larg­er forces, so the Eng­lish war games large­ly dealt with each man’s strug­gle, with how to avoid being killed — or were killed.

As one found the need to be able to play bat­tles with whole armies, one got prob­lems with space for the war game and in the 1960s one start­ed to go over 25–30 mm round fig­ures to both work with larg­er units but also because the round mass fig­ures gave more real­ism to the war game than the flat characters.
The newest on the mar­ket are 15 mm fig­ures, but also fig­ures and mate­r­i­al of 9 mm (1/200) have begun to gain ground and they allow to oper­ate over large areas, although you may have noth­ing but a reg­u­lar din­ing table for avail­able
The ter­rain mod­els you play war games are very dif­fer­ent depend­ing on how much work you put into mak­ing it realistic.

Sand table

 

The sand table is the old­est form of war games and is used today
Army Offi­cer School, but it is by nature dif­fi­cult to fit into most mod­ern homes.

 

 

Ter­ra-plates

 

 

Ter­ra-plates of var­i­ous sizes are very wide­spread. Either with paint­ed or built-up land­scape for­ma­tions, which can be assem­bled in dif­fer­ent ways and thus pro­vide new terrain.

 

If you have enough space to let the ter­rain stand, you can build up the indi­vid­ual boards with fixed ter­rain ele­ments such as. hills, forests, streams, build­ings, etc. — oth­er­wise you must leave these loose so that you can pack the ter­rain togeth­er if nec­es­sary. for trans­port with­out destroy­ing the indi­vid­ual ter­rain objects.
Once you have decid­ed to go over war games, you have to set up your forces and here you have to con­sid­er whether you want more armies from dif­fer­ent coun­tries, a sin­gle divi­sion, a bat­tal­ion or a full infantry com­pa­ny. Should the units be set in a ratio of 1: 1 or x num­ber of fig­ures rep­re­sent a unit size eg group or divi­sion, and which fig­ures are on the market.
Regard­less of what you decide to do, it requires care­ful research to reduce the rela­tion­ship between real­i­ty and “table size”, but here is also help in many of the “game rules” for war games.
When the troops and the ter­rain are ready, you can start playing.

For those who want to read more about some of the games of war that the Chakot mem­bers have played, and how to build dif­fer­ent things for their war games, it is rec­om­mend­ed to look in the War Games in the right­side menu on the front page of the Soci­ety’s website.