TITLE: Poor Bloody Infantry: Company Level Combat In WW2
NOTE: Out of print. Replaced by updated 2015 version.
AUTHOR: Rules for the Common Man Team
PUBLISHER: Peter Pig
PUBLICATION DATE: 2006
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PRICE (with date): Out of Print.
REVIEWED BY: Mark “Extra Crispy” Severin
PERIOD COVERED: World War II
THE BOOK: Poor Bloody Infantry (PBI) comes as either a printed paperback with color covers and B&W interior pages. It weighs in at 120 pages, with a few color pages near the back. The back cover serves as the Quick Reference Sheet. The book includes full rules, as well as army lists that cover every nation of note, as well as including some “generic” lists to cover the gaps. The book is moderately well illustrated with B&W photos.
SCOPE: PBI recreates actions with a company per side, plus some supports. As the name would imply it is primarily an infantry game. Players make decision at the platoon and company level - they do not determine the actions of individual soldiers or even squads.
ARMY SIZE: PBI uses a points system. For a 400 point company, you will probably need between 20 and 30 infantry stands of various sorts. Mostly riflemen of course. So an “army” could probably be easily created with fewer than 100 figures, plus a few vehicles.
BASE UNIT: In PBI stands represent roughly squad sized units.
- Ground Scale: Not stated (ranges are noted as being deliberately distorted)
- Time scale 1 turn = 20-30 minutes
- Figure/Base Ratio 1 infantry base = 100 men or 1 figure = 1 ship or 1 base=250 men)
- Recommended Figure Size: 25mm but conversion for 15mm and other scales is covered.
- Table Size: 96” x 60” is recommended for 25mm figures; 64” x 40” is recommended for 15mm figures.
- Game Length: Most games should be playable in one evening
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- The Artillery Phase: Both players simultaneously fire their eligible artillery units. Any units Broken (see below) are removed from play.
- Command Phase: Orders are issued and sent, units are rallied. Divisions check morale followed by the Army.
The Orders System: The primary back.
Movement: As one would ex
Morale Rating: The combat
Artillery Fire: Artillery is a p
Fire Combat: Ranged
Melee: Melee is resolv
The rule book includes one scenario - Waterloo - as well as army lists for several major nations. There are no lists for Spain.