Inspired by the WWII campaign on Grid-based Wargaming blog, I have started a Memoir 40k campaign of my own. In the blog post, which can be seen here, a front line is created on a gridded map and the amount of sections I by the enemy decides the amount of supplies each army has.
I first worked out how many tons of supplies each army starts the campaign with. Each side will expend supplies by making attacks somewhere along the frontline. Each campaign turn I pull a poker chit from a cup, blue for imperials and green for orks.
If a green chit is pulled the orks must make an attack, if it is blue, the imperials can choose to attack or postpone the attack by putting the chit back and pulling a new one. If a blue chit is pulled a second time, high command insists upon offensive action and they must conduct an attack. The attacking force chooses which hex to attack and whether to make a major or minor attack.
Ork starting supplies = 15,000 tons
Imperial starting supplies = 3,400 tons
Major attack = 500 tons
Minor attack = 250 tons
The tons of supplies used is multiplied by 4, giving the number of points for picking the attacking army (using Epic Space Marine cards). The defending army has 1500 points which can be spent on both units and defenses. Defenders expend no supplies for a battle.
Campaign turn 1
Campaign turn 2
Campaign turn 3
Battle for the maglev line
I created a battlefield based on the terrain featured in the hex on the campaign map. My new battle-mat has arrived featuring 3″ hexes in snow effect, so it is most definitely a winter war. The line of green hexes running the length of the board represents the maglev line ( shown in the map hex), which is a raised embankment. The orks are deployed, emerging from the wood line.
So the intrepid forces of the Imperium are victorious, stopping the green horde in its tracks. Using the imperial guard as a solid defensive line whilst the Iron Eagles space marines were kept as a mobile reserve to conduct counter-attacks, worked really well.
The ork attack started out very strong and it almost looked like they were going to break the line with ease until the Iron Eagles stalled their progress and, as ever, the cards ran out (Von Clausewitz’s famous ‘friction in battle’)