Sunday, 25 April 2010

Ambush Alley!

Here I am again after my latest enforced absence with yet another plan of action. While I continue to potter along with my recently rediscovered DBA army, my head was turned by the Ambush Alley system and its depiction of modern, small unit asymmetric warfare.

My apologies to those 'old hands' out there already familiar with this game, but I have to say that it drew me in on several levels; not least by its lack of pretension,  limited number of troops used (just like real life) on a small 2-foot square table and solo option - perfect!

While Crossfire remains my modern, small-unit rule set of choice, this comes a close second (so far) based upon my contact with it to date.

Having discovered the rules I proceeded to source some figures and decided upon the excellent 15mm AK 47 Republic range from Peter Pig as being most suitable. While I probably would have instinctively preferred 20mm figs, these proved to be excellent and mean I can use a space-saving board too.

Having researched the game further I purchased four Magister Militum Middle Eastern buildings to start me off, but then decided to build the remainder from scratch - an example of which can be seen below - constructed from old bits of cork, balsa, cat litter and my trusty beer mats!

There are a quick-start set of rules with an included scenario -  Contracting Trouble - provided for free download to start you off  and which feature the essential basics of the rules.

For those who haven't encountered the range before, here are some of my completed US Marine squad mounted on 1-pence pieces. The insurgents are next, again purchased from Peter Pig and representing a generic Middle-Eastern band of fighters. I will post the results as soon as they are ready.

I have decided that a defensible mosque will be among the scratch-built buildings and have cunning plans afoot to construct one, again, more of which later.

Well, that's it for now, I should have something else done soon!

All the best,



  1. Looks awesome! Love the continued use of beer mats.

    Considering you've been away you've done more than me! Look forward to seeing your progress.


  2. Thanks Consul, very kind mate.

    Regarding the beer mats, I have tons of freebies, so they will continue to feature..

    When are the Romans returning?

    Best wishes,


  3. Monty, Looks great. I have my eye on these rules as well but I might hold off until Osprey release them in their glossy glory. I think that is happening next year. Which is good because I have way too much to paint now.
    Keep the pics coming.

  4. Thanks Paul - I will probably download the PDF version as I have access to a lovely laser colour printer.
    With the exception of the figures and a few bits and pieces I am determined to keep this scratch-built and will post the results in due course...

    All the best,


  5. Welcome back!

    Interesting new project, I might look out the free download myself sometime.


  6. Thanks Steve,

    I am being fairly industrious at the moment and aim to get some more stuff up again soonest without getting distracted - again...!



  7. Cheers Shawn - nice one, mate!

  8. where could i find the free rules for contractor trouble ambush alley?