Dad’s Army -The game

Hi there.

Well to play the game I wanted an easy set of rules. the game would have about 10 players with 20-30 units. They needed to be quick to pick up and give a fun and fair game.

I decided on a card based turn. This meant that each unit had a card with its name on plus an end of turn card. These were made by printing the details on to address labels and applying them in turn to a deck of playing cards.

Here is the game procedure

Game Procedure

The major players each received a small character history. These gave me the chance to have a bit of fun but also gave the players some clues as to how to play the game.

Mission Overview – German


I also made a small deck of card that had the characters on. One of these at random drawn by the German player would be a 5th columnist. They got points for destroying phone booths. They did this by being moved into contact with one. To stop them getting discovered, when the civilian card was turned the British and German players rolled a D10 for initiative. The higher wins. Then a D6 is rolled, this gave the number of civilians able to be moved. this allowed the 5th columnist to be hidden in a crowd of moving figures or not moved at all. This turned out to be a fun bit as British constantly chasing suspected 5th columnists.

here are a copy of the rules. I hope you enjoy them.

they don’t like it up em!

The game

Unfortunately the aircrew did receive a few casualties. They had taken shelter in the manor garden around the green houses.

Grand manner, manor with scratch built shelters and greenhouse

Grand manner, manor with scratch built shelters and greenhouse

Ammo resupply crates were placed around the table. Some were blank.

The home guard were lucky! they have a beaverette, smith gun and Lewis gun.


The smith gun is place on the quay. Manufacturer unknown.


Lewis gun shelters in the pillbox as the squad on bike return.

The 5th columnists was Mrs Fox, Jones will be upset.

Fallschirmjager were dispersed and arrived on the table at 11am, 3 hours to rescue the plans, agent and escape before the tide goes out.


Lighthouse secured

The germans advance carefully and captured most  of the area around the lighthouse and manor. Her,e there was a short firefight with a returning squad of homeguard. A few casualties on both sides. This had the desired effect of alerting the downed crew who came out of hiding. They were promptly shot at by the husband of the captain’s mistress. The player of the crewmen did not know why until he spotted the leader and advised that he knew of the affair. The crewmen started to head to the British to surrender! They made it to the town but more fallschirmjager were turning up all the time.

The crew handed them selves in. The safety was short-lived as the group were attacked. Even Laurie playing Jones shouting “they don’t like it up them”  to get +1 in combat didn’t help. The home guard retired leaving the crew in german hands. They promptly shot the captain to wound him and possibly let him know who was the boss.

They lost a few more when they realised that they would need to hold the quay to get aboard the trawler coming for them. they started to fight their way through.

German trawler to the rescue.

German trawler to the rescue.

 The pill-box held out for a few turns and took a few with it.

There seemed a stalemate until Mainwaring remembered the telephone no. 1066 and called for assistance.

Just as the trawler came on to the table so did the British reinforcements in the shape of a bren and  vickers light tanks.

Reinforcements arrive

Reinforcements arrive

These managed to hold up the evacuation with one being disabled on the quay but still being able to fire long enough for the trawler to run a ground due to the tide going out. The Germans decide to surrender only after destroying the plans and shooting the captain. Mrs Fox was caught and ……. enough said.

All agreed it was one of the best games they had ever played. In total we had 55 turns during the day and while it was a show no one drifted off during the game to buy stuff.

On the Sunday we replayed the game and a new day bought a victory for the Germans, they even captured Sgt Wilson, the long-lost father of one of the crew!!

I have thought about adding a sci fi version with daleks instead on germans and the tardis acting as a troop transporter. But that is for another day.

I hope have found something to enjoy from this article.



February 18, 2013 · 9:12 pm

5 responses to “Dad’s Army -The game

  1. Stuart

    Dads Army, still the funniest programme on TV, brilliantly written scripts, great comic actors and now I can recreate that magic on the table top.
    You know, when I was in the Sudan…

  2. Great game and great write up! Despairing of the usual Flames of War Uber Nazi fan boy-ism I purchased two platoons of Foundry Home Guard last year for IABSM. I am cheating and using a Tamiya Universal Carrier for support. You did some very nice work on the resin models.

    • Thank you for the feedback. Glad you liked it.
      I will try to get some photos of the units and vehicles.
      I have just made a new Beaverette MkIII for the next. That might be a while as I am working on a ECW game for my local show in a couple of months!!!

  3. Hi great looking game and I am going to put this on at our club in Newmarket soon, I am going to replace the Trawler witha U-Boat, I clicked on the links in this write up and are all the rules and other documents all complete, or was ther a further update, would appreciate more informarion please, also the USSR Ultra Simple rules, an link to their location, many thanks a fellow Dads Army fan

    • It sounds like an interesting variation. It was a long time ago we played the game but the guys still mention it when benchmarking other games. Everything is on the page, rules, briefing cards, objectives.
      I assume the ussr is from Godfrey ‘s cottage, they were a free set given away by Bolt Action in the very early days. I don’t believe there is a Web site for them.
      If you have any specific questions , drop me a line.
      Good luck with the game.

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