In my opinion, WWI is really what set the foundation for the rest of the 20th century. I wish it was as prevalent in popular culture as WWII is. So every time I see a new game come out based on WWI, it makes me happy, as it brings the conflict back into mind. So I’m happy that Ostfront has released Westfront, a new WWI miniatures game.
From the release:
Ostfront Publishing is excited to announce the release of Westfront, our WWI tabletop game aimed at company to battalion level games and representing the feeling of the great war for those at the front.
Westfront is based on first hand accounts of the war and implements many of the features that provide the flavor of WWI. Communication issues, misguided orders, vehicles bogging down in mud, creeping barrages of artillery giving your men cover as they advance, gas attacks, reconnaissance, getting lost, and more. All presented in a simple and fast-play format, with games taking around 2 hours.
Westfront includes army lists for the central powers and the allies, and has a freeform army list system where you can choose infantry, artillery, vehicles, trenches, barbed wire, pillboxes and cavalry, creating the list you need to fulfill your orders. The lists are split up into early, mid, and late war, showing the evolution of units and tactics throughout the war.
Orders are generated from the dynamic order system, where each player draws a playing card before the game and is given objectives. Sometimes these orders even change mid-game!
Westfront is aimed at 1/72 and 15mm scale, but would work just as well at 10mm or 6mm scales. It puts the player in the shoes of a Field commander who must contend with orders from above, deal with the chaos of the battlefield, all while attempting to command, resupply and communicate with his forces.