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HBG's Spanish Civil War



  • I just purchased, but haven’t yet played, the Spanish Civil War variant from Historical Board Games. I can’t help but notice that there’s almost no information about the game on the internet; not even reviews on HBG’s website. Am I just missing any past threads on this forum? Has anyone played this game, and what are your thoughts?

    My initial reaction to the rules and setup are that the costs of units are neat, and reflect the country’s industrial handicaps at the time. I also like the addition of armored cars, and am thinking of including the unit into my G40 game. The setup and “countries” are historically inaccurate. I might come up with my own setup, where Catalonia, the Basque Country, and Galicia are also Republican Allies, the Nationalists control the Balearic Islands, and each side has navies. But I’d like to play the OOB setup first to see how the game plays as is.


  • 2018 2017 2016 2015 Customizer

    @JustLuthor:

    I just purchased, but haven’t yet played, the Spanish Civil War variant from Historical Board Games. I can’t help but notice that there’s almost no information about the game on the internet; not even reviews on HBG’s website. Am I just missing any past threads on this forum? Has anyone played this game, and what are your thoughts?

    My initial reaction to the rules and setup are that the costs of units are neat, and reflect the country’s industrial handicaps at the time. I also like the addition of armored cars, and am thinking of including the unit into my G40 game. The setup and “countries” are historically inaccurate. I might come up with my own setup, where Catalonia, the Basque Country, and Galicia are also Republican Allies, the Nationalists control the Balearic Islands, and each side has navies. But I’d like to play the OOB setup first to see how the game plays as is.

    I have it, but haven’t played it, yet. 🙂



  • I have it! It’s great! Lots of give and take. I want to customize mine as well (navies,portugal). Well worth it.



  • Here’s my proposed setup for Nationalist, Republican, and Basque Navies based on historical navies at the beginning of the war (with some alterations for balance). Unfortunately, the map doesn’t really allow for interesting naval situations. I’m considering adding a backdrop for the map that expands the ocean with more seazones.

    Nationalist Navy
    Cape Ortegal: 1 Destroyer, 1 Cruiser, 1 Battleship
    Cape Finesterre: 2 Cruisers

    Republican Navy
    Bay of Biscay: 1 Battleship
    Alboran Sea: 1 Destroyer
    Cape of Palos: 3 Submarines, 4 Destroyers
    Gulf of Cadiz: 1 Cruiser
    Bay of Setubal: 1 Destroyers, 1 Cruisers

    Republican Allies Navy
    Bay of Biscay: 2 Destroyers

    EDIT
    Even though they didn’t send ships until 1937, you could add Italian (Nationalist Allies) ships to the Mediterranean.

    Nationalist Allies Navy
    Gulf of Leon: 2 Submarines, 4 Destroyers, 1 Cruiser


  • 2017 Customizer

    Just bought from HBG. We will probably be the only 3 players…


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