LnL Basics: Combat for Beginners

Lock ‘n Load was one of the first squad-based tactical combat systems that I bought when I first started getting into wargaming a few years ago.  I excitedly got it back from the store, punched out my counters and sat down to play the first scenario and then I opened the rulebook in giddy anticipation.  WHAM.  I was totally unprepared for this kind of game after looking at the rules and I desperately needed a hand just to get the basics drilled into my skull before I played a game that even resembled something that the rulebook described.  
After setting up numerous scenarios and bumbling my way through them, slowly poring over the rulebook to check each and every move, I finally started to get the knack of it.  In an effort to spread the knowledge and make things a bit easier for new players, I’ve created a short video that shows how combat works.  It’s pretty basic but I think it’s enough to give new players a small headstart in learning the rules.  It’s not a perfect tutorial in any way but it’s an attempt to provide a small portion of the rules in a different media format.  I’m not sure if I’ll continue with these kinds of videos after this one but here’s something that someone may be able to use.  If I’ve screwed something up in the video, please let me know and I’ll make some edits.  Happy hunting!


  1. I think this is great. You focused on a fairly small piece of combat mechanic but you really explained each step and showed many of the variations. This is much better than a 10-minute video that tries to explain everything. I'm going to have my son watch this video. I'm teaching him the lock n load system. We've played through some basic infantry scenarios together but he really has a hard time remembering all of the steps. He plays Squad Leader with me but infantry combat is much easier in SL. Just roll a die and cross reference your FP on the combat results table. I think the thing that trips him up in LNL is that sometimes you are going for a high roll and sometimes you are going for a low roll. I would love to see more videos like this. Spotting, TMs, hero creation and opportunity fire would make a great second video. I also have an SL buddy that I'm trying to talk into jumping over to LNL. I'll be sending him a link to this video. Fantastic job. I for one would like to see this become a series of videos.

  2. Thanks very much! That's really kind of you. I'm really glad this could help your son! I will try to make some more short videos to explain some other key concepts. Those are all terrific suggestions. Thanks again!

  3. Thanks Jason! Yes, I will certainly try some more videos after this one. I enjoyed doing it immensely. Unfortunately, a serious family emergency has just come up so it may be some time before I get to it. Hopefully things will return to normal fairly soon. Thanks always for your kind comments and for watching!

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