After chatting with Paul, I thought the best thing to do would be for each of the 'team captains' to double hat as the individual brigade commander and the overall strategic commander.
So Paul will make the general moves for General Nogi, and the moves and battles will be randomised. But also you can play General Oseko's Divison and those games will be played on the tabletop.
I think that'll be the best balance between tracking the overall state of the campaign and giving it a realistic focus on 203 Meter Hill. Thoughts?
The 2mm figures from Irregular have arrived, and these are the Russians:
To give you an idea of the scale, each base is a company, each row is a battalion and each 4x4 group is a regiment. The two regiments make up the Guards Brigade.
For the Japanese, they only have three battalions to the regiment and their companies are slightly smaller. Paul, you'll have two brigades in total (although only models for one - since there will only ever be one on the table at a time. You'll have the luxury of being able to rotate regiments through!)
You can also see some of the ships in the background. I have a few paddle steamers, armed yachts and auxiliary vessels to make things a bit more interesting.
I'm working on a system of 'subordinate orders'. These are pre-game orders which Paul can give so the Japanese won't quite be NPCs, you can specify casualty thresholds, artillery priorities, primary and secondary objectives etc and I'll do my best to implement them on your behalf as a sort of umpire. Ollie and KB will of course be fully occupied leading their regiments!
After sharing the draft rules with you chaps, I think they're nearly there. The basic structure is done, so everyone still has chance to familiarise themselves with the rules before the campaign starts. They are still very much unfinished, so please send suggestions in and I'll incorporate them.
I hope to start the campaign at the beginning of May. I'm in the middle of moving bases so I'd like to hold off until that's done, but it should give me enough time to base all those lovely models.