Hello, I'm just a TOAW newbie who's giving a look around in search for scenarios to add.
Your scenario caught me while passing by since I'm particularly interested into the conflict portrayed but I have to say I have noticed a few not so little mistakes. Namely the extension of the use of mustard gas by Italy and the organization and equipment of Ethiopian Army.
First off the use of gas by Italy was definitely not massive. Infact it was used in just a couple of occasions during the end of the campaign in a circumscribed and limited way to jeopardize Ethiopian offensives and dissuade them from proceeding further with their attacks.
Unless you're portraying some sort of alternate history you should put heavy restrictions on gas usage to try and simulate its limited use for exclusively defensive operations. Another good reason to limit the gas usage is that simply put no Italian ground unit was equipped with anti-gas equipment for the Ethiopian Campaign, should a massive use of gas take place Italian troops would suffer perhaps even more losses than Ethiopians.
If you still would like to portray such a scenario I suggest to eventually add a Theatre Option to activate on Turn 1 for Italy which considers the possibility of giving troops anti-gas equipment and employing gas in an unrestricted fashion. To balance this you could automatically give Ethiopia a considerable amount of VPs once the option is activated, if it's activated.
Secondly, this isn't 1800, while yes Ethiopia was a backwards State (by European standards) the Ethiopian Army wasn't at all an army of "poorly equipped peasants" as you put it but it was a professional to semi-professional army made of many elite elements who aren't foreign to war since, due to the Ethiopian feudal system, civil conflicts between various Ras were fairly common. Not only that but by 1936 the Ethiopian Army is almost completely equipped and trained in a Western way since Russians, French and British advisors and trainers are present on the Country as far as mid XIX century.
Among the various Western weaponry they have access to they also made widespread use of lethal hollow-point (dumdum) bullets (officially forbidden by The Hague Convention of 1899), you could represent that by buffing a little the defensive and offensive values of Ethiopian units.
Lastly, it doesn't concern the scenario per se but it's fair to point it out so you may eventually fix it even on the scenario readme. You say "Using the thin pretext of a border incident near the village of Wal Wal" while describing the Ethiopian attack at Fort Ual Ual. In truth it hardly was a pretext since not only Ethiopians fired shots and killed 21 Italian Somali soldiers when no state of war existed between the two Countries but it wasn't even the first time Ethiopians sent bands of raiders with Fitaurari in command to pass the border and harass garrisons at Fort Ual Ual but also in other "hot points" along the Italo-Ethiopian border. Few months before the incident, precisely in July 1934 an Italian officer was killed in Ual Ual by a band of rebels and raiders commanded by Ethiopian Fitaurari with the intention of occupying some of the oil wells near the town.
So the Ual Ual Incident wasn't a "thin pretext", it was just the biggest of a series of aggressions against Italian and Somali troops. The sparkle that ignited the fuse so to speak.
< Message edited by GenObt_H_Guderian -- 10/29/2018 8:04:09 PM >