17/08/2014 at 10:51 #4747
This week I received my pre-ordered copy of Black Powder: Rebellion! It has been a long wait but it was worth it! Ever since Black Powder came out I have used it to play the AWI. At the time no one was very wild about the period so I decided to collect and paint all sides myself and do it in nostalgic 20mm plastic. So now I have 800 figures and the rest of the world has in the meantime started collecting 28mm Perry and Warlord…. But that is another story; on with the review!
“Rebellion!” is a supplement for the Black Powder wargaming rules, aimed at playing the American War of Independence. It is a book like we have come to expect from Warlord Games: a hefty 149-page full colour softcover folio filled with (excusez le mot) “wargames porn”. Every page spread shows illustrations and lovely photographs of someone’s expertly painted (yes…28mm) collection. The editor of this book is apparently a follower of the “blurred bases” philosophy as almost all bases have been photoshopped away, but that is about the only gripe one might have about the illustrations.
The book is meant both for players who are knowledgeable about the period and for the debutantes. It starts with a 16-page concise history of the American Revolutionary War. As one would suspect reading the title, the British authors have foregone the term War of Independence. While 16 pages cannot possibly deal with all the intricacies of this complicated conflict the book does succeed in presenting a consistent and comprehensive summary. If you know nothing about the American Revolution and want to learn the wider scope of the military side of it, you could do worse than reading this.
The book then proceeds in detail to describe the British, Loyalist, German, Continental (American) and French armies. Lists of all participating regiments are given and the organisation is explained, which is no sinecure when it comes to the Continental troops as their organisation varied with the colonies where the troops originated as in time, as Congress adopted different rulings on drafting and recruiting as the war progressed. The lists mention uniform colours, periods of service and the battles the units took part in. Very useful for writing scenarios!
Interested? Read the rest of this review on my blog: http://pijlieblog.blogspot.nl/2014/08/black-powder-rebellion.html
http://pijlieblog.blogspot.nl17/08/2014 at 12:58 #4752willzParticipant
Pijlie thanks for your excellent and informative review of the Rebellion supplement, I assume you need Black Powder rule set to play this supplement.17/08/2014 at 14:18 #4758
Yes you do. However, the first 60 pages are pure history really. They would work for any game. The scenarios as well should be adaptable to any ruleset, but are tested with the BP rules of course.
http://pijlieblog.blogspot.nl18/08/2014 at 23:17 #4893greenknight4Participant
IMHO it is a decent intro to the war for the novice but I found it quite lacking in real substance and now regret my purchase, And yes it is cover to cover wargaming porn.
Author of Day of Battle, I game in 25mm and 40mm scales. Also enjoy Horse and Musket and WWII Western Front Games.19/08/2014 at 05:21 #4911
Can you explain what you missed Greenknight? What should have been there hat isn’t?
http://pijlieblog.blogspot.nl19/08/2014 at 17:24 #4962greenknight4Participant
I have though long and hard before I replied. I don’t want this thread to run off in the wrong direction nor do I want anybody thinking I have an ulterior motive. Yes I am a published author (of sorts) but strictly medieval. AWI and medieval are my two favorite periods and they go back and forth with me.
On the plus side I must congratulate the author on his mentioning of the different “orders” that British used during the war. Until recently this was either ignored by rules or just not know about.
Let me say that as an exp. gamer in the period I have all the information given in the book and find it easy to find, however as I said for the novice it is a good compilation. I will also point 0ut that out of 148 inside pages at lease 72 have half or more of themselves covered with color photographs of figures. Most of which have little bearing on the page.
Lastly while I haven’t gone through each scenario Bunker Hill stands out to me as missing the mark. On a few points the water side where the Lights attacked is not present, the bunker itself is open backed which it wasn’t and Charleston is way to close and is presented as a viable part of the action.
So I will leave it at that and don’t care to discuss it any further if that is all right.
Author of Day of Battle, I game in 25mm and 40mm scales. Also enjoy Horse and Musket and WWII Western Front Games.19/08/2014 at 17:58 #4970
Ok. Thanks for replying in any case. I hope I didn’t cause you too much struggle!
http://pijlieblog.blogspot.nl29/08/2014 at 07:20 #6267
It might be good to know that WSS has published a 2-page review of Rebellion!
http://pijlieblog.blogspot.nl19/09/2014 at 17:16 #8833Mike TurnerParticipant
I would have liked less “wikipedia” history of the AWI and more how Black Powder plays into the time period.
There is a bit and explanation as you get into the scenario section, but you have to read it thoroughly to catch everything.
I would have liked more of a breakdown of forces similar to how the author of Last Argument of Kings (LAoKs) did in the SYW expansion of BP. That format was more useful to gamers making their own scenarios or converting historical battles not listed in the scenario section.
Good Things – great photos, and a nice spreadsheet by faction of the regiments involved, which battles they fought in and distinctive colors of their uniforms (colors, cuffs, etc.) this is stuff you could find elsewhere, but would have to look in several sources.24/09/2014 at 14:48 #9317Secret SquirrelParticipant
What no Bunker Hill? … but it was our finest hour.
It's me27/09/2014 at 09:34 #9514willzParticipant
“Pijlie just read you post on your web site using those lovely AWI 1/72 scale plastics and excellent read thanks for sharing”.
The trouble is now I am thinking of doing AWI in 1/72 – 20mm plastic, now cursing myself for selling on several hundred Airfix and Revell figures some years ago. Such is the sad life of a war-gamer.
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