28/07/2022 at 08:12 #176207
It’s Spring 1862 and a large metal cylinder has crashed in the Southern States. Doubtless some damn Yankee unpleasantness 🙂
Go and deal with it.
https://jimssfnovelsandwargamerules.wordpress.com/28/07/2022 at 11:10 #176211Tony SParticipant
What a welcome surprise! Can’t wait to read through the rules, and dragoon some volunteers at the club to play this! That said, would 15mm be appropriate to use? Since I have 15mm ACW and 15mm Martian forces, I am somewhat biased towards that scale.
And great cover artwork by the way!28/07/2022 at 11:52 #176212
What a welcome surprise! Can’t wait to read through the rules, and dragoon some volunteers at the club to play this! That said, would 15mm be appropriate to use? Since I have 15mm ACW and 15mm Martian forces, I am somewhat biased towards that scale. And great cover artwork by the way!
I was impressed by the cover as well.
The crunch for scale comes with the groundscale, with 1 meter = 1 kilometer or a thousand yards.
Your infantry squad will take up more room in 15mm so you can either fudge the ground scale, or alternatively go for unit covering more ground and call it a company 🙂
I discuss this a little in the rules
I think the discussion will be visible on the look inside facility on wargame vault 🙂
https://jimssfnovelsandwargamerules.wordpress.com/28/07/2022 at 12:14 #176213PatriceParticipant
https://www.anargader.net/29/07/2022 at 00:59 #176259Tony SParticipant
Ah, I hadn’t checked the preview in Wargames Vault, as I just ordered it in print from Amazon. No matter – as you say, it shouldn’t be much of a problem. You crammed a fair bit into the book; can’t wait until Monday when I am told it should arrive!
That said – and you’ve got my money, so you can’t frighten me off – there are some allusions to “orders” in the preview. Should I be worried that order writing is needed? I do appreciate fog of war and command friction, but hopefully you’ve used other methods and techniques to achieve that? That’s what drew me to Hellfire all those decades ago!29/07/2022 at 05:53 #176263
The written orders bit is more for the player playing solo, because it struck me for them it would actually make things easier.
For friction, it is assumed you are an infantry officer, and you roll up various traits for you and various subordinates. So the senior artillery officer, the senior cavalry officer, the chap who captains the boat that is supporting you, are more willing allies than they are unthinking subordinates.
So the gunner might pull his guns back if it looks like they are being abandoned by the infantry, even if you are happy to sacrifice them to cover the withdrawal 🙂 It’s at that level the friction occurs.
Also it’s a regimented period, troops are very much under the eye of their officers and NCOs so they will tend to do what you say. But, for example, one of the results of being under fire is that a squad will fall back. But you don’t have to worry about them, the NCOs bring them back into line again but it reduces your firepower whilst it happens. It also means that as you assault a position, you can drive enemy troops out of it by fire but you will probably have to go in with the bayonet to take it finally.
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