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27/09/2019 at 21:17 in reply to: Clash at Knechtbbrucke AAR – First Thoughts on Shot, Steel & Stone #123376
Thank you so much for doing this. I’ve commented on your blog (at least, I hope I have – doing it on my phone means I’m never sure if it’s worked!)
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Thank you everyone for all these fantastic answers. I just happened to pop back to this thread because I’ve just interviewed Richard Lockwood of the Society of Ancients on my Battlechat podcast, now nearly four years since the last post on this thread!
So, of course, if you’re reading this, what ancients ruleset choices would you make now, several years on, and why? Do you think there have been any major developments in the period? What rulesets do you feel have now faded from view? Have new figure ranges affected your choice, or are you still happily playing with the same stuff you had back in 2015?
Glad to have helped! It’s true though — the books are incredibly comprehensive and I couldn’t imagine a finer resource to have as a wargamer.21/09/2016 at 18:17 in reply to: There very well is a fantasy/sci-fi gaming community #49074
You’ve hit the nail on the head there. I had been planning to include more generic f/s-f in the extra 16pp of the ‘bottom up’ type you describe, giving John T more elbow room. Quite how he must feel about this situation… Well, you’ll have to ask him, but I can’t quite see how they’re going to square this circle.
Meanwhile, my life has changed vastly for the beter already and I can safely say it’s Not My Problem any more! 😄21/09/2016 at 14:32 in reply to: There very well is a fantasy/sci-fi gaming community #49059
Crikey, I’m honoured to have triggered such a well-mannered and fascinating debate!
The problem with podcast chats, especially when under time pressure, is that it’s easy to slip into using language imprecisely.
Quite clearly, you’re correct and there is as much a f/s-f “community” as there is an historical gaming “community”.
However, so far at least, this has not manifested itself in the publishing world in a coherent way, other than in either short-lived or brand-led ways. My comments should therefore be seen in the context of the discussion on the podcast about the specific problems faced when trying to create and market a traditional printed magazine based solely around fantasy and science fiction gaming. The evidence to date is that the f/s-f community is a more nebulous and difficult audience to address: the “community” such a publication might serve is less easy to identify.
Moreover, this isn’t to say that a non-traditional, digital publication wouldn’t work and Warners are planning to release the new ‘Critical Hits’ centre section of MW as a stand-alone e-publication. Good luck to them, and it’s success or otherwise will be down to folks like you. If it gets enough support, they’ll pursue it; if not, it will die in short order.
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Dave – what are the actual dimensions of the table. It looks quite deep – is it over 6 feet? Excellent looking game.
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Oooh, thank you Mark, I’ll look into that. Complicated or not, as a teenager, we played the most enormous battles with them, thirty units a side in the days when I liked my tables to be heaving with units!
I’m late to this debate, but I’ve become something of a convert to Fire & Fury, but Regimental and Brigade level. The Command roll system is very sophisticated, effectively combining command & control and morale into a single die roll. Very clever. You might also be interested in the book on the battle by John Drewienkiewicz and Adam Poole – Wargaming in History Volume 3, Gettysburg 1863: Brandy Station, Barlow’s Knoll, Sickle’s Folly and Pickett’s Charge ISBN 978-1-907417-18-4 published by Ken Trotman Publishing 2011. Thoroughly recommended.25/03/2015 at 15:43 in reply to: 6mm Ancients – Do You Do It, and If So, How Do You Do It? #20509
Some great ideas here, guys, thank you! And Nic and Richard, thanks for the pics. The ‘mass’ effect is certainly what I’m hoping to achieve with 6mm, battles that really look like battles.
And I ‘accidentally’ bought Macedonian and later Achaemenid armies at Hammerhead. Oops! What am I like! So those huge phalanxes are just the ticket.
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Given that we’ve also now discovered that his claim to be a senior lecturer at a leading UK university is also complete rubbish, I think the only appropriate word is “deluded”. I have absolutely no idea what got into this bloke’s head to make him do this.
Here you go: the Osprey Guide to the Seven Years War, all of 98p
http://www.ospreypublishing.com/store/The-Seven-Years-War_978147280992617/12/2014 at 19:10 in reply to: Which bit of the 18th century attracts you most, and why? #14067
Those of you interested in the AWI may be interested to know that John Curry of the History of Wargaming Project http://wargaming.co is about to publish a brand new book by Charlie Wesencraft (yes, THE C. F. Wesencraft) called Seven Steps to Freedom, which includes a set of AWI rules in the inimitable Wesencraft style. It’s a lovely book – and I wrote the foreword! The book is packed with scenarios, as he presents many of the prominent battles of the SYW in America and the AWI. Should be out in the next few weeks.
No danger of that on my watch.
I see media like Twitter and Facebook adding to, not detracting from, what we have already. And you should know by now that my heart is made of paper!
Mogul? I wish!
Well, that’ll teach me to go away on holiday! (That and the 400+ emails in my inbox…)
Thanks for taking an interest guys, and this topic is also addressed in issue 379 of the magazine which is published this week. With luck, because of the way I’ve presented it there, more people will grasp what I’m getting at with this proposal for the #minwargames hashtag.
It simply occurred to me that there was no single, consistent hashtag associated with our hobby (however you choose to define that hobby) and some, such as #warmongers, I find positively distasteful – fine for those of us on the inside who get the joke, but a nightmare in terms of PR for the hobby. And again, you might not care about the way the outside world perceives our pastime, but I do, and when your monthly efforts are paraded in the high street, it makes a difference.
That’s why, after spending some considerable time hunting around for alternatives, #minwargames seems to provide the least ambiguous and most neutral hashtag for the hobby. I’m nothing special, I can’t ‘make’ it happen, and it will require the cooperation of as many wargamers as possible who use Twitter to make it meaningful. If, as TwoGunBob says, nobody uses it, it will just have been a waste of my time, nothing more — but it’s my time to waste, and I feel it’s worth having a go.
Clearly, if you don’t use Twitter, this is all gobbledegook — but then again, it won’t affect you anyway, will it?
I received the news from his wife via his Facebook account last week. I was stunned. It seems that his passing was sudden and, as far as anyone could tell, painless, though this is scant consolation to Victoria and his kids Ariel and Zeke.
An amazingly gifted man who will be deeply missed.
We’ll be running an obituary in MWBG 379. If anyone here, including you, Jonathan, would like to contribute a few words to what will be a collaborative piece, then by all means get in touch over the next week or so.
I am focusing ruthlessly.
I now only have the 18th century in four scales, Napoleonics in only three, WWII in a mere two sizes, ancients in three, fantasy in two. I am triumphant with the ECW, in a mere single scale (old 25mm Minifigs)and ACW (10mm Pendraken, having cleared out Perry 28s).
Of course, the other way of appearing focused in to have painted very few of some of these periods, so they remain nicely hidden in boxes, giving visitors a pleasingly misguided impression.
I have kept sci-fi very simple so far, as I have nothing at all.
Yet.19/09/2014 at 12:22 in reply to: Which bit of the 18th century attracts you most, and why? #8807
No massed cavalry
…which is why I can’t love the AWI. Very lovely, as you say, in so many respects, but I fell in love with Charles Grant’s charging dragoon figures in The War Game in 1971 and have never looked back!
I think it’s fair to say that a number of excellent books and figure ranges for the AWI have appeared in the last 5-10 years that have, however, made many gamers give the AWI a second look. For me, Mark Urban’s Fusiliers was very thought provoking and of course the Perry plastics have made a real impact. I’ve also been very taken with the Fife & Drum stuff, exquisite sculpts.
My copy arrived yesterday, but I’ve only had time for a quick scan. A slim paperback of only 150-odd pages, but it looks to have covered all the bases.
My one initial feeling is that it’s a shame the cover is different from the one used in the publicity, and it could really have done with a few illustrations inside — even black and white — to help sell the book to newbies in particular.
Henry, I’ve been kicking around adapting a set of horse and musket rules called “Shot, Steel and Stone.” Maybe you’ve heard of them? I have some notes, but haven’t been able to get anything to the table, yet.
Well, blow me down, that’s something I’d like to see!
Well, I’ve got around a 1000 left to paint to complete my AWI armies, so after that dependent on price I’d like to get another 2-3000. A 20×10 shed doesn’t just fill itself you know ………. as for the brittle ankles, we don’t need to be that authentic! I’m sorry Peter wasn’t upbeat, but even with enthusiasts like us, this is a niche within a niche
What would you be doing? Imagi-nations, or something else historical?
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Thank you very much indeed for your generous donation, Mike, which I have noted on my Combat a Stress Appeal page in the issue which has just gone to press on Friday.
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“Like”.07/09/2014 at 21:06 in reply to: The Intersection of Simulation and Beer & Pretzels #7483
I think they [Quarry’s rules] sated the teenage thirst for detail and precision at an age where I hadn’t fully understood that that doesn’t necessarily equate with accuracy. After all, I was doing my O Levels which, looking back, simply required one to be a sponge and soak up masses of facts and figures. It was only later in my teens, A Levels and then university, which taught me to question everything I’d so slavishly learned by rote.
over on the Ancients board, Allen Curtis has pointed out that really, we still know very little about the barbarian tribes that faced Rome. For Napoleonics, it’s almost the opposite — too much information, with us in danger of losing sight of the wood for the trees. I’m sure many a beer & pretzel game has produced an outcome just as plausible as any simulation. Was it really worth me learning the 33X table and accounting for all those individual casualties? Preposterous nonsense, of course.07/09/2014 at 20:44 in reply to: The Intersection of Simulation and Beer & Pretzels #7478
Huh? What you say in’ about my favourite rules?
seriously though, for a couple of years in my mid-teens, they were. The Airfix Guide to Napoleonic Wargaming and Napoleon’s Campaigns in Miniature had pride of place in my library. Ah, happier times… What was it? Prussian Landwehr in line, 40mm? And French Carabiniers in column 5mm faster than Fusiliers? *sigh*
I don’t understand the preference for the plastic Spencer Smiths……….except the weight issue, my army is very heavy. Iain
You’re a trouble maker. I’ll deal with you next weekend.
As for Melvyn, the question is, just how many plastic Spencer Smiths are you after? I fear there are too few of us to sustain a product line — plus, they were originally produced from a very weird kind of plastic. To make them authentic, we’d have to find a chemical mix that would recreate the ‘brittle ankle’ syndrome in 20 years…
Meanwhile, I actually had a chat with Peter Johnstone at The Other Partizan today. He wasn’t exactly upbeat…
Foundry actually do a colour called Union Trouser Blue. Can’t you just use that or is that too obvious? 1863 Eastern Theatre mid period so your Order of Battle will be to Gettysburg? For the Union, the Iron Brigade is a must. I would be tempted to do work through the Union 1st Corps though if I was doing 10mm.
Thanks is for the tips. Hadn’t spotted the Foundry colour.
Hmmm. Not sure about that. I’ve seen some terrible rants in The Other Place that turned out to be totally unjustified, and I’m also keen to encourage customers of any company to go through normal channels to make a complaint first (email, phone, old-fashioned letter). The problem with the internet is that people have the expectation of an instant response to complaints when the fact is that’s just not realistic in an industry largely run as a cottage industry; by posting a complaint online, the company is “guilty until proven innocent”, and I’m dead set against mob rule. If there’s a really serious complaint, then the place to take it is Trading Standards, not an internet forum.04/09/2014 at 15:53 in reply to: Which bit of the 18th century attracts you most, and why? #7072
I’ve come to realise that the 18th century is my spiritual wargames home. I like visually appealing tables, and love the look of neat linear formations. It’s also an age for gentlemen.
Amen to that. Welcome, Melc, I’m sure we’ll have plenty to chat about!
I’ve also just remembered the Perfect Captain “Very Civile Actions!” rules that we reviewed in Battlegames years ago – issue 3? – at http://perfectcaptain.50megs.com/vcactions.html