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  • in reply to: Sikh Wars 28mm Plastic or 15mm Metal #75562
    Avatar photoJohn Watts
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    Mr Steve,

    Some of the Bengal Irregular Cavalry wear uniforms that are only distinguishable from, for instance, Afghans, by the colour. I don’t know whether Newline 20mm and 1/72nd are compatible; if so, AFG 05 would easily paint up as the 6th BIC, and Irregular do NIM15 in their 20mm range which would also fit.

    in reply to: Sikh Wars 28mm Plastic or 15mm Metal #72731
    Avatar photoJohn Watts
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    I can only agree with most of the posts above, but I’d like to add a few comments.

    My very first Sikh Wars game was inspired by Don Featherstone’s books. There weren’t any models available except (I think) Willy figures – far too expensive for me. This was in about the 1970s, so I converted Airfix figures – Napoleonic British infantry, FFL and cuirassiers. I sold them when I realised I couldn’t find easy conversions for Sikh regulars. Perhaps they still exist somewhere?

    I never lost the interest in these wars, and I was delighted when Irregular produced a part range. I phoned Iain and argued the case for him to do the rest of them, backed by a promise to buy an army as soon as they were ready. In a couple of weeks they were ready, and a month or two later they were painted and took the field.

    Of course, soon after Lancashire and Black Hat produced their ranges, but I’ve remained mostly with Irregular. What they don’t supply in the Sikh War/Mutiny range can be found in the Crimea range or among the Moslems or Afghans of the Colonial range, while the Sikh cavalry can be found in enormous variety in the Renaissance Moghul/Indian/Persians.

    As to rules, I use an adaptation of Crusader’s Rank and File. If you want to give them a try, go to the Crusader Publishing Forum. The adaptations are under the headings of Command System' andSikh Wars’.

    in reply to: North Gower Gamers, Swansea area #26335
    Avatar photoJohn Watts
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    Next all-day multi-player game will be on Saturday 27 June 2015. The main game will be Shiloh using Fire and Fury. If you’re interested in taking part, drop me a line.

    in reply to: North Gower Gamers, Swansea area #10933
    Avatar photoJohn Watts
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    You’ll be welcome. This week we’re doing BKC.

    in reply to: loose files and American Scramble rules #10727
    Avatar photoJohn Watts
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    I use a brigade order system – nothing elaborate, just markers to indicate the brigade objective. With all those woods, I use a variable visibility rule while in the woods – average die in inches, add 1D3 if enemy is moving.

    in reply to: The Buying Experience #9638
    Avatar photoJohn Watts
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    All of the above that make life easier, plus easy dialogue with the manufacturer – which is why Irregular Miniatures gets a lot of my custom.

    in reply to: ECW Rule Recommendations / Warnings ??? #6968
    Avatar photoJohn Watts
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    Gosh – Swords & Fury. I think that I wrote that about a millenium ago.

    The rules our group tend to use now are an adaptation of Rank & File, a horse and musket set published by Crusader. As far as I can make out, Rank & File actually started as an ECW set and developed into what they are now. They are simple, they use bases, probably 6 for one of your foot units.

    The adaptations to take these rules back to the ECW are on the forum: http://www.crusaderpublishing.com/forum/index.php?board=2.100 beginning 0n 18 Feb 2010. Included in the messages are the original ECW rules from which Rank & File developed.

    If you want any other info about how the game has developed with our group, I’d be happy to let you know. Incidentally, Forlorn Hope is an often tediously slow game, but the rulebook is worth having as a resource. We use the army builder for pick up games if we’re too lazy to produce a detailed scenario.

    Avatar photoJohn Watts
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    For the really big battles we use Age of Honor, the second son of F&F – though we have used it successfully for battles as small as Chotusitz. For smaller battles, it really depends on the particular war. The Spanish Succession gets Ga Pa, or if we want something simpler Marlbrook s'en va-t-en guerre', a hefty conversion of an unplayable set published in Henry's old magazine.  For the 7YW and WAS  we use Rank and File with home-grown command and manouevre rules to make the whole affair more ponderous, and for AWI eitherLoose Files and American Scramble’ or `British Grenadier!’

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