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Thanks, it turned out better than I could have hoped.
As regards the ‘temporary’ absence of a tavern, His Lordship may need to open the doors to his well stocked cellar and give some encouragement to these thirsty men. 🙂
Thanks, yes I have done that and taken a screen shot.
Excellent and very timely, I have just bought a single ‘reinforcement’ sprue and am without instructions.
re quite a lot of games that rate local and army commanders at the outset of play, often the leader falls into one of three categories such as Cautious, Average or Bold, or something based around assertiveness such as timid, average or aggressive. I have seen ancient and ACW games that have leadership differentiated by those that are natural militarists and those of a political background or appointment, so something like, Politician or academy trained or Natural soldier / warrior / leader. Some rules talk about charisma is their ability to motivate others to follow. Recklessness is another useful label.
The recent rules presented by Wargames Illustrated covers the Wars of the roses (never mind the Billhooks) and they have Dolt, Competent and Hero.
In the end, these all do the same job of essentially ranking leader ability to get units to do things or to rally morale, with two extremes of average or competent identified. It seems the important thing is to use terminology that best represents the period or battle situation.
A common system of randomness is a D6 per commander, with 1 being poor, 2 – 5 being average and 6 being good.
Lovely cover artwork.09/10/2020 at 07:12 in reply to: 15mm Plastic Soldier Company T-34 Assembly Instructions #145239
Try this, they have a photo of instructions.08/10/2020 at 13:42 in reply to: Creating a figure scenario from a boardgame action #145210
Part 3 (and final post) on the Burnside Bridge action.
Will the Union be able to eject the Confederates from the high ground that dominates the bridge?07/10/2020 at 13:09 in reply to: Creating a figure scenario from a boardgame action #145155
A short video trailer added to the blog, as the battle report gets written up.
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Superb application of the little grey cells 🙂
enjoyed, thanks.05/10/2020 at 17:16 in reply to: Creating a figure scenario from a boardgame action #145081
Part 2 of the Burnside Bridge game is up. This post converts the boardgame action into a scenario that is ready for the figures table.
Having already thought about this question previously, I have already come to the surprising conclusion that I don’t care … after-all, I won’t be here. I also know that my family don’t care to be burdened by the problem, so I have told them to just get rid.
If money is a thing – then there are people who will buy up collections I have no issue with that because it is just re-cycling and at least that is a beneficial step up from things going into the refuse centre.
The question of value …. Hmmnnn, I wonder how much I have spent on coffee in the last 12 months and a myriad of other things that are in effect just dead money, but bring momentary pleasure, so is it just a mindset thing that we don’t see ‘possession’ in the same way. Better just to be grateful that life has provided me with an opportunity to own this stuff in the first place.
Of course, some of this may seem an arrogance, but I am determined not to allow my hobby to be tinged by ‘what if’ thoughts 🙂
The scale thing is a problem for me, I have my fingers in too many pies, each distracts from the other ….. lucky is the gamer fixed on one scale and one period!
Thanks Ian, I should have put one on the x-bow unit, but the thought came too late. I threw them up on the table last night in a mini game and enjoyed handling them.
I posted this account as a result
’I suppose traditionally gamers tend to step up the size of their game, which can put rules under stress. I know I have been playing Never mind the Billhooks with larger forces than 100 points. Anyway, tonight I went the other way …. small and was pleasantly surprised at how much of a good game that it gave me. The system survived! 🙂
Basically I set up a 4’ x 3’ space and had just 30 points of Yorkists defending a hill. That only gave them, 1 x archer, 1 x bill and 1 x skirmish x-bow. The Bill was a ward, with the army commander and the archers were a ward with a leader and the skirmishers were independent.
Below, the Lancastrians on the left had a ward with 1 x archer and 1 x bill and to the centre another ward the same. On the right they had artillery for a total of 62 points. So the card deck just had two leader cards per side.
Obviously the Lancastrians did all of the manoeuvre in the initial phase, with the Yorkist x-bow putting a stop to that.
The Lancastrian artillery did quite well, playing their shot against the high ground.
The Yorkist archers and x-bow put a lot of harm on the advancing Lancastrian formations who had their archers out in front.
On the Lancastrian left, their archers ran away due to VERY effective x-bow shooting, on their right, they got up the hill and engaged the Yorkist archers.
Two things of note. Firstly, I was surprised that the hill didn’t offer a significant defensive advantage. I think perhaps making the slopes ‘bad going’ to an attacker going uphill might be preferable in the future if the feature is meant to have a defensible character.
Secondly, just for a bit of good visual, I had put a small hamlet on the Lancastrian right. As time went on, the Yorkists got a Special Events card ….. it was the Ambush card, which I have never come across before. Essentially it creates a new skirmisher unit that emerge from a building, So suddenly the Lancastrian right that were attacking up the hill, had Yorkist skirmishers in their rear – what a superb bit of narrative play.
Anyway, the Lancastrians ended up losing both archer units and that ended the game, which I found to be totally engaging and it gave me a good weekday evening game. Billhooks is looking increasingly versatile.’19/09/2020 at 06:10 in reply to: Early Byzantine Magister Militum/Army General Base #144291
Hugely impressive.18/09/2020 at 12:54 in reply to: Battle of Brienne – a Polemos General de Division refight #144229
The engagement looks good on your table. It’s funny how differing rules sets put a different emphasis of building defensive values. I find in Black Powder as written that buildings are too strong and the modifier needs to be dampened down. A bigger issue the more built up areas that you have.
Agree with your warm welcome to these rules, there is much to enjoy and some of the goodness really only comes out during play.
I am Ok with the Knights values. There are only 8 of them to the unit and they can only charge twice. In both of my games, they have been roughly handled, so the balance seems ok at this point …….. but you know what will happen now in game 3 🙂
Superb account, the adding of text to the photographs is a great help.
Fascinating and very compelling.
Coins, gold, treasure, gems and green slime.
mirror mirror on the wall
Guy, yes, the activation system resulted in a concentration of action to the right. Basically the way it works is that you get a free activation and can activate any one formation – you do that and move and fight with it. You then attempt to activate another, typically needing to roll a 0-3 on a D10. If successful, move and fight with that formation and then try to activate another. If you fail to activate, play goes over to the other side, who get a free activation of their first formation and then they likewise will attempt to further activate other friendly formations, looking for that 0 – 3 score and so it goes on.
Since you have a pretty good chance of failing to activate by die roll, then you use your free activation to ensure you activate your most pressing unit and then try to get another. Since Yorkists had 2 formations out on this flank and the Lancastrians 3, their prime attention was given to acting and responding on this flank and you had generally handed play back to the other side before even considering the centre.
I felt that I couldn’t afford to spend an activation on the other side of the board because there was always some urgency for both players to deal with at the point where Richard was pressing his attack.
It is a chunk of money, but from a boardgaming perspective, the 20 battles helps value wise.
Thanks, a lovely sized scenario that looks like it could be tested against a number of rule sets (I have just picked up Red Feathers & Delaware Blues, which look interesting).
There is another one ….. D-Day, the Soldiers Story, by Giles Milton at 99p.
Thanks Russell, checking now.12/08/2020 at 18:33 in reply to: A new video: an Introduction to historical wargaming #142216
Rhoderic, good response – the internet at its best!
“It’s when you start to do eyes like Steve Dean that you need to worry”.
I am junking my stuff and going to 54mm 🙂26/07/2020 at 11:21 in reply to: If Cost Is The SAME, Would You Rather MAKE Or BUY Terrain? #141178
On balance, I would buy because;
costs are not hugely different,
the terrain maker has already gone through the learning curve of making a piece look right and so it does look right.
you can re-order off the terrain maker in 3 years time and as they use the same materials and modelling style, the items should match
It is nice to open a parcel and have it go straight to the table. In my world I mostly do most things myself, such as painting armies etc, so bought terrain does feel like a treat.
The chances of accidents within the home are reduced, I still have the brown paint mark on a carpet to prove it!
On the downside ….. I have needed to ‘enhance’ one or two bought items, so bought is not always better.
Very nicely done.
Kallistra, who do a lot of 12mm sell the 50mm K&M bristle tree.
S&A scenics does a nice small deluxe tree that looks fine with 10 / 12mm21/07/2020 at 06:19 in reply to: Gallic War Refight Battle 1: Battle of Octodorum 58BCE #140759
Polemos seem ideally suited to his campaign since they seem to give the tribes a potential that the Romans need to respect. The situation is very ‘Waterloo’ with a too and fro fight going on at the main battle (including a farmhouse 🙂 ) and a sudden arrival of reinforcements on the flank that swings the day.
Vallejo Paints – Especially Russian Green, one of the most versatile paints that I have.
A Plastic Soldier Company 1/72 plastic sprue for an 8 rad armoured car
On the way –
The new 2nd Edition Bloody Barons from Peter Pig – I have had mailing confirmation, so it is on the way. At the moment I have plenty of 28mm War of Roses plastics on their sprues and have been testing the Sword and Spear rules, so this will give another option and in any case, has a load of scenarios.10/07/2020 at 18:46 in reply to: Am I the only hobbyist who simply doesn’t believe in undercoat colours? #140101
My general technique is black primer which is then heavily dry brushed with white to show detail and help the following block painting be brighter. This seems to work for pretty much everything ….. except my white uniformed Austrians, which too absolutely ages to bring up to a good white.
For the second Austrian regiment I used a white primer and the job was massively easier in getting the white finish, though of course a thinned wash followed by highlights is still necessary.
As always, enjoyed and appreciate the time you put into these.
Really nice armies, love photo 4
T-34, The Red Army’s Legendary Medium Tank – Images at War, by Anthony Tucker-Jones, published by Pen and Sword and available on Kindle deals with the subject in a single paragraph and says ……. 324 57mm armed T-34’s were fitted out as ‘tank hunters’ and that the gun performed better than the 76 against armour, but that the high explosive charge was too small for use against non-armoured targets. They give the dates of 1941 AND 1943 (I have highlighted AND as it seems more precise than ‘to’ i.e. two separate build programs … maybe!).
Nice done, you have the contrast thing off to a fine art.
Enjoyed – thank you.
A ton of work to get that up – thank you for sharing and making the learning curve much easier.
That is a really excellent transformation. The original is nicely planned out, but the upgrade obviously takes it to another level and the card has been skilfully applied. The burn charring is spot on. I am in a bit of a building / basing drive at the moment, so enjoyed this.