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  • in reply to: Sherman and Johnston; match and rematch #72713
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    Yes, first rate post Vtsao.  Chancy business battle, ain’t it.  It makes me want to get my ACW armies out.

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    in reply to: How do you see me on TWW? #72708
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    You, imo, have the balance just right, you’re about and we all know who you are but you don’t grandstand or engage in attention seeking antics.  The moderation is all anyone could ask and the occasional innovation is duly noted and appreciated.

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    in reply to: Band of Brothers… or Nest of Vipers? #72520
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    Good post and by no means untypical of many an army.

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    in reply to: More Zulu Action #72508
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    The scale thing is interesting and I suppose it can be anything you want it to be.  

    In this game I thought in terms of units without considering how many men were in each unit.  That said I didn’t ever think oh there are 12 Zulus in that unit- wargames heresy I guess.  I think it doesn’t matter as far as this bunch of rules go, one figure could represent 100 or ten it won’t impact on how the game plays.

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    in reply to: The Zulu Perspective TMWWBK #72496
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    Yeah, there’s a lot of fun to be had with Zulus.  The rest of the game should be on my blog shortly.

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    That was exactly my approach too.

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    I used TPL for a Monongahela game and worked very well, historical result too.  I have an AAR on my blog somewhat spoiled by the photobook attempted shakedown but you can still follow the action.  I’ll post a link and you can see what you think. 

     

    http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/French%20and%20Indian%20Wars

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    in reply to: King Arthur's Wars – Opinions? #72438
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    Yes my mistake, infantry officer.

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    in reply to: Talavera 208 – Game Three #72408
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    I very much enjoy your reports, there is always something new to consider.  Lovely figures too.

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    in reply to: King Arthur's Wars – Opinions? #72401
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    His history is all over the place and can mostly be ignored.  But and its a big but, he’s a former Royal Engineer and he does get military engineering. What you get is an analysis of  a huge number of significant earthworks that enables him to reconstruct various campaigns up and down the island.  I consider that to be a major contribution to our understanding of the period.   I’ve got a hard copy and I’m pleased with it.

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    in reply to: Zulu War Action #72342
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    Thanks folks.

    Like Nathaniel I find TMWWBK a very well worked out set of rules. Very well balanced indeed.  Perhaps they constitute the culmination of a learning curve for Dan Mersey that began with the splendid Lion Rampant.

    Victoria, I share your enthusiasm for games that tell a good story, it really adds to the pleasure of the experience.  Glad you liked Mr Dewhurst.

    While considering that plucky chap more will be revealed shortly Cedric.

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    in reply to: Zulu War Action #72278
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    I’d predict you won’t be disappointed.  The characterization of unit commanders is particularly good.

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    in reply to: First Game of Lion Rampant #71972
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    Great AAR and I’m glad you enjoyed the rules.

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    in reply to: Even More For Roman Lion Rampant #71939
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    Thanks Victoria.

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    in reply to: A MY Miniatures Epiphany #71508
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    All true William, never get rid of anything wargamey it will eventually have its day.  Completely agree about mixing and matching too.

    I’m going to go with a Monmouth theme so that means making some scythe blades out of Milliput and mounting them on wire poles.  For some reason a lot of manufacturers seem to confuse scythes with hand sickles, they wouldn’t if they had ever used one.

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    in reply to: A MY Miniatures Epiphany #71500
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    It’s a slippery slope alright!  I’m just hoping the Donningtons match as well as I’ve persuaded myself they will.

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    in reply to: More 'Romans Rampant' units #71459
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    Cheers William, you have the rules in a nutshell.

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    in reply to: Lion Rampant first retinue #71458
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    Very nice and a good mix of figures too.

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    in reply to: More 'Romans Rampant' units #71410
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    Indeed the more the merrier, and as Guy says you can have a great time with these rules-hence all the variants popping up every where.  The last time that happened it was with DBA.

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    in reply to: More 'Romans Rampant' units #71389
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    Thanks Victoria, I really like the look of the basing system too.

    I think the bases above are pretty close to the ‘official’ base sizes for 15mm figures . I base single foot on 15mm diameter circles and two infantry on 25mm diameter.  For horsemen singles on 25mm and doubles on 30mm diameter circles.  As long as you have consistency I don’t think it matters too much as there’s not much traditional lining up in the game.  Units move, shoot and fight in bunches.

    The given minimum table size for 25/28mm is six foot by 3 foot so a minimum of half that for 15mm is fine.  I’m guessing that wont be a problem for you.

    I find Lion Rampant to be a lot of fun and it’s very adaptable.  I got my copy from Amazon at a good price if that’s of interest.

    There is also a forum for the rules, let me find a link. 

    https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/duxrampant/

     

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    in reply to: Rank & File 15mm Turks #71321
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    Handy pics and a size comparison shot, it’s always good to see ranges manufacturers don’t provide photos for.

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    in reply to: Mutiny Sepoys 15mm comparison #71303
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    Thanks Victoria.  I find ink and highlights does the trick with Irregular.

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    in reply to: What's on your painting desk/table/corner #70482
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    Romans for Roman Lion Rampant at the moment. Lots of very old figures getting used which is great.

     

    Roman

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    in reply to: Further rule tweaks: TMWWBK #70378
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    I’d use a simple D6 dice throw for each terrain feature on the table that could accommodate the ambushers-1,2,3, you have an ambush.  You could further refine it by making the score dictate how many units were in the ambush.  Discovery by proximity as usual.

    That would certainly ensure players took scouting very seriously or paid the price for not doing so. 

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    in reply to: Further rule tweaks: TMWWBK #70367
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    I’m not overly worried about game balance at the moment although I can see why it’s important.  That’s a good point about our various tinkering perhaps having unforeseen consequences.  The only way to find out, I guess, is to keep playing.

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    in reply to: Further rule tweaks: TMWWBK #70351
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     Me too, although I came to the tool box approach late.

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    in reply to: Sikh Wars 28mm Plastic or 15mm Metal #70287
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    Thanks Paul.  I use Piquet Field of Battle my favourite big battle rules.  Also if you are really getting into the period you’d surely enjoy Sidhu’s two books on the Sikh Wars packed with first rate info.

    I wrote a few posts on the Sikh War on my blog if its of interest.  Not sure if I’ve replaced all the pics yet post the photobucket debacle but I talk about the armies and the battle of Mudki.

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    in reply to: Sikh Wars 28mm Plastic or 15mm Metal #70279
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    If you go with 15mm, Blackhat, QRF and Irregular will mostly all mix nicely enough.  Black Hat cannon are simply the best.  Victorian Steel for the flags.  Let me see if I can find some pics with all three.
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    in reply to: Further rule tweaks: TMWWBK #70274
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    Sometimes cavalry did get caught flat footed, wasn’t it in the manual for taking on greater numbers? But in the main I take your point.  Try it out on the table a few times and see what you think, variable evade is good, adds an element of risk.  Certainly the whole Rampant stable seems to me a very flexible tool kit.  

    You needn’t have more than one action though check out the skirmish rule.

    That said European battle cavalry were for charges.  I don’t think they practiced evading.

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    in reply to: Are modern sculpting standards higher? #70098
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    Leaving aside technological improvements there has been some very fine stuff about for at least 35 years.  There was also a lot of poorer stuff too.  That said for me this is the golden age of figures.

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    in reply to: A Napoleonic discussion #70080
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    That’s very helpful, something tangible to hold onto on the learning curve.

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    in reply to: A Napoleonic discussion #70075
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    This is an interesting discussion on a period that I would like to know more about.  I’ve read a few books about it and might well read more shortly.  Two things occur to me, firstly surely French armies,like all others, and their commanders varied in quality according to time and place?  Secondly, the French had done something revolutionary and remarkable both politically and militarily, with huge success, perhaps that gave them the edge? 

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    in reply to: Zulu Impi Completed #70018
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    You’re welcome Ian, I must have a game against Mr Babbage too.

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    in reply to: Why you like TWW #70017
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    Nor does he run an unconvincing alter ego to spam up his own site.  Good things both.

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    in reply to: Zulu Impi Completed #69990
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    Thanks very much Ian.  

    I’m very impressed by TMWWBK it’s great fun.

    The Zulu shield colour system worked on the basis that married regiments who wear the head ring and have been in the army longest will have whiter shields, shields with more white on them than other colour that is.  The unmarried regiments who didn’t wear the head ring and had been conscripted for a shorter time would have shields with more colour (black/ brown/red brown) on them and less white.  Hope that helps.

    Zulus got married by the regiment and by royal permission rather than individually and celibacy was strictly enforced for the unmarried.  Prowess in battle was the fast road to permission to marry.

    Dan’s book has a handy section on the Zulu regiments and their shield colours and patterns.

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    in reply to: What's on your painting desk/table/corner #68138
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    Zulus for me, as my Men Who Would Be Kings phase continues to develop.
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    in reply to: The invention of the Highland Charge #67909
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    Indeed Zippy. I can think of examples from the Revolutionary War/AWI where Highlanders (not regulars) attempted to charge without preparatory fire and met with no success at all.

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    in reply to: The invention of the Highland Charge #67886
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    NCS, How you doing?

    We are explicitly told that Alasdair’s men had muskets.

    The Highlanders in European foreign wars indeed don’t seem to have used the tactic which is interesting.  In the early period they were not equipped for it.  Later on many of them like the Irish are pressed men and presumably used the tactics required by their new armies.

     

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    in reply to: Some thoughts on the turn sequence #67869
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    An interesting summary of what’s out there.  After years of WRG, DBA, DBM. DBMM I alighted on Piquet Field of Battle and its variants.  A very different system but I’m sticking with it. 

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    in reply to: Periods that didn't work out for you? #67814
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    WW2, though I have not quite given up yet.  Bought some books, a fair few figures and a few tanks and guns.  Did a bit of painting and promptly lost interest.

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