EXERT FROM APPENDIX 1 from Don Featherstone's Battles With Model Soldiers
(The book that got me started.)
"Nothing in these pages is a dictate, no word says you must or you shall do it this way. On the contrary, the book sets out from the very beginning to stimulate the reader to think for himself, and to use what he has read merely as a foundation for efforts and ideas which reflect his own temperament and character. Only in this way will he obtain maximum satisfaction from the hobby of battling with model soldiers."
-Don Featherstone 1918 - 2013
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Customizing Marathon (1)
One of the first steps to staging a scenario from a magazine or book, is to see how your own table, scenery and forces match what is suggested. Inevitably, there will be differences. The trick is to figure out what really matters and how to bend things to suit what you can do without breaking the scenario or changing the heart of it.
Suggested Table: 6'x9'
My Table: 6'x8'
Issues: There is little terrain and it was easy to lay out something reasonably similar. The key feature is that the Greeks will have a hard time covering the distance between the sea and the mountain. They need to have a choice between stretching their line and risking it being broken, or deploying in depth at the risk of being flanked. This is a cross between how wide the table is (1 foot shorter than recommended) and how wide my line of Greek hoplites is (yet to be determined)
Persians: 9 x 40 infantry, 4 x 20 infantry, 3 x 12 light infantry, 3 x 16 cavalry for a total of 476 infantry & 48 cavalry.
Greeks: 11x 24 hoplites, 3 x 12 psiloi for a totale of 264 hoplites & 36 psiloi
Persians: 10 x 18 infantry, most based 6 to a base 3 wide and 2 deep) 6 x 12 light infantry, 5 x 18 cavalry
Greeks: A disorganized mess of about 140 hoplites using at least 5 different basing systems and various frontages, about 1/4 missing spears, shields and/or heads, and a similar mess of about 60 light infantry not counting Thracian mercenaries (who will be fighting for the Persians)
Issues. The first issue is that my armies are only about 1/2 the size of the suggested ones. The 2nd is that they are not organized in a similar matter. Whether or not either of these matter depends in part on the relative strengths of the armies, in part on how the armies fill the space on my table and on the rules being used.
Next entry will include a discussion of these issues and how I reached a conclusion and what that looks like.
Born and raised in the suburbs of Montreal, 5 years in the Black Watch of Canada Cadets, 5 years at the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean followed by 4 in the navy. 25 years with CPC in IT simultaneous with 23 years running a boarding kennel. Inherited my love of toy soldiers from my mother's father. Married with a Whippet, 10 Italian Greyhounds and 3 cats. Prematurely retired and enjoying leisure to game, maintaining our 160 yr old farmhouse and just living.