Yes, I have had the bit between my teeth and running amok. Once I got dug into consolidating the latest ideas into the draft of Hearts of Tin that was on line, things just started to click. I've rolled a lot of things back and incorporated much experience gained over the last 2 years into something that has me excited again. It reminds me of an improved version of the games I played many of the scenarios with during the 2008/09 Game a Week project. My anticipation is that this will deliver games like my Plattsburg fight while still being able to handle larger games using smaller figures and small games with just a few stands.
During 2009 I successfully played several such smaller games (aka skirmishes) and believed that I had written my universal Horse and Musket Rules but subsequently, once I got to fussing on how to cram more troops onto a smaller table and started tampering, I " improved" the rules to the point where the small games were no longer satisfying, (and the big ones had lost some of the flavour to be honest though still working fst and furiously for bigger games) I believe that is all fixed again. If I am right, then I may have my universal system again. Since Rob Dean and I now have a simple set of skirmish rules for F&IW and 1812, MacDuff may have finally met his match but no Requiem just yet.
Hopefully a test game tomorrow.
The updated rules are available from the link to the left. (now where did I put that bag of 45mm square bases, bought and never used....)
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
Monday, February 13, 2012
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, 4 cats and a bird. Prematurely retired and looking forward to leisure to game, garden and sculpt in our 150 yr old farmhouse.