I would really like to find a way to do this without changing existing firing/melee mechanisms but without needing rosters by any other name. There have been a lot of good ideas fed into the idea grinder and here is another experimental sausage coming out for tasting. I actually nibbled on it last night, but have adjusted the spices slightly and hope to have a proper taste later today or tomorrow. (depends partly on whether or not I go to Mars tonight.)
1. Each unit has a morale value, this being what was used last year: Militia 1, Regulars 2, Elites 3.
2. Whenever a unit or group takes hits, for each multiple of its morale one stand is disordered. (this is going to be harder to explain than it will be to do, essentially dividing hits by the morale and dropping fractions). Remainders are dropped not tracked. A disordered stand will have to be marked in some fashion, a bead, a cap, a small marker die, turn it around, put a casualty behind it etc.
3. If all the stands in a unit/group are disordered, each subsequent disorder will force the permanent removal of a stand.
4. When a unit rallies, a successful roll will remove 1 disorder marker.
5. A disordered stand is -1 for shooting and melee.
I think I'll start with the ACW.
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
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
and the first thoughts of a new day.
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.