The more I worked on the new draft, the more familiar it looked. Finally it dawned on me that I was rewriting the basing neutral version of HofT that I did last year. So, I went back to rereading old blog posts (like this 54mm Toy Soldier battle and this Oberhilse-Faraway ambush) and dug out that old draft. Yup, that's what I'm busy writing!
The answer to why the last two attempts to recreate MacDuff have failed is that while I still wanted to play the kind of game that I used to play with MacDuff, each time, all of the most identifiable MacDuff features, variable length moves, card activation, figure vs figure melees, etc started getting stripped out and the rules kept turning into a single figure version of HofT at which point it became pointless. Having gone back and reread Dick Larsen's Morschauser inspired rules for single figure games which has been one of my major inspirations this century, and having in mind some recent thoughts on war games in general, I've got one or 2 small changes to things such as the morale rules that will improve the ability to play with either stands or figures (eg no more zombies) but its a tweak to the November rules, not a new set. This also means I can stop wracking my brains on how to make the rules different while using my current favorite mechanisms.
So, there will be no 3rd set of rules, nor, despite the emotional attachment, no expanded, polished MacDuff. Certainly not in the near future and probably never. Instead, there will be an expanded, polished, complete Hearts of Tin. It will be based on the November 2011 version, fully compatible with my 40mm figures whether based singly or on multiple figure stands, my 20mm ACW and even certain 10mm Tricorne armies. As previously, normally, scenario units will be 12 to 32 man battalions but could be independent 'companies' of a few figures when playing a small skirmish, or possibly even whole brigades if using the cm scale.
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, June 6, 2012
AhHa! Caught the Heffalump!
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.