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, October 28, 2013

Pffft! HA! Get Up! Crack!

Took me all day to get here but at last the table is set and the first few turns played.
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Word has reached the Black Fox that the Red Queen's troops are on the move again and that this time, they are leaving the coast with plans to pass through the hills to the interior to build a series of posts to control trade and  establish territorial claims.  Gathering up the Brethren, the Fox leads a force to block the passes to give his allies time to gather. Lacking mobile artillery, they load a ships cannon into an old wagon, hitch oxen to an old field gun, and set out for the hills.
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The game was set up with 6 figure units in anticipation of an old fashioned MacDuff style game but it didn't take long for the question to be answered, "which rules are these?". Thinking of all the things that made MacDuff what it was, the card sequencing, the control chart, the variable length moves, the figure to figure combat, the rallying of hits, the automatic removal of 1/2 strength units, none of these are here. On the other hand, many aspects of the original Morschauser Meets MacDuff rules are here. Despite the setting, the single figures and the small units, this is a Hearts of Tin game. 

So be it. 

8 comments:

  1. Table looks great.
    Let the games begin...

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    1. Begun and finished. Hopefully some pics and report soon.

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  2. I eagerly await the oncoming conflict

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  3. Great looking terrain and figures, I love the dirt path...

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    1. Good ol' traction sand, my standard dirt road/path material.

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  4. Hi Ross,
    Nice looking game. I just want to put you on to a book that I recently picked up from Amazon. The book is the Third Battle of Winchester by Scott Patchan and what Patchan is able to do is to take the battle apart and break it down into unit actions which would be adaptable to the regimental scale you seem to favor. In addition to the battle proper, there are numerous actions leadin up to the main battle on a brigade level where the actions of the regiments are detailed. The maps are good and the OBs terrific.
    Jerry
    A/K/A The Celtic Curmidgeon

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