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

Friday, February 7, 2014

A River Runs Through

The first draft of 20th Century Square Brigadier (aka Hats of Tin) is almost ready.  Working on a 7" tablet is mmmmm..... frustrating at times but getting easier as I learn new ways. Good for the little grey cells.

In the meantime I bought a dollar's worth of blue foam sheets and used some to make some river sections for the 9cm grid. 

I wasn't at it long before I decided I really wanted to include these rules in the Square Brigadier series using the same generic concepts, sequence and basic mechanisms but with different unit characteristics and particular or period rules. This is going to cause me a small amount of grief as while they all started with the same general ideas, this iteration looks better to me  from a practical game experience so that means more rewriting to align them again. 

It also didn't take long to realize that in that case, one set could be stretched to go from 1900 to 1960ish if using relative values and allowing for improvements in organization and communications as well as weapons.

Hopefully  a test game and the first draft tomorrow. Probably RCW since the Lital army only has enough painted figures for 5 infantry units and is having an internal fight over whether or not the ease of removing single figure casualties balances the logistic issues of tracking 3 score figures less than an inch tall and light enough to float on the wind and the cost and trouble of magnets and unit trays.

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