I haven't managed any painting yet, looks like I need a casting session first but I did get 3 more units onto their bases. I have also had time for a little 1 or 2 on 1 rule tests. It did not take long to realize I was nowhere near the mark.
The problems started with me trying to arrange the rules to handle my new bases which are 1 rank deep although I still want to deploy them 2 figures deep in line, and my 1/72 ACW bases which are based 2 deep. Eventually I decided to call my new bases "1/2 bases", treating 2 of them as a single 2x2, 6 figure stand but capable of more photogenic posing when required. Sort of like these 1 piece bases from a 2012 photo.
But that was just the start. The proposed changes violated so many principles and aims that I have laid out over the last few years that I just ditched them and started looking over old posts and backing up a few years. The result has become very similar to what was used in the above game and the Cobbs Farm game seen below.
A working draft is published for those with time to waste but a proper test is a week away, there is lots of proof reading to be done and I'm finally ready after 5 years to start putting back in all the odd bits, special troops and rules and so on for the Atlantica campaign rather than just leaving the door open. I don't remember seeing the chance cards now that I think of it so I'll have to port them over.
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 25, 2014
Well, that didn't work too well.
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.