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, March 16, 2015

Fending Off The Scale-y Beast

It was a close call and no doubt about it. I  nearly got trapped again in the quagmire of constant scale. Fortunately, by reviewing posts from last fall, I was able to remind myself of how and why the game has  reached this point, things not changed by having larger grid areas.

In fact, apart from acknowledging that my artillery long range will have to be too short to avoid being irrelevant and accepting that most scenarios will involve detachments from too many battalions just so I can name them and paint a greater variety of uniforms, there was no need to change anything, just an option to finally differentiate between bayonet charges and close range firefights since the areas are big enough to hold units of both sides. This is more about narrative, flavour and OSW tradition than anything else but its something I have missed.

The second half of turn 3. The Blue Dragoons charge the Queen's Lancers while infantry and guns rush forward on both sides.

In order to make it work as seamlessly as possible I went back to an idea I had tried last fall and liked but which didn't work well with the initiative turn sequence. The turn system will now be the old A moves, B shoots,  check morale, resolve charges.

Not having to rewrite too much or change from 4 and 8 figure units to 6 and 12 figure ones  and so on, I was able to paint the 2nd half of my Buffs and fix an error in my updated Oberhilse Dragoon uniform. It turns out the later was based on a proposed uniform which had been rejected as being dreary rather than drab. Since this is the Blue army I skipped the various grey and khaki versions and put them into the pre drab blue uniform with yellow topped kepis, yellow trim and black leather. Much shinier!

I was reluctantly torn away from the game by duties but hope to finish tomorrow. Amazing how interesting and challanging such a small game can be despite fast play rules and only 6 units a side.

5 comments:

  1. Looks like fun. Interesting to see a shot of your figure shelves in the background as well.

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  2. I also like the look of the figures on display in the background - sadly mine all sit in box files under the table , Tony

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  3. Important to keep the scale-y beast at bay!

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  4. I like the 'new look' of your tabletop, and the new uniforms you have painted sound very colourful.

    I am looking forward to seeing your forthcoming battle report.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  5. Me too, I like this tabletop and the figure composition. But I am also envious of the cupboard in the background, full of figures....:-)
    Peter

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