No, seriously, there has been real progress on the 1812-1860 front, rules, organization etc, all coming together.
|The Royal Fusiliers and Lafayette County Volunteers |
face off again in the 1st of 2 playtests.
Having reduced the number of separate armies/periods that I'm keeping and bearing in mind my rule that each of the remaining periods must offer a different sort of gaming experience, I have dropped the idea of using small variations on the same rule set for various horse and musket/rifle collections. This has allowed a much easier path to a very different approach to the game even while using some of my goto mechanisms.
This new set of rules has strong links to Hearts of Tin but essentially treats each unit as 1 stand like the Square Brigadier did. Tthe sequence of play though is very different, a variation on an old Featherstone one which I tested once with MacDuff. After determining initiative (card draw again in this case) 1 player moves then the other followed by a joint combat resolution. Here, for the first time, I resolve fire and close combat all in one phase using 1 mechanism. My thinking was that since each turn represents some 15 - 20 minutes, worrying about things like who fired first or whether or not infantry charged by cavalry managed to fom square or stood in line to repulse a charge or maybe got run over is beneath the grain. That is stuff for Colonels and Brigadiers, not the Model Major General in command. His concern is the battle plan and the use of reserves and the like.
In essence the tactics aren't shown, we, as General, roll some dice and see the result of the attack we ordered.
When all is said and done, despite the lack of low level detail, it felt to me more like a conventional "wargame" than many of my other gridded experiments.
I'm still debating names but this is in many ways a successor to Hearts of Tin and it does deal with armies albeit small ones rather than being a skirmish or Brigade action. Model Major General is another option and I am open to suggestions.
I could and should say more but its late and I'm heading into Halifax tomorrow to deal with another Martian offensive.
|The final stalemate on the right after assault and counter assault.|