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, August 28, 2017

There Will Be A Short Delay.....


"I'll just wait here until you're ready to feed me...."

I was trying to remember what was behind my current, apparent, aversion to my 6" grid when a serendititous enquiry sent me back to my last game of 2016 which in turn led me to this comparison post which ended with the conclusion that  the 6" grid was the best thing since sliced bread, a conclusion seemingly backed by an early 20thC game  just before I got sidetracked by the Portable Wargame, Rough Wooing and Huzzah. It took more searching to finally find this seemingly rushed contrary conclusion, one which appears to ignore the facts presented by numerous past posts.

So I did some poking around and some experimenting and some reading and well, here I am, ACW back on the 6" grid for a test game with 4 stand game "regiments" each covering the ground of 2 average historical regiments in OSW, Charles  Grant fashion. I even have the old ACW variant of the Square Brigadier rules buffed up to fit.

Just not sure if the game will happen before the weekend.

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  1. King of Siam (to President Lincoln): I hear you are having trouble with some of your rebellious people.
    President Lincoln: Indeed. Nothing we can't handle, you understand, but it's taking a while to sort out.
    K. of S.: Do you reckon a bunch of war elephants might help expedite a fovourable outcome?
    President L.: Possibly, were it not for the climate being unsuitable for elephants, however pachydermous.
    K. of S.: Oh, climate. Cold is it? Methinks we might have just the thing...

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    1. I think she may have actually sided with the guys in Butternut and Grey....

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  2. ha ha - (enjoying the exchange with the king of Siam)

    I recently played a little game (not the Portable Wargame and not with squares or hexes) with multiple figures on stands. I liked how that worked out, so now I am planning on basing more of my figures on stands for more games in the future.

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    1. Apart from the convenience, I find it seems to shift my perception about the acceptable level of abstraction.

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  3. The argument of 6" against 4" cells is one of more room to breathe against less cells overall on the gaming table. For my own money, I think once the figure scale gets past 15mm, then the benefits of 6" outweigh other considerations.

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    1. I think the 20mm guys work either way but for larger figures I agree.

      Having multiple grids is, however, a pain since my varying scales use many of the same terrain pieces.

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  4. Expect the unexpected - Tsun Su . . . probably!

    H

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    1. Minnow though I usually call her Minou.

      Our 4th Siamese and the first that wasn't a rescue. She was so tiny compared to friends back then, Fat Cat and Hector. She was supposed to be my wife's cat, like her predecessor, but once Fat Cat and Hector were both gone, and since Frankie doesn't cuddle with other cats, she adopted me.

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  6. Well get your priorities right ! As it happens our last cat died- aged 22- a couple of months back- but there are a couple of ferals in the garden who may occaisionally get fed !

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    1. We have one who lives in our woodshed since Minnow won't let her in the house.

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  7. Well, how many squares does Minnow take up?

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    1. Two of the big ones as long as her tail is curled but with a 2 squae C.A.T. attack range.

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