EXCERPT 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

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Kicking the AGW Tires at Sittingbad

Since Sittingbad was still set up on my table, I decided to get the Prince August homecasts out for my now customary last game of the year, then decided to try out the draft of A Gentleman's War again.

The cavalry clash early on.
Initially I deployed 2x12 inf/6 cavalry or light infantry units for each Charge! regiment in the original. It didn't take long to realize that I had botched the unit translation  considering how the activation works. Not being shy about jumping horses in midstream (or about mixing metaphors), I changed that to 1x18 figure infantry or 9 cavalry or light infantry for each Charge! unit. That worked well.
The whole Rosmark army is now on table but the player controlling them has been too slow and cautious.
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Yes OK that was me but it was a matter of honest poor decisions while I learned not only the rules but how to make the best use of them.)   
Once again the rules worked well but while each rule is simple, there are a lot of them and the various tables will need a few games to memorize for those like me who have gotten used to much simpler games. The card play puts an interesting twist on top of the game and there was a time I would hated it but I'm a little easier on such things these days and they can be quite fun.

The Hold cards are not quite the same when you know and control both hands but they are too useful to skip. I think some of my friends here might enjoy playing the card playing aspect of the rules.

Playing this game also reminded me that playing a non-gridded, card activation  game like MacDuff or AGW, solo, on a 4x6 table, means ALOT of circling the table to move units or retrieve tapes or rulers.

The supplies have been evacuated and the Maritime army is well on its way to safety.
What's next? We'll have to wait and see. Time is running short on selecting a game to run at Huzzah next May so picking one and preparing for it needs to be my main focus until its ready. 

14 comments:

  1. My Sittangbad game went much the same even using the CHARGE! Rules, I was far too cautious. I inflicted a lot of casualties and took few in exchange but in doing so lost sight of my objective and all the supplies were evacuated and the bridge blown in my face....

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  2. Nice to see the Prince Augusts on the table again .

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    1. Gotta get out now and then to stop them from banging their musket butts on the shelf.

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  3. Seeing this, I might just have to take another stab at Sittangbad in the summer once (some more) free time returns. FUnny how this particular scenario/game stays with many of us perhaps more than any other scenario or historic engagement.

    Best Regards,

    Stokes

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    1. This and Blasthof Bridge were the first 2 scenarios I ever encountered and in my 2nd wargaming book. Imprinted I think.

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  4. The table looks lovely. I have never tried Sitingbad - pretty sure I have a copy of Charge in my library. Happy New Year Ross!

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  5. A very nice looking table and interesting to see you play something non-gridded!

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    1. I confess I got pretty tired of hunting for any of the various rulers and tapes I hauled out. I'd swear they crawled to the other side on their own steam every time I put one down.

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  6. Seeing your Prince August 40mm semi flats reminds me yet again just how much I miss my own, which I gave away in their entirety (given away but they were never ever used.. worst travesty of all). I had hundreds made and moulds to make so many more too. Ah me so sad. But at least I get to enjoy the grand spectacle of your own collection.

    Magnificent :-)

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    1. Never regret roads not taken.

      This lot are one of those things where I get enthusiastic then let it ride months without getting them out or adding to them but its been 20 years now since I cast my first one and somehow they have continued to grow despite all the reasons I come up why they are a distraction and somehow the 15mm, 20mm, 25mm, 30mm musket armies have disappeared instead!

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