Saturday, 30 September 2017

ACW - rules design TFON

My hexed based ACW rules, Two Flags - One Nation are presently going through another round of tidying up and development.


Union commanders roused from their slumber
at their H.Q.
This post is just looking at some of the recent changes, which remain gentle rather than turning anything upside-down and is just something of a ramble from a design perspective.

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Sunday, 17 September 2017

Germantown by GMT

Germantown by GMT

Designed by Mark S. Miklos (series designer) and Bill Madison, Germantown is module 7 in the Battles of the American Revolution (BoAR) series.


Chew House is fortified in the game

This post gives a light overview of the game and its mechanics against the background of an AAR.

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Saturday, 16 September 2017

Supporting Blogs

Blogs and supporting them.


Firstly, I am taking pause to stop and thank all those people have become followers of this blog. Your visible support truly encourages me to be thoughtful about my content and to keep a regular output.


Another reason for this post - Jonathan Freitag is a wargame blogger who runs a blog called Palouse Wargaming Journal.



He is just celebrating 5 years of blogging and is running a prize ‘give-away’ as a thank you to those that follow his posts.


Jonathan not only posts weekly, but he is also a prolific supporter of other peoples blogs. Top man. 


Maintaining a blog requires that most precious of commodities to us all - ‘time’ and supporting blogs by following is an important indicator to a blogger that their output is interesting to others and worth carrying on with.


Bloggers give their time freely and run blogs in the spirit of sharing, so, if you enjoy anyone’s blog content, please consider making a comment and if you find yourself repeatedly visiting the same blog, please consider becoming a follower of the blog - it really does incentivise a blogger to stick with it.


For more information about Jonathan’s thank you ‘give-away’, please use the link below.


LINK - http://palousewargamingjournal.blogspot.co.uk/2017/09/five-years-before-screen.html


Thursday, 14 September 2017

Stamford Bridge 1066

Invasion 1066: Stamford Bridge.

Now I wouldn't normally promote any of my own stuff like this, but Mr. ER Bickford has just put together a short ( 5 minutes) video replay of my Stamford Bridge design.


It's nice that he has taken the time to do it, but I think it is also worth looking at as an example of how effective a non-verbal video presentation can be.

Anyway - thank you Mr. Bickford.

LINK
https://www.boardgamegeek.com/video/149621/invasion-1066-stamford-bridge/musical-replay-stamford-bridge

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Fake News

In a bizarre turn of events,


We have it on good authority that blogger and long time wargamer, Monty Bartholomew Slackjaw Smythe, has been seen in the company of 28mm figures at a private viewing.





Known for his delight in all things small and his penchant for the noble hex, those close to him have said that they doubt the reports are accurate and that in any case, there is nothing wrong with looking, as long as you don’t touch!


Though pictures don't show Smythe actually handling the figures, it is almost certain that he was very close to the table, admiring what may have even be his own handy work.


Smythe wasn’t available for comment today, though his agent Mr. Perry in a prepared statement said ‘Monty wouldn’t know the arse end of a donkey if it sat on him, he is easily confused and might have been tricked into painting and basing the figures’.


In the ongoing befuddlement, high roller, Smoking Sam Box Cars Malone, an industry specialist, who describes the size versus scale thing as ‘Codswallop’, has predicted that all the fake speculation will force Smythe into admitting that he quite likes the 28mm scale.


So what has tickled Monty’s fancy? 


We can exclusively reveal an eclectic mix of possible interests, as disclosed to us by the tantalising Madame Divine, an apparent acquaintance of someone who knows someone else. 


An ACW theme is possible as we first see a Union gun section (Perry 28mm plastic ACW) setting up while waiting for ammunition to be unloaded.






Followed by a Confederate regiment (Perry Plastic 28mm) making good speed to get onto the Gettysburg road. They are off to try and find some replacement footwear for the Division. They should be safely home in time for tea!





And there's more, a couple of Confederate regiments (Perry Plastic 28mm) move onto Hangmans Hill, in response to fake reports than enemy units had been playing Chicken and Pitch ‘n Toss on the road below.





In another of Monty's favourite periods, a Soviet SMG section (Warlord Games Soviet Infantry, Plastic 28mm) cautiously prepare to leave a hamlet, having spent a comfortable evening in a warm and rather well maintained barn (Hornby Hobbies Ltd 2004).





Showing off some new tall grasses, Celtic Warriors (Warlord Games plastic 28mm) in  something of a frenzied surprise attack, emerge from boggy ground, having used fully trained grazing highland cattle to conceal their ambush (28mm lead, Warbases).







Looking rather lost, these War of the Roses infantry (Perry WoR 28mm plastics), who obtained their uniforms as a ‘job lot’, make their way to the rendezvous at the ‘Old Oak’, where the bow contingent will swell the ranks of Lord Fitzroy, who reportedly is in rather a mean mood as he is looking for the pair of vagabonds that stole his hog roast.





Monty has done SciFi before and this fleeting glimpse of this walker with its infantry support (Games Workshop plastic) makes us wonder whether he fancies a little dabble. Here the patrol moves past the distillery while on a fake training exercise in an area sweep for enemy supplies. They have covered 25 miles, which the walker found easy …. the foot support less so!




So there you have it, no smoke without fire, as they say and a lovely dollop of fakery into the bargain. We will bring you more as Monty's inner circle sell their stories for the best price.


Sunday, 3 September 2017

6x6 small grid game WWII

Another ‘wargaming in small spaces’ scenario for our 6x6 grid games. It is July 1944 and we are playing out a Soviet attack on a small hamlet with a reinforced company. 





With the position under pressure, the German commander releases a reserve platoon with armour support, to ensure that the position is not lost.


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