I finished two new cavalry units in January, one Allied, one French. The first are the British 15th Light Horse also called Elliot’s Light Horse. This unit was part of the Allied army commanded by Ferdinand of Brunswick and was made famous after its charge against the French at Emsdorf. The figures are from Italeri, US Independence War British Light Cavalry. The uniforms are close to the ones worn during the Seven Years War and, in any case, the only set of cavalry wearing leather “jockey cap” type helmets available in1/72 plastic figures.
Wednesday, January 5, 2022
Sunday, December 19, 2021
I recently put the latest version of my Old School rules to the test with a game loosely based on Blastof from Charge! I played against my son who had never played before. It quickly became apparent that I had violate two of the five goals that I outlined two year ago, when I previewed the first iteration of these rules. To refresh, my initial goals were:
- Old school feel: units with individually based figures
- Brevity: core rules limited to two sides of one page
- Simplicity: something intuitive enough for a novice to grasp quickly
- Economy: minimum number of dice rolls and modifiers to get a result
- Morale: simple but something better than last man standing
Here are a few pics from the game.
Friday, December 17, 2021
Friday, October 22, 2021
I have significantly revamped my Old School Rules. The biggest change is resolving combat in groups instead of individual single combats. Single combats became tedious and time consuming even for small actions. I created new rules by modifying aspects of melee rules from Donald Featherstone and Charles Grant.
The other change was updating the morale rules which were amended to a variation the one found in The Wargame by Charles Grant. I wanted to have them reflect the impact of officer losses on command and control. I also streamlined the overall rules and included more tables in place of long text explanations. I did not materially change the rules for artillery and musket fire.
Overall, I'm pleased with how they work. Here is the link for anyone interested.
Finally a pick of some of my latest old school figures.
Grenadiers from the Hanovarian Dragoons - Breidenbach Regiment
Hanovarian Infantry - Hardenberg Regiment
Five Allied Infantry Regiments:
Hessian Grenadiers, Hessian Erbprinz, Hanovrian Von Scheither, British 4th King's Own, and Hanaovarian Hardenberg
Friday, December 18, 2020
Monday, October 19, 2020
Slowly building my French and Austrian armies for Napoleon’s campaigns in Italy. I’m making slower progress than I hoped but decided to set out what was finished along with some terrain recently made and purchased. The buildings are from Charlie Foxtrot Models. These are great kits and the website instructions on how to finish them lead to good results. The grass mat was purchased from Barrage Miniatures. When I ordered the mat they contacted me immediately to get my instructions on the colors and finish. Great service from Clara and team.
The flags are from GMB. They are actually for the Egyptian campaign but look nicer than anything I can download and print myself so I’m using them anyway.