Thursday, 24 September 2009

Where did September go?

Crikey, this has been a busy month. Work has been hectic, but I have managed to tinker away on a few wargaming projects.

My main interest has been knocking together a set of quick-play rules for the early C20th, to cover WW1, Back of Beyond, Very British Civil War (VBCW)RCW, SCW and the Italo-Abyssinian war (among others). To this end I have been reading through a lot of published stuff, including some older gems such as Charles Grant's "Battle!" to garner ideas. I have ended up with a game that looks a bit like "Rapid Fire!" but plays more like the board game "Squad Leader" (but fast). First playtest was last night at the club. I had my battalion of the Borsetshire regiment (4 companies + command unit) supported by a couple of platoons of Vickers MGs and two companies of Turkoman levies. On the other side was a mixed SCW/VBCW force of approximately the same size (about 60 figures for each side) supported by a HMG. The game played well and even with the unfamiliar rules we were finished well inside 3 hours and the time flew by. The rules were deadly enough to fee "in-period" but not so deadly that using tactics became irrelevant. The game lasted around 12 turns and it felt "right" or close to it.

Next I have to think about rules for armoured cars. We'll get to artillery later :-)

On the painting front I have been dealing with some British Lewis Gunners (Copplestone) to beef-up the Borsetshires. Other projects are ticking over and I will get back to them very soon.

Oh, and Partizan was good, but I was knackered...

cheers!

4 comments:

Derk said...

Have you considered Too Fat Lardies "Through the Mud & Blood"?

(http://toofatlardies.co.uk/)

jmilesr said...

Sounds fun - are you planning to publish the new rules?

Steve said...

I might have a figure manufacturer interested in taking the rules forward through development and into publication. If this falls through, then I'll put htem up online in the future.

I have looked at Mud & Blood and it has some nice ideas, but ultimatley I don't like card-driven games very much.

Consul said...

I'd love to see more of your Crusaders, Steve, if you've made any more progress on them?

Take care, I hope all is well.

Ed.