Tuesday, August 25, 2015

No Retreat: The Russian Front

Played this excellent game with my Dad recently and great fun it was too despite forgetting to utilise the free Soviet Unit upgrades for several turns !!

Such a good balance of playability and flavour.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Black Powder: a little more Seven Years War

Played several interesting turns of a solo re-run of our Black Powder game today substituting my Prussians for Stephens just to thrash out a few rule tweaks.
Mainly I was testing a system of forcing Infantry units to dice (a Morale test of sorts) to charge other Infantry in the Open which seems in keeping with our understanding of Seven Years War engagements.
Whilst it means another dice roll it does seem to work ok with higher Moral level types being potentially more aggressive and Militia types corresponding less so.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Black Powder: Seven Years War

Another run out for Black Powder rules using our Seven Years War stuff today.
I fielded Russians against Stephen's Prussians.
We have I think the Seven Years War modifications we use are pretty much honed to how we like things now thereby leaving us to simply fight the battle.
I just could not pass a Break Test today and Stephen was able to save the bulk of any hits I inflicted and I never managed to roll a single 6 in shooting to cause a Disorder (is that even possible !!??).
Still another excellent game with these fast play rules.
They may lack some of the 'nitty gritty' of other sets but they do give plausible outcomes with minimal tweaking and lower complexity rules overhead.
Maybe its a consequence of getting older but simpler seems more fun now than complex ?

Prussian centre

And their right wing

Prussian left wing occupies ploughed fields

Russian centre and right

Russian left wing anchored in town

Russian initial set up

Contest for central town ensues

Action on Russian left

Monday, August 03, 2015

Conflict Of Heroes: Storm of Steel back on the table

Played couple of scenarios of this lovely looking board wargame with my Dad.
Been a long while since we played this but due to its overall ease of play and low rules overhead we got back into it fairly easily.
Forgot how high the casualty rates can be but still a fun nights gaming.

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Honours Of War (play test version) game

Game at Stephens using last play test version of Honours of War rules (due for publication by Osprey in November).
I used Prussians against the Austrians.
Very slick and quick system to use especially the movement and command but as previously we found the Hit/Morale system just way to 'bloody' (even with somewhat toned down version of latest play sheet) with units being reduced to 'Done For' status tout suite.
Certainly very decisive gaming but maybe just too much so for us.
We will use our own version of Hit Chart I suspect once rules are available.

Phone photos again (really must try to remember camera !)