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How Easy Is It To Get Distracted?

The answer in my case is very easy.

Last week was a right off painting wise. Too many other things happening. So I thought I would show you a project/idea i am working on in the background.

A 28mm merchant man, a Fluyt from Printable Scenery. I am hoping to include it in games from Pirates, English Civil War through to AWI at a push. While taking the photos I thought about how to transfer a naval game to the tabletop?

As much as I would love to, I soon had to accept that 28mm is a scale too far as I wanted to ensure maneuvering is part of the game rather than just boarding actions.

I also thought about a set of rule constantly in and out of my thoughts “Lion Rampant”. Could these we used for managing a game with a naval element. This led to me thinking about Pirates!

This started an idea of Pirates starting off with a home port and a small ship with crew. They could raid the high seas or an opponent’s port to get treasures and upgrade their ships and crew. I did not want to do two different scales so 15mm seemed the way to go. So with things thought I printed off the same fluyt in 15mm.

So this is a project that may or may not develop but shows how easy I get distracted. All I have to do now is find some nice figures. Anybody out there recommend any 15mm pirates?

Below is the 28mm version with a Perry 28mm ACW. Only figure I had at hand. Please ignore the recently made 28mm hedge/20mm bocage for another game in development.

Below is the 15mm version

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Lion Rampant

Over the last few months I have been looking at a number of changes in how I wargame. Most of my collections are large. Unfortunately over the last few months many of my regular wargame buddies are unavailable due to moving out of the area or work impacting upon availability. So the last few games have been smaller than normal. It made me think about skirmish style gaming but I still wanted the ability to play larger games, if and when we all can get together again.

Recently I picked up a number of Osprey rules sets. Some look good and not so sure of but have onky had a quick scan of them.

Last night I met up with a gamer from Exmouth and we started to discuss Lion Rampant. They were a set of rules he had but again had never played so we decided to have a walk through to see if they may offer what we want.

Overall the rules seem to be ok and while they appear simple they may take a while to master. The easy of play will allow addition of house rules if and when needed to reflect a particlar era.

We got discussing 2 areas that didn’t feel right.

  • Challenges – like the idea but the process of rolling 3 dice and the highest number of 5 or 6s win. It appears to take no consideration of armour etc. We set about trying a number of option to give what we think would be a more reflective result. We came up with the following:

3 dice as original

3 rounds and the leader with the most hits on them at the end is dead

To hit a general, roll 3 dice needing to roll as if attacking

Any leader hit rolls armour rating or less to save each hit

Leader who has most hits inflicted upon them each round gets a -1 to attack rolls(accumalative) up to needing 6s

  • The other thing that jumped out was that all foot units not knights or serfs all have the skill of schiltron. I think I allow certain foot not to have this ability i.e. my English spears fighting their Scottish equivalents at Stirling.

We are planning to try the rules out with figures on the table in a few weeks time.

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PAW 2019 WARGAME SHOW

Early start for me and with snow on the ground I drove to Plymouth and met the boys to put on our demo game.

It was Pirates trying to rescue one of their captains from an island prison.

This is a small defence protecting the island.

Here are some pictures of other games on at the show

Back to our game and here are a few more pic.

The ships in the background are the Britsh reinforcements waiting to come on.

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The fort was scratch built by Brian.

Here are a few pictures of the British/East India Company ships

This and the next photo are of the scratch built 40 gunner by Brian. Cannot wait till he discovers his full talent and abilities !

Unfortunately Plymouth is a two day show and I could only attend for one day.

TRADERS

This is an area of increasing frustration for me. While I appreciate that Plymouth is a long way down in the South West, Iam fed up for both visitors and traders. This year as before there were many of the approximately 18 traders selling the same or similar ranges.

If they have something you want, then great. No so though for the traders.

I bought 2 cans of spray paint for £8 each, three sellers all competing and you could see the prices change throgh the day as they all became aware of what the others were selling and for how much.

3 x 20mm diecast Pz IVs

6 Osprey books including 2 brand new versions of rulesets Dux Bellorum and Lion Rampant. The other books are all on the HYW so maybe a new game/army beckons?

Was it worth it? In my opinion a 100 mile journey for the traders No, but meeting my mates yes.

PAW COMMITEE, please consider traders a bit more for both their ability to make a profit and for giving cutomers a greater choice.

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