They like me! They really like me!

December 16, 2012
The prestigious Leibster award!

The prestigious Leibster award!

Dan Mersey has nominated me for a Leibster award.  I think it basically means that he is telling the community that this blog is worth reading.  It is a great way to promote the hobby.  Now I need to return the favor by nominating 5 blogs that I enjoy.  The problem here is that most of the blogs I read are already nominated.  So, I will be breaking the rules and nominating the ones I deem worthy whether they’ve been nominated or not!

First up is Here is no Great Matter.  This blog has a little of everything and a lot of Lost Battles, including some informative replays of the game.

Next we have Dale’s Wooden Warriors.  This was started as another alternative to the Wargaming on a Budget project.  I posted my armies some time ago for a game Matt Kirkhart and I ran at Cold Wars in March 2012.  The figures are extremely nice and very creative.

Up next is Men in Boxes.  Among other gaming aspects, this is a 1/72 scale soldier site.  Some interesting articles here including some warbands for Song of Arthur and Merlin.

I can’t forget Shaun’s Wargaming with Miniatures blog.  This site has many, many reviews using Ancients Wargaming rules set but with a spin.  He wants to game in a 2X2 board and finish the game in about an hour.  Some interesting ideas to “miniaturize” some otherwise hefty rules sets.

Finally, there is The 1/72 Scale Multiverse.  This site has been extremely useful to me on my quest to find 1/72 scale fantasy figures to use in my Lord of the Rings project.

As an honorable mention, check out Dan Mersey’s blog.  Lots of information about books Dan has published including some helpful tips about his excellent game Dux Bellorum.

So, sorry for the retreads but, the blogs I usually read are already nominated.  I guess I have good taste!


More thoughts on Ancient and Medieval Wargaming

November 25, 2012

I had some initial thoughts that after a few ore games I thought maybe were not such a good idea.  One thought was that skirmishers, especially javelin armed skirmishers were not any good.  True they could get slaughtered in a fight but historically they are simply harassing units.  It was thought by several folks that light troops in general should have some sort of evade rules.  I am not so certain.  In my last fight, my velites were able to shoot and then inflict a few more hits in melee.  True they took heavy casualties but I allowed them to retreat through the formed body.  I was then able to counter attack with fresh units on the next turn.   So I was able to pull back spent units before they were eliminated, and thuse being counted as victory points.

Some units are a bit weak.  Specifically, the Punic infantry and Hellenistic cavalry.  Though both units were substantial armor, Neil Thomas felt for some reason that they should only have a 6+ armor.  And yet, the Roman cavalry have a 5+ armor!  Both of these I would change to 5+.  Speaking of Punic infantry, I also had a notion that they should be classified as auxiliary infantry.  However, I think the Hoplite classification is fine.  they can deliver a punch and then start to fall apart when they lose that first stand.  I do think the Punic Veterans should be heavy infantry as the Romans are.

Finally, there is the differentiation between Hoplites and Pike phalanx.  Hoplites deliver a tremendous attack until the first stand is lost.  I think the Pike Phalanx should have a 3+ armor save against non-pike units (frontal only!) until the first stand is lost.  This 3+ only applies to melee.  They retain the usual 5+ against missile fire.

My next fight shall be Hereclea, the classic matchup between Pyrrhus and Rome.

 

 

 


New Yahoo Group

February 24, 2009

I’ve created a yahoo group for Ancients D6 and any other game that I end up designing.  Come on by to ask your questions or just say Hi.

http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/johnswargames/

John


The Photo Stage

January 31, 2009

Today, I built a photo stage for taking pictures of miniatures.  This will be useful for reviewing miniature lines and taking quick pictures for painting tutorials.  The box measures 15″ X 10″ X 10″.  The short wall is not necessary for photography.  It is there to stabilize the back wall.  I used a single sheet of 3/8″ foam board 20″ X 30″.   I cut it into 4 15″X10″ sections.  I cut down the short wall to 10″ X 10 3/8″.  I used PVA glue and wire brads to fashion it all together.

The stage with 2 100 watt lamps.

The stage with two 100 watt lamps.

 Still experimenting with photography.  I am not so good yet.  I know the general principles but it will take time to get the right mix of light and positioning.


Happy New Year!

December 31, 2008

Wishing everyone a happy new year for 2009!

I am planning to be more active on the site.  I want to finish up the final minor tweaks to Ancients D6. As well, I am going to build out some early medieval lists for Norman/Saxon/Vikings and perhaps a few continental armies as well.

My big plan is to write and play-test Black Powder Wars.  The rules are basically done but I need to refine a few things such as how the turn sequence is done before I can begin the play-testing.

Finally, I’ll be doing some game reviews.  These reviews will include a battle report of the game complete with annotations on how the rules work.  If the games are not played solo, I’ll invite the other players to give their impressions of the game as well.

Stay tuned!  It all starts in January!

John


New Site and Bad Luck

September 4, 2008

Hello all,

My system at home had a major failure of the hard disk.  Fortunately, nothing major was lost…only time.  I decided to build my site on WordPress and see how that goes.  While free sites on WordPress are not as full featured as if you were hosting your own, they do have the advantage of being backed up by someone else. :)

I should have the game files back online soon.

John


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