Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Fold Flat Terrain

For along time now I've heard of a "fold flat" card terrain system. I had seen pictures of it but it had never been available and as such it was becoming a bit of an urban myth.

The story went the terrain had been designed by an Engineer, which he kept fold flat in a lever arch file. On game days the Engineer would put on a game open this box, bring out folded flat scenery and erect there and then in front of your eyes.

I wanted this scenery due to storage problems I have at home. Then a couple of days ago I had an email in my Inbox from Brian Hadley via one of the Yahoo groups. He had finally produced a pack.

The pack includes a building, a wall, a ridge and a tank trap. Its a downloadable PDF so you can print off as many of each as you want. The author recommends you print onto coloured card and there are very precise instructions on how to fit it all together and how to fold it flat.

I've already sent an email with my ideas. hedges, fences, bridges and middle east buildings.

The terrain pack is available from Wargaming Online for the very cheap price of $4.00

Tuesday, 15 April 2008

Civil War Battles

I'm having a break from painting up modern forces for our Andreivian Game and I purchased Civil War Battles from Peter Pig.

We played the first scenario from the book myself and Will. There are several new mechanisms in there that took us a while to get used to, but after a couple of turns we were flying. The mechanisms we like for example:

- If a unit is low on ammunition the opponent can make him re-roll all the to hit dice. There is a chance he may roll better but if it is already a good roll it gives the opposition a chance.
- Re-rolls for to hit dice with rifled muskets. Raw troops may re-roll 1's, average may re-roll 1 and 2's and you guessed it elite re-roll's 1,2 and 3's.
- Unit frontages affect maximum movement distances
- Action Points are spent per unit after a general has activated them

I have many sets of Peter Pig rules and these are certainly the nicest presented and includes pictures.

We both agreed they gave a very good feel for the period and these will be now my favoured rules for them. I use 20mm plastics which I picked up on ebay a couple of years go based for Fire and Fury. I've even been drawn to paint up some more Union dismounted cavalry and three extra Union batteries which have been gathering dust on a shelf.

Next time I plan to use the full set up rules which generates the scenario and adjusts the forces depending on what decisions both sides make on the Battle sheet.

Thursday, 10 April 2008

Gauntlet Game

My local club is running the Gauntlet event in July. I have volunteered to assist in running a participation game called Battle in the Tuzkhur Valley.

This means I'm busy painting up modern forces for the game. We have created a blog for this game called Andreivian Tales.