Sneak Peek: Back in Black

We’re constantly inundated with questions and enquiries about our forthcoming Horse and Musket period rules, Black Powder. Written by none other than Rick Priestley and Jervis Johnson these rules cover the period 1700-1900.

A continual process of playtesting, tinkering and fine-tuning is going on as the likes of Rick, Peter Dennis, Bob Naismith, the Perry twins and Warlord’s own Deadly Duo, Paul and John take to the field of battle regularly.

We thought it high time we ‘outed’ the above’s performance on the field of battle:

Rick: The Pixie Master himself. What more can we say about Rick that hasn’t already been said? Well, not much that won’t result in legal proceedings I’m afraid. Suffice to say Rick acts as our games master on most sessions. Sometime he even remembers the rules…

Peter Dennis: The founder of 2mm wargaming and celebrated artist. ”The Count’ as he’s known to us, has a strong preference for charging directly across the battlefield at the first chance. In his own words he’s not ‘aggressive’, but ‘offensive’. So, The Count is officially offensive…

Bob: Bob is known for two defining characteristics (beyond his Irn Bru-swilling, deep-fried Mars Bar scoffing Scottishness) – the ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory and also his predeliction for muttering inane ditties to himself…

Alan Perry: With a penchant for covering every inch of a battle field in troops he’s often been known to remove such unsightly battlefield elements as woods, buildings and all other terrain to cram in even more models. Has a preference for playing down the length of tables.Known to have sculpted entire ranges of miniatures during an evening’s play…

Michael Perry: With a penchant for covering every inch of a battle field in troops he’s often been known to remove such unsightly battlefield elements as woods, buildings and all other terrain to cram in even more models. Has a preference for playing down the length of tables.Known to have sculpted entire ranges of miniatures during an evening’s play…

Paul: Don’t let him roll dice. That is all.

John: Constantly slapping Paul’s wrists for fondling his collection of de-activated WW2 firearms, John regularly hosts the motley crew. Known for repeated utterings of ‘What would the Queen say?” and “But can they fight?” he can found returning his vast collection of miniatures to their shelves long after everyone else has buggered off home…

We’ve already confirmed our first supplement for Black Powder will be to extend the timeframe for the rules to encompass the English Civil Wars and the Thirty Years War. Further supplements will be forthcoming but let’s not get ahead of ourselves, eh?

Below are some of the pages from the rules section of the rulebook. Paul has been beavering away (ooer matron!) to make sure they look the part. The Twins have been busy taking lavish photographs of theirs and others wonderfully painted armies to help illustrate the pages of Black Powder. It’s not for nothing we refer to it as ‘warporn’!

In addition to the rules themselves there are also write-ups of several battles we’ve fought along with attendant force listings – we’ll be showing some of those pages off in future newsletters and web articles.