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  • Charge The Guns replied to the topic Austrian Napoleonic in the forum Black Powder 3 weeks ago

    Hi Archie – great to hear that there are some stats in Clash.  I don’t know much about the Austrian Landwehr, but I’d guess they were worse than the line.  In the Prussian army the Landwehr were fairly efficient by 1815, and I don’t know if the Austrian Landwehr reached this level.  Perhaps IO has some more info?

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  • Hi Nigel.  In my group we also use 4 x 28mm on a 40mm by 40mm base. We typically have 6 bases for a regular unit (24 figs), 4 bases for a small (16 figs) and 8 bases for a large unit (32 figs).  You will note that two small units equal one large.  This makes sense to us as a small unit is typically 2 stamina and a large is 4 (for ‘normal’ troops…[Read more]

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  • Hi Skh25.  I don’t believe there is anything missing from the Shiedwall special rule.  I suspect the bit you are reading in the description is just hyperbole, and not expected to translate in to some tangible part of the rule.  In Shieldwall your defence/resilience increases, you are less effective offensively, and you are slower.  Seems a fair…[Read more]

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  • Obviously Warlord would like you to buy their figures, but the rules and supplement aren’t written on the basis of any particular figure sets you buy from anywhere.  If you want a regular sized unit to be 18 figs then that will work ok.

    Whether your unit represents a company or a battalion etc. is down to scale.  In some conflicts the battles wer…[Read more]

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  • Hi Arcole – it’s interesting that such a major force in the wars doesn’t have a supplement yet.  There have been some plastics out for Austrians for a bit now and so with more figures on the table I expect we’ll see some unofficial lists from people soon.  My own view is probably biased by being brought up on Bruce Quarrie’s Napoleon’s Campaigns i…[Read more]

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  • Hi Arcole – Do you mean unit size in terms of ‘small’, ‘ regular’, and ‘large’ or in terms of unit frontages, over perhaps figures?  Like all of the BP games the key things is that units of the same games size (‘small’, ‘ regular’, and ‘large’) have the same frontage in both armies.  How many figures you use in a unit is probably dependent on the…[Read more]

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  • We used BP quite a lot for 15mm Naps and ACW.  We’ve halved the number of inches (perhaps some club members don’t have rules with centimetres? 😉  ). We have never really worried about the relationship of move / weapon ranges and unit frontages.   The key thing we’ve tried to do with unit frontages is have the two sides have the same basic fr…[Read more]

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  • Hi Skh25, sorry, I’m a bit confused – but happens easily 🤪!

    My understanding is; on each command dice roll, you are either issuing an order to a single unit, or to a group of units at once (a battalia order).  If it is an order to a single unit then you measure the distance to the single unit and apply that modifier.  If you are issuing to a gro…[Read more]

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  • Hi skh25.  I think the standard interpretation is, that if you try to issue a battalia order, and it fails, then no one gets the order.  There is no picking and choosing.  In effect, but adding in extra units, beyond command range, you are increasing the risk of no order getting through to anyone. I don’t see there is any other way to interpret this?

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  • Lovely stuff, RR.  I’m guessing that these forum entries have been “lost in the ether” for a while – good to see they are flowing through again.  I posted something last November that got lost so it could be another 5 months before that shows up.  I’d try re-posting, but I have forgotten what it was I posted !  😜

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  • Possibly the largest wargame ever played was Waterloo last year at Glasgow University. Little Wars did a nice video about it. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTlDWIYPDlg

    They used a modified version of BP to run their game which I think sassy a lot about its suitability for such a big game.  I think in essence, the speed things up, they left out…[Read more]

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  • Hi George,

    If you want to stay and defend the field then the unit can stay ‘bent’ as long as it stays there.  As this is a non-standard situation then I suggest agree a suitable method to allocate dice with your opponent.  Perhaps randomise which side gets the extra dice each turn?  You could also consider using the rules for buildings for troops…[Read more]

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  • That’s a really useful summary, Nat.  Thanks for sharing 👍

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  • Hi George – I think that only the admins can delete posts.  It was a great question and I’m sure the answer will be useful for others in the future so probably worth letting it stand.

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  • Hi Lewis,

    When the lists mention “Skirmishers” in the special rules they mean that this unit is in a Skirmish formation and all of the rules for Skirmishers therefore apply.  This is a bit different to the items in the ‘useful rules’ section (see p100). The Skirmish rules are quite fundamental, and rules are spread through the book.  We are lucky…[Read more]

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  • Charge The Guns replied to the topic Skirmish units in the forum Black Powder 3 months ago

    Worth remembering that skirmishes get a -1 on their ‘to hit’ dice in melee, and can also not be supported. This should be more than enough to tip the odds to the cavalry.

    I would allow Cossacks to charge skirmishers from any angle!

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  • Charge The Guns replied to the topic Epic Black Powder in the forum Black Powder 3 months ago

    I think that they will focus on periods that are popular and will sell well enough to justify the investment in plastics. ACW is a period for which there is an existing BP supplement and also no existing Warlord figure range.  I’m sure we’ve all got our favourite conflicts but I can’t see this happening for anything too obscure.

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  • I’m glad IO has some ideas as I am a bit hazy on this part of the period.  I know that for late 15th century some of the WotR figures will work, but by Pavia they will not be right.  Those Steel Fist Gendarmes do look glorious.  Not sure what part of the Italian Wars they work best for.

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  • As Big Al says, they are officially 13.5 mm. I have see some comparisons online which show them matching with Kallistra 12mm figs.

    I don’t think they are intended to ‘mix’. I think they are intended to be their own size.  Once you get below the 15mm size I find mixing figures between ranges very tricky and rarely bother trying.

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  • Interesting to see what you get in the box – thanks for sharing the video.

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