Nigel Heather


  • My basic understanding.

    First there was the Battle of Britain starter – that came with the original rule book

    Then came the new book – called Air Strike

    Then came the Midway starter

    So since the Midway starter post-dates Air Strike, is it rule set the same as Air Strike – but with Midway branding?

    Just checking if I bought Air Strike in…[Read more]

  • Hi,

    What play area size is recommended.

    Looking at play mats and there are 4’x4′ and 4’x6′ – I appreciate that it depends on how big your  games become, but assuming that 4’x4′ is fine for the starter set how big does the game have to grow before 4’x4′ is not enough.

    Talking WWII piston engines, not Korean jets.



  • Hi,

    I see that Warlord Games have two play mats one 4’ x 4’ and the other 6’ x 4’.  They are very competitively priced which makes me wonder what they are made from.

    Are they like the mouse mat material that I have seen other play mats made from?

    Also which size is recommended for Black Seas, I would also be looking to use it for Blood Red Skie…[Read more]

  • I have had this dilemma too.  The advantage of a single base is that you can pose the crew accurately, add accessories and make a little diorama and of course it can all be positioned and moved as a single piece.  But advantage of having the crew separate is that they can be removed one by one as the gun takes casualties – otherwise you would n…[Read more]

  • Can you tell from the photos here

    Must admit, this is a personally irritation with resin and white metal models, not just Warlord but they are a continual offender.  It irks me when I am faced with a set of white metal parts with no instructions, no clear location points – especially…[Read more]

  • Thanks, and great photo.

    My concern was less about the rigging and more about the ratlines and sails provided for Black Sails. My understanding is that the ratlines are printed on acetate and that the sails are card or paper. Was wandering how well they say attached.



  • I guess you have to glue the ratlines with superglue as they are acetate.

    Are the sails paper/card or are they a plastic laminate.

    I could live without the ratlines but I’d want the sails, flags and a minimum of rigging thread.



  • I’ve looked at this game on and off ever since it was released.  It appeals to me, the models look great but I wonder how robust they are for wargaming use.

    I was actually at a war game show near release with the intention of buying.  I visited the Warlord Games stand and they had it out but they really weren’t promoting it that well.  The models…[Read more]

  • Nigel Heather replied to the topic Pet Hate #327 in the forum Black Powder 1 year, 7 months ago

    I’d happy to accept some movement either side even if the wings are sewn on just as the tunic distorts as the arm moves. And if the wings are removeable I’d accept that they may not always be position perfectly.

    But it still seems wrong that when a soldier is holding a rifle in firing position the wing rotates a full 90 degrees and end up on the…[Read more]

  • Another minor but niggling pet hate. This one is about multi-pose plastic figures. I’m talking about Napoleonics in particular but this probably applies to other eras. And this isn’t a dig at Warlord Games, I’ve seen it in all manufacturers.

    So what is this pet hate – shoulder wings – or what ever you choose to call them, those frilly ornate…[Read more]

  • Good question, I don’t have an answer for you I’m afraid.

    Though I agree, for historical accuracy it should be 1 driver and 2 passengers.

    But that also begs another question – in war gaming in general, the Kettenkrad is often depicted as a PAK 36 tow – but what about the gun crew – and ammunition.

    I guess in reality, it wasn’t used that much…[Read more]

  • What did it look like – just a standard rectangular French tricolour, a different shape tricolour or did it have a Croix de Lorraine in the white centre section?





  • Given this is a starter set aimed at introducing new players I am finding it all a bit vague.

    I’m okay with the Romans because they are pretty uniform, it is the Gauls that have me puzzled.

    The rules say that units must be between 5 and 20 figures, though it hives no guidance on how the Gails and Romans should be split up.

    The rules also say t…[Read more]

  • I bought the original starter set but then it sat on the shelf behind other projects and then I started reading that the rules weren’t very good so I never did anything with it. Recently the new rules were announced (maybe I should have waited to see if they addressed the issues but I didn’t) – I saw the redemption deals and decided it was better…[Read more]

  • Thanks for the confirmation.  Just to be clear I was just referring to reality and wondering whether the rules addressed that.

    In reality it would be extremely difficult to hit a moving armoured car with a howitzer even in direct fire, especially where the movement is at an angle to the gun.  The low velocity of the shell, the slow traverse and t…[Read more]

  • I don’t know the rules that well but interested to know whether the Greyhound is moving.  I’m thinking of the reality (not the game) that it would be difficult hitting a moving vehicle (especially something as nimble as a Greyhound) with a howitzer particularly if the movement is perpendicular to the gun.  I wonder whether that is modelled at al…[Read more]

  • Nigel Heather started the topic Sniper in the forum Bolt Action 1 year, 9 months ago

    Can anyone help me understand the sniper rules please.

    In the sniper rules it states that there is a marksman and optionally an observer in which case the team weapon special rule applies.

    So does this mean if you don’t have an observer, the team weapon rule does not apply.

    I ask because the team weapon rule requires a minimum of two to fire a…[Read more]

  • Nigel Heather replied to the topic Soviet Radio in the forum Bolt Action 1 year, 10 months ago

    I don’t know myself but found this which is pretty interesting



  • Been thinking some more

    Standard Infantry Unit – 6 bases (240mm line frontage) – even number so can do 6×1, 3×2, 2×3 or 1×6
    Standard Cavalry Unit – 5 bases (250mm line frontage) – odd number so can do 5×1 or 1×5 – but that seems okay because attack columns don’t apply to cavalry
    I could even tweak the cavalry bases to be 48mm wide rather than…[Read more]

  • Hi, as someone completely new to Black Powder, I have a question about frontages. I get that the actual frontage and the number of figures on the bases doesn’t matter as long as both sides use the same frontage sizes.

    I’m thinking that for a standard infantry unit, the most flexible size will be six bases. That way they can be arranged as

    Line…[Read more]

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