EXERT FROM APPENDIX 1 from Don Featherstone's Battles With Model Soldiers
(The book that got me started.)

"Nothing in these pages is a dictate, no word says you must or you shall do it this way. On the contrary, the book sets out from the very beginning to stimulate the reader to think for himself, and to use what he has read merely as a foundation for efforts and ideas which reflect his own temperament and character. Only in this way will he obtain maximum satisfaction from the hobby of battling with model soldiers."

-Don Featherstone 1918 - 2013

Sunday, July 16, 2017

MacDuff Meets Morschauser Again!

Well, I  tried but it never even made it to the tabletop.

It has long seemed to me that the number of times  that an attack was halted or a defence quickly broken by a single  long range volley or two are so rare or so low a percentage that they are best not catered to unless  using very complex rules. My efforts  yesterday were listing heavily towards complex to the point where their  character was lost.

A Skirmish for a Summer Sunday 


First I fell back on the 2015 version which only tested if below 50% but was still having trouble getting the balance right and found myself harking back to Morschauser's three inch melee zone which nicely  differentiated  between attrition by long ranged fire  and sudden death by close combat whether by volleys at 3" or my cold steel.

Then I found myself reviewing reasons  why I couldn't go there with a renewed MacDuff shorn of its rallying figures. They basically boiled  down to "because".

So it is that the game I have laid out is likely to feel more like an individual figure version of Morschauser Meets MacDuff than anything else. (Note: MMM was the precursor to Hearts of Tin)

6 comments:

  1. Your coastal defences are really cool Ross!

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    1. The battery position is from the BMC Yorktown playset. I have 3 painted up and 4 unpainted, waiting for me to experiment with trying to do a redoubt with sides.

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  2. Ross Mac,

    At least you are managing to get sone figures on your tabletop. Except for COW, I haven't managed that for months ... and that situation doesn't look likely to change for some time!

    Keep trying; you'll get a solution you are happy with eventually.

    All the best,

    Bob

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    1. Its been 2 weeks since my last game!

      Yes I think things are coming together at last.misdion + method.

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  3. Ross, your comment sounds like a confessional! At least you play more times than I do. Mind you I'm at a bit of an impasse with my games. Maybe I need to start a blog to galvanize me. Adventures in Airfix might be a good title.

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    1. Stephen Briddon,

      Thinking of starting a blog? What an excellent idea! I'll certainly be a regular reader/follower if you do.

      All the best,

      Bob

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