I too love the pop guns and the Teddy with his stuffing coming out. If only real war was like that. The teddy battles make a terrific spectacle.
Here are a few more photos, taken from a new game of Honours of War using the teddy bears. Since the Prussians won the previous game, in the current game that we started last Monday evening they were tasked with attacking the Austrians.
Inferior Austrian Hussars couldn't survive an attack from standard Prussian cavalry. Note the Prussian balloon used for surveillance.
Thanks for all of the kind comments, boys! My friend Bernie, who owns and painted the teddy bear armies, was happy to hear what you all have written. He'd like to present a game using the rules and his bears at a convention, whether it'd be the SYW Convention in late March or at Little Wars in the Chicago-area.
The rules are easy to learn, and the guys are challenged to use tactics within the parameters of the rules. We're having fun! Kudos to Keith for a nice set of rules.
I don't care what anyone else says Ivor - I think you're a very nice person.
Hah! You've fallen under my spell, Keith!
Really, kudos to you for designing a set of rules for the SYW that are refreshingly easy to learn and fun to play, and at the same time inspires one to learn more about the period. I think that Honours of War is an award-winner in the hobby of gaming linear warfare. Additionally, thanks for your prompt and nice responses to questions and suggestions on your forum.
We finished our game using Keith's rules. The Austrians had their right flank broken so victory to the Prussians. Birdseye view of the game at the end shows the Prussian breakthrough (mid left). Upper center of image shows the left flank of the Austrians (left side of table) pinned by opposing Prussians.
Below is a closer view of the breakthrough. The columns of Prussians show that the Prussians were quickly getting into position to exploit the break. This was due to the player, controlling those Prussians, having a Dashing leader who rolled an Inspiring performance.
In addition, the Dependable Austrian overall commander became a casualty only to be replaced by a Dithering leader! Very depressing for the Austrian players, which confirmed that it was a Prussian victory.
The guys enjoyed the game, and they appreciated the national differences. Though we had about 5 batteries per side, all medium caliber, no players felt that they were too strong or too weak. In fact, I took over (for a player that couldn't attend) an Austrian infantry brigade with a battery, and that battery was overwhelmed by the Prussian grenadiers in a melee! Another Austrian battery routed due to fire from an advancing Prussian battery and infantry battalion.
It was a very enjoyable game, and the guys learned the rules fairly quickly. I have two two more photos that I'll post later this week.
Thanks, Keith, for a nicely designed set of rules for the SYW!