Hi everyone. My name is Chris Packer. I live in Christchurch New Zealand, which has a great wargaming scene. I have had an interest in SYW gaming for a very long time, and it was the Charles Grant articles in Military Modelling then Miniature Wargames which got me interested, as well as the classic book "The War Game", which featured Lobositz. I have been able to visit the battlefield of Lobositz (in 1995), as well as Prague and Kolin. Still have the photos somewhere. I now have a 28mm collection concentrating on Prussians, Austrians and Russians, with around 1000 painted figures and probably the same number unpainted. My interest has been piqued by "Honours of War", as my current sets of 'Die Kreigkunst' and 'Rank and File' don't quite do it for me. Neither do 'Black Powder' or 'Field of Battle'. I would appreciate an idea of how big unit sizes are, especially the infantry versus cavalry relationship, as I love large cavalry units (16-20 figs). I will be picking up a set of the rules soon methinks.
Hi Chris. If you head over to the Yahoo group you will find a download of one of the previous iterations of the rules in the Files section. This will explain the basing and unit size issue.
My own suggestion for unit sizes and basing for 28mm is 20 figure infantry units (battalions) and 8 figure cavalry units (regiments), the former on 5 bases each 40mm x 40mm, the latter on 4 bases 50mm x 50mm. The idea is that frontages in line formation for cavalry and infantry units should roughly match up.
If you want to go for 16 figure cavalry units, you would want your infantry units to be at least 30 figures, maybe 36. Then you would have to increase the ranges and moves in proportion, by perhaps 50% over those given in the rules for 28mm. This would take you to something like the ranges and moves in Black Powder, I reckon.
One alternative would be to make more ranks - i.e. your 8 cavalry bases could be in 2 ranks to represent 'line', giving you the same frontage as a 4 base unit in a single rank of bases. Then 20 figure infantry units would be fine and you could use the book distances.
It would be fair to say the rules were not really designed for 'big battalions'. Charles Grant style 48 figure infantry units make the game distances too great and play unwieldy, IMHO. Though I don't doubt someone will give it a go and prove me wrong.
My name is Robert McLean and I run the Wargamorium just outside Brussels in Belgium. You can view the Wargamorium Blog at thewargamorium.wordpress.com/ where there is plenty of SYW activity to see. I have been playing SYW for many years in 20mm, 25mm and now 15mm concentrating on the western theatre for which I have French and Allied armies.
I have tried a number of rule sets none of which have been completely satisfactory and even my own rules proved to be very cumbersome when trying the reflect my ideas of what a SYW battle should look like. This is why I am looking forward to getting a copy of Honours of War. I do hope they emphasise the correct linear tactics of the period. So many sets are adapted from Napoleonic rules - I call them 'Napoleonics in tricornes'.
There is a set released recently called 'Ready, Present Fire which look good but I have yet to try them out on the tabletop.
I am looking forward to seeing this forum develop as a general forum for wars of the mid 18th century.
Post by The Grenadier on Nov 16, 2015 19:34:27 GMT
My name is John, I am 20 years old and I am from Northern Ireland. I am very new to the SYW period, but the colourful uniforms, tricornes and, most importantly, the new Honours of War rules have drawn me in! I'm expecting the rules any day now and have begun building my armies from 1/72 plastics.
My name is Larry Tuohy. I am a gentleman of leisure (i.e.,retired) and live in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, where the local gaming scene is mostly slanted towards 40K, Flames of War, and a constantly changing parade of ancients rules. As an inveterate collector of rulebooks, I put in a pre-order with Amazon as soon as HoW was announced and found it waiting on my Kindle this morning. In one of those wonderful episodes of synchronicity, my #2 younger brother was visiting my #1 younger brother in Virginia last week and discovered that #1 still had my 25mm Minifigs SYW armies in boxes in his basement; they may be rather crude by modern standards (bought in the '70s) but they will nullify any excuses I can come up with about lacking troops to try the rules. Now all I need do is harass #1 until he ships them to me.
LT --------------------------------------------------------------- ... victory is an illusion of philosophers and fools. -William Faulkner
Thanks, Keith. Yesterday, I became aware of another incident of synchronicity, in the matter of average dice. Average dice aren't very common in the US and none of the local gamers I known have ever heard of them. Nonetheless, I asked my #2 brother to see if he could find me some while he was back East; he returned with 18 of them. Then, nearly two weeks later, I opened up my Kindle copy of HoW and there, right under "Basics" I saw average dice listed as a play aid. Obviously, some higher power wants me to play this game. Or maybe I'm just very lucky.
Hi all, Andy Fuller here of Liverpool Wargames Association (UK). I have been wargaming the Seven Years War for about 8 years now in 10mm scale. so far have played using Maurice, Black Powder and Field of Battle 2. Of the three FOB2 is my preferred set, but not amongst the others down the club, so hoping HOW will satisfy everyone's tastes. Three of us down the club have 10mm SYW armies that include Austrian, French, British and two Prussian. My next army planned is Russian. From a read through of the rules I think it will provide the kind of game we are all looking for.
My copy of the rules arrived this morning. I am a member of Aberdeen Wargames Club. I am slowly building up a 28mm Austrian army (mostly Crusader Miniatures). Maria Theresa must be defended! The rules may tempt me to raise a 1/72nd scale plastic army (Imagi-Nation) as well - a throw back to "The Wargame", which got me wargaming in the first place. Ian