Hello, I'm Terry Pilling, 47, living in the U.K. I've been wargaming since the age of 12 (!!!!!) and my first serious wargames army was a Peter Laing SYW British Army using WRG 1685-1845 rules! The army has since long gone, but the rules are still in the loft - somewhere! These rules will rekindle my interest in a fascinating period of history and I hope, quite possibly, recapture my youth!!!!
I've been interested in the SYW for a while. I have 10mm SYW French and Allied forces, though there are a lot still to paint. Infantry units of 24 figures on 4 25mm x 20mm bases, cavalry units of 12 figures on 4 25mm x 25mm bases, guns on 25mm x as needed bases.
I picked up the rules online last week and am planning games for the Christmas break.
I'm Kev, 46, living in Barton Upon Humber North Lincolnshire. Been wargaming for the last 35 years and making my very first move into the SYW period. Will be building up armies in 15mm. Tend to prefer tabletop battles to be part of a campaign rather than one off's so will be looking forward to a bit of chat about SYW campaign games etc.
Post by owaincaesarius on Dec 17, 2015 12:07:19 GMT
I am Graham Minshaw of Cumbria. These look like a great little set of rules for 7YW battles. I currently only have figures for Canada but I do have several thousand plastic "Risk" figures which are going to be painted up as a couple of armies for the European campaigns. As yet I have not decided which armies to do though. The Risk figures mix in well with Peter Laing if you can find them or better still the old Minifigs strip figures- although I am probably going to stick with the plastic ones in the main..
These rules have got me interested in a long dormant project and they look spot on so well done!
Welcome to the forum Owain. These really are a cracking set of rules; simple to learn but needing quite complex decision-making to play: where will my c-in-c be most useful, should I provide unit A with close support from unit B or risk casualties in B from grazing fire, should I get my grenadiers up close and personal quickly or protect them until later, but what about that dreaded grazing fire? I am in the middle of a Prussian/Austrian game to be completed on Christmas Eve. Both sides have now lost two of their five army points, but the Prussians have lost more troops. Should the Austrians now go for the jugular even though they will have to take on two units of Prussian grenadiers? Great fun. Almost all the rules I now play have appeared in the last couple of years. The only ones to have stood the test of time are Impetus and Field of Battle 2.
Post by featherstonefan54 on Jan 4, 2016 18:20:08 GMT
Made a posting recently, but forgot to introduce myself first.
I am a Keith Massey and have been wargaming for many years after starting with Don Featherstone's rules followed by Charles Grant and then others too numerous to mention.
I have and to a lesser extent still do, sufferered from the "butterfly" tendency which seems to afflict most wargamers in running several different projects at the same time and then being distracted by another.
However with only a few years left until retirement I have taken myself in hand and am now settled on my all time favourite periods.
As a person who plays for fun and delights in watching a game unfold I am convinced Keith's rules are for me and so now I am making a return to SYW ( and so it doesn't count as a new period) and am looking forward to keeping up to date with you all through this forum.
Yup, forgot to introduce myself too. Paul Caspall from Oz. Planning to have two 28mm Seven Years War ranges of my own in production this year. It's all slowly coming together. As for these rules and this forum, I blame Keith. Huge fan of his blog for the last 2 years. Now that I have the rules, I might have to buy a second copy for my wife.
Since I've made a few postings on Keith's forum, I'll introduce myself. My name is Ivor Janci. I reside in the Chicago area, specifically a western suburb called Wheaton. I make my living as a graphic designer, photographer, copy-editor, and art director, and for the past two decades my wife and I have our own 2+ person design studio. I'm married to a beautiful woman, Frani, who supports my hobby in more ways than one (though, alas, not including painting miniatures). I'm also lucky in that I have over a dozen wargamers near me with the furthest one not being more than ~60 minutes away. Additionally, one of those friends had recently purchased an office-condo / warehouse in Wheaton, and he's devoted over a 1,000 square feet for our informal club wargaming (hence moving the gaming out of my basement). So, we have access to a couple of tables that are 10.5 x 6 feet each as well as a handful that are 6 x 4 feet each. Many of us meet at least once a week night, depending on the weather and our schedules.
I've been a gamer since the late-60s, and even earlier if one considers playing with unpainted Airfix figurines and Roco mini-tanks since the start of the 1960s. My first set of commercial rules were Battle by Charles S. Grant, serialized in the Meccano magazine that I was able to purchase at a specialty magazine store in Chicago. My first metal miniatures for wargaming were 25mm Mini-figs from their Medieval range, which immediately was followed in the late-70s (post-university) with purchasing and painting 15mm Mini-fig Napoleonic armies. And as most of us are guilty of, I became interested in other periods with the most involved one being the ACW. I wrote a set of skirmish rules for that period that eventually were published in the 1980s by a friend, Herb Gundt of HG Walls, titled Brother Against Brother. Then followed interests in the RCW, AWI, and in recent years the Great War and WW2.
I've always wanted to play the SYW period, and by the late 1990s it became a reality for me due to the release of 28mm SYW figurines by Wargames Foundry. (Back when those figurines were less than 1 US$ a piece!) Thus, my SYW armies consist of Prussians and Russians, with the majority being from Foundry and additional ones from RSM, Sash & Saber, Hinchcliffe, and a sprinkling of Old Glory. On the back-burner I have unpainted Saxons from Eureka. The latter I may do as an Imagi-nation army. Someday.
Though I was a devotee of the Empire Rules for Napoleonics in the 1980s, in the last 20 years I've moved to using simpler, somewhat 'old school', rules, e.g., the Warlord Games's Black Powder rules. Now, I'm very excited to learn and play the Honours of War rules by Keith. I think that they're perfect for the level of attention that my busy friends can provide, have enough National Differences mechanisms to appease the hardcore wargamers, and appease those that don't like rolling command rolls that fail and completely halt their activity.
And that's a little info about me. (Little?) I look forward to interacting with all of you on this forum.
Hi, my name is Nick Solomon from Sydney, Australia. I have WAS & SYW Prussians, Austrians and Anglo-Allied in 15mm and was intending to go on to do French but lost inspiration due to an inability to find a rules set that really grabbed me. I have a copy of Honours of War on order and am optimistic and hopeful about them. I've been a wargamer since the 70's and have played this period off and on throughout the 45 years since. Over the last 10 years my interest in the period hasn't waned but a lack of inspiring rules has mean't the little metal men have stayed in their boxes. It'd be great to get them out, fight some battles, grab the attention of my 12 year old and get a campaign going. A real pleasure to be rubbing shoulders (in a virtual sense) with you lads. Thanks Keith.