That is a fair point Damnitz. I had one particular quandry with Pendraken’s 10mm kneeling firing figure (generic) as it has been modelled without a bayonet, whereas the various standing firing figures have been modelled with the bayonet. I produced an Austrian unit with back rank standing firing and front rank kneeling firing. I did not like the look of the finished unit and clipped the bayonets off the rear rank.
Has anybody read this? it came to my attention on a 10mm news email I regularly get. Apparently it is the experiences of an English gentleman adventurer who accompanied Marshal Daun on several campaigns in which the Austrians were successful. There are also sections giving the Prussian point of view and modern input from Neil Cogswell . Not sure of the publisher, but it is in a series entitled From Reason To Revolution, so my guess is either Helion or Pen and Sword.
I find the problem with modelled bayonets is that they can snap off too readily, or bend and just look silly. I don’t paint buttons on my 10mm troops, and have recently given up painting things like stirrups and spurs, so I am becoming a lot less OCD about accuracy in my old age. From wargamers distance I can see whether they are Prussians or Austrians and that works for me.
I think you will find that the ‘lions led by donkeys’ concept developed in the 1960s when a lot of anti-war ‘philosophy’ centred on WWI. If you consider what the generals of the time were dealing with, in terms of technological advances, especially in defensive warfare, then the problems of how to take a position at that time, given the technology of the attacker, become all too evident. The Germans had exactly the same problem, as attackers, at Verdun. Unfortunately it took four years for the technology and tactics of the assault to overtake those of the defence - too late for an exhausted Germany, but not for the Allies with 2 million additional US troops, more reliable tanks and light machine guns. I fear that the last four years of remembering WWI is very much in danger of going back down the over-emotional route seen in the 60s. In war people die; in big wars many people die. Let’s not forget that more British people died at the battle of Towton in 1461 than Britons on the first day of the battle of the Somme.
Not being a 28mm player I was just making a guesstimate (you can surmise that maths is not my strong suit which is why I dislike messing with rules), I am always rather surprised when someone reads through a set of rules and then decides they need changing.
I do like the way they have been modelled with unfixed bayonets. I am not keen on having every infantryman in an army wandering about with fixed bayonets, and I often think that the figure itself looks better without bayonets fixed. One thing I particularly dislike is a firing line with fixed bayonets.
Right back to my initial thoughts on the game which were that its simplicity and straightforwardness is what makes it an enjoyable game, rather than the tedious chores I endured in the 70s and 80s in search of realism, which nearly pushed me out of the hobby altogether. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.
Last Edit: Dec 31, 2017 16:42:38 GMT by leman: Wanted to add succinct proverb.
The simplest way to work out alternate basing is that the musket range for line infantry without a battalion gun should be the same as its frontage. If you therefore have units of 8” frontage then musket range is 8” and I would guess, with battalion gun attached something like 13” or 14”.
The explanation may be in the pronunciation. English is a language with very lazy pronunciation. Both words would be pronounced Schulenberg in English, in the same way that burger is pronounced berger and Gettysburg is pronounced Gettysberg. German is not widely taught in Britain so most would not differentiate between burg (bourg) as in town, and berg as in mountain. Most British people do not realise that iceberg means ice mountain.
Even written English is difficult in some parts of Britain owing to local pronunciation, e.g. in my home town of Liverpool most people pronounce where and were in exactly the same way (i.e. as where), which leads to frequent written spelling mistakes. In other areas of Britain where is pronounced as wear whereas were is pronounced as whirr.