Friday, 9 June 2017

Thinking The Unthinkable .


I've been thinking ! * I have SYW both in 30mm Spencer Smith and 40mm Prince August home-casts both designed for play Old School battles , the reason for this is that I started doing SYW with the 30mm Spencer Smith using Grant's rules and then discovered the thrill of home-casting 40mm .


Off late I have been thinking this is a bit of an over-kill and started wondering about turning one of these collections into more main stream gaming using 'Black Powder' rules which I enjoy playing in other eras and collections .


The problem is which one ? , I can see that both ranges have their advantages and disadvantages - I would turn each Infantry Battalion into 2 Battalions on five bases for BP and the Cavalry into half Regiments .


There would be enough figures in each existing organisation to do this with maybe extra Standard Bearers needed . It would mean re basing (shock horror !) , but the 30mm are based on pennies and you can get sabot bases in MDF for them to fit into , the 40mm are mainly on bases of 6 figures which would mean more work however I could easily cast up any extra figures myself . Hmmm ! I need to take the dog for a walk to think about this .
* when I was at work and somebody said " I've been thinking" my work mate Arty Buchanan used to say - " you are more likely to get into trouble thinking than not thinking"




16 comments:

  1. I know , giving it a coat of looking at

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  2. Flip a coin? Then best of five?

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    1. It's all down to which will be easiest and cost the least

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  3. Isn't BP written to handle any basing and number of figures per battalion as long as you agree with your self? Its not like you remove casualties.

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    1. Yes any changes would be purely cosmetic , was planning to change the French infantry Regiments into two Battalions for BP , this would involve casting a few more command figures up .

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  4. As long as you keep the bases glossy..... I wish I had an acquaintance called Arty Buchanan, it is name with a certain ring to it.

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    1. Yes the new organisation will be glossy and hopefully dual purpose . Arty (Arthur) Buchanan is VERY much a character .

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  5. Which Scale...30mm OR 40mm? I sympathize with you- both are great scales....I'm guessing it may all come down to the completeness of Armies you may wish to ultimatey field for games -and which one costs the least to do....decisions.

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    1. If I went 40mm any extra figures could be cast up by myself , so 40mm is looking more popular at the moment .

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  6. The duplication problem. I have 28mm and 40mm for SYW period.

    After not thinking about it for a long time I’ve decided to keep both, but to rework the 40mm into a special context of a border war against a more ‘exotic’ army using a Charge like organisation. This means I can add my own home-cast sculpted figures, as needed; plus some cast from Creartec moulds.

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    1. I'm thinking of using the 40mm dual purpose - O.S./B.P. with minimum re-basing needed and the odd figure cast up so I can do both

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  7. Spencer Smith's are the most vintage range, Tony, so perhaps best kept for the vintage games? Just a thought.

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    1. Thinking it will be easiest to use the 40mm range as I can cast up any extra figures I need myself,

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  8. If you want any of the old Karoliners I have a lot cast which you can have for the postage.And some of the new heads if you want them?

    Steve

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    1. Thanks for the offer , will have to see what I need when I get organised properly , Tony

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