Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Thanks,a question and the KFC

Thank you all for your kind and thoughtful comments to my last post as well as your thoughts and prayers.They were appreciated by us all . The day passed well all things considered and here we are now in September.
I  want to ask the collective blogdom a question- can you suggest old school rules for the French/Indian wars? I  have "Musket and Tomahawks" but would prefer something more "old school" in order to fight some  battles with around 60/70 figures aside.
I hope to do some gaming set in that corner of Pennsylvania known in the 18th century as the KFC- Karl Frederick County. A small corner of the colonies where people from the Duchy of Tradgardland have gone as colonists to start a new life.

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  1. I can't think of any miniatures rules, but if you're interested in checking out a board game that covers the French Indian Wars, I highly recommend "A Few Acres of Snow". It's an elegant game - the logistical nightmare, remote outposts and isolation of the forces is captured beautifully.

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    1. Looks very interesting, pity its not for solo play.Thanks for the heads up.

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  2. Have you looked at Iron Ivan's "This Very Ground"? The rules are specifically for F&I. I've enjoyed them for a number of years and I still like them, although they have some problems. Worth a try, in my opinion.

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    1. I've been transplanted to Canada from Lehigh County in Pennsylvania and Luzerne County before that. I'm interested to know more about this Karl Frederick County.

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  3. What about 'Rules for Close Wars' in the back of Don Featherstone's Wargames - very simple and brief , Tony

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    1. Here's a link if you aren't familiar with them.
      https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2016/06/09/close-little-wars-featherstones-simplest-rules/

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    2. I'd forgotten these,I am going to try the hex version ones. The man of tin is a super blog isn't it

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  4. Hi Trad,
    If I ever delve into tricorn-era battles (a constant temptation), I will start with Ross MacFarlane's rules (from Battle Game of the Month blog). I find them to be at the level of complexity I like (low), and my experiments with them using boardgame counters confirmed that they give a good game in a reasonable time without taxing the brain cells.

    I look forward to seeing your actions in this new arena.
    Regards,
    John

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  5. My skirmish rules may be of use they allow for 'irregulars' which could be classified as indians for your purposes, will E-mail to you
    all the best
    Allan

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  6. I would second the suggestion to have a look at Ross MacFarlane's rules which are all available through his blog site. He is more Age of Rifles than tricorn oriented, but he might have something.

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    1. I'm a big fan of Ross's rules and will have a look.Thanks for the reminder gentlemen.

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  7. My buddy and I use Ken Cliffe's All the Kings Men, available free at Wargames Vault. Units range from 8 to 14 figures (including command), so having 60 to 70 figures per side would work out to 5 or 6 units each. We use 54-60mm figures (almost entirely John Jenkins), but smaller scales would work equally well. The rules are fun and very easily learned. And Ken is a great guy.

    Best regards,

    Chris Johnson

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    1. Sounds like a visual treat Chris. I will have a recce re the rules.

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  8. I've always been fond of "Drums of War Along the Mohawk" by Bill Protz. Definitely old school in flavor, though our typical games were larger than what you suggest. More in the 100-150 per side range.

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    1. Gosh,forgotten these also. I have these somewhere in the house. I played them years and years ago. I will have a look and give them a whirl...

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