My elder son Norman came up for a visit including some gaming last weekend. It was the monthly HAWKs Ghost Archipelago day, so we had that game in the morning, but we also set up a 40mm Renaissance game in the evening.
Ross and I are planning to take 40mm Renaissance to Huzzah again next year, so we found time for a “Skype” game a couple of weeks ago (actually Google Hangouts these days) and considered the state of the rules. After discussion, Ross decided that he liked the rules we had used at Huzzah in 2017 well enough, so that’s the version I dusted off for the this game.
I was also considering the question of whether I could run a game at Barrage for four players. A few posts back, I showed a picture of my full inventory of figures. With about 50 stands of troops, each player would get a dozen or so, and this game convinced me that wouldn’t be enough to keep things interesting. Norman and I ran this one in under two hours with nearly everything I own (less some artillery) on the table, and it was still pretty fast.
Here is the table set up:
And from another angle:
We put this on the Alpha Gaming Table (4×6 feet), and it worked fairly well. We are setting up to move, so the house is full of boxes of stuff being packed, unpacked, sorted, thinned, etc. That left the gaming table surrounded by some rather tight clearances, and we bumped it a few times. Being light for transport also translates into being subject to bumps, but we didn’t hit it hard enough to bring down the trees, so that was acceptable so far.
I improvised the scenario; as we have used before with the rather generic forces available, we are in the fictional land of Arden, where the usurper Duke Frederick is attempting to seize power from his brother, the rightful Duke Senior.
|I’m playing around with battle records…|
As can be seen from the diagram, Frederick’s forces entered along a road in two groups, a cavalry group leading followed by an infantry group, with the objective of taking the town. (The town buildings, by the way, are some Fat Dragon Ravenfell fold-flat structures.) Duke Senior’s forces were an advance guard holding the area with shot, swordsmen, and a cannon, with cavalry and infantry reinforcements expected.
|Usurper’s horse advances up the road|
The usurper’s forces soon ran into the defenders, and their light horse was unable to make much progress.
|Duke’s cannon holds against the horse|
By this time, Duke Senior’s horse had arrived on the scene, and a cavalry fight raged up and down the road between the enclosure at the edge of town and the fields to the north.
|The Duke’s gendarmes attempt to drive off the usurper’s forces|
via The Sharp End of the Brush http://sharpbrush.blogspot.com/2018/09/civil-strife-in-arden.html
from Tumblr http://tumblr.hawks-club.org/post/178375482723