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'A gaping silken dragon,/Puffed by the wind, suffices us for God./We, not the City, are the Empire's soul:/A rotten tree lives only in its rind.'

Monday, 24 June 2013

Opening moves...

... after a quick hour with the hoe on the allotment plot, it was back to the play test of 'A Rattle of Dice' (ARD). Army Grey (or should that be 'Gray'?) is three regiments of foot, a squadron of cavalry, and a battery of field artillery. Army Blue is four regiments of foot and a battery of field artillery.

Army Gray's battle line - just look at those boys! Eager ? Yeeeeeehaaaaaa!!

More restrained, Army Blue leave their start line. The objective (for both armies) is the ford across the otherwise impassable river, seen upper left in the photo below:

Victory condition is holding both banks for three moves.

Army Blue won first advantage and began a general advance.

Army Gray surged forward too, pushing the cavalry squadron up towards the ford. Army Gray was also able to take advantage of the road, rapidly advancing (x2 bonus) in column. There was no penalty for change from column to line in 'ARD', but I added one in, of half a move. That still enabled the regiment in the centre above to advance close to the ford and form a firing line, waiting for the blue bellies...


  1. Oh wow! I'd half-forgotten about those chaps - I remember having them on beer mats and flicking corks at them many years ago... it's good to see them out again.

    1. Well, that was the intention. I had the men, I collected the corks, I bought the beer mats (a nice tourist set of London pubs), but we never did flick a cork at them. I'm rather glad now.

  2. Oh my, I keep telling myself I won't actually do ACW in 40mm but those boys do stir the heart!

    I keep swinging back and forth myself between measuring the distance when changing formation or using a 1/2 turn penalty.

    This is exciting to watch!

    1. Do you know what is worse? I had a look at the Irregular Minis website today (I could do with a few more of these 42mms), and discovered chaps in 42mm that are absolutely perfect for 1812 Canadian militia!! But I haven't even got my 20mm plastics 1812 set up finished!