Saturday, November 24, 2018

Rebels and Patriots #1 - 1,2,3-Basing

Today it is 2 month untill Dan Mersey´s and My wargaming rules Rebels and Patriots will be published by Osprey Games, 24 January 2019. I thought it would be good to, while we eagerly await the release, post some blogpost about the rules.

This first one are purely optional as it revolves around our sugested basing in the rules, the 1,2,3-Basing. What bases you have your minis on dosen´t really mater much in regards of the rules, as long as both sides have more or less the same it will work fine, but I have come to the conclussion that I prefer my 1,2,3-Basing and I hope more wargamers will see the benefits with it.

I thought it was good to re-post the information for all you that might want to base your minis for Rebels and Patriots in this way. My main reason to use 1,2,3-Basing was to force my co-players not to line up the minis in neat formations as it took away the skirmish feel to the games we played.

So I started to test aroud to base several minis on the the same base and still keep some singlebased for "change", after some testing with number of minis and base sizes I ended up with the 1,2,3-Basing you now can see me using it on more or less all my miniature projects.

The 1,2,3-Basing gives me good looking units while retaining the feel of skirmish gaming, as well as speeding things along with fewer bases to move and with the possibility to remove casualties, sounds like a winning concept ;)

Base sizes I recomend:

  • 1 model on a round 25mm base 
  • 2 models on round 30mm bases 
  • 3 models on round 40mm bases 

  • 1 model on a round 40mm base 
  • 2 models on a round 50mm base 
  • 3 models on a round 60mm base 

  • 1 gun on a base large enough to hold it and the gunner models based like other infantry units 

Using this basing standard means that you easily group the bases together in the groupsizes used in Rebels and Patriots, 6, 12 or 18 models depending on troop type and still remove casualties with ease, if/when you need to...

If you have really bulky minis you might wan´t to add 5-10 mm on the communal bases to fit all minis in, but I rather have them close toghether (maybe cutting some off/adjusting the models base) than increase the base size.

I hope this will turn you in to a 1,2,3-Basing gamer :) If not the rules will work as fine !

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Battle Ravens a Viking Board game by Dan Mersey

As  most of you surely know by now my matey Dan Mersay have designed a viking inspired board game called Battle Raven, it is now up on kickstarter so please have a look and support his project.

The Ideea to Battle Raven Dan got when hi was here in Sweden when he and I was visiting a bunch of viking museums, good inspiration as it seems.

I have been fortunate enought to get a pre-production copy of the game so I thought I would show you some pictures of the stuff in the box.

Must say it all look really good awith the Peter Dennis art work, even the units look good, must admit I had a slight problem with using paper standees instead of minis at first but it worked and looked good when set up.

Included in the basic box are:

  • 1 x rulebook 
  • 1 x game board 
  • 2 x Anglo-Saxon army punchboards inkluding 10 raven tookens on each
  • 2 x Norse army punchboards inkluding 10 raven tookens on each
  • 5 x dice 
  • 78 x plastic stands
The Kickstarter Strechgoals hopefully will add so you get more in the box, like tactical cards, mounted gameboard, extra dices etc.

The concept of Battle Ravens are two shield walls lined up and clachung in a frenzied battle where you as the commander of your shield wall have to micromanage the resourses you have to your disposal in the form of Raven tookens.

The Raven tookens you will use to move around your troops to strenthen parts of your shiled wall and to attack and to defend. If you put to much focus on one part of your shield wall a cunning enemy will exploit your weakneses and may be break your shiled wall with the help of the goods.

The rules in them self are fast and easy to learn so you can totaly focus on how to get the most out of your Ravens and Troops to win the battle.

I have had a couple of testgames with my son David 9-years old, it worked very good even if the gamebox state from 14 years, David had no problem to get the rules, he even defeated me the 3 times we played... must be something wrong on the dices...

So if you feel up for a interesting and fun viking battle game be sure to sigh up to the Battle Ravens  kickstarter, the basic pledge are £30, normal retail cost £35 and you get an extra Scottish army worth £11 without any extra cost. 

Battle Ravens on Kickstarter

Monday, November 19, 2018

Rebels and Patriots arrived in the north

It is such a good feeling to open the parcle and see you work in printed media for the first time:) My pre-release copy of Rebels and Patriots book arrived in the post today. Sorry to nag you as I know several of you are eagerly waiting for the release, I will post some blogpost here about the rules during the comming month to the release.

Have a great evening mateys !

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Rebels and Patriots arrived at Fort Mersey

I have got words that the first pre-production copy of Rebels and Patriots arrived yeasterday at Fort Mersey, ill guess it Will take a bit longer to the Swedish outpoast...

Now the bulk of the copies Will take the boat to UK for major release by the 24th January 2019.

Dans cat had a first read...

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Dux Britanniarum game

I found these pictures from a very long time ago when my matey Jonas set up a game of Dux Britanniarum at the club. He had also by that time produced the stunning looking trees That you have seen in many of my AAR´s. I was honoured to set the terrain using Jonas collection of dark Age houses as well as the new trees.

Tha game was depicting a Saxon raind on a monastery defended by Roman troops.

Here are a bunch pictures of the terrain and my Late Roman warband that would try to defend the monastery from the pagans...