Sunday, February 24, 2019

Back Again!......With Updates

So.....I see it's been a while since my last post.

Lots of things happening.   Real life and hobby wise - both!  

Oh yeah, and the Broncos managed to suck again.  Luckily the coaching void that was Vance Joseph has been sent packing and that provides at least a glimmer of hope for Bronco fans worldwide.

Just a glimmer.

On the gaming front, I've been working on Field of Battle 3rd Edition, and doing a ton of work on Season of Battle, the campaign system to be included in FoB3.   I'm finally very happy with where SoB is, and it is mainly just some clean up in the rules for it to be "done".

We played two FPW games yesterday, with two run throughs of SoB to set the campaign situation for the second game and then the upcoming (date TBD) 3rd game in the campaign.

Yesterday was a bad day for the Prussians.  A crushing loss in Game 1, followed by a moderate loss in Game 2.  After all the campaign maneuvering played out, the French find themselves in the home area of the Prussians, in the Fall, with a very real chance of ending the campaign before winter hits.

As I didn't take enough photos for a play by play report of the game, I'll just post some representative photos.

 This photo shows the die roll for John's epic triple move, full cavalry brigade assault on the flank of a Prussian command.
 A distant shot, showing John's cavalry command and the distance to the Prussian front of Terry's hands on the table.
 John's first cavalry regiment contacts the flank of a Krupp battery...
 And, that is what was left of the Krupp battery!
 John's second cavalry regiment contacts the flank of a Prussian infantry battalion.
And, that is what was left of the Prussian battalion!

Monday, June 11, 2018

French vs. Prussians, 1813 FoB3

We played 2 games of Field of Battle 3, with 1813 French vs. Prussians.    Here's the battlefield:

Prussians deployed to the left side of the table, French to the right.
The first game featured a French massed attack from the hill area, with virtually all of their army deployed in 1/4 of the table, focused on a left hook to crush the Prussians and attack through the town. 

In reality, it almost worked out that way entirely.  The French had effectively achieved overwhelming numerical superiority at the point of decision (French right flank at the river), and won the game going away.  

Photos from game 1:

For game 2, we kept the terrain and the armies, but switched players.  This was quite a dramatic game, with the Prussians rushing the French on the heights at the start of the game.  They bled the French white, but the French still had some chips remaining.  All of this before the French had their first move card!  But then, the French started to get their own move cards - coupled with a staggering number of triple moves (won even!), resulted in the Prussians being caught a bit overextended on the hill by a now deployed Grand Battery.  On the French right, their 6 cavalry regiments swept across the field (go Rodney go!) towards the Prussian flank force commanded by John.  After some losses, John managed to get his two flank infantry battalions into square, which effectively slowed the cavalry assault as they were reluctant to try the squares.   Finally, an out of command square was ridden over and the cavalry were flowing into the back of the Prussian army when......the French ran out of AMP's, and started giving them to the Prussians.  Right before the French ran out of AMPs, they had 2 points remaining to the Prussian 5.   The contest continued back and forth with the French passing one Army Morale check before finally losing on a failed Army Morale check.    Quite a game!

Photos from game 2:

Rodney (below) all alone on the French right flank!

Now THAT is a Grand Battery!

Monday, March 19, 2018

New Piquet and Field of Battle Facebook Page

I've finally gone and done it - there is now a Piquet/Field of Battle Facebook page.  You can find it at .       The page has only been up for a week or so.   To date, the content is somewhat limited, but I expect that to change as more members join up and we get into a rhythm of adding material.

So come on over and join us on the Piquet/Field of Battle Facebook page!

What's next?   Videos?  Podcast?   Both?  Neither?   Who knows?  Certainly not me.....

Sunday, March 11, 2018

I'm Back!!!!

I see that the last post was in October.   Hmmmm.    A lot has happened since then.  Let's see:

1)  The Broncos didn't win the Super Bowl.  
2)  The Broncos didn't make the playoffs.
3)  The Broncos finished with the 5th worst record in the NFL.
4)  The Broncos trotted out a trio of quite possibly the worst accumulation of QB's in the history of the league.
5)  Played a few games that didn't make it onto the blog - ACW, Napoleonics, FPW, APW, Punic War.   I'll post a few random photos after the text of this blog post.  I honestly have no recollection of who won, who lost.   All I remember was that the games were fun!
6)  Started the final stage of our house renovation - finishing the floor for the basement.  It took us months to finally decide what type of floor we wanted, as well as the color/style.  We finally settled on Cortec HD, a luxury vinyl plank product.  Waterproof, has some insulation value, and it is beautiful.  We finished the flooring install last weekend, and this weekend we finished all the trim work.   IT IS DONE!   A 4 year project, renovating our home from top to bottom.  New bathrooms.  New kitchen.  Relocated windows.  Hardwood throughout the house.  New spindles and handrails.  New lights.     It is hard for me to believe that it is actually complete.  No more planning and establishing project plans for timing, arrival of material, etc.   DONE.

On to other news - today I established a Facebook page for Piquet/Field of Battle, rather imaginatively titled Piquet and Face of Battle.   If you're interested, look it up on Facebook and join.  We're glad to have you!

On to some photos of games held between October and February:


Stern Prussian commanders
Frivolous Frenchmen







Friday, October 6, 2017

Photos of Give Fire! Playtest - 3 Months Ago....

As I've prepared our next games for tomorrow - ECW, using the not yet released mini-supplement for FoB2, "Give Fire!", I thought I should post some photos from the previous game. 

Based on previous test games, I'd made some minor changes (salvo fire, commanded shot, some minor modifiers).  I also rebased all of the pike and command figures, so now all foot units have 3 stands.  I really really really like the look of foot units with 3 stands.  They just look more "clumpy" and less linear.   Anyway, now for the photos of our somewhat game of 2nd Newbury:

A rather uneven deployment

Close Up of the new infantry basing

Guns ready to Give Fire!

A major horse melee looms.

I don't think they knew they were going up against a 12+1 unit!

Foot tromps forwards

Infantry supported by guns.

More of the horse melee

Less of the horse melee

I think that qualifies as a flank attack

Who is going which direction???

And finally, somehow, one of the players managed this die roll.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Final Game of Campaign (Finally)

Actually, the final game of the Field of Battle campaign, using the soon to be released Season of Battles campaign system, was finished back in June.  I'm just slow to report!  I actually don't remember much about the game in detail, but the Austrians did lose, again.  At least they were consistent throughout the campaign!

Some photos of the final game follow.

Plaid was apparently the uniform of choice.
Austrian infantry on the advance.

Austrian Cuirassier in support.

The French await.

Yet more Austrians advance.
If I remember correctly, the Austrians lost a close battle, that if they would have won would have kept the campaign going.  Alas, the Austrians sued for peace and the French could turn their eyes elsewhere.