Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Franco Prussian War Game - And a New Period Project!

We got together for a game last Saturday afternoon/evening to play a FPW game using Field of Battle, 2nd Edition.


French Command Team (Left to Right):  John, Bob, Chris




Prussian Command Team (Left to Right):  Ed (Advisor/Observer), Terry, Greg
Rather than a blow by blow game report, I'll instead do a quick summary....the Prussians mopped up the table with the French!   I think a couple of things (Krupp grand battery rule, ranges relative to unit frontages, French "special" cards) made the game practically impossible for the French to win.  However, they lost with style!  Both sides planned a "left hook" flank attack, but the Prussians got theirs in first, and combined with heavy artillery support from the hill (at the bottom of the photo below), they pummeled the French defending the town and center - effectively destroying the French will to fight (their Army Morale Points hit 0 when the Prussians still had something like 21 out of 24 original points!).
Some photos from the game:










As for the new period project - I'm painting English Civil War!   I'll post more about that project in my next post.....which hopefully won't appear with as much space between it as has happened between this post and my most recent previous post.....



11 comments:

  1. Good looking game. The terraced hills are simply elegant. Too bad the French offered little resistance.

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  2. Sounds great, always fancied ECW

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  3. The hills are just my standard 1/8" thick vinyl tile cut into the appropriate partial hill sections and offset to get the "slope". Harder to describe than they are to make. I've done a ton of terrain systems over the years, and this system (based on tile) is the most flexible and durable of any I've made.

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  4. Oh good, ECW! Empress Miniatures had recently come out with some new ECW cav that looks gorgeous, so I've been trying to talk myself into it, if I can find suitable rules...

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  5. The FoB Cards look tasty, Brent. Are those new or simply(?) custom made?

    Davy

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  6. I'll be releasing FoB cards for different periods - these FPW cards were my first pass at that, for this game and since it is a favorite period of mine. I've done Austrian and French decks for an upcoming game. I'd like to do British and Prussian Napoleonic decks, Union and Confederate ACW decks, SYW decks, Austro-Prussian decks (1866), etc. They're essentially some limited number of non-copyrighted art for some cards, and photos of figures in the background of most cards with the card title and definition in the foreground.

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  7. That's interesting news, Brent. It would be nice to see some close ups? As a customer, my feedback is as follows: I quite like the look of the Pulse of Battle Cards format - much better in my view than the FoB1 cards. I would like to buy a new freshly formatted Card set for FoB2 but, given the cost of Card sets and the fact, I use FoB2 for ACW and SYW, I would prefer it to be generic like the rules themselves and, if not that, either conflict specific or 'sub-era' specific. Nationally specific cards within conflicts would be great to have but only you can assess how commercially viable this might be. Whatever course you take, could you please include 2 or 3 blank cards - having to buy these separately also would just be too much in my opinion. Good luck and success with whatever format you go ahead with.

    Davy

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  8. Yes - there would be a generic FoB2 set, as well as period specific sets. No problem adding blank cards, as there are more than enough cards in the deck for extras.

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  9. Damn it, I feel obligated to buy them now! Seriously, look forward to their release. Regards.

    Davy

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