Thursday, May 27, 2021

First Game!

 We were finally able to get back to gaming this past Saturday.   The start of the game was delayed a bit because everyone was so glad to see each other, and the stories were flying!

We played two SYW games, with the first armies that I finished during the pandemic - Austrians and Prussians.  This was their first time in battle.   Both games were close - the Austrians won the first game by a slim margin.   The commanders switched sides, and the Prussians won the second game by the tiniest margin.

During the second game, both sides were at 0 AMPs.  The Prussians decided to take a couple of low percentage artillery shots just to see if they could get an AMP paid to them by the Austrians for a UI loss, which would put them at least out of the danger zone with 0 AMPs.   Rolling a D4 vs. a D6, Greg R. rolled a 4 vs. a 1!   1 UI lost to the Austrians, and the morale point went to the Prussians.   Now a second fire, at a D4 vs. a D6, and Greg R. once again rolled a 4 vs. a 1!!  That's a 1 in 576 chance of occurring!!!   The next Prussian card was turned.....and it was the Army Morale card!   Without the drama of the artillery fire successes, the Prussians would have been forced to check morale to see if they remained in the battle.   Whew.    

Two more times both sides were at 0 AMPs, but eventually the Prussians crept up a couple of AMPs and finally the Austrians turned an Army Morale card when they had 0 AMPs.....and they failed.    What a game!

This was the first time using a couple of my new Cigar Box Battle mats.   They are awesome!   I just used them over my terrain squares terrain, and I loved the smooth hill shapes.

I'll finish this post with a random assortment of some game photos.

Monday, September 7, 2020

New Product Updates

 Wow - I'm almost posting regularly!  It has only been 5 months since the last post....

We (Piquet Inc.) are just about ready to release Eric Burgess' fantastic set of siege rules, titled "Vauban's Wars".    You can read more about VW on Eric's blog:

There is also a set of casino quality cards that go with the game.

Both are available for pre-order here:

This set will become the standard by which all other siege games are measured.  Eric has done a fantastic job with the rules.

The other "new" set is Field of Battle, 3rd Edition.  Conveniently enough, the rulebook, sequence cards, and campaign tactical map cards are also available at:

On new game development news, I'm working away on the WW2 tactical set - titled "Nothing Less Than Victory".   In this game, the basic unit of combat is a single stand squad (for infantry), a single stand weapon section (representing 2-3 weapons) and a single stand tank or vehicle (representing 2-3 vehicles).   It's pretty easy to get a full battalion on the table, and the game plays quickly.  My expectations are to have NLTV complete and published by early spring 2021.

I've also been doodling ideas for a couple of other games - a WW2 air game that is semi operational, yet also features rapid resolution of missions, allowing for encounters and dogfights.   I'm working on my 1/285th plane collection for this game, but have a ways to go before it gets more fleshed out.

I'm also jotting down ideas and procedures for a high level WW2 game where the basic unit for combat is the battalion.  In effect a player would be commanding around a division in the game, but there's no reason he couldn't command more.   I think it would be ideal for the Western Desert  or Russian campaigns.

And in the midst of all this "work" (its not work - its PLAY), I'm making great progress on my current miniatures painting progress - large ACW cavalry forces.  I'm making 12 mounted and dismounted cavalry units for each side.  The Confederate mounted forces are done and the Federal mounted forces are 2/3 done.  The dismounted units should paint much quicker.   I've always been fascinated by cavalry in the ACW and how it developed and was used.  Tons of interesting scenarios!

I'll start posting photos of my "pandemic" collections.   I finished (although nothing is ever finished) my SYW armies, rebased all of my ancient armies, mounted up armies for the WW2 battalion game, and did some more painting for my 25mm WW2 forces.   Pics to follow.....

Friday, April 24, 2020

Field of Battle 3rd Edition Now Available!

Field of Battle, 3rd Edition is now available for sale via the website.

We are also selling casino quality cards for the game - a set of sequence deck cards for FoB3 and it's campaign system Season of Battle, and a separate deck of cards with battlefield maps for use with Season of Battle.

This project has taken a long time - I think I probably started working on this 7-8 years ago.   A lot of work, but very enjoyable to go through the development and testing!

There's more discussion on the io group or on the Facebook page

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