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Friday, 14 September 2012

A Bit of a Do Using Blackpowder

I must admit when Blackpowder first came out,I wasn't overly enamoured of the rules,but like a lot of things first impressions can be wrong.
 Since those early encounters I have really got to like them,although the command dice can really bugger you up.
 Anyway John and I used some of my Seven Years war Hessians and Hanoverians for a thrash against my French and Austrians.
 Although my generals,being French were the usual bunch of clueless twerps,I did manage to give the Hessians a bit of a kicking.
My award for the best performing newly painted unit went to my Saxon light lancers, who not only chased the Hessian light lancers from the board, but also overcame the Hanoverian guard cavalry, by some quirk of generalship. [actually some great dice throwing]
Now from experience,the newer the painted unit,the more chance of them running away at the first instance. Strangely this was borne out by my latest Austrian dragoon unit totally under performing,taking the French C in C with them!

 My gallant French Dragoons,followed by their Austrian allies, advance against the Hessian cavalry.Jackdaw French Dragoons, heavy brutes,but full of life.
 These units have just been completed,and were part of an army that I bought second hand,and repainted [read touched up] its a great way to get troops on the table, usually at modest prices. If effort is taken with the bases and flags,old figures can look really good. Hinchliffe figures designed by the great Peter Gilder.
 My favourite Hessian unit,the converged grenadiers. Again from my repainting project.

 My Saxon lancers[ yellow pulk] showing the Hanoverian guard where to go. The red counter behind them shows they are actually spent. They still won! [ Sorry John]

For the SYW purists out there, the Hessian light lancers are from my imaginary ducal contingent,painted to fight at the Battle games fight in North Yorks,sadly I never got,so I like to bring them out from time to time.

3 comments:

  1. You've got to love dice that give you unexpected results.

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  2. But what do you think of BP overall? Got them never used them?

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    1. Morning Graham,
      Truthfully I like them. They took a little bit of getting used to,but if you add the relevant characteristics and such like,they work well. The Renaissance book is much better,and has a lot of differences to them. Ive also tried the ancients book,and again they are very good.
      Thanks Robbie.

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My 6mm Napoleonic set up.

My 6mm Napoleonic set up.
Austria 1809.

Austrian Hussars

Austrian Hussars
Hinchliffe figures

Austrian Grenzer

Austrian Grenzer
Austrian Grenzer

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My French getting another beating