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Tuesday, 26 April 2016

The French Wars of Religion.

Amongst the many other wargaming items that I purchased at Salute 2016, I also took advantage of the Wargames Illustrated subscription offer and got a £25.00 Warlord Games voucher to spend at their stall. Couple this to the Warlord voucher I was given by the wonderful Jason Williams at York Wargames show, I was able to buy two boxes of their new French Wars of Religious figures.
 I also got a few of the old Foundry Wars of Religion packs. These are over 25 years old, but are still very good figures, if a tad expensive.
 The upshot is that I have decided for my next project to build up armies for the Wars of Religion.
 I also want to use another set of rules that offer an historic feel to the games I hope to play, and although I still enjoy Blackpowder I want something extra.
 Anyway, last week Colin hosted our first tryout of the Baroque Rules, which cover the period of the wars. First impressions were very good.The rules are easy to understand, and one needs to think very carefully about what you intend to do before you make a move.
  They are based on the Impetus framework which I have also greatly enjoyed, and these work just as easily. So I intend to carry on with the Baroque rules, and once I start painting the figures I hope to stick to these great rules.
 All I need now, is Pete from Pete's Flags, to concentrate on painting up some flags, and stop attempting to live a normal life and I am then up and running. Of course I couldnt pick a period that had very small cavalry units, oh no, I decided on a time when the armies were heavy in cavalry. This could be a very expensive decision I fear. To get some extra inspiration I also bought a copy of a French film titled Henry of Navarre, and I must admit, that whilst the history might be iffy, the look is very good.

10 comments:

  1. Oh good, I will look forward to a burst of activity of pike and shot. I like basic impetus, it's what got me back into wargaming, I wouldn't mind trying impetus for the great italian wars but I think there is a new version out soon.So will you cover the wars of religion on this blog then? Wasn't sure which one it would end up on, oh on the subject of being a child because I couldn't make it to Salute this year I spent more money then I usually do there the night before on an online shopping spree, starting 2 new periods after 2 years of rigidly sticking to my aims! So we all do it, good luck with this lot, I'll watch with interest and try and resist starting yet another period!
    Best Iain

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  2. Iain,
    I will cover the Wars of Religion on my blogs, that is if I dont bankrupt myself first, all those mounted troops!

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  3. Looking forward to seeing them on the table. Am also looking forward to a rematch with Baroque.

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    1. The rules did work very well, hope your back improves.

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  4. I notice you completely fail to mention the Old Glory range which you spent some time looking at behind my stand at Salute...... Thanks for that ....

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    1. Andy,
      I didnt quite know what to make of this comment really, and have waited to give a reply. Im sorry I failed to mention that I was kindly invited to pour through the large range of Wars of Religion figures that you stock. Being late afternoon, my funds at Salute were running low, so I cant buy everything I will need. No doubt when I raise some more funds and will buy from your range, until then, well you stock a large and excellent range of figures.

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  5. Another period. All that free time in your retirement to start a whole new project must mean you're not busy enough Robbie.

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    1. Paul,
      Some days I dont know why I climb out of bed.

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  6. Baroque is a terrific set of rules! I have a couple of ECW battles under my belt and both were great fun and produced good results.

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    1. Johnathon,
      I did think the rules captured the feel of the period, I struggle to remember when I need to throw high, or low, but the give a great game.

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