Friday, August 12, 2016

For King and Parliament-Playtest

To the Strongest by Simon Miller is one of my favorite rule sets for Ancients. We've used it for Fantasy battles and Renaissance. When I found out he was writing a new version for the English Civil War I was very interested. Combine one of my favorite rule sets with one of my favorite periods? Hell, yes!
Simon was nice enough to give us a draft version and a sample Battle of Montgomery to try. Luckily, I had just enough paper armies to try it out (the humidity of Missouri in August was not kind to them).
If you are familiar with TtS then you'll pick these rules up quickly. We got quite a few things wrong at first, then cleared them up later. Simon answered questions right away this morning.
Parliamentarian forces already had their backs to the wall (or river in this case), and out numbered. That's the thing about historical battles, they are rarely even fights.
The Boys fighting the King got trounced, big time. That's not to say it wasn't fun. Looking forward to another scenario.
 Using smoke for disorder and tracking hits & ammo with dice.
What you don't have lead armies for this period? Actually, I have them in about every scale, unpainted. It's weird. I've been looking for the right rule set to paint anything up. Maybe now I can get started. But 10mm or 6mm...?