8 August 2013

Black powder - at 50%

Myself and Kevin have played a lot of games of Black powder lately to ensure it works for us, as I have mentioned before we now just want a set of rules that works for all our main gaming needs and have settled on Black Powder.

One thing we talked about a lot was the ground scale and playing some bigger games. Now this was always going to be an has been an issue regardless of the rule set we used,due to limited gaming space and because we wanted to do this in our familiar 28mm scale. With Black Powder complicated mathematics is not needed to make the games larger and increase the perceived ground scale. However cost was a big consideration in our solution going forwards.

I have chosen to publish all the findings and work we have put into this to make it possible to fight larger battles on a smaller table and share it with the wider community. Please note they are in no way official amendments and no challenge is intended to the original work.

We decided that we would need to be a bit radical in our thinking, by modern standards. Firstly we chose to halve all the measurements as a starting point, this instantly gave us a larger ground scale, this effectively increases Kev's 6Ft x 5Ft table to an equivalent of a 12Ft x 10Ft table and my 8Ft x 6Ft becomes a 16Ft x 12Ft equivalent.  The next issue was basing we knew we would not be able to avoid some major changes and we would be better off changing our basing, but we also wanted to be able to retain a system that would work for occasional games of General de Brigade.

After much deliberation and a few experiments we finally worked out a basing system that works for us. We know it won't suit everyone but then again we don't have to worry about that as we now play as a small group of four friends and only have to please ourselves. So what did we decide upon, well we took an extreme approach to solve this. We settled on using 40mm x 40mm bases with 4 figures to a base for all our Infantry units. We decided that our standard sized units would be three bases (12 figures), Large units would be four bases (16 figs), small units would be 2 bases (8 figures) and tiny units would be a single base ( 4 figures).For our cavalry we adopted the same frontage with a depth as required for the horses but using 2 mounted figures to a base. All our Artillery would be a single gun and 4 crew on a 60mm wide x 80mm deep base. This looks much better and fits in nicely with our new ground scales. It has the added bonus of us being able to afford to move into other periods and increase what we already have without breaking the bank. So for us a win / win situation. You will see how these units look en-masse in an upcoming post.

All this minor tinkering, meant that work had to be done on the Playsheet and the QRS to ensure we can refer to them in play without having to work out our reduced moves and ranges. Here is what I came up with these are completely unofficial amended playsheets, the QRS has been expanded to cover the situations with squares. I am hoping I got the procedure for sharing documents correct, and you should be able to CLICK THE IMAGE BELOW to view the PDF's. If it does not work please contact me and let me know.







29 comments:

  1. A damn fine set it is to give the Frenchies a damn good thrashing.

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    1. Monsieur you are mistaken, those British dont like our columns

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    2. You needed your superior numbers you damned frog, and the stupidity of my foppish Colonel.
      You didn't like my Cacadores either.
      Next time you will face the shrapnel my friend, bwaahaaaahaa.

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  2. Sounds more or less identical to the tweaks our club made to suit 6'x4' tables. When it came to a new period (we wanted to play ACW) we used 15mm minis and changed inches to cm for the ground scale. We Didn't want to get hung up on base sizes in 15mm either, a Fire&Fury army or a Johnny Reb army should be able to play Blackpowder too with no problems.

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    1. That's the beauty of the rules you can tweak to suit almost anything.

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  3. Your giving a fine show of Black Powders main strength being it's flexibility to tailor the the size of units and measurements for one's table.

    Christopher

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    1. I do believe it is a very strong point of the rules also it can be amended for differing figure scales in a similar way. I have a report of a scenario yet to compile and it was a great days gaming.

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  4. Works well, good job on all fronts.

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  5. The s basically what I've done for Colonial Black Powder. It just about works on a 4' x 4' board. My units are 8 men each at the moment, but based on 30mm for a 125mm frontage on sabot bases. May go up to 10 or 12 as the units are a little thin. But I was very pleased how BP took these changes.

    I found two QRS on google which looked good and had the ranges 2/3rds or half. It was linked off TMP.

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    1. Yes I found they adapt to changes nicely

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  6. I don't think your changes will change any of the mechanics. It's good to be able to fight the big battles when you want. Which one will be first?

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    1. We have tested it and the mechanics are not affected at all.

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  7. Thanks for that. Swiped them unashamedly!

    They're very similar to those we made (my mates and I) and we had no subsequent problems with the rules overall. Just by way of a change, ours wer scribbled on existing QRF sheets as we're bone idle / / /

    ;O)

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    1. Glad they are of use, they are there for the swiping and for me to print on demand due to the inability to remember where I leave the damn things.

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  8. Good work Andrew. Must admit the BP stable is my fave rules for the period(s), but its scale of operation can be a bit intimidating ,to make a start. Reducing it this way puts it within reach of many. Well done.

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    1. Yes I agree, this is also a good way to bring new blood into some periods as you don't have to paint hundreds of figures to make a use-able force.

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  9. Great write up and comments everyone.
    It really does work.
    I have doubled the size of my British, French, Portuguese, and Brunswick armies for Naps.
    It fits in perfect for our SYW stuff as all that was in 12's for "Age of Reason" and Doubled the cavalry available.
    Great also for my Colonials and ACW.
    Next up is "Hail Caesar" at 2/3.
    For once I do feel really positive about gaming and finally moving into those new periods that have sat in boxes for years.
    It's great not having to paint huge WAB armies or silly looking DBA elements.
    Two sets of rules for all.
    At my age, that sounds perfect.

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    1. Looking forward to HC, your gonna get some celt induced horrors:)

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  10. Loki

    Well tinkered sir! It's a great compromise to fit the rules to the space available.

    Cheers
    PD

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  11. Thank you for posting. Look forward to aars.

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  12. I just caught this post whilst surfing due to the current sale on some BP rulesets. I've played the main rules as is before, but that was over a year ago and wanted to scale down a bit the next time I play it. Your ideas are just what I was considering - i.e. smaller table and scaling down unit sizes to increase units without having to buy/paint more. Thanks for the great write, review of your games and the QRS! Dean

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  13. Hi there
    I have shared your files to my Black Powder rules page as i think it would be of interst to my readers http://www.10mm-wargaming.com/2014/12/black-powder-rules_9.html

    Take care

    Andy

    http://www.10mm-wargaming.com/

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