Which rules do we use?
'Old school' wargaming.
Both of these use large units, which certainly look very impressive, however they are a lot of work - and you will need a big table!
|A display game using large units of 40mm ‘Karoliner’ (mostly) figures.|
We dallied with 'old school' rules for a couple of years, but found them 'hard work', needing a lot of time, and we rarely finished a game - so we don't use them much now. The thing is though that I really do want them to work - perhaps I just need opponents with lots of time on their hands?
More recent rules-setsHaving given the 'old school' a fighting chance we decided to go for more recent rule sets.
Field of Battle
Initially we used ‘Field of Battle’ (FoB) by Brent Oman; we already used them (along with 'Shako') for 15mm Napoleonics, and they work fine with the semi flats. These are an interesting set of rules based on the Piquet rules system and use a variable move sequence which is card driven.
More recently we have been using 'Maurice’ by Sam Mustafa; these are a fun set, and again the action is card driven. They also contain a simple campaign system. A ‘lite’ version of Maurice is available for free download from:
Both sets have their places, Maurice is best for just two players, whereas FoB can be used with multiple players on each side.
Both of these rule-sets work well with small units of 16 infantry and 8 cavalry, and can still look very impressive. This could be either Maurice or FoB - the troop scale and basing is the same.
There are many other sets available - we have settled on these two.........for now.
Basing and organising figures into units
You might think that 40mm figures need a big table to play on, but that isn't really the case. As the figures are semi-flats, the width is no more than full-round 28mm figures, so a 20mm wide base works well for both infantry and cavalry. The bases do need to be a bit deeper than for 28mm, and we have found 30mm for infantry and 60mm for the cavalry to be about right. This is a period of linear warfare with relatively shallow battle lines, so the deeper bases aren't really a problem. The figures have been designed to fit neatly into units on these base sizes.
After a lot of heart searching, I decided to base up the figures so that they could be used either as a single 32 man unit......
.... or two 16 man units, which is all they have been used as so far.
I must do a battle report.................