Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Thirty Years War figures...

Having over my 30YW stuff yesterday, taking those photos and posting them has led me to thinking about what Imagi-Nation belligerents might be called into existence for some sort of campaign? Probably King and Emperor or something similar.

How about the Imperium of Austeria and the Kingdom of Severia?

Of course, I won't be restricting the numbers to mere 400AP DBR - I reckon for 30YW, 500AP gives better balanced armies anyway, particularly for the Swedish whilst still using the Brigade system.

The fact was, I bought my 30YW armies with an entirely different view, with the army sized pre-determined. It works out at around 900AP of Imperialists and 750AP of Swedes according the the DBR accounting system.

Why the difference? My own rules rather favoured the Swedes - especially their horse - whose units were smaller, but rode in a single rank, and charged. Unless the 12-figure Imperialist horse shot very well, the 9-figure Swedish units more often than not would send their opponents flying. The Imperialist numbers made up for this and led to some very interesting battles.

I still have the battle maps of a series of actions fought under my rules (wish I still had that rule set), including the Battle of Coutras as a 'disguised scenario', and Nordlingen. Although these were played long ago, I wonder if there would be enough interest in a narrative with maps and pictures...?


Archduke Piccolo said...

Oops - I intended to post this on my Archduke Piccolo blogsite - I must have hit the wrong toggle. I've copied the thing over there, and can delete it from the EvE blogspot if it is deemed inapproprite here.

Bluebear Jeff said...

Leave it. It might be earlier than our stated century, but it still involves Imagi-Nations that might well move forward into our time.

Why don't you make an attempt to recreate your rules?

They probably won't be exactly the same . . . given your experience since . . . but that doesn't mean that you can't keep what you remember liking from before and writing something new where you either don't recall or now have a better idea.

I have never read them but I know that "Father Tilly" is a set of rules I often see mentioned for the TYW.

Also "Spanish Fury" from the Complete Captain (I think) is a free downloadable set mostly mentioned via its ECW offshoot, "Very Civile Actions".

-- Jeff

Archduke Piccolo said...

I'll have a look at 'Spanish Fury' (I've downloaded 'Battle'). The problem is I can't go back completely (which is why I hesitated for months over whether to rebase the boys for DBR). I'll have to come up with a new game system... At any rate, it would be a pity to allow all those troops go to waste.
Perhaps ther'll be more to come in my Arcgduke Piccolo blog. :)

Bluebear Jeff said...

As I think I mentioned, I've never done any TYW gaming, so I can't give you the "benefit of my wisdom" (if any) . . . but you might want to check out the Breitenfeld Blog:

It is devoted to a TYW project (and is one of the blogs listed under "Other Blogs of Interest in the right-hand column of EvE.

-- Jeff

Archduke Piccolo said...

Thanks for the heads-up - an amazing blog full of eye candy! I'll add it to my list...
Ion (Archduke Piccolo)