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olicana16 Oct 2014 2:18 a.m. PST

I've just posted the full scenario notes for our Harran 1104 AD Crusades game that will be staged at Fiasco next weekend (Sun 26th) at the Royal Armouries Leeds. We are now all set to go.


Although you can read about the game on the day at the table side, we stopped doing hand outs years ago and now pass out web address slips to anyone wanting the scenario notes. Much more information can be made available this way, and in colour.


I hope you like the look of the game and hope to see you at Leeds. Drop by and say hello if you are passing.

Ilkley Lads

Sobieski16 Oct 2014 2:32 a.m. PST

I though Baldwin was already king of Jerusalem by the time Bohemond was released?

olicana16 Oct 2014 2:46 a.m. PST

Two different Baldwins. Baldwin the 1st of Jerusalem and Baldwin Count of Edessa.

Sobieski16 Oct 2014 4:42 a.m. PST

Ah. Thank you. :)

olicana16 Oct 2014 5:21 a.m. PST

Yes, it is confusing. A huge cast of notables in a huge swirling mixing pot. I've just started reading my Runciman again having forgotten at least half of it. It took me over two hours to track down how long Baldwin was a captive in Mosul. If I had remembered about Joscelin's gallant involvement in his release it would have taken 10 minutes.

Oh Bugger16 Oct 2014 10:20 a.m. PST

Good stuff James. A question though how many bases constitute a 'smallish' unit?

olicana16 Oct 2014 11:53 a.m. PST

Hi OB,

Well, when I designed my armies I did so with PK in mind. So, 4 stand units are the norm (though it doesn't matter because we mark casualties with a marker rather than stand removal PK is versatile that way) but 4 stand units of western knights would, at figure scale, be huge and they are generally able to hold more than their own against superior numbers of, say, ghulams due to heavier weapons, couched lance, and physical butchness (or so the history tells us). So I gave all of my heavy cavalry (including the Saracen stuff to be fair) two flags so that they could be 2 stand units.

Of course, I did pack my stands to make them look meaty.A heavy cavalry unit, based on four 60mm frontage x 90mm depth stands, has 18 figures so even halved they are 9 strong. The pic below shows units of Saracen heavy cavalry (I have 6, which in retrospect is too many) the deep bases actually allow the impression of two ranks, more packed, with less figures: I thought that was quite a clever idea, and I don't have many!




When coming on together theylook the business (IMHO)


BTW, the '6' key on my computer is typing '3' (luckily I also have a touch screen keyboard which works). Does anyone know if I can change this or is it a hardware fault?

Oh Bugger16 Oct 2014 2:40 p.m. PST

Got it James thank you. I'll be using your PK inspired Crusades rules for the scenario so that's grand.

Very nice pics too.

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