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janner Inactive Member31 Mar 2015 7:37 a.m. PST


Having cracked the first half of a German Brigade based for a Black Powder variant towards the end of last year, it was time to get back into field grey. So onto the next regiment with 1st Battalion of the 41st Infantry (now with added sword knots!):


More photos, as well as detail on German sword knots, on the blog:

Winston01 Inactive Member31 Mar 2015 6:57 p.m. PST

Really nice paint job. Your information seems very detailed and complete.

janner Inactive Member01 Apr 2015 3:52 a.m. PST

Thanks, Winston. My eyes and hands aren't up to painting regimental numbers of the shoulder straps though wink

Big Red Supporting Member of TMP01 Apr 2015 9:51 a.m. PST

Beautiful work janner! Are your 1914 Black Powder variant rules available?

janner Inactive Member01 Apr 2015 12:10 p.m. PST

They're still scribblings on an A4 sheet, but I'll happy put them up somewhere once I'm happy they are reliable wink

Big Red Supporting Member of TMP02 Apr 2015 8:50 a.m. PST

Thanks janner. Scribblings on an A4 sheet can sometimes lead to great things.

monk2002uk03 Apr 2015 12:07 a.m. PST

Lovely work, janner! Black Powder harkens back to an earlier era. Did you consider Bolt Action at all?


janner Inactive Member03 Apr 2015 5:07 a.m. PST

Thanks, Robert.

I thought of using BP for 1914 for formation level gaming because commanders were, in part, still drawing upon the strategies of an earlier era.

As an aside, I'm not a fan of BA even for WW2 games, preferring the Battlegroup series for company level gaming. Still, they certainly done a great deal to popularise the period. grin

monk2002uk03 Apr 2015 9:59 a.m. PST

janner, I understand. Check out this translation of a detailed German after action report. It was written about the first action that German 88th Infantry Regiment fought in, August 20th 1914. Let me know what you think in comparison to BP – a ruleset that I don't know at all, other than the category of era.



janner Inactive Member03 Apr 2015 11:02 p.m. PST

What a great read and interesting to see the MG company operating together rather than split into platoons attached to each battalion grin

If you wanted to recreate this tactical level on the table, I think that BP would work very well using companies as your basic units, with battalion serving as a brigade, ie a normal game would consist of an infantry regiment with attachments. BP now do two colonial variants to cover the Zulu War and Sudan, which help draw the system closer to 1900, but a Boar War version would be very useful.

I'm going to have to accept a degree of abstraction to run larger scale games. My basing would allow platoons to manoeuvre, but I think that will drag me into the weeds. However, the rules allow mixed formations, as well as putting the whole unit into skirmish lines, which I think will serve.

The present MG company is probably too big, and may drop to a single base that acts like an artillery battery in the rules.

Play testing proper can begin once the second regiment is complete, as well as their Russian opponents. At present, I have a four battalion Russian regiment close to completion with another regiment awaiting basing. I just wish someone would do non-Cossack Russian cavalry…

monk2002uk03 Apr 2015 11:29 p.m. PST

There won't be an issue with dropping the MG company size. The 87th Infantry Regiment, which was operating north of IR 88, was involved in the action. As noted in IR 88's regimental history, 13/IR 87 detached an MG section that ended up fighting alongside IR 88 in Longlier. It was quite common to parcel out the MG sections from German MG companies.


janner Inactive Member05 Apr 2015 8:51 a.m. PST

Great stuff, Robert. I really just get around to reading your book wink

monk2002uk08 Apr 2015 5:01 a.m. PST

If you do get to read the book then please let me know what you think. It is a book that is worth savouring slowly. There is a lot of detail crammed in.

I am just working on the electronic versions at the moment – eBook, PDF, and Kindle.


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