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Black Hat Miniatures24 Aug 2016 1:22 p.m. PST

Another outing for our NWF collection:


More here:



Bob the Temple Builder24 Aug 2016 1:57 p.m. PST

A great battle report, and a wonderful excuse to use some wonderful 54mm figures on the tabletop!

Hopefully we will see more of the same soon.

Ragbones Supporting Member of TMP24 Aug 2016 2:26 p.m. PST

Nicely done! And in the One True scale. wink

English Thegn24 Aug 2016 2:56 p.m. PST

The One True Scale indeed! Using The Sword and the Flame and now Bob's Portable Wargame rules have been a revelation to me as far as gaming with 54mm figures is concerned. I also had the pleasure of playing an Airfix Battles game in 54mm with fellow TMP and Guildford Club member Alastair Jack recently who afterwards said he now felt 54mm was a viable wargaming scale. I think grid based rules in particular really help with the visual aspect of 54mm as it's easier to accept distortions in the figure/ground scale.


Nick Stern Supporting Member of TMP24 Aug 2016 4:02 p.m. PST

Wonderful looking game and great AAR. I am tempted to try a grid based game with my 54's, but I am unclear as to how the terrain works. Especially as terrain is so important in games set in the NWF. Does each terrain piece have to correspond in size exactly with one or more grids? How would you represent a height that runs the length of the table?

epturner Inactive Member24 Aug 2016 4:45 p.m. PST

Amazing! Absolutely wonderful!


English Thegn24 Aug 2016 10:56 p.m. PST

Nick Stern,

A terrain piece covers an entire square. Because I forgot to bring my large mat with 15cm squares we had to use Mike's smaller mat with 10cm squares. All this meant was that some of his larger terrain pieces covered two rather than one square.

Mike does have a very long ridge/cliff piece of terrain that he originally made for TSATF and that if used with Bob's rules would cover 5-6 squares. If we wanted a ridge/range of hills that ran the length of the table we would probably use this long ridge together with other smaller hills/outcrops.

As long as it's clear what terrain a particular square represents the scenery doesn't really have to conform exactly to the grid. In the game Mike's just posted about some of the terrain templates overlapped the small 10cm squares a bit but it didn't affect the game.


daler240D Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member25 Aug 2016 3:17 a.m. PST


79thPA Supporting Member of TMP25 Aug 2016 6:13 a.m. PST

I think BH posted the rules before,but I didn't copy them. Does anyone know where these rules are?

daler240D Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member25 Aug 2016 8:05 a.m. PST


here you go.

Black Hat Miniatures25 Aug 2016 9:16 a.m. PST

Direct link to the colonial rules are here:

PDF link


MacDuff Inactive Member25 Aug 2016 4:58 p.m. PST

That's the spirit!

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP26 Aug 2016 9:54 a.m. PST


Lion in the Stars27 Aug 2016 11:40 a.m. PST

Those *are* pretty. Not a scale I'm interested in (I max out at 28mm, and do pretty much everything else at 15mm), but I'm always going to appreciate well-painted minis.

Part time gamer16 Oct 2016 2:55 a.m. PST

I dont play 54's either but they do look great!
Like *Lion, I 'max out at 28mm', personally I think its a great 'happy medium' of scale and still being able to paint and it NOT showing 'all' of my lack of painting skill.

Have played a couple of games of ATKM (AWI) in 54s and it was great fun. I 'was' considering doing the AWI period in 28's, but Im really trying to limit the number of projects I have Somewhere!

finances and reality are such an intrusion lol.

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