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Who asked this joker07 Apr 2017 6:21 a.m. PST

Much done last night including an infantry redesign.


More about it here. link

daler240D Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member07 Apr 2017 6:55 a.m. PST

looks great!

Bob the Temple Builder07 Apr 2017 8:35 a.m. PST

I am following your project with great interest.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP07 Apr 2017 8:36 a.m. PST

Interesting and decent looking. But I'm still missing information. How big are the squares? What's the ground scale, and what are you using for rules?

Who asked this joker07 Apr 2017 9:07 a.m. PST

Hi Robert,

The rules are The Portable Wargame by Bob Cordery (Bob the Temple Builder above) adapted for the 18th century.

It is a stylized game so ground scale etc is what you want it to be. Infantry with muskets shoot 2 squares so you could infer that 1 square is not bigger than 100 yards.

No times scale given either. Games will usually last about 8-10 turns. You could infer that 1 turn is about 1 hour.

Squares are 1.75" on a side. This will accommodate common basing schemes from 15mm on down through 6mm. (4cm frontages down through 2.5cm frontages). Most of the buildings and trees are really scaled to 6mm size but for size considerations, they work with this sort of game.

Hope that helps!


Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP07 Apr 2017 9:15 a.m. PST

An original 'portable' wargame is Larry Brom's
Doormat series of rules for Napoleonics, Franco-Prussian
and ACW.

IDK if Sergeants3 offers them for sale or not.

Units are different sized configurations of a rubber
'spikey' doormat cut to represent infantry (1"x1"),
cavalry (1"x 1/2") and artillery (1/2" x 1/2")

Bob the Temple Builder07 Apr 2017 9:38 a.m. PST

Ed Mohrmann,

Interesting. I was unaware that Larry Brom had written any rules of that ilk. I'll try to get a copy of them if I can as I'd like to mention them on my blog and/or any revised edition of my PORTABLE WARGAME book.

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP07 Apr 2017 8:14 p.m. PST

Larry had a very good friend who travelled (sales) a lot
and was always trying to figure out how to get in a
game in an hotel room.

Larry came up with a game which can be played on the
average hotel double-sized bed.

If I can find them, I have a copy of the Nap and ACW
rules and if I find them, I'll ask Lori's permission to
send you a copy.

It'll be a search since these rules go back about 40-45

Sobieski08 Apr 2017 3:07 a.m. PST


Bob the Temple Builder08 Apr 2017 4:14 a.m. PST

Ilk means the same as something already referred to.

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