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carojon07 Feb 2018 10:58 p.m. PST

In this final play-test, we carried on where we left off with the last scenario, 'Retreat from Albergaria'. This time Generals Franceschi and Mermet fend off British columns coming at them from all directions.


If you would like to know more then just follow the link to JJ's.


Jonathan (JJ)

Fatuus Natural Inactive Member08 Feb 2018 5:25 a.m. PST

I am filled with admiration, JJ. Your battlefieds look wonderful.

What is your base mat? Did you make it yourself? If you bought it, where from?

carojon08 Feb 2018 8:12 a.m. PST

Thank you FN
My base mat is from Terrain Mat which seems to really capture the arid peninsula look and I have two,ma big one for the main table and thus smaller more portable 6 x 4.
Hope that helps

Fatuus Natural Inactive Member08 Feb 2018 9:29 a.m. PST

Yes, thank you very much.

I've seen Terrain Mat's products on the internet. They're a bit expensive for me, but maybe I will just have to bite the bullet.

marshalGreg08 Feb 2018 12:21 p.m. PST

Very Nice JJ!
I have a copy of OTH on it's way and should have it this weekend.
Appreciate the supplemental visual aid/QRS items you have added and will put them to use in a play test of the rules.
Thank you.

Have you played the new Gen D Armee and if so how do you compare the too?
If you can elaborate more on your comparison to the C n G II, as well, to that beyond your game buddies just wanting to roll dice would be appreciated.
Comparison of NOTEs would be good.

thanks again


carojon08 Feb 2018 2:37 p.m. PST

Hi MG thank you.
I haven't played Gen D Armee, although I have a copy which I have read through a few times. They strike me as quite different but I am loath to comment further until I've had a play.

I can't really add much more about OTH than what I covered in my review which you can read on the blog. If you have played C&G you will immediately recognise the similarities in play and design.

The fundamental difference I guess is that with paper based rules you can see how the system impacts on the play directly whereas with a computer moderated game you can't, you just get the result. However that, for me, is not a problem, particularly when C&G gives such a good simulation or at least it feels that way to me.

The other fundamental difference is that you have to work a bit harder with a paper set getting your head around rules that a computer moderated set does for you, plus all the admin associated with the game. I love that aspect of C&G. That said we have had a lot of fun mastering OTH and find that we are now at the unconciously competent level with most of the play system which means that both Steve and I were flying through many of the moves, so I think that speaks highly of any rule set. In addition once you get your force morale and order process sorted that aspect of OTH adds another level of drama to the game as you nervously watch a force getting a battering to its fatigue levels or roll to see if your vital order change has taken effect.

So I would play either set very happily and the scenarios we have put together could also be played with both, with very little work to convert the orders of battle and unit stats.


Ragbones Supporting Member of TMP08 Feb 2018 4:28 p.m. PST

Beautifully done games and really nice AAR's. Figures, terrain, buildings…everything…wonderful to look at and an inspiration to my own more modest efforts.

carojon08 Feb 2018 11:00 p.m. PST

Thanks Ragbones, much appreciated. I am really pleased you feel inspired, frankly I put the blog together for the fun of doing it and with a faint hope that I might encourage more people to get into wargaming.

All the games we do are easily recreatable and I have consciously made reference to all the manufacturers and products i have used in the games, together with moddeling and painting tutorials to help recreate the look of the games, and I am happy to field enquiries on the blog.


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