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14th NJ Vol Supporting Member of TMP22 Feb 2018 12:55 p.m. PST

Looking at SHAKO II rules. If you have played this rule set, impressions?
Things you liked? Things you disliked?
Our group uses 15mm figures. We want a tactical rule set with battalions,
Formations, columns, lines, square. Players controlling divisions.

Your inputs appreciated.
Andy

Neli Creoruska Inactive Member22 Feb 2018 3:16 p.m. PST

Very good.

wrgmr122 Feb 2018 5:27 p.m. PST

We play Shako II regularly in our group. You'll actually find my name in the play test group inside the cover.
Great game for battalion/regiment/battery game, line, column, square. Divisions being the command unit, sometimes brigades.

We can do a game in 3 hours with 5 to 6 divisions a side.
There are a few quirks, for instance line fires directly ahead, they cannot fire even 15 degrees at an angle.

We create scenario rules for certain games, such as Prussian Landwehr are rated as 3 but in 1813-14 we give them a 4 for melee and morale but still only take 3 hits to be destroyed.

We've played big battles, Wagram 36' table, Borodino 30' table, Eylau 26' table, Ligny 30' table and Waterloo 18' table with an extension for Plancenoit. All of these were played in 8 to 10 hours. Two were put on at Enfilade Convention. The largest number of figures we had on the table was just under 7000 for Wagram.

There are a number of scenario books available. Chris Leach's "Fields of Glory". Michael Hopper has written two books "Eagles Over Bavaria" and "Dual of Princes", that will work for Shako II, our group play tested a number of these scenarios.

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Here is a critique of Michael's books.

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I personally really like the set it gives a good flavor of the period.

Lucius22 Feb 2018 5:58 p.m. PST

I played Shako years ago. Is Shako II still in print?

wrgmr122 Feb 2018 6:38 p.m. PST

Yes, Imperial Hobbies in Richmond BC, Canada has copies.
If you have trouble finding a copy let me know, I can get you some.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP22 Feb 2018 6:44 p.m. PST

I have a copy for sale:

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Yankees Supporting Member of TMP22 Feb 2018 8:35 p.m. PST

Also amazons.com has it

wrgmr122 Feb 2018 8:36 p.m. PST

👍 EC!

Fredloan28 Feb 2018 7:07 p.m. PST

My primary rule set, love it.

Tim95th Inactive Member12 Apr 2018 2:37 p.m. PST

Really enjoy Shako II and for the most part you can pick up the basics very quickly and get many/most games to a resolution in 4 or so hours we've found.

some great scenario books available that are ideal for Shako II games 1805 and 1809 books available. More coming from Michael Hopper.

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