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Maxshadow15 Aug 2018 6:04 p.m. PST

I would to start some ImagiNation Regiments but want to settle on a set of rules first.
I would prefer the figure removal style and thought "Charge" might be the perfect place to start.
I would love to read some battle reports or maybe a in-depth review of them first.

Personal logo Grelber Supporting Member of TMP15 Aug 2018 7:34 p.m. PST

I don't know if you've read Charles Grant's book, The Wargame, but it describes rules similar to those in "Charge." You might want to look at reports from those games, too.


Big Red Supporting Member of TMP15 Aug 2018 7:52 p.m. PST

Charge and The Wargame are both inspirational reads for ImagiNations. I also enjoyed The Wargame Companion by CS Grant.

paul liddle16 Aug 2018 12:28 a.m. PST

I played "Charge" a lot a few years back, have a look at my blog. link
I used 1/72nd plastics for reasons of cost but had some fine battles and campaigns. I did struggle to manoeuvre the big 48 man battalions on a 6x4 table and if I did the period again I would use half size units which would work with the rules as written.

Imaginations games are a lot of fun, I hope you give it a go.

Maxshadow16 Aug 2018 2:41 a.m. PST

Thanks I just lashed out and ordered both books.
Thanks Paul. It was its ability to cope with units of 24 or less was a crucial point for me.

davejl16 Aug 2018 6:30 a.m. PST

I have both books and they are a jolly good read and inspiration.
I also bought the BAR rules (Battles of the Ancien Regime).
They are also good fun, and have a section on organisi g units and give ideas for using 3 different sized units, ranging from about 24 figures right up to the huge Charge/Grant sized regiments.
Worth looking at.

Best Wishes davejl

M C MonkeyDew16 Aug 2018 7:34 a.m. PST


Here is a link to Charge! Aars on my blog.

Do not be put off by my choice of figures. Charge! is a great set of rules.

BillyNM16 Aug 2018 8:06 a.m. PST

I wrote a few scenarios / AARs in the now defunct Wargamers Notebook Quarterly – if you let me have you email I'll send you the PDFs. Also wrote up a re-fight of Blasthof (40th anniversary) at link:
PDF link
Phil Olley wrote another (50th anniversary) at link:
I really enjoy CHARGE! which are simple and fast moving (very bloody at times) and with written orders and simultaneous movement a nice change from the standard I-GO-U-GO.

Maxshadow16 Aug 2018 6:07 p.m. PST

@ Paul. Thanks very much for the inspiration! I have 1/72 WSS regiments that are favourites but organised as 12's for someone else's preferred rules. Will now (starting today)rebase, reinforce to larger battalions and so get to use them on the table.

@ M C Monkey. Lovely looking figures and table! I've owned the Programmed Scenarios book forever with out using it. Will definitely try them now.

@ BillyNM Reading your report recreating the Battle of Blastoff was pure wargaming enjoyment. Thanks very much.
I think I now have some idea why players were so inspired when they read the original. My goodness I got lost in that Phil Olley Blog! Thank you for that too.

BillyNM16 Aug 2018 9:10 p.m. PST

Glad you enjoyed it – as I said if you want some teasers (with much briefer AAR write ups) just let me know your email.

Maxshadow16 Aug 2018 9:48 p.m. PST

Thanks very much BillNM my email is, "vombatus" at "bigpond" dot "net" dot "au"

BillyNM17 Aug 2018 2:23 a.m. PST

Just gone away for the weekend I'll send them when I get back as they're on my PC at home.

Maxshadow17 Aug 2018 4:42 a.m. PST

Thanks Billy. Look forward to them.

historygamer17 Aug 2018 6:19 a.m. PST

Don't ask me how, but I ended up with some of the figures featured on the "Charge" dust jacket. I have them in a display case next to my copy of the rules book. First rules we played back in the mid 70s.

Maxshadow17 Aug 2018 8:33 a.m. PST

Well that's a treasure for sure!

Capt Flash20 Aug 2018 5:51 p.m. PST

Just wanted to add a big Thank You to all who answered here and especially those exciting links. I've just spent the last three or so hours lost in this rabbit hole of old school imagi-nation adventures. Cheers!

Scotty6630 Dec 2018 11:41 p.m. PST

Getting back into old school wargaming myself after a long time and using 'The Wargame' by Charles Grant. This is my first battle report but more to follow soon hopefully

YouTube link

historygamer31 Dec 2018 5:21 a.m. PST

You might want to also consider "Practical Wargaming" by C.S. Wesencraft, if you like removing individual figures. Has rules for weather, random movement, etc. I think it played better than "Charge!"

Maxshadow03 Feb 2019 2:59 a.m. PST

Thanks History Gamer. I have ordered it.

Snowcat09 Feb 2019 4:34 a.m. PST

It looks like the formations used in CHARGE! would work well in Sharp Practice 2. (individual soldiers arranged in groups of 8 + officers, colours, musicians etc.)

So a 3 company 'battalion'/regiment (3 x 16 men)(+ officers etc) in CHARGE! would be a 6 group (each of 8 men) formation (+ big men etc) in SP2.

Has anyone tried using armies originally designed for CHARGE! for Sharp Practice 2?


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