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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian24 Jan 2019 7:33 p.m. PST

You were asked – TMP link

FPW – Obscure or Mainstream?

50% said "obscure"
42% said "mainstream"

Personal logo Nashville Supporting Member of TMP24 Jan 2019 10:59 p.m. PST

Yup ---who would want to play that era??? No color,. no fun .. NOT



parrskool25 Jan 2019 3:44 a.m. PST

……it's repercussions resounded down the years affecting 1914 and 1939

Winston Smith25 Jan 2019 9:47 a.m. PST

It's not obscure to us, when we play it 2 or 3 times a year.

Old Contemptibles25 Jan 2019 1:03 p.m. PST

I Put on five to six games a year. One of my favorite conflicts. I have a very large collection of 15mm FPW. FPW has long since been a mainstream period. Nothing obscure about it.




Perris070725 Jan 2019 6:19 p.m. PST

Yeah, I guess the war that laid the foundation for the World Wars by allowing the unification of Germany could be considered "obscure". As parrskool pointed out, it was a very important war. I do understand why the French would like to forget it though…

Personal logo Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP25 Jan 2019 6:22 p.m. PST

It didn't involve any British or Americans, so it's obscure to Brits and Americans.

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Old Contemptibles26 Jan 2019 12:49 a.m. PST

This game was great fun. It is a great period. It is a little like WWI but with all the cool units.


Sparta26 Jan 2019 2:30 a.m. PST

Wonderfull period, neglected as Yellow Admiral says beacuse of lack of english speakers.

Lilian26 Jan 2019 5:24 p.m. PST

contrary to what it is written, first the French didn't want to forget 1870, at least between 1871 and 1914 and… there were Americans and British involved with the Francs-Tireurs units attached to the National Guard of the French Army, so in the french side
French-Americans from Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Rio de Janeiro but also Enfants Perdus d'Amérique du Nord & American Legion, 600 gathered in New York, an Irish Regiment and even English horse volunteers during the siege in Paris
oh my God :o
hon(n)i soit qui mal y pense

Lascaris26 Jan 2019 9:23 p.m. PST

One of my favorite periods to game. Too bad it is obscure to so many people as it's a very interesting conflict.

marco56 Supporting Member of TMP29 Jan 2019 4:03 p.m. PST

Here's someone who diesn't think it's obscure. link

Double G30 Jan 2019 3:11 p.m. PST

"Here's someone who diesn't think it's obscure. link

Nope, that would be me and nothing obscure about that war………some of the responses in that poll……….wow…………"never heard of it"……must be a fantasy/sci fi/zombie geek.

All it did was shape the balance of power in Europe for about 75 years and lead to two world wars.

But other than that.

Good Lord.

Personal logo Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP31 Jan 2019 2:35 p.m. PST

Despite the FPW falling into some kind of blind spot in English-language education, there is a pleasing amount of detailed English language history of the war. As mentioned above, it was a really big deal at the time, so there were a lot of observers and analysts paying careful attention – especially after the biggest kid on the block (Napoleon III) got his head handed to him.

For ACW fanatics, the FPW and other "hyphen wars" of the middle and late 19th C. can actually be really interesting, because the weapon technologies are all familiar but the tactics, doctrines, uniforms, and unit organizations are not.

- Ix

Jeffers01 Feb 2019 2:07 p.m. PST

I produced a range of 10mm figures for it 25-odd years ago and had no problems finding English language sources, even in those far-off dark ages. Now you don't even need to know how to use the inter-library loan system: just google it. Plus, I don't see how any wargamer can ignore it when it featured in many of Featherstone's books.
Best of all, though, the FPW led me to the Austro-Prussian war which is, if anything, more pivotal to European history.

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