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Col Durnford Supporting Member of TMP18 Oct 2019 6:53 a.m. PST

I've been planning to purchase both the 4.7" naval gun and the 155' Creusot "long Tom" from the old Houston's line (available from The Virtual Armchair General)


My question is, what modification to TSATF rules do you use for such heavy guns?



Personal logo Old Contemptible Supporting Member of TMP18 Oct 2019 7:21 a.m. PST

I have those two models and have used them in several scenarios.I haven't used them for "TSTAF" but for "Fields of Honor." FOH are a battalion/commando set of rules. They have the range to hit anything on the battlefield.

So in TSTAF they would also have unlimited range. They are position weapons. Meaning they would not be able to move during the game. Pivoting should take a full turn.

Col Durnford Supporting Member of TMP18 Oct 2019 7:44 a.m. PST

That's much as I expected. Unlimited range and fixed position. I was also thinking of limited rate of fire.

BTW – I found an old die cast tractor that the British will have.

Personal logo Old Contemptible Supporting Member of TMP18 Oct 2019 12:25 p.m. PST

In my scenarios those two guns are already deployed. The tractor is a neat idea. But you might not get the gun deployed before the game is over. The photos I have seen shows them being pulled by oxen. I have enough oxen. I have thought of having a column struck by Boer's on horse back. The naval gun in column would be great. Of course you couldn't get it deployed soon enough to do any good.

Murvihill19 Oct 2019 5:41 a.m. PST

I'd adjust the tables to create light, medium and heavy artillery with 3, 4 and 5 dice per figure respectively. I even have a couple Chinese Jingals that fire like artillery but get only one die. Muzzle loading cannon cannot fire two consecutive turns.

Nick Pasha21 Oct 2019 5:03 p.m. PST

In the Sword to Adventure (1905 to 1931) field guns have up 72 inches of range. 0-24 inches is short range, 24-72 is long range. The numbers to hit at short range are higher than the numbers to hit at long range. Gunners must roll to spot a target more than 48 inches away.

SgtGuinness Supporting Member of TMP21 Oct 2019 6:53 p.m. PST

I would rate as Nick Pasha says, in addition I would limit the gun to firing every other turn.

Col Durnford Supporting Member of TMP22 Oct 2019 5:01 a.m. PST

Thanks to all,


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