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Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP22 Sep 2020 12:46 a.m. PST

Lately, the wargaming has focussed on re-creating historical battles but I felt the need for a change of pace. So a game of "Hidden Objectives".

The premise is simple: the table has 5 central features (hills, villages, local strong points) labelled 1-5. Each player chooses 3 tiles from a double set of numbers ie 2 X 1-5. These are his objectives for the game. They are known only to him, but of course, his opponent may have some of the same objectives.
The game was to feature the ECW English Royalists and their Scots Covenanter opponents.
The table begins bare of troops:
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The two armies waiting for deployment:
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Ready for battle:
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The English are strong in quality cavalry:
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The Scots have a lot of artillery:
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Poor cavalry:
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The Scots send out scouts:
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The English seize the villages. Are they Objective?
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In the end, the Scots are outmanoeuvred & as night falls, they retreat:
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The game wasn't very bloody but had a definite purpose as part of the sparring for position before a major battle.

Personal logo D6 Junkie Supporting Member of TMP22 Sep 2020 5:10 a.m. PST

Great idea,

Thomas O22 Sep 2020 5:53 a.m. PST

Yes great idea!

rampantlion22 Sep 2020 5:54 a.m. PST

Very cool!

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP22 Sep 2020 7:11 a.m. PST

Good idea and a very nice game.

KeepYourPowderDry22 Sep 2020 8:16 a.m. PST

Some nice looking armies there. Plus as already mentioned, a good idea for a game.

Thanks for sharing

Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP22 Sep 2020 12:25 p.m. PST

To give you an idea how good it works for fog of war, Objective # 5 was a plateau & not one of my objectives.

My opponent had no troops deployed near it & I did: a P&S regiment. He seemed uninterested in it, so I assumed it wasn't one of his. So I took it…but then marched away to assault a village that was one my objectives.

He meanwhile force marched some troops to #5 which was one of his objectives & took it towards the end of the game. Too late for me to do anything…& I still thought it was a bluff.

In the final count, I had 1, he had 2 so this gave him the game.

A simple mechanism but it works.
(BTW KYPD, great blog. I wish I had of discovered your painting guide before I painted my armies).

Hal Thinglum Supporting Member of TMP22 Sep 2020 2:30 p.m. PST

Very nicely done. 25mm Minifigs? Terrain looks good. Thanks for sharing. Hal

Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP22 Sep 2020 3:20 p.m. PST

@ Hal.
No, mostly 20mm metals & some 1/72 plastics.

Most of the metals are Tumbling Dice : highly recommended.

Charge The Guns22 Sep 2020 10:53 p.m. PST

Great looking game and always fun to have some objectives other than "kill the enemy"! :-)

KeepYourPowderDry23 Sep 2020 8:19 a.m. PST

Thanks Ochoin

You've done alright without my guides 😉

Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP24 Sep 2020 2:30 p.m. PST

Camps are an important part of Field of Glory (worth 2 Victory points if you capture one).

Here's one, for the Covenanters, I've just finished:

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It'll get some generic use but I'm planning a more period-only one for the Royalists.

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