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JPChris56 Supporting Member of TMP18 Jul 2021 6:31 a.m. PST

Even though the following report(s) are a bit rushed, I think they will provide more than enough for members/readers to review and perhaps remark upon.

For your possible enjoyment, I submit the following:
A Seleucid contest; a 2nd Punic War contest, and a scenario featuring Alexander and some Persians.

The narratives can be found here: link

Thanks in advance.


bandrsntch20 Aug 2021 7:47 p.m. PST

Sounds as if you were very entertained with these three games. As a seasoned Tactica player I have only a comment about the Roman Carthaginian game. Did you use the Republican Roman Line Support and Relief rules? They make a big difference in determining the winner.If properly relieved the Hastati and Principes units do not count at broken until the Triarii break. This gives the Roman side a lot of staying power.

JPChris56 Supporting Member of TMP21 Aug 2021 10:31 a.m. PST

Band . .

Thanks for taking the time to read and remark upon the effort(s).
Though it's only been a month, I cannot recall for certain how I "behaved" as the Roman commander. I think I chose the pairing specifically for the experience of testing the support and relief rules.
I think the key is in your remarks: It must be done properly, otherwise . . .

Thanks again,

shugyosha27 Aug 2021 9:42 a.m. PST

I'm always hesitant to show off my wargaming with counters on my own blog. Your games look very clean and visually easy to follow. One of the advantages of counters, among being able to field any army.

JPChris56 Supporting Member of TMP28 Aug 2021 6:24 a.m. PST

Thanks for reading and for responding. I can appreciate your hesitation. In a hobby that is founded on visual representation (at least since the 1960s) and on spectacle and appeal (perhaps since the early 80s?), the minority of gamers who "march to a different drum" when it comes to use of models might well be looked upon as, well . . . I am not sure, but perhaps we might be viewed as atypical or non-traditionalists, or even "splitters" – although, not being from the UK, I wonder if I used that term correctly.

Yes, the main advantage of counters is flexibility. Cost is another factor. For example, recently, I failed at a counterfactual scenario wherein Hannibal faced off against Pyrrhus. Had I used miniatures, I would still be buying and painting and preparing. Perhaps I would be able to stage the wargame in mid 2022. Changing course, I am presently studying (again) Chaeronea. I am using TRIUMPH! and the "figures" or units were fabricated in a couple of days at very little cost. Without question, the lack of stunning miniatures and equally pretty terrain impacts the number of "hits" my blog receives, but I wargame more for the interest in military history and writing about my efforts than anything else.

To be certain, I greatly admire those "celebrities" of the hobby who present the best face of wargaming. Names like Simon Miller, James Roach, and Aaron Bell spring to mind. I am sure there are a legion of others . . . Rick Priestley, the Perry Twins, Ron Ringrose, etc.

Anyway, thanks again for reading and offering a comment.


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