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sunkingfan01 Sep 2021 7:53 a.m. PST
79thPA Supporting Member of TMP01 Sep 2021 7:59 a.m. PST

I like your imaginations project. Do you envision this taking place in the Germanic states, or where?

khanscom01 Sep 2021 7:11 p.m. PST

Beautiful work on the figs-- love the big units!

Eleve de Vauban Supporting Member of TMP02 Sep 2021 3:05 a.m. PST

That looks like a really good game, thanks for sharing.

Eumelus Supporting Member of TMP02 Sep 2021 7:18 p.m. PST

I'm intrigued by your brief description of "The Jomini System" by Martin Kelley. Those are some intriguing ideas for an early rules set – matchstick units and 1":100 yards sounds like the game is designed for larger-scale engagements than the brigade-versus-brigade fights that were commoner in those days. Could you give us some more tidbits? And does anybody else know anything about Mr Kelley and his rules?

bobm195903 Sep 2021 8:20 a.m. PST

I had the Jomini System rules, bought around 1980 from the wargame shop in Headingley leeds next to the Skyrack pub. I built up large armies of red, white and blue matchsticks bought pre-coloured from a craft shop. A friend then dyed matchsticks green to have a Russian army. They play a lot like Kriegspiel really but don't need an umpire.

sunkingfan03 Sep 2021 9:38 p.m. PST

To answer 79th PA, it is a general European background, with the three main states having some French, Prussian, Spanish aspects, but there is an additional colonial/minor states element which has British/German/African/Indian possibilities.

To answer Eumelus, I think it was designed for brigade/division level games. There is very little about terrain in the rules, but I think it was played on a table top with scenery. The firing casualty rates are based on men in a unit, i.e. "real" strengths, not figures strengths, times a fixed % according to range. Morale only occurs after a melee and can result in retreats or routs, though units rally thereafter. Attacking units can also be repulsed short of their objective.

Eumelus Supporting Member of TMP06 Sep 2021 4:30 p.m. PST

Well now I'm more intrigued than ever. Does anyone out there in TMP-land have any idea how to contact Mr Kelley? Alternatively, does anyone have a copy of "The Jomini System" that they would sell for a reasonable price? PM me if the latter.

Blutarski06 Sep 2021 6:27 p.m. PST

Re old Napoleonics rule sets, George Jeffreys' rules come to mind.


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