Sunday, October 07, 2007

Italian Hill Tribes are done in time for the game(s) later today.

Whew, it took more than an hour to get the boys to sleep tonight, that meant a long night painting for me after they were finally asleep (well stapled into bed...).

I will finish the flocking in the late morning (today) on these 10 warband, 10 auxilia (the options) and 1 psiloi and 1 cavalry force stands. That way all will be fully finished in time for the warm-up games for the DBA tournament on October 28.

Just for Jeff, here is a sneak peek at the next items I have planned for the painting desk:

two formations of 'tricornes'!

a formation of 'top hats' (for use as militia or auxiliary or other non-line troops)

and a formation of 'light infantry' as was used by the british in the North American campaigns in the middle to late 1700's.

I have had a chance to read over Quebec 1759, and the first copywright date is 1972, making this an early game from Tom Dagleish, predating "Napoleon" or "Waterloo", which the game is very much like.

I have not yet played it but it seems to have a very 'diplomacy' like element to it that brings both bluff and guile into the play of the game, since you have 'blank' or 'dummy' counters to use in order to confuse the troops situation. Also orders must be written down then revealed by both players at the same time, making it harder to 'react' move and this is where the bluffing game can come into the fore...

More reading to do then I'll need to find an opponent!

The cool part is, since the orders are to be written down, it should be suitable for use in email or web-based games.

Enjoy the pics!


Bluebear Jeff said...

I'm sorry that I won't be there tomorrow . . . *sigh* . . . but we'd already accepted Brant's invitation before I realized that it was the DBA Sunday.

Anyway, Lani doesn't get out much and she wanted to go, so that clinched it. I'm sure that we'll have a good time . . . but I'm also sure that I need the practice since I haven't played any DBA in many years.

Bravo for the tricorn fellows. Will they be in blue? or white? . . . Alex needs his Burtzenia forces augmented after all . . . or will they be for some other nation?

Have a great time . . . and a Happy Thanksgiving.

-- Jeff

MurdocK said...

Thank you for the happy happy, same back for you and Lani.

They will be in white, since I need some more Austrians and have found some Spanish ones that were in white, though the reference does not say if they were in tricornes, it does show them in white uniforms wearing a 'licorne'? or bicorne appearing hat that may have had a 'third' corner at the back? The reference was not totaly clear on this point, but I do not mind as the early Spanish forces are only needed in very few battles, this way I also get some more white uniformed ones for use elsewhere.

Bluebear Jeff said...

How did the DBA training go? (Lani and I had a lovely time at Brant's).

-- Jeff

MurdocK said...

We had three players and myself to go over three games total each.

The players each got to try out 1/2 of the available armies and got a good foothold on the rules; which was not so difficult since all 3 of them had played Hordes of the Things before.

Great that Lani got out and yes I agree that Brant is a most gracious and entertaining host.