|a mixed hills and marshland 'parchment' copy of my terrain boards|
One of the first, best, sets of advice I ever had regarding the miniatures hobby consisted of:
1) choose an era that draws your interest, enough that you could see yourself spending $1000 on the miniatures, rules, terrain etc. - an example of 'era' is: Ancients (3000 bce-500 ce)
2) find a rules set that you are willing to support within that 'era', in my first case this was DBA
3) settle on a scale to start with. Be certain that you can i) afford the minis ii) have the space to store them iii) time to paint and game
4) GET BOTH SIDES FOR AT LEAST ONE BATTLE
|a forested terrain tile, one I made in 1995|
With that said it ought to come as no surprise that I did so many armies for the 15mm Napoleonic run to continue to support the terrain tiles that I made for DBA. In using the terrain boards in the campaign as I have I also made up some 'parchment' copies of the terrain boards.
The concept for the boards is thus: at least 1 (of 4) must be flat, at least 1 (of 4) must contain a terrain feature, unless a river is going to be used. A river must cross at the center and be run from one side to the other. These are all from DBA. The fun part about such map making is that all of my terrain boards are 'off center' for the terrain bits and so when you spin them you can get a lot of different combinations.
So with the parchment versions of the boards I could create maps that the players could use to plan out the battle formations, and I knew that I could accurately lay out the troops based on the terrain boards.
For the third go round of the campaign these terrain boards continued to do service.
The Order Of Battle was revamped to better reflect the force organization that historically existed, though the players were not required to use it.
|Third game starting positions|
|at Huy AGAIN|
|web map at game 3 end|
Most unusual strategy ... I think that the Prussian courts would not be so happy about the Anglo-Dutch had this been done historically...
What are your game plan limitations? Do you have any restrictions on the minis you buy?
What have been your strategic experiences in Campaign settings?