Little Men in Fancy Hats – ON HORSES
So I finished my Dragoon Brigade. I made a bit of a mistake as I don’t think a single Yellow trimmed regiment of dragoons fought in Austria in 1809. Oops. Dragoons are actually probably going to end up being my least used type of cavalry in Fields of Glory. In General d’Armee it should see a lot more use.
I also got my officers, aides and hussars, which should see a LOT of use in both games. Tomorrow I have only a couple hours of work so I’ll get my artillery knocked out.
So this will leave me with the artillery, which should be done by tomorrow night, the Legere brigade, the Hussars, and staff. All told that’s 2 brigades and the equivalent of another (with all this being in FoG:N units). After that I will be looking at a light artillery unit (3 6-8 pound guns) some artillery attachments (horse artillery!) some light infantry attachments, (skirmishers/voltigeurs) a BIG Cuirassier brigade (6 bases, with attached officer, and probably the horse artillery) 24 more bases of Ligne (6 small or 4 large units).
This will net me a pretty respectable sized corps in Fields of Glory, and a good large division in General d’Armee. I’m also looking at a couple or potentially good changes outside gaming that will let me work on the community here and have more time to run a couple towns over where there’s an established group that meets every couple of months. Currently I have the General d’Armee book, but the FoG:N 2.0 book hasn’t quite come out yet, though I’m expecting it this month. Unless it’s unreasonably delayed I should have it in hand before I can head to the established group, but either way it does look like GdA will be a better one to use even if it’s more “narrative”.
Finally I’m going to talk a little bit about some things I really like about Napoleonics and both of these rulesets. One of the most important things to me is pageantry. I loved the way the battlelines of Warhammer Fantasy looked before Geedubs nuked it. I like the way ranks of toy soldiers look on the fields, and I really love the way the uniforms of historical figures look. The rules also tend to be very mature. The outcomes they are looking to generate are very understandable and predictable, the range of acceptable results is well defined, and the mechanics relatively straightforward. This isn’t something like 40k or AoS where mechanics will be radically different, the games are meant to work in a simple, understandable way without the flash and glamor of a more sci fi/fantasy game, and I’m ok with that. I want to recreate Austerlitz and Wagram and Talavera and Vimiero and Borodino, not the Siege of Terra. I mean, I DO want to re-create the Siege of the Golden Gate at some point, it would be a lot of fun, but I want something a bit more mature and deterministic rather than demons and primarchs.