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Monday, 24 June 2019

Other people's Portable Wargame battle reports: American Civil War ... in 2mm-scale!

Martin Smith recently added a short battle report to the PORTABLE WARGAME page on Facebook, and he has given me permission to quote from it and to use some of his photographs.

Battle of Evansville Crossroads was set during the American Civil War and was fought using figures from Martin's 2mm-scale armies. He used a 'standard' 8 x 8 squared grid (i.e. a chessboard) as his battlefield ...



... and the Late Nineteenth Century rules from THE PORTABLE WARGAME. He chose to fight the battle using the ‘Two Kills’ option and the ‘Going Solo’ card driven activation system.

The forces involved were:
  • Union
    • 1 x Commander (General Mike Welland)
    • 6 x Infantry regiments with muskets
    • 1 x Zouave regiment with rifles
    • 1 x smoothbore artillery battery
    • (SP 18, Exhaustion Point 9)
  • Confederates
    • 1 x Commander (General Joe Chappell)
    • 6 x Infantry regiments with muskets
    • 1 x cavalry regiment with carbines
    • 1 x smoothbore artillery battery
    • (SP 18, Exhaustion Point 9)

The battle report can be read in full on Facebook, so I will not repeat it here. However, Martin did pose a question that is worth repeating, as is my answer.

Question: How do you rule on moving into/through town squares/Built-up Areas? e.g. are they treated much like woods, with movement reduced to one grid square per activation? Do you permit road bonus moves through them (if a road passes through). (And if a road goes through a wood, is the wood restriction still used?)

Answer: I've not written a specific rule regarding roads passing through Built-up Areas and woods BUT my suggestion is that if a unit is moving along a road, it trumps any the effect of moving through a Built-up Area or wood. However, unless the unit is moving along the road, the Built-up Area or wood will affect the unit's movement. This is to stop units moving through a Built-up Area or wood that has a road running through it and claiming the bonus for the road even though the road isn't being used.

Please note that the photographs featured above are © Martin Smith.

8 comments:

  1. Good to see 2mm in use for PW. To my mind the Irregular Miniatures ECW blocks look really convincing when in play. Each to their own eh!

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    1. Barry Carter,

      I must admit that the 2mm figures look very impressive, as would the 6mm blocks from Irregular Miniatures.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  2. Bob,

    This most recent message is intriguing--is it an advertisement for a particular sort of anatomical enhancement, perhaps? A reminder that lovely-but-lonely Russian girls are anxious to meet a generous gentleman from the United Kingdom (and is Mrs. Cordery aware of this?!) Or is this merely a public-minded disclosure that a very fine Christian gentleman in Nigeria is prepared to send you $36,000,000 as soon as you supply your bank account number?

    Wow! How can you lose?!

    Best regards, especially if it's the money, which I'm sure you'll be sharing with the rest of us,

    Chris

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    1. Chris,

      The message you mention has now been deleted.

      I really don't understand why people do this ... but like all phishing expeditions, they might 'catch' someone someday. If they ever read my blog, they'd realise that my regular blog readers are already well endowed (both physically and financially) and are having to beat off young Russian ladies with their measuring sticks! (Reading my blog has that effect!)

      Any monies accrued by such unwanted 'advertisements' will - of course - be shared out equally with all my regular readers.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  3. Hi Bob,
    When it comes to 2mm - I've previously purchased an ACW and Afgan Army and yet to summon the desire to paint the figures. Also I have two 6mm Marlburian Armies - unpainted. I do admire anyone that can paint these tiny figures- though I'm perfectly happy with my own 35mm Sci-Fi Sculpts for my 'SPACEGUARD' Project. Cheers. KEV.

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    1. Kev Robertson (Kev),

      I must admit that the 2mm-scale figures look very impressive when seen en mass. I've never painted anything that small ... and with my failing eyesight, I doubt that I ever will.

      I've been following your Sci-Fi project with interest, and I'm most impressed with your figures and models.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  4. I think PW works really well with smaller scales!

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    1. Geordie an Exiled FoG,

      The rules seem to work with almost any scale from 2mm to 54mm!

      All the best,

      Bob

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