Sunday, 9 December 2012

Evidence for the Bluebear

So for Bluebear Jeff here are two of the least exciting pictures I have ever posted.

Shed with underlay in place. Note careful patchwork design

And now with added carpet that still needs soem work doing on it.
As Jim asked, here are my thoughts on Neil Thomas' books.

I have AMW & love it. There are a few problems with the rules, but you can tweak those. I wrote a long article in Slingshot in praise of the book, the rules and what it means to wargaming.

The other books I'm not so sure about. I've read chunks of the Napoleonic book and been underwhelmed. I've played the ACW rules (ditto) and the Pike & Shotte (likewise). The 19th Century book may have something going for it, but......

Each of the books is a good, simple introduction to each period with lots of information and pointers for where to go next. I love that style and the way it works. However the rules in the Ancient & Medieval period work the best probably because of the way the weapon systems interact. On the other hand the systems are all fairly simple and you could easily modify them without too much trouble.


  1. Thank you for the photos, sir.

    -- Jeff

    1. You are welcome. Hopefully more in next few days.

      Add this to the list of great wargaming blogs with photos of carpet.

  2. Thanks Trebian for your viewpoints on the rules in question.

    I'll be making a hex variant of the Napoleonic rules, scaled up for more numerous units, using 6mm figures.

    I'll do a version for the Crimean Collection in 15mm, again on hexes and maybe without.

    I'll also give the Ancient and Medieval rules a go at some point.


    1. The hexes will solve a number of the issues with the rules, - such as how units line up and so on.

      Neil has a relentlessly historical approach which seems to mean that even if his conc;usions are incorrect he'll pursue them even if it makes the game one sided and fairly pointless.

      On the other hand the games are usually all over quickly with a clear winner. And they're so simple you can tinker with them without wrecking the structure.