Blog Reader Competition – November

Hello Everyone!

I’ve just purchased a copy of Warlord Games new rules, Black Powder, to review on the podcast (All being well, I’m recording this show on Friday night)

If you purchase this rule set from Warlord Games, you get a special miniature included in the pack – ‘Big Wullie’, a Highlander from the Crimean War.


As a new feature on the blog I’m going to be running a Prize Competition every month, and I’m starting by offering this figure as the prize for November.


All you have to do to enter is answer the following (easy) question:

One of the most well-known incidents of the Crimean War was the “Charge of the Light Brigade”. In what battle did this take place, and when was it fought?

Know the answer? Then simply send the answer in an email to me with the title ‘Big Wullie Competition’. The winner of the figure will be drawn at random from the correct answers.

The competition is open until Midnight GMT on Monday 30th November, so you have plenty of time to get your entries in. This competition is open to anyone, worldwide, and the figure will be sent out post-free.

The winner will be announced on 1st December, along with details of a new competition.

Good Luck!

9 Comments on Blog Reader Competition – November

  1. Right, I was hoping you’d get hold of these rules. 🙂
    Question: how apt would they be for 1:1 company to battalion level games? ie Could they serve as an alternative to Sharp Practice?

    • Excellent question, well presented.

      I’m currently trying to get my head around whether these rules will convert to using 6mm figures on 60mm bases (they would work if they were based on 40mm x 20mm, but not sure about 60mm x 30mm)

      The short answer is, I don’t know…yet.

      Part of the whole point of the podcast I’m recording on friday is that Rich Jones was involved in playtesting the rules, so he’s got a lot of experience in actually playing the game, and therefore we can chat about all the various different aspects of scalability (amongst other things)

      However, my 2p worth is this – the game uses Brigades made up of 3-6 Battalions. However, I don’t see any difference in the ‘level’ of game if you were playing as Battalions made up of Companies. It would seem to me (at least) to be of little difference – you just change the ranks of the officers involved.

      Since the game is fundementally about moving troop units around, I can’t see any way that you could break down the structure further so that you play with individual units smaller than company in size, unless the ‘split’ of the company becomes artificial (A company could be made up of 3 elements, each of 32 men, for example)

      That would work in theory, without breaking the command format of the game, and the lowest level of officer would be the Company Commander.
      With the fact that you play with either fixed formations or troops in skirmish order, the actually ‘level’ of play becomes abstracted – does one ‘block’ of 4 troops represent 4 men, 40 men or 400 men?

      Does this make sense? I hope so 🙂

      Therefore, I think my answer is ‘yes, it can’ – but check the podcast episode for more details 🙂

  2. Fantastic reply Neil, thanks. 🙂
    I’ll be listening to the podcast, don’t worry about that! Haven’t missed one yet.

    To take things even further, or to be more specific…

    eg. I’d like to know if you could run a 1796 French Grenadier company. That’d be on average anything from 48-72 men incl NCOs, and could be separated quite realistically into 2 halves or Sections (units/bases of 24 or 36 for example). Multiple companies could then go towards completing a converged Grenadier Battalion (depending on table size and other restraints).

    Furthermore, the same French would historically be in 3 ranks, but I imagine Black Powder models its units in 2 ranks. ?? In which case, 2 bases/units of 24 might be a fair representation of Grenadier Sections (1/2 companies), and 2 units/bases of 32 might be a fair representation of the larger Fusilier Sections (1/2 companies) of most other battalions.

    Similar ‘representations’ might then be done with Cavalry Squadrons and their squadron-companies along almost identical lines.

    Looking forward to the detail!


  3. Here’s my tuppenceworth.

    Snowcat, I really don’t think Black Powder are the rules for you — they’re just not designed for that level of minutiae. Black Powder is good for the grand-tactical sweep of events, not the representation of sections, platoons and companies. I guess that, theoretically, with sufficient arithmetical wrestling, it could be done, like squishing three dimensions into a two-dimensional space, but in my view, it would rather be missing the point of the ruleset, which is the representation of brigade-level and above command and control in medium-to large sized battles.

    Conversely, Sharpe Practice appears to me to be designed to do precisely what you’re looking for.

    Naturally, the Warmaster-style mechanisms provide some potentially entertaining ideas from which you could draw inspiration, but it seems to me that the lower down the scale you look, the more important moment-by-moment actions become, which is the antithesis of the Black Powder broad brush approach.

  4. Ah, thanks Henry. I have a feeling you’re probably very correct.
    Of course, I could always use Black Powder for the Age of the Sun King…! Hey! There’s a thought! More rules, more figures…! But would they get painted…? Hmmm…


  5. When will your recording about Black Powder be released?

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