Friday, 23 December 2016

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

As the country begins to shut down for the holidays I'd like to wish all my readers the very best for the coming year. See you in 2017.

Friday, 18 November 2016

Transylvanian TYW Flag - Free Samples

At the end of September I posted an article about the above. I was very pleased to get a reasonably "historical" flag for my Transylvanian ally general so quickly.

At the end of October I placed an order with Donnington to bulk out the samples I'd bought to a fully fledged allied contingent. The parcel arrived two days ago and the first thing I did was clean up the figure to bear the Transylvanian flag. This meant I had to decide what to do about the flag.

My first plan was to paint the design by hand using a black and white printed version as a guide. I don't own a colour printer. My second plan was to get some flags printed at the local copy shop. This afternoon it was time for plan two. After a phone call, an email and a quick walk round the corner to the copy shop, I had more Transylvanian flags than I knew what to do with. All for a quid!

Saturday, 5 November 2016

So Macho?

No not the Sinitta 1985 song but something completely different. 

There’s been a flurry of forum posts about Field of Glory Renaissance (FOG R) this week and some good seems to have come from it. One of the posts asked if the format of competitions could be changed to improve overall attendance.

Smaller Armies

I put in my two pennyworth.  I supported the army classification system used in the Northern League.  I also supported the idea of more games at 650 points on a 5’ by 3’ table.  The benefits of 650 point games are:

  • Games are quicker,
  • The lower unit count means there are fewer draws,
  • Armies are easier, and cheaper, to raise,
  • Armies contain a bigger proportion of compulsory troops.

I wasn’t the only one supporting 650 point games.  Tim Porter even suggested refocusing the rules on 650-700 points rather than 800-900.

Field of Glory Renaissance: V1.1?

What a momentous week in the weird world of Field of Glory.  Nik Gaukroger has announced that he is to lead an official, Slitherine endorsed, update project.  In a post on the Slitherine forum he said:

“It is not going to be a v2, it is going to be an update to v1 - so think of it as v1.x. You can decide on what the "x" is when the scope becomes clear.

It is not going to be a new rules book. This, logically, means that a PDF download is the most likely distribution method. No new army list books either before anyone asks.

… the aim is to keep the number of changes within reason - update not wholesale revision is the aim.

… I anticipate a small number of army list revisions may be included but the number … will be kept low

… I do not anticipate any new [army] lists”

He’s already enlisted the help of well known players Kevin Johnson and Stephen Stead to help.  As of this morning there was no indication whether the update would be a free download similar to the errata or not. It appears the dog’s breakfast that is “destroyed artillery” is already on the list of things to look at.

What interests me is how this came about.  There’s been a nearly constant stream of “what should we change posts” dating back two or three years so why now?