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Maurice: Community / Re: Charles XII and Peter the Great (Help)
« on: January 19, 2014, 05:47:40 AM »
I was thinking of using Poltava's Dread Day for a GNW campaign:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/85126/poltavas-dread-day-the-great-northern-war-1700-172
It allocates strength points to forces so you can easily say 1 strength point equals 6 points in the Maurice system and design armies that way. I'm not familiar with Pax Baltica, although I do hope to buy it at some point. Anyway, I look forward to seeing how your campaign develops.

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Imagi-Nations / Re: A Morale Tracker for my Army
« on: October 15, 2013, 11:37:12 AM »
Thank you. I wanted something that would be more in keeping with the tabletop than the cards that come with the set. It would have been nice to use smaller dice, but my failing eyesight and sausage-sized fingers preclude that option. :)

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Imagi-Nations / A Morale Tracker for my Army
« on: October 15, 2013, 02:13:40 AM »
I like making markers for my armies and thought I would produce something that would look better on the table than the morale tracker cards that come with the game. They are very nice but I wanted more! :) So, I went to my bits box and dug out some more Baccus civilians, a house I found while rooting through a box at Caliver Books, an old tree from Irregular miniatures and some dice frames from Minibits and cobbled the following together.

The scene: Outside a small country inn in Pommedeterrania, Nord Sachsen.

"Don't you two have anything better to do with your day?" Frau Brauerinne asked the two gentlemen that were were only customers at his unearthly hour of the morning.
"But Frau Brauerinne," protested Herr Rotearmee, "How could we have anything better to do on a fine Tuesday morning than sit outside your inn with our wargame, while the armies of Geataland and Shortengrad gather on the plain before us?"
"Indeed," added Herr Blaupants, "Your ale is the finest in the region, the weather is good and we have a grand entertainment before us. What else could be better?"
"What is more," appended his colleague, "We have here on our table the finest in kriegsspiel. We can model the battle that is about to be fought over the honour of Miss van Frufru based on the dispositions of the two armies as we observe them."
"Yes," continued Herr Blaupants, "It will be a grand entertainment, and when the citizens of Bad Reinigung come out to observe the battle, we can use our model to make a small fortune by betting on the outcome."
The two old gentlemen cackled heartily and toasted each other with steins of ale.
"Oh ..." Frau Brauerinne failed to finish her sentence, speechless. She waved her fist with frustration and stomped off.


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Maurice: Community / Re: Hello
« on: October 08, 2013, 02:07:40 AM »
Hello Ian,

Mike just posted the link on the Baccus site, so I was looking at your site before coming here. Very nice. I always like your drinking session with a game on the side at shows.

Cheers,
Ruarigh

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Imagi-Nations / Re: The start of The Picnic War
« on: September 28, 2013, 11:13:51 AM »
Thanks, chaps. Glad you like the marker. I think I also need one or two more markers: perhaps an itinerant surstromming vendor and a stockpile of aquavit.

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Imagi-Nations / The start of The Picnic War
« on: September 27, 2013, 06:57:50 AM »
I needed an objective marker for my GNW Swedes in Maurice, so I cobbled one quickly together last night from some bits I had in the Unpainted Lead Pile. The figures are all Baccus 6mm. I now feel virtuous for reducing the ULP. Time to order some more figures perhaps, as a reward? Perhaps the reward should wait until I get my regular opponent actually playing the game though ...

"Sir, I think you should look at this?"
"What is it, Svensson?"
"Sir, it appears to be Miss van Frufru."
"Egad, what's she doing here? Hand me my telescope."



"By gad, Svensson, that's not just my Fifi. That's Count Ivan Bigunov too. And they appear to be having a picnic. Oh the poor girl. With what horrors has that despicable lout threatened her that she sits there so quietly and makes no attempt to ride away? He must have lain in wait for her to be so prepared that he can lay on a picnic so replete with food. See, Svensson, how she takes a bite of his sausage, so unwillingly, and yet she chokes it down, for she is helpless in his clutches. See how Madame Cunegonde, Miss van Frufru's maid, must serve both the vile Count and my Fifi. See how Fifi must drink his vile wine and sample all the viands he has placed in front of her. She does well to give him no cause to strike her or worse. Oh, my Fifi, how brave you are to sit there so stoically. How courageously you fend off his detestable advances ... but wait ... what is this? Oh dear God, no! It cannot be! But I see with my own eyes that it is true. He ... has ... bagpipes! Will he now play the bagpipes with my Fifi? Alas, it must be so."

"Svensson, inform the army that we are no longer on exercise. We must to war for the honour of my poor Fifi, before the despicable Count can force her to learn to play the bagpipes."


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Maurice: Other / Re: Army Morale Marker
« on: December 02, 2012, 05:20:47 AM »
Very nicely done. I think I may have to borrow this idea for myself. :)

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Imagi-Nations / Re: Succession Campaign round 1: The Sausage War
« on: June 01, 2012, 10:43:13 AM »
I am really enjoying this and the related topics to do with your campaign, but I am a tad worried now. When using the 'Show unread posts' function and wanting to mark the ones I was not interested in as read, I hit the 'Mark all sausages read' button instead. Oh dear. You are destroying my ability to read properly, chaps! :)

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Maurice: Other / Re: 6mm Basing...
« on: May 24, 2012, 02:30:29 PM »
Yup, looks good. I'm not completely sold on the 40x20 bases, but they still look good. I like the way your Savage Swans look in this scale. The transition to the smaller scale works well. The 30x30s look ok to me to. Something about the proportions of the base are more aesthetically pleasing for me too.

It does occur to me that you are missing one advantage of 6mm. You could make column bases as well as line bases and have the best of both worlds without breaking the bank. :) How does that sound? Go on, you know you want to and Pete at Baccus will love you for it!!!

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Maurice Rules Questions / Re: Disclosure
« on: May 24, 2012, 07:38:01 AM »
Of course, if you keep it secret, then an Über-Competitive guy can easily say that whichever of his Infantry units you just charged, happens to be the Elite one....
Your point is certainly true, and is the flip-side of my argument. I have met such people but I tend only to play Captain Competitive once, before deciding that his approach to gaming does not suit my own. I am very fortunate to have a good gaming buddy, whose philosophy of gaming closely matches my own, so it is not an issue for us. In our games it is not so much a case of keeping things secret, as just not being bothered about checking out each other's lists. With strangers, I shall accommodate their needs and neuroses as necessary to ensure a congenial and entertaining game.

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Maurice: Other / Re: 6mm Basing...
« on: May 24, 2012, 02:13:06 AM »
All my GNW and SYW armies are based on 60*30 for the main troops and 30*30 for the artillery. I plan to use the 30mm BW with two stands per unit as others are doing and have no intention of changing the basing for this. If I do get around to producing a proper imagi-nation for Maurice, I may be tempted to put an army together on 30*30 stands so that I can get the proper columns going, but that is a thought for the future. Doing that would involve cutting up the Baccus infantry strips that I use, but would retain compatibility with my existing armies.

As far as other base sizes goes, 20*20 would work well with the Baccus figures, but is a tad fiddly and the stands feel a bit light. I have ECW armies based this way and am not completely satisfied with them. It does have the advantage of reducing the cost of your armies though.

One thing to consider is whom you will be playing, Andy. If you are only going to play with your mates then any basing you fancy will suit. Otherwise see what everyone else is doing and go with that.

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Maurice Rules Questions / Re: Disclosure
« on: May 24, 2012, 01:47:00 AM »
My usual partner in crime and I generally do not feel the need for full disclosure. If there is a reason to point out that some figures represent a particular troop type then we do so, e.g. if they are proxies. We trust each other not to play fast and loose with the rules, etc and we also think that it adds to the fun of the game when a single conscript unit stands off the best of my troops, just because I had forgotten that it was conscript and was worried about committing my guards to attack it. There is also little point in explaining in detail because both of us will have forgotten what was said by the middle of the first turn.

As far as gentlemanly conduct goes, I am not sure disclosure is purely gentlemanly and non-disclosure is not. I have seen in club games the more competitive types insisting on knowing what every stand in the opposing army was purely to try to gain some advantage in the game. Non-disclosure of the sort that we normally play is gentlemanly in its own way. It says that we trust each other enough to just get on with the game. My own preference is for non-disclosure because it can lead to amusing situations in game as you over-estimate or under-estimate the enemy's capabilities, but I am always happy to accommodate my opponents however they wish to play, as long as the game is fun.

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Imagi-Nations / Re: Music soothes the excited painter....
« on: May 04, 2012, 03:21:24 PM »
I mostly listen to NRK Alltid Folkemusikk when in my office/painting room. I find that the twang of the Hardanger fiddle is just the thing to keep the humours in balance and the productivity flowing.

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