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Fleurus 1622 - an In Deo Veritas Battle Report

On 7/18 I was able to get the project I've been working on for a couple of months onto the table - a 6mm recreation of the battle of Fleurus in 1622 using the In Deo Veritas ruleset! All miniatures are Baccus. In Deo Veritas In Deo Veritas, by Phil Garton and published by Helion, is a pretty new fast-play set of rules for 17th Century wargames. It uses D6s, with a dice pool hit & save system. Command is by wing, with wings activating in a random order each turn. I'll do a more thorough review in a later post. Historical Context Fleurus is a common introductory battle for Thirty Years War games, as it features two relatively small, matched forces in a straight-up fight to break through. The Protestant army is led by a mercenary odd-couple of Ernst von Mansfeld and Christian of Brunswick. Their army had recently left the service of the King of Bohemia and Elector Palatinate, Frederick V, as Frederick had grown tired of their bickering during an extended retreat. App
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Back to writing: Diving into 6mm!!

As we all deal with the pandemic as best our circumstances allow, it seems like many are doubling down on the wargaming hobby. I'm no exception. I've taken the opportunity to buy a bunch of Baccus 6mm miniatures to try out a bunch of new rulesets in a new setting: the thirty-years war! Over the next while, I'm going to try out a number of different rules for the period and see which works best for me and my friends. Miniatures-wise, I'm going to paint up enough to be able to run generic-looking Catholic and Protestant armies with a few specialty groups (some Swedes, some Scots, etc.) to add some flavor. Rulesets I've picked up: In Deo Veritas - Phil Garton, Helion Wargames Tercios - Kraken Publishing/Tercios Miniatures Twilight of Divine Right - Nick Dorrell, Pike & Shot Society De Bellis Renationis Tilly's Very Bad Day - Steven Thomas More to come... I'll be starting with the battle of Fleurus 1622 and will work through a

Task Force Solo Game - PLC vs. Sweden

With the release of the awesome new Task Force book for By Fire and Sword, I've been furiously working on various new units to be able to put larger forces on the table. Being starved for games lately, I set up a level-1 game (base+1 level) with my 9-year old. She helped me get through turn one and set up and I ran it solo from there.  THE FORCES Swedish Garrison TF - 16 FSP Commander (4 CP) Colonel Lt. Colonel 4 Dragoons (vanguard) 5 National Reiters (armor, arquebus) 6 Mercenary Pike 6 Mercenary Musketeers 6 National Reiters Regimental Gun Polish (PLC) Cavalry Task Force - 15 FSP Commander Rotamaster 6 Dragoons (vanguard) 5 Pancerni (spears) 6 Cossack-style 5 Cossack-style 3 Hussars (w/ lance) The scenario rolled up was 'Key Terrain Feature.' It is basically a pitched battle over two objectives, with 2 scenario points awarded for control of each (4 total), and 2-4 more points available for getting bases off the opposin

Spring thaw

It's been a busy end of the Winter, what with work, family, and the ever-present distraction of OTHER GAMES. However, By Fire and Sword has been steadily picking up interest and momentum, both in the DC area where I live, as well as in other U.S. communities! There is a vibrant group playing in the Buffalo/Rochester/Toronto area, and Chicago is picking up as well. I think this is greatly due to Karl's work at Wargamer U.S., getting out to non-historical conventions like Adepticon. In my area, we've kicked off a slow-grow league, starting with the core of a skirmish force + 1 level to be painted and played with through May. We'll add more banners from there. We've got at least 8(!!!!!) players signed up, all running different armies! I'll be playing Ottomans (works in progress below), while Kato is churning out some beautiful Transylvanians. Nick is building out his Danes, and then we've got a host of new players picking up Poland-Lithuania, the Hol

Game day! 2/24 at Games & Stuff

On Saturday, we had four players (me, Kato, Nick & Alex) meet up for some By Fire and Sword. I'll recap my 3(!) games as succinctly as I can along with some relevant photos (the rest are here . Kato used Google Photos to create this awesome video of them as well [what? you can't see it? Well then. Come join our Facebook group 'Capital BFAS'! )]). We had two games going at first. I didn't catch much of Kato's game against Alex's Cossacks. Meanwhile Nick and I went toe to toe: Game 1 - Nick's Danish vs. Maurice's Lithuanians This was a fun, if quick game. We kept the objectives pretty straight-forward to make sure we had the rules tight, with some bonus points for killing commanders. Nick's additional effects saw a unit of cossack-style delayed the.entire.game. ugh, as well as the setting-in of fatigue for my whole force. Then, to further mess things up, my large cossack-style squadron with spears apparently hadn't been paid rece