The two week (minus two days) rush

Curse you, Halloween candy, for making me all sugar-bloated every night! Actually between Halloween, the PBR finals, and some general funk I haven’t been getting much hobby stuff done.

That has to chance fairly quickly, however, because now I have a deadline. Last Friday I was wrapping up my C&C game when one of the players looks at my Gothic Descent set and says, “can you do 2×2 squares of these?”

“Sure,” I say, “why?”

“Because I used to play this game called Space Hulk, and was wondering if you’d be interested in giving it a shot some time.”

This turned into a long discussion regarding miniatures games with my RPG crowd, and by the time it was done we had decided to try to play a fun one-off game of something the 16th day of November. So, in two weeks I need to:

  1. conceive of a game that four or five people could play at the same time.
  2. teach them the rules.
  3. get the miniatures and terrain together.

In some ways, this eliminates Space Hulk right off the bat, because while I have the rules, I don’t have the termies or the genestealers or the terrain to pull it off. My better bet would be to do with D&D Miniatures, because I have the rules and a lot of the minis, and they’d know the basics of the rules. But, if I could do something else…

There is one final wrinkle in this whole plan. This weekend, the 9th and 10th of November, when I’d have prime building/painting time, I’ll be attending a convention for work. Sigh.


  1. Not on this subject, but to answer some of your SYW basic questions. I posted this comment on one of your back posts, but you probably didn’t see it . . . so here it goes again . . .

    Okay, to help you, here are some of those “basic terms” explained.

    BATTALION — this is the basic foot unit of the period. While exact size varied from country to country, it was usually in the range of 600 to 750 men.

    Battalions were composed of smaller sub-groups called companies. Company size varied greatly between countries, but were combined to form battalions of the size mentioned above.

    REGIMENT — used in two ways. For infantry, a “regiment” was composed of a number of battalions. This could be one, two, three or more battalions in a “regiment”. This varied not only from country to country, but within each country as well.

    Despite this, infantry regiments frequently did not fight together. Often two battalions of the same regiments were in totally different areas. The battalion remained the organizational level used on the field.

    The second use of “regiment” is when referring to mounted units. Again, size varied from country to country . . . but regiments were comprised of various numbers of “squadrons”. Interestingly enough, “squadron” size was relatively consistent from country to country of 120 to 150 troopers (although “field strength” was often lower). And, again, it was not at all unusual for the squadrons of a regiment to be in various different places.

    So, “regiments” were organizational, not necessarily tactical units.

    BRIGADE — brigades were a collection of units (battalions or squadrons) placed under the command of a “Brigadier”. A “Brigadier” was of a higher rank than a Colonel, but only commanded infantry units OR mounted units. A “General” could command BOTH infantry and mounted units.

    Brigades could vary considerably in strength, but were often of the size mentioned in your rules. In many armies, there were no “set” brigades. Instead they would be temporary organizations for a particular battle.

    Incidentally, a “Legion” was sort of like a brigade, but was composed of both foot and mounted units — but it was far smaller than what a “General” typically commanded.

    Mounted units could be composed of various different types of mounted units. Chief among these were the various forms of “Horse”. These were the “heavies”, such as Cuirassiers (whose “cuirass” aka breastplate was often underneath the coat).

    Dragoons were a lesser form of mounted troops. Originally they were mounted infantry, but by this period they usually operated as cavalry. It should be noted that they had much poorer mounts and were paid a lot less than the “true” cavalry.

    Hussars were the most common form of “light horse” in the SYW. Other types were Cossacks (essentially tribal units) and Uhlans (armed with a lance). Most “light horse” did not serve so much on the battlefield as they did as screening and scrounging forces.

    I hope that his helps.

    – Jeff

  2. Thanks, and thanks for the link to the RSM miniatures. I caught my wife looking at them yesterday, so I have high hopes for the holidays, especially since they are a local business.

  3. Glad that I could help.

    Take a look at my blog for some photos I’ve taken of some RSM “raw lead” —

    When purchased in bags, foot costs 75 cents each! And cavalry, $1.85 each . . . compare that with other figures.

    I really like them . . . and the price makes it even more special.

    — Jeff

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