|The Presidents Mansion is torched by The Brits!|
Here we go again another year & what to do. For some time now I've felt we've reached a peak with DBA based games, don't get me wrong it's still a cracking set of rules & it's fun gaming. However a change is as good as the rest, the biggest problem was.. What else to play? Lots of rules sit on the book shelves in our humble abode, a lot of them only good for sending me to sleep (mental note... I must sell them on Ebay or something). A while ago whilst trawling through the web, I came along a set of images for cards & counters, but not where they came from. Eventually I tracked them down to THE PERFECT CAPTAIN website. These are sets of rules created by wargamer's who were disillusioned with the rules out there. A brief look at the periods listed & my interest was perked.
SO what new period? I picked the War of 1812, some say Napoleonics with Indians... Again it's different plus not many people have done it. A lot of the battles were small so no need for hordes of regiments, in large wooded areas. I had been thinking of running it a few months ago with DBA but.... Anyway, what scale? I think we've collected enough 15mm lead, no more. When I first started gaming (again) with the kids a few years ago, we collected a shed load of 28mm, mainly from the Del Prado Waterloo series. After discovering DBA, we flogged a fair bit of it (what a mistake) at game shows. Of course the good stuff goes (for a pittance of what you paid) & your left with the average. We've got some Brunswick Cavalry/Infantry which we've never been able to get rid off. So these were used as the base, a new paint job & a few conversions (The bit I love doing) produced some snazzy American troops & British Dragoons. We're still putting together the forces, I'll put pix of what we've got later. The John Bull Patriots, is aimed at the AWI & War of 1812, for small scale actions. I'll go over them later as we are just getting to grips with them now.
Next the inspiration & research, another favourite of mine. Book, videos & websites. Osprey of course always comes in handy. The best books I picked up were from Partizan Press including one of the best scenario books I've ever read, all in colour as well. A big thank you to Dave of Caliver Books after the books I ordered 'disappeared' in the British Postal system, Dave promptly replaced them - cheers cracking service. http://www.caliverbooks.com/
The Perfect Captain Website
John Bull Rules
War of 1812
The War of 1812
A cracking set of games from the Gourmet Wargaming Club
|The John Bull Rules by the Perfect Captain|
The War of 1812 - A Campaign Guide to the War with America 1812-1815 by Stuart Asquith
|A cracking book, lots of info about the war year by year|
Osprey's The American War 1812-14. Both Us & British/Canadian uniforms
Osprey's The United States Army 1812-15.
The Niagra Campaign 1814
Scenarios for The War of 1812 by Stuart Asquith
|Fantastic book, a lot of scenarios, lots of maps & OOB's all in colour too!|