State of The Raft

Now that the Star of Bravery campaign is over, I feel like it is time to take a breath and reflect not only on what was going on, but also on what I want to do next. The campaign was a huge motivator and drove my painting for the last three months or so. Taking stock, it has resulted in a quite nice collection of 15mm (or rather 18mm) napoleonic figures for the War of the Fifth Coalition.

However, the campaign wasn’t my only gaming-related activity. During the summer, we also had a semi-regular board gaming meet-up, mainly playing The King’s Dilemma.

We have also continued with the remote role-playing and have just now started playing Shadowrun. Although I’ve played a lot of Cyberpunk RPGs back in the day (mainly using GURPS and Cyberpunk 2020), I’ve never played Shadowrun, so I’m really happy to have a chance to try this very influential RPG. And finally, we have re-started with another RPG, namely Les Milles Marches. A friend of mine had offered to DM a while ago, but we stopped because of the pandemic. I’m very glad we continue now, as Les Milles Marches is a very interesting RPG.

It’s a French product, set in Brussels in the near future and we have just discovered that there is some kind of parallel world, or probably a multitude of worlds. I really enjoy the background, it’s something different from the usual fare and I like the idea that the characters are activists participating in a project to create a new European community based on cooperation. It’s multicultural and pretty leftist, so if you enjoy such things, give it a try! Unfortunately, it’s only available in French.

So while I’m pretty well supplied on the boardgaming and RPG front, I’m starting to think on how I shall re-focus my miniature gaming. At the moment, I’m pondering several options: First, designing and researching historical scenarios from the 1809 campaign. I did this for the ACW and had a lot of fun, although I tend to become a bit obsessed by finding even more details and can find it hard to stop the research process. However, I always find it very rewarding and the 1809 project has the big advantage that I can visit at least some of the battlefields, which is very tempting. It would mean building a couple of special buildings and terrain features and painting some missing units (although I’d have to think about using proxies, at least in a modest way, because the variety of napoleonic uniforms would mean that I would have to paint a complete new force for almost every scenario).

Image from the Wien Museum.

Second, I have the idea of playing cavalry-only scenarios with Sharp Practice. Again, this is something I did for the ACW and it worked very well, so I’d really be interested in trying it for the napoleonic period. It would also be fascinating to compare tactics, as a lot of ACW cavalry fighting actually ends up as a fight between dismounted troopers, while napoleonic cavalry combat is much more a succession of charges and counter-charges. Hobby-wise, this would mean reading a bit on napoleonic cavalry, but most of all painting two cavalry forces, at least five groups per side. The upside is I don’t have to make additional dismounted figures for each unit, as I did for the ACW. And funnily enough, I kind of fancy painting horses at the moment, though that may be a temporary mental aberration caused by the excitement of the campaign ending…

Both of these project could, of course, result in a campaign. For the first one, something like the pint-sized campaigns produced by TooFatLardies for Chain of Command would probably be the most appropriate. For the second, a Dawns & Departures campaign could be an interesting option.

Talking to K. about it, she suggested starting with the historical scenarios, as it will take me a while to paint enough figures for cavalry games. But then I had an additional idea: What about a quick Dawns & Departures campaign using the stuff I already have? I asked Julian and Sigur and they both agreed to participate. I will be the umpire, and as Julian lives in Germany, we will play the games remotely. I don’t think there will be that many actual battles, so it should be a quick and fun affair.

I already drew up a map!

Of course I will keep you posted on all those activities. Oh, and I want to continue the terrain series with at least one more article, this time on religious architecture. So, stay tuned!

7 thoughts on “State of The Raft

  1. Nicholas October 8, 2021 / 5:09 pm

    That’s a great looking map! Is it hand drawn? I very much enjoyed your campaign. My gaming time has been extremely limited so it was always a joy to see a new post. Thank you,!

    • Thomas Brandstetter October 9, 2021 / 8:38 am

      Thank you, glad you enjoy the blog. Yes, the map is hand-drawn, using ink pens and watercolours.

  2. Pete S/ SP October 8, 2021 / 11:27 pm

    Lots of interesting stuff going on gaming- wise there.

    I look forward to it appearing on the blog.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

  3. Julian October 15, 2021 / 2:26 am

    Freue mich schon auf die Kampagne! Das mit den Cav only battles für Sharp Practice klingt sehr interessant. Die Niederelbe 1813 hatte auch einige Kavallerie Scharmützel. Und ich hätte Interesse an deinen Ergebnissen um vielleicht Kosacken gegen Sachsen vor dem Lüneburger Südtoren antreten zu lassen.

    • Thomas Brandstetter October 15, 2021 / 10:12 am

      Danke, ich freu mich auch schon! Kosacken gegen Sachsen klingt sehr schön, das ist ja auch vom Aussehen her interessant…

  4. arachn4 October 15, 2021 / 12:13 pm

    In dem Fall Kosacken (Cav only) gegen sächsische Schützen plus Kanone. Schwer zu Balancieren, daher bin ich gespannt was deine Ansätze sind um Kav in Sharp Practice näher zu beleuchten.

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