Wednesday, May 25, 2016
New Project SP2 and the SYW Kleine Krieg
As is normally the case, when I get busy with real life I spend my down time dreaming of new projects. It's the old wargamer's paradox. The desire to paint/game rarely coincides with the opportunity to do so!
After hopping about various proto-projects that died on the drafting table, I had a lit on a project that I might be able to stick with for a bit. We'll test this theory over the summer and see if I got an attention span that last longer than a Trump policy declaration. On the way my fight plan passed over 15mm Libya and Abyssinia in 1940, Scotland during the Nine Years War, the Indian Mutiny and AWI among others.
The plan uses the recently released updated rules set Sharp Practice 2 from the Two Fat Lardies. I had PDFs of two of their WW2 rule sets and liked what I saw. So I took advantage of their introductory bundle offers and plunked down my shekels. The PDF looks great with the hard copy following by a much slower snail's route.
The best intro to SP2 is found with the videos in Lard-o-vision. However, the rules are for small scale actions set in the black powder era - 1700-1870. It uses a basic group of 6-8 figures which can represent a small group on a 1-1 scale or a company at about 1:5 scale. There is an emphasis on personalities so that one can be Sharpe, Hornblower, Aubrey or who ever one wants.
So what will I do with SP2? Well I've long wanted to game the SYW in Western Germany, between the French armies and "His Britannic Majesties Army in Germany". HBMAIG was a collection of Hanoverian, Hessian, Brunswick and British forces led by a Prussian General. The campaigns feature large scale actions (e.g. Minden) but also a whole string of little actions between light forces in the Kliene Krieg. I think that SP2 will cover these very nicely.