My place of work is being shifted 42 miles and four hours round trip travel away. This is going to leave even less time for hobby type projects. So, what to do.
I had done a bit of playtesting using counters for figures and a Noteboard (a folding whiteboard)with the battlefield drawn on it. Perhaps I could do some solo wargaming during lunchtime using that.
A couple of years ago there were moves to classify the area we live in as a historic site, because of the nearby Battle of Langside. This was the last throw of the dice by Mary Queen of Scots, trying to take her inexperienced army into the Highlands to raise more troops against rebellious nobles who were using her son against her, was at the Battle of Langside. The site is about 10-15 minute’s walk away, but it’s usually dismissed in history, barely a battle, a brawl really, of no importance. Map of the Battle of Langside
However, if Mary’s forces, and she had the larger army at the battle, had won, or the Regent’s forces had failed to intercept her, then the Queen could have reasserted her authority. Not only would John Knox been unlikely to have get his hooks into Jamie Saxt, but he could have been raised Catholic, though hopefully as tolerant of Protestants as his mother, making it unlikely he’d have been offered the throne of England upon the death of Elizabeth.
So. I fancy having a go at this. The forces will still be counters, the terrain will be drawn onto the noteboard, but it will be using figure rules. At the moment I am tempted to go with *Basic* Impetus. I’ll see what I think when I have a read.
Dunno if this will lead to a period/figure fix, I doubt it, too much of an obsession with Ancients/Fantasy, but it should be fun.
Whatever system I end up going with, I may also put on some random card things to mix up the fight, “Assault on your left Flank”, “Refuse engagement” type things, to put in a bit of unpredictability. The Queen’s for should suffer more, as the more inexperienced forces on the day.
The next thing to do is to transfer the restricted battlefield to the noteboard. From there I’ll be able to sort out the unit scale. I think each counter will represent a unit