WHY GNW ?
WHY IMAGINATIONS ?
WHAT KIND OF MAP?
RULES FOR CAMPAIGNING ?
WHY 40mm ?
Prince August moulds are tempting things and eyesight does not improve with age. Casting the figures is a nice activity in of itself. The net cost of the figures after purchasing the moulds is not high relative to 25/28mm figures because one can use old tin mugs etc. bought cheaply at flea markets.
Prince August moulds provide these figures. Holger Ericsson's original figures have a lot of style and the newer ones are clean and well-posed too.
Also, the locus is in my back yard - for 'Cold Sea' read 'Baltic'.
The pike and musket plus GåPå tactics along with the chance for wild Turks and Cossacks is a wierd mix. Formal eighteenth century uniforms and almost a Renaissance mix of weapons and tactics.
Laurence Stern and Robert Nye together made a big influence when I read Tristram Shandy and Falstaff as a teenager. The very techniques and stratagems used to concoct these books can be used to concoct a wargaming world. Pace Tony Bath but despite loving Hyboria I could not tackle a bottom-up approach. Using a Sternian approach one can write the story from what is directly in one's head and then see where it goes. If one has two ideas which do not fit, then a third is necessary to affect the junction, or a fourth, etc. It is possible to have a pool of subjects and details to be included but it is not necessary to decide how they fit together before getting down to business. The business is deciding how they get put together and the author does not necessarily know where the whole coach and horses is heading!
Country A and Country B must be at loggerheads or I cannot have a war and thus no tabletop battles.
I will call A The Grand Duchy of Montaine because it might be mountainous and B - I should avoid using another topographical-sounding name or it will get quickly boring - and not another Duchy ! - B will be the Kingdom of Armizano. Neither name is anachronistic or too post-modern ironic.
(A failure in many attempts - too much satire or irony spoils the atmosphere I think).
Mountains often have ore deposits. (or timber etc). This could be what the Armizanians are after ?!
So the first battle will be an attempt by the Armizanians to annexe an area of land including silver /iron/lead/ etc. deposits. It cannot be a simple attack on a convoy or a mine because Imaginations are states and states would do not do that. It is the attempt by one monarch to make a public and open claim to a resource so it should be an attempted occupation of land. Maybe, a dusty charter is found in the junk-room of the Armizanian Royal Palace which shows they do have a tenuous ancient claim?
Until now I have not left my armchair. Less than 9 minutes have gone by, so I have been uninterrupted by thoughts of sex, even. Now I have, without doing anything, created a task list to complete. Before the start of this first battle I must do a range of things which will begin to flesh-out
- Decide what each state sends as an expeditionary force
- Draw a map of the disputed area (NOT whole kingdoms yet)
- Name and characterise some leaders involved