BLB3 Playtest with Great Northern War

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BLB3 Playtest with Great Northern War

Post by RogerC » Sat Jun 02, 2018 5:43 pm

We play tested Beneath the Lilly Banners 3 on Thursday using my Great Northern War collection. Generally really good results, enjoyed the mechanisms just concerned over the movement rates, full write up on the blog with pictures.

https://gapagnw.blogspot.com/

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Post by quindia » Sat Jun 02, 2018 6:23 pm

Hi, Roger.. with regards to movement, a few things to try..

1. Make use of columns of march initially and foot will close the distance more quickly. Of course, you run the risk of having enemy horse catch you in this formation, but mirroring enemy cavalry with your own should allow you to counter this threat.
2. Allow deployments up to 12” from the edge or 24” apart. This allows you to deploy in depth which was common in the period and get to grips faster. This is something I always do for an evening or convention game when time might be a factor. I might set a few units even closer together if one side is in a static position, effectively glossing through the first few turns which would be purely advancing. You can even simulate a few rounds of artillery fire as a ‘pre-game’ event so the attackers don’t skate through.
3. Increaseing the movement rates by 50 percent should be fine if that feels right for your table. To justify it, you can think of the turn as 15 minutes rather than 10 for smaller games. We’re not precious with out rules and expect people will want to modify things to suit.. these rates just happen to work well for us.

Hope that helps..
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Re: BLB3 Playtest with Great Northern War

Post by RogerC » Sat Jun 02, 2018 7:21 pm

Brilliant thanks Clarence, we are planning a nother game very soon and will try your suggestions.

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Post by barr7430 » Mon Jun 04, 2018 6:57 pm

Swedish movement in line is 6" and the Swedes can incline at half rate. In the supplement you will also see that one Swedish unit can 'double order' in any given turn by sacrificing the order of another unit.
Swedish commanders should never be rated worse than competent.

This will help straight away Roger
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Post by RogerC » Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:03 pm

It certainly does, thanks very much Barry.
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Re: BLB3 Playtest with Great Northern War

Post by barr7430 » Wed Jun 06, 2018 5:17 am

Looking at your table set up there Roger the Swedish infantry on the right could in my opinion, be in contact in max 6 moves, even with the slope (charge move 7 inches).
There is also an uncontrolled advance rule for the Swedes under certain conditions. Obviously, trailing some stuff from the supplement here but it will definitely help.
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Re: BLB3 Playtest with Great Northern War

Post by RogerC » Thu Jun 07, 2018 4:24 pm

Thats excllent news, I loved the mechanisms the mo vewas really mu only concern. Hoping to play again soon with some of the suggested amends.
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Re: BLB3 Playtest with Great Northern War

Post by Gunfreak » Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:44 am

Also the swedish get one Jas Gripen with two napalm bombs.
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