|WiP on the painting desk|
On the painting desk are an assortment of units from three different projects. Nearing completion are 12 French cavalry for the 15mm 1799 Suvorov project, 12 Austrian Uhlans and 12 Sardinian Bersaglieri for the 15mm 1859 Risorgimento project, and 96 Roman infantry for the 6mm Punic Wars project. All of the 15mm figures are Lancashire Games' figures and represent my first close look at Lancashire cavalry. The 15s should be ready for basing and completed this week with individual reviews to follow.
|French battle cavalry from the early Napoleonic Wars|
In this instance, however, I was quite in luck. As I brought their luggage downstairs and through the game room, we paused to discuss what exactly they were seeing. Turns out, he has an interest in history and game theory. How about that?
After discussions on history, game theory, probability, and game design, I suggested we have a go with an introductory game of Commands & Colors: Ancients to illustrate some of these points. He agreed and I set up the game as I explained the rules. The Battle of Cannae was chosen as the battlefield is featureless and no elephants are present. I took the Romans and we began. After about an hour of instruction and play, I found myself on the losing end of a lopsided 7-2 defeat. Ouch!