|Rebased skirmishers from 40mm to 30mm|
In 2015, a focused push was undertaken to field an additional 200 figures for the 28mm Peninsular War project. That goal was accomplished. For the rules used, each line battalion required two, individually mounted skirmishers. Light battalions required four such skirmish markers. Up to now, each skirmisher was mounted on a 40mm round. When this project began, the number of skirmishers allowed per battalion coupled with a 40mm round basing scheme seemed good choice. As the collection grew and I got a few games in the books, I began to reconsider both of these choices.
The first dilemma considers the number of deployable skirmishers per battalion. Having the maximum of two (line) or four (light) skirmishers per battalion presented a situation where a large number of skirmishers could be roaming the battlefield. With many skirmishers, the "little war" took a more prominent role in a battalion level game than I wished. The number of skirmishers also tended to slow game-play. Skirmishers are meant to harass and degrade an enemy formation. This enemy degradation is a two-step process accomplished first by neutralizing any enemy skirmishers deployed and, second, by harassing the now unprotected parent formation.
Could this same effect be achieved by reducing the maximum number of skirmishers in half? I think it could. Now, line battalions carry a complement of one skirmisher while light battalions can muster two. This solution cuts down clutter and speeds up play. A side benefit of this skirmisher reduction is that a number of already painted skirmishers become surplus. Less figures to paint when future battalions are fielded. Of course, I may have to make a facing or plume change but that is a minor adjustment.The second choice under consideration was base size. At first 40mm seemed a good choice. Only after seeing the amount of space 75 40mm round skirmishers consume in the storage box, did thoughts turn towards reducing their footprint. Perhaps, 30mm rounds would be a better solution? Over Christmas, I dove into rebasing all of the skirmishers from 40mm to 30mm bases. With this change, surface area has been reduced by about 44%. Not too painful to tackle and I like the results.
The first gaming of 2016 is in the books. Kevin came over for an afternoon session of Commands & Colors: Ancients. The featured battle was Zama. The battlefield deployment certainly appeared for favor Scipio over Hannibal. In the photo below, Scipio and his Roman legions are in the foreground; Hannibal in the background.
|Zama in 6mm and Command & Colors|
In Game 2, we switched sides with Kevin commanding Hannibal. While another good contest, Scipio pulled ahead to win the day 8 Banners to 6.
As I have mentioned repeatedly, CC:A is an elegant system and games are always great fun and produce good results. With luck, I will be seeing more CC:A out on the game table in 2016.