Friday, September 17, 2010
Pike and Shotte Anticipations
So, it has been that my desire for playing miniature battles in the 17th Century has pretty much gone unfulfilled for the last several decades. Now, though, I am very optimistic about how the FoG-R rules can be used for these kind of games. I've seen some advanced copies of the Beta rules, and in my opinion, this is the first set of rules that I've read that does what I consider a reasonable job of handling all the complex infantry formations of the period, along with the multitude of cavalry types from Croat raiders to knightly Cuirassiers. And from what I can tell, if one is already familiar with the mechanics of the standard FoG rules, then the learning curve for these rules will be minimal. I will certainly be checking my mailbox all next week in the hopes each day of finding that the rules, along with the first army list supplement covering warfare in the 17th Century, have been delivered to me.
Complementing the Musket and Pike theme of this post, below are a pair of videos of the battle scenes from "Cromwell". My recollection of this movie is that it was okay - at least I enjoyed the combat segments - but most of the rest, what with endless arguing over the divine rights of kings, and the religious fanaticism of the Puritan Roundheads, was just a bit too tedious for my taste.
For something a bit more Thirty Years War, here is the trailer for the movie, "Alatriste". A Spanish film that supposedly is not that good, but it does show some clips from the last stand of a Spanish Tercio at the pivotal battle of Rocroi. And try to find another film showing a battle scene from the Thirty Years War.