A few weeks ago, a bought a bunch of painted Napoleonic miniatures from my friend Dean, author of the popular WAB Corner blog.
I intend to take pictures of my "new model army," but have been busy at work and with non-wargaming projects when I'm off-duty.
In the meantime, I thought I'd at least read the Black Powder rules, which Dean based his figures on.
If you're looking for a set of rules that provide detailed data on the various weapons, tactics, and doctrines of the various armies from 1700-1900, look elsewhere.
Black Powder is a game, not a simulation, a point the authors make clear throughout the book.
Lavishly illustrated and weighing-in at 182 pages, the Basic Rules comprise the first 50 pages, with another 26 pages of Advanced Rules. The rest are scenarios, battle reports, a quick reference page and an index. This makes Black Powder popular for resolving big-battles within the time frame of one gaming period at a convention (usually four hours).
However, rules designed to handle big-battles can also be a detriment. No one I know has a 6' x 12' gaming table the authors used to play test the rules. Big-battles also require a big collection of miniatures. Large--and fully painted--collections take a long time for an individual to amass, or require the cooperation of a gaming group to invest in.
I also think the authors stretched the timeline of the "Horse & Musket Era" to 1900 so their fine-quality, late 19th Century figures can see the light of day--or more likely camera flashes--in order to impress the rest of us. (I'm certainly impressed).
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