I played a game of Black Powder last weekend. We’ve played about 4-5 games of it already but this is the first time that I actually made an effort to prepare a battle scenario. Turns out that it makes a huge difference! I created a simple crossroad defense scenario inspired by Quatre Bras (but on a much smaller scale). If you’re interested, you can view the Google Docs [here]
(https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1qnBAxfF2AxkRSgS979JblqOGmRzuw9nEDafiODeMabI/edit?usp=sharing). Also, some blurry photos below of my forces:
I ended up winning, but only barely. My friend decided to focus on on his center and right flank and didn’t deploy anything on his left to start. This would have been great for me, since I could easily swing the Hanoverian brigade on my right around unopposed and flank him. However, it seems like the continentals were not very reliable, and I failed almost all their command rolls during the first few turns! The French broke through my center early and almost took the crossroads when reinforcements from my left flank helped to provide a rear defense until his main foot brigade broke on the second-to-last turn. God save the king!
Black Power (and its related Warlords game kin) is really more of a gaming sandbox than a competitive wargame. I guess that many historical wargamers already play like this, but its new to our Warhammer-obsessed group. Also, I’ve found that the limited army building is also a big turn off to some of my friends (though I think the meta in 40K is bonkers).
I ended up picking up the Hail Caesar discount deal on the Warlords website (the Black Powder deal is also a steal, BTW). I also ordered a copy of the Infamy, Infamy! rules from Too Fat Lardies and am excited to try that out. Any asymmetrical wargames make me really excited!