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Ancient Wargaming Using My Own Rule Set and Vintage 25mm Figures
Friday, 11 May 2012
Pips For Hits. More Thoughts on Parum Pugna
Once I decided that "hits" on a unit caused by combat would represent the effect on morale as well as just casualties, then it was easier to settle on a system that did not require the removal of figures. Instead I would record casualties using a six-sided dice placed behind the unit. This to me had two major advantages. Firstly figures could be arranged on large multiple bases (my Macedonian phalanxes consist of forty figures in 5 rows of 8 mounted on one large base), which speeded up movement and kept everything neat and tidy. Secondly the system was more flexible because it allowed the number of hits go down as well as up. How come? Well, because the hits represent morale and certain events will improve a unit's morale - winning a melee for example.
The photo above shows action from a refight of Plataea in which Immortals, Mede Infantry, Persian Lancers and Spartan hoplites are locked in hand-to-hand combat. The Immortals and Spatans have both suffered horribly - six hits to each, one more and they will be destroyed.