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by grahambriggs
Thu Oct 30, 2008 11:55 am
Forum: Army Design
Topic: First Time Army - Principate Roman
Replies: 17
Views: 3482

I agree that the artillery are a bit of a luxury but other than that the tactics seem sound. The main thing here is to get the main part of the army, the heavy foot, into the enemy. Everyone else is the support cast. With that in mind I would drop the sissy cataphracts (an effete Eastern troop type...
by grahambriggs
Wed Oct 29, 2008 4:00 pm
Forum: Army Design
Topic: Getic Thracians - a New Hope
Replies: 18
Views: 3312

footslogger wrote:I saw that a couple of thracian armies did very well in the Roll Call Immortal Fire theme. Anyone know how those were composed?
I played both.

First was 6,6,4 armoured medium foot, 4x6 HW protected MF, 2x4 superior Cavand some LF and LH BGs.

Second was Mob, 6x4 arm MF, 3?x6 HW, 5x4LH and 4x6 LF
by grahambriggs
Wed Oct 29, 2008 11:51 am
Forum: Field of Glory : Ancient & Medieval Era 3000 BC-1500 AD : General Discussion
Topic: Deployment philosophy
Replies: 19
Views: 3328

I'd put the knights down last and the LH down next to last. Both go in clear terrain, but one is the main threat to the enemy and the other will delay and fall back slowly (though you'll want . You want your opponent to be in doubt about which is where as long as possible. The heavy foot will always...
by grahambriggs
Tue Oct 28, 2008 5:27 pm
Forum: Rules Questions
Topic: Wheel and Charge Problem
Replies: 28
Views: 3563

I want to make sure I would be doing it right... The HF declares "Charge!" at the start of the impact phase. No need for directions (maybe a quick distance check if the LF is a bit far away). After all the charges, conditional charges and spontaneous charges status are cleared, the LF has to decide...
by grahambriggs
Tue Oct 28, 2008 5:17 pm
Forum: Field of Glory : Ancient & Medieval Era 3000 BC-1500 AD : General Discussion
Topic: ARE LF and LH over powered
Replies: 11
Views: 2343

I find that it depends. I've recently been using only two skirmish units: 4 poor LF and 4 not very good LH. They are really good value as they stop second moves and sometimes do the tempting a charge/keeping routers going thing (but rarely). And they bump up my BG total. However, I did experiment wi...
by grahambriggs
Tue Oct 28, 2008 11:25 am
Forum: Army Design
Topic: First Time Army - Principate Roman
Replies: 17
Views: 3482

Oh. Well, going to buy a couple models for the Light Artillery all the same. I was thinking artillery was the end all-be all of shooting in FoG. I know that when faced with guns (or whatever) I try to avoid them. So, what else can I put in there? Is it lacking anything? Are my plans/tactics sound? ...
by grahambriggs
Tue Oct 28, 2008 11:03 am
Forum: Army Design
Topic: Resolutive armies
Replies: 39
Views: 6498

I have thought for some time that 800 points at 15mm is too few to force/allow game resolutions where one side wishes to avoid combat - the table is just too big and units can get away if they dont want to fight. In 3 of my 4 games this weekend (against Parthians, Palmyrans and Sassanids) my nearly...
by grahambriggs
Tue Oct 28, 2008 10:54 am
Forum: Rules Questions
Topic: Why bother with LF?
Replies: 41
Views: 7037

What to make of Thracian tactics as described in Osprey's Men at Arms series? They are described as easily evading the Greek hoplites and showering them with missiles, often leading to the defat of the Greeks, who lacked missile weapons. Surely this has to be the LF and not the MF which can't evade...
by grahambriggs
Mon Oct 27, 2008 6:13 pm
Forum: Field of Glory : Ancient & Medieval Era 3000 BC-1500 AD : General Discussion
Topic: Roll Call
Replies: 13
Views: 2405

Just out of interest, did Grahams Thracian have 6 BG's of 4x MF, Arm, Ave, Dr, Lt Sp, Swd. Roman doo-dahs? Aye, it did. Plus 3x6 MF heavy weapons, 1 Mob and lots of LF/LH I lost to it but took 11 attrition off it with my Early Achaemenids. Had I remembered the charge direction rules correctly (my f...
by grahambriggs
Fri Oct 24, 2008 1:05 pm
Forum: Rules Questions
Topic: Newbie Questions
Replies: 87
Views: 10246

I guess that does make sense, though it will probably take me awhile to get the hang of it. Used to looking into rules over and over and over again. Now, another question. Field Fortifications and Portable Defences. I get that troops defending a FF count the front of the FF as their front. So, good...
by grahambriggs
Wed Oct 22, 2008 9:13 am
Forum: Rules Questions
Topic: Why bother with LF?
Replies: 41
Views: 7037

Try the encounter with no velites on the Roman side and see what happens (perhaps replace with equivalent points of heavy foot). You might find the Numidian light foot taunting the legion into unco-ordinated charges. Or slowed down in their advance such that the flanks give way before they close wit...
by grahambriggs
Fri Oct 17, 2008 3:04 pm
Forum: Field of Glory : Ancient & Medieval Era 3000 BC-1500 AD : General Discussion
Topic: BG or TC
Replies: 26
Views: 3630

It can of course go horribly wrong. But if they're with big tough units the enemy often has to roll 12 to kill them because they fight better - so a 1 in 9 chance if all four are fighting. And if one dies it's just a test. Chances are they've do their stuff and not die.
by grahambriggs
Fri Oct 17, 2008 2:54 pm
Forum: Army Design
Topic: Yet another Macedonian Query
Replies: 7
Views: 1445

They'd be good terrain troops certainly. Perhaps it's that other terrain troops are available and they add a lot of strength to the Phalanx?
by grahambriggs
Fri Oct 17, 2008 8:55 am
Forum: Field of Glory : Ancient & Medieval Era 3000 BC-1500 AD : General Discussion
Topic: BG or TC
Replies: 26
Views: 3630

I've been taking four TCs and fighting with all of them. I find that boosting the capabilities of the whole fighting line makes a real difference.
by grahambriggs
Thu Oct 16, 2008 4:24 pm
Forum: Rules Questions
Topic: Request for Beta rule by Friday
Replies: 18
Views: 2986

Hello Nathanial, 650 points or so seems fine for a first game. I wouldn't try anything fancy - just a pair of long lines marching towards each other makes sense. you may find that you spend a good deal of time flicking through the book to find a rule. Don't panic - it gets much easier with time. Reg...
by grahambriggs
Tue Sep 23, 2008 12:49 pm
Forum: Army Design
Topic: Alexander
Replies: 10
Views: 2080

Hello Chris, I'm deeply envious of someone who can contemplate painting an army in a month... re the army I'm far from an expert but a few views. The four cretans might be too few. I've seen them used efectively in large BGs though. What role do you see for the Indian foot? if it's in the main battl...
by grahambriggs
Tue Sep 23, 2008 12:28 pm
Forum: Rules Questions
Topic: support fire rerolls with general.
Replies: 26
Views: 3422

Hammy [/quote]Support fire is part of the impact phase so the generals quality adjustment applies.[quote] I'd initially read this the other way. And since I use Early Persians a lot I read it really carefully. I've now re-read it and I have to say the rule is clear as mud. The problem is the the glo...
by grahambriggs
Fri Sep 19, 2008 2:52 pm
Forum: Field of Glory : Ancient & Medieval Era 3000 BC-1500 AD : General Discussion
Topic: New GB and USA FoG Rankings
Replies: 21
Views: 3199

True, I have done some debugging after I got the very helpful message "Something has gone wrong. Phone Mark and beg for help!". My problem was I didn't even know who Mark was, never mind have his phone number It'll be Mark Howells, wot wrote the original and added the secret "Tim Porter" routines. ...
by grahambriggs
Fri Sep 12, 2008 9:52 am
Forum: Army Design
Topic: Mongol Captives?
Replies: 39
Views: 7393

You could perhaps have them as mob but with a BG size of 12. Would then cost 24 points so not the cheapest filler. Could be deployed 12 wide as a screen or charged into the enemy to pull them out of position?

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