This is partly because smaller games are far more practical to set up and transport (unless you belong to a thriving gaming group whose collective membership can field huge armies, like the one I was lucky enough to be a part of when I lived in Vancouver), It is also because smaller games could frequently provide more of a tactical challenge as a result of having more manoeuvre space available. Thus not only were the games less unwieldy, but you had flanks to worry about!
Of course I love the spectacle of the big games, and would jump at the chance of participating in one should the opportunity arise again. But the smaller games could often end up being more interesting to play. I always enjoyed the "narrative" that they often generated, especially when they were part of an ongoing campaign. In these kind of games you are not too busy just rolling dice and keeping track of the effect of endless rounds of musketry, so that an element of role playing can come into things.
And of course, you do not need so much table space!
Now most of my time painting recently has been on my French Napoleonic forces, but progress on the French has been going well enough (by my standards!) so that I have recently taken brush to the Russians, and they are looking good.
What better way than to start the adventures of the Duke of Avenberg-Pfaffenhofen and his Freikorps, as they attempt to run roughshod over the German countryside? A romp which, of course, the French under the command of Général Victor-Eugène Bouillon-Cantinat, are determined to stop.
- To disrupt enemy communications and deny supplies to the French field armies.
- To raise the banner of Liberation throughout the territories of Anhalt, and to recruit as many able-bodied patriots as can be found for service with the Freikorps Pfaffenhofen.
- When circumstances are favourable, to surround, cut off, and otherwise render hors-de-combat any isolated detachments of French forces as the opportunity presents.
- In addition to his Freikorps, the Duke will operating in close cooperation with Streifkorps Mussinpushkin, who will follow and assist the operations of the Duke, and who will liaise with the remainder of the Army of Silesia.