Monday, 2 November 2015

Hexon II for C&C

With all due apologies to Crumb it's time for some more wargaming. As previously mentioned I bought some of Kallistra's Hexon II at Fiasco. I suppose my main intention is to use it to build terrain flexibly for all rule sets rather than use it specifically for hex based rules. However, I haven't bought a lot so far, partly because I don't have a terribly good visual imagination and wanted to experiment before I commit to what elements to buy, and partly because I had travelled into Leeds on the bus and couldn't actually carry very much. In fact the box I bought was somewhat trickier to carry than I had anticipated and I ended up walking through Leeds a bit like George Lazenby in the old Fry's chocolate adverts.

Anyway, notwithstanding my ultimate intentions I have set up the boards that I currently have for C&C Napoleonics; it's the Ligny scenario. It all looks a bit lost in the middle of the table, although there will be plenty of room to put the rules and fizzy drinks, and to roll the dice. The whole thing has now clearly abandoned any pretence to be a wargame and stands proud as a more aesthetically pleasing boardgame.

Observations are:
  • The sabot bases and unit identifiers fit well in the clear hexes, but it gets a bit snug when a commander is added. As a reminder these are 20mm figures with units of 9 for infantry, 4 for cavalry with guns based singly.
  • The individual hex hills are too steep for the sabot bases to sit comfortably, but the flexible slopes won't fit into the standard C&C scenarios. I never had this problem with the upside down paper plates.
  • My existing river sections, paper bridges and (some of) my charity shop sourced knick knack buildings work OK. I need more small trees. Town and forest hexes need to be marked with coloured felt because the buildings and trees will have to be taken off if one wants to get any troops in the same hex.
  • Line of sight is line of sight; neither complex mathematics nor constantly referring back to the map are any longer required.