15 August 2014

Pictures from recently played BF&S games

Last two weekends the guys at the club played By Fire & Sword as a warmup for the upcoming Swedish tournament in September and in anticipation of the imminent release of the Deluge expansion book currently running as a Kickstarter.

I myself tried out a couple of the new forces hinted at during the Kickstarter so far, the Swedish Erik Jönsson's raiding force made up of Swedes, Transylvanians and Cossack units - as well as the new Polish levy of nobility skirmish force led by Samuel Oskierko.

The Swedish force was impressive and fun to play with. The raw power of Swedish veteran Reiter's armed with arquebus backed up by light Transylvanian household cavalry with skill 5 and armed in a Polish-Lithuanian style (bow/musketoon) made them a great backing unit to offer accurate firepower on the move. The mounted Cossacks were also a nice addition and lend a nice tactical choice of having them as mounted troops or dismounted infantry - using  "Rifled barrels" to fire their 50cm sniping shots at enemy commanders. This force also features strong recon points for its small size, and the average FPS value of the list will make surely lend itself well for being the defensive side often enough in which case the small number of hard hitting troops will do well.

I think the skirmish force will prove popular, and may be a good starting force for newcomers simply because of the quality of the units and not having to paint that many stands. It surely plays easier than the Polish Winged hussar skirmish list.

The other new list, the Volunteers led by Samuel Oskierko also proved fun. I love the Volunteers and really look forward to all the Polish-Lithuanian partisan lists of the Deluge book. The Swedish invasion of the Commonwealth is PERFECT for small sized skrimish battles and partisan forces represent the opposition against the invaders quite well. While the original Volunteer list of the main rulebook is very difficult to play well, the Volunteers led by Oskierko have a few details that make the list a bit more playable and fun. You can now field up to 4 bases of regular troops, (Cossack style cavalry or Dragoons).

My choice would be to go for the Dragoons to get some boots on the ground for defensive scenarios and the increased firepower. Cavalry can be fielded aplenty with the numerous Volunteer bases you get for low FSP value just like in the original list. And Oskierko has "Obedience" just like the original Volunteer list command, but on top of that Oskierko also allows your Volunteers to benefit from Reconnaissance effects at a small discount and can allow one unit to re-roll their morale test during Rally attempts (much needed with low morale units!).

One thing these troops are missing though is "Swimming" so they cannot cross rivers like regular Polish or Lithuanian skirmish forces, making them rely on flanking units when attempting to capture objectives like the bridge in River crossing.

I can't wait until the Deluge book is released and we get 10 new skirmish scenarios, previews are very promising and the guys at the club can now finally match their enthusiasm for the game with painted minis on the table. Hopefully the tournament in September will turn BF&S into one of the "regular" games down at the club alongside Bolt Action and FoW.

Oh, and I returned to painting BF&S minis this week and am painting up infantry and cavalry for the Royal City of Gdansk skirmish force. Will post pictures of the infantry bases painted up so far tomorrow.



4 comments:

  1. Anatoli, volunteers use 'Swimming' as normal, I just forgot to add to Skirmish Force Sheet :) It was added in English errata and Oskierko's volunteers can swim as well.

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  2. I wish I could visit You at Your tournament. My Muscovites are done and ready for action...

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  3. Great to see some BFaS again here! :)

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