The next thing was a 'table' I had packed mine away. I had some old blue 12 inch blue floor tiles which I thought I would paint green - but hold on, for our first try all the DIY shops were shut and I couldn't buy green matt paint for 'love nor money'. So, for our first game my boys were all at sea playing on a blue surface. The aim of the game was to hold the gain control of and hold the cross road.
Come the day, the video technology failed us due to the famous 'Poor Connection, Reconnecting. Video will be resumed shortly' making playing visually impossible, So we just decided to talk over the phone and roll dice each telling one another on our turns what unit was moving from which grid to the next.
We used the Colonial Rules but with Napoleonic figures as I didn't have any colonials - apart from the British and 400 odd Zulus which I had forgotten about that is.
My initial reaction to the rules was 'ohh' as I lost initiative roll and Strength Points SPs to Bob's dice rolls. Indeed I did ask him at one point whether he was using that old Salute die which had 2 6s on it! But I couldn't get away from the fact that my dice rolls were rubbish anyway. But as the game progressed I really warmed to these rules and playing chess like move 'E3 to E5' short of thing over the phone worked. Bob told me his moves and I moved the figures on my table accordingly and vice versa.
So I bought the actual Portable Napoleonic War Game set of rules, the DIY store at the bottom of the road was open so I sent my daughter with a colour swatch and my blue tiles became green! This time it was Russians against Ottomans. I had them in 15mm and Bob has them in 28mm. We increased the table size to 8 x 10 squares. There are instructionetc for written rules but we choose to leave these out for the purposes of this 'test' game.
|The yellow squares at top and side of board are post-it-notes with letters and numbers
The two 'green fields' were deemed impassable. This was a mistake as it limited cavalry movement resulting in some very static slogs to try to break through the gaps.
On the other side of the 'building' Bob's irregular cavalry held up my advance I eventually broke one unit but forgot to move forwards only to find my path blocked by another unit.
|Peter Laing Inn Keeper and two barmaids handing out wine to the occupying Russians with Sherbert ready in case the Ottomans strike!
|My 15mm version of the action around the 'building
|Bob's 28mm version of the action around the 'building'
|Bob's version of the attack on the Russian gun
No substitute for a game in the same place but a very good next best thing and we both had an excuse to get figures on the table even if in different scales and 'grid' table size and to move them about always a pleasure in itself. So all in all a plus in the circumstances. Thanks to Bob Cordery.