Friday, April 29, 2016

A Gentleman's War the new GW

We played another game of A Gentleman's War last night but this time using Howard's plastic AWI flats. These are vintage figures from the 1960s that were sold on the back of Comic books. There is some great information on them here . Howard pick these up at a flea market, one of those great finds, touched up the paint and rebased them. It was a pleasure playing with these figures.

Our game was the usual line them up and attack. The units had more figures than previous games so that changed things a bit and we used more terrain. There is still some work to do on the deployment rules but I think the game is pretty solid and gives the feel of a toy soldier game.

So here are some photo's of the game as usual once the action started I forgot to get photos.

The opposing Armies

The Patriots move up

The Crown's forces advance

Mohawks skirmish with the riflemen in the woods.

Hessians advance on the center.

Riflemen supported by dragoons skirmish with the Mohawks.

British line charge the guns

Continental artillery hold their ground 


  1. Those flat figures have something special! I like them! Great report and pictures, thanks for sharing!


  2. thanks. It took me a bit to realize that the photos are better taken at a slight angle to the figures.

  3. As a child my mouth watered over those wonderful full page color ads in the comics. (still have some). There were WW2, Roman, ACW and AWI. How tall are these figures? I probably would have been disappointed that they were flat - look fine from the side but weird front on. I had flat cowboys and Indians (54mm and not of this series) that resisted marbles when shot at front on but went down like nine pins when shot from the side.

    1. These were the earlier figures. The ones I had were round. And not that all well sculpted.

  4. Nice looking game, beautiful figures!

  5. As for size, they are about 28mm. I say "about" because scale is not consistent; the cavalry in particular is small. Fortunately, the head on the fifer figure is the same as that of the light dragoon, so with a bit of careful cutting and gluing, some of the latter can be converted to regular dragoons or cuirassiers. (And their heads could be used to make light infantry.) This is fortunate, as the sets contained WAY too many light dragoons.

    BTW, finding these at a flea market is the find of the century: they command a very high price these days--I should know, as I've had to engage in a number of bidding wars on eBay, usually losing to guys with deeper pockets than mine!

    Great pictures.

    Best regards,

    Chris Johnson

  6. Delightful figures, looks great.

    Just idly wondering if the doubling of the unit size, e.g. 24 infantry instead of 12, had any noticeable effect on the way the rules worked?

  7. I can't say there was. Morale is based on a percentage so even with more hits there's more figures to absorb them.