Friday, 21 September 2012

Homage to Riskovia


Ok, ok, ignore the unpainted and garish looking figures and just think about the potential....with grateful thanks in advance to the good Kaptain for using one of his pictures

It never ceases to amaze me how ideas that crop up on other peoples blogs really give you a light bulb moment; a moment of 'why didn't I think of that?' style clarity. So it was with a post a short while ago by one of m blog readers, Kaptain Kobold of Hordes of the Things fame. In a nutshell, he had acquired a quantity of Risk plastic figures and had used them to great effect to fight a wargame using a set of Marlburian era rules. The figures were blue-tacked to card bases of the appropriate sizes and the action was fought as follows: More Maurice.

I have acquired three sets worth of the figures from this version of Risk and this post proves to me quite happily that I was wise to do so. The potential for 18th century imagi-nations is huge and I have absolutely no excuse (other than sheer slothfulness) for not doing something of my own accord.

Of course painting something like a thousand figures may have something to do with it not having happened thus far but perhaps I really should bite the bullet and just get on with it!

14 comments:

Steve's Wargame Stuff said...

Jeez!.. Where are my sunglasses when I really need them?

Monty said...

Interesting approach ;)

Sean said...

I too am an admirer of the Kaptain's work on this. It's one of the reasons I am trying to press on with my project.

Ray Rousell said...

Looking good Dave!

David Crook said...

Hi Steve,

They are rather garish in the raw but should paint up really nicely and are very cheap!

LOTS of potential though!

All the best,

DC

David Crook said...

Hi Monty,

It has certainly given me much pause for thought as the idea of an 18th century imagi-nation is a subject very dear to my heart.

We shall see what comes out over time from the good Kaptain.

All the best,

DC

David Crook said...

Hi Sean,

I also find the good Kaptains blog a very inspiring read and this is just one of his 'jolly good wheezes'.

All the best,

DC

David Crook said...

Hi Ray,

It is an interesting and very cheap idea the Kaptain has and with models that are scaled perfectly for use with my Town in a Bag buildings and N gauge trees.

All the best,

DC

Kaptain Kobold said...

Thanks for the homage :)

The intent is to paint the figures - one day. But We really wanted to play the game. And people who know me will realise that that if we had to wait for the figures to be painted we'd be playing Maurice v3.0 rather than Maurice v1.0 :)

Anonymous said...

Where does one get the figures for this version of Risk, and where does one get those rules?

Cheers,
JM

David Crook said...

Hi Kaptain,

The idea is a simple one and it looks really good. I have all the pieces I need to try this out but as usual am dragging my tail.

Even the rules seemed interesting although this is not my period as such - certainly one to ponder!

Thanks though for giving my creative instinct a nudge by actually doing that which I have only thought and talked about!

All the best,

DC

David Crook said...

Hi JM,

You could probably source the figures from this version of Risk from Ebay cheaply enough. Not sure about the rules though - you might want to Google them for a supplier.

All the best,

DC

Kaptain Kobold said...

Maurice isn't really my period either, and the card mechanism means I can't play it solo* (a feature I always like in any game. However I like the rules enough to want to put together some small forces, assuming I may be able to use them for other rules as well.

*I could work out a pre-program mechanism, but I prefer games I can solo by just playing both sides fairly. This is only really feasible if all in-game information is visible to both players at all times.

David Crook said...

Hi Kaptain,

I have a small Malburian section in my library but using the Risk figures is really for much later in the 18th century. The rules look suitably novel enough for me to consider dipping into them in a small way - Marlburian rules with Charge style imagi-nations even!

I really enjoyed your work with this and as mentioned - it has certainly galvanised the creative gene - at least in a 'thinking long and hard about it' kind of way!

All the best,

DC