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Almost a month has passed since I last ventured into this blog.  Work and family sometimes demand time that has to be taken from any pastimes.  I am sat at home now with a virus that has stopped me working and makes my family want to avoid me! So… I finally have time to update the blog.

We played our first game of Horizon Wars.  Damn the set missions are hard to achieve.  So hard in fact that I don’t think either of us has managed to win as the attacker in any game so far.

We are also now aware that the game calls for a specific selection of miniatures for your army to be effective as a force.  Either the force should be selected after the mission is decided, or the players are likely to only take tanks and drop troops, as movement is key to most of the missions.

My force is heavy on infantry, as that was the way I wanted the miniatures to be depicted.  These forces, lots of light infantry, haven’t been effective so far in games we have played.  Units can be very hard to destroy, so a tank may take shots on it for 4-5 turns before it is destroyed. This is usually due to the opponent placing all the damage it takes on anything but their armour stat.  I have failed to kill units when shooting with all my effective units on some occasions.

Don’t get me wrong I like this game.  I just find it very hard to win the missions.  We are going to try the Adventure style games next to see if they appear more balanced.  The fact they have options for both sides to have differing context and missions appeals to me but we will see if they remain very hard to achieve.

Another thing about Horizon Wars that has come up in our discussions is the fact that it is an odd scale for a game which uses such a small force to represent its armies.  We have compared this to a number of other popular 6mm games that we know and almost all I can name are using 6mm to represent huge armies on the table.  The benefit of such a small scale is in its ability to field hordes of tanks and troops and gain the feeling of massed battles.  I guess the author alone knows why this scale was his first choice.

All that musing aside I am happily adding to my scenery collection for this scale again.  China has again been my country of choice for models and items in this scale.  My cars are an older purchase but these busses are the newest addition to the collection.

If nothing else we are in the mood for more 6mm fun and who knows where that may lead us…

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