Sunday, August 2, 2015

Taking my troops to show and tell: Black Powder, 3mm

I got roped into a "show us your hobbies" deal at the uni back in May.

"Do you really want to see what Ido with my free time?"

"Of course Professor Blanchette!" Then, perhaps remembering that I study sex work: "Er... what is it?"


"Oh! Like Warcraft?"


So anyhow, that's how I ended up taking my Black Powder set-up to NUPEM for an afternoon. I brought along a little bit of everything, including a selection of rules and Osprey bookc, my paint set, and - of course - the figures and terrain.

Wouldn't you knoiw, the kids figured it our right away? Turns outmany of them have already played computer games like Total War. They even know the lexicon! It was very easy to show them how things work!

We didn't have time to play a game, but I ran them through a few moves and combats. Several of them seemed to enjoy it quite a bit, including several young women! That was really cool, given that wargaming is still very much a male ghetto. One kid said he wanted to set up a Saga campaign with me, so there is hope for gaming in the future!

Anyhow, here are the pics...

 Overview of the 3 x 2 foot table.

The French move into the valley.

A regiment of Chasseurs a Cheval charges the Austrian Hussars...

Cavalry battle on the left flank.


  1. Sounds like a total success to me!

  2. Astonishing that you could divert the students' attention away from their smart phones for more than 30 seconds

  3. I think they actually got into the whole analogue gaming thing, History PhD. I had a copy of Well's "Little Wars" for them to page through, to show some of the history of the hobby, and they seemed to be fascinated.

  4. Martin from CanadaAugust 4, 2015 at 5:22 PM

    I did a similar thing helping out with a war of 1812 Black Powder game at a local war of 1812 re-enactment in Southern Ontario. The look on the kids faces when we show them that the guys and gals playing "dress-up" match the figures we have on the table.

  5. Amazing! it is really interesting to read your free time hobbies. I think you love war gaming very much. The French move into the valley is very interesting one. Thanks for sharing different war gaming here.

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