Katana Rampant - Lion Rampant with hand gun addition
Whoa, after three days of a wargaming convention I host another game with FrancisM’s boys the next day on Monday to make it four games in four days.
The scenario is a simple one with the Takeda having captured the personal standard of Okudaira Sadamasa who wants it back. (I didn't want to repack so simply used the same as I did on Friday!)
I use the stand of musicians and the standard bearer which I painted but which have no real use within the rules, into the scenario along with the new raw bamboo mantles which gave the protectors of the captured flag some defences.
The game was an introduction of Lion Rampant to the group who were ‘amused’ by the activation - or lack thereof - of the many units and the dice luck - or not - by others.
In particular was the continual activation of his teppo by FrancisM - usually a difficult proposition by the slow firing hand-gunners - yet his total inability to hit with them! In five straight rolls with six dice each, he was unable to roll a 6 and thus unable to gain a single hit with 30 dice! His target was another arquebus unit but in this case ChrisO was unable to actually activate his unit to fire at all!
But, yes, some fighting did occur. Including when I bravely (foolishly) ran out some peasants out of a house where they were hiding. This was to give them the idea how bad troops play against good troops within the rules.
The Takeda commander of the nearest unit assumed they were hostile and immediately ordered bowshot into them. I asked if he knew if the peasants were hostile or friendly as indeed I did not say one way or another as I simply moved it from the building. Somewhat taken aback “CokeDave” fired nevertheless. The peasants charged in, and then ran away…..
|the Japanese peasants "come out to play"|