Got this little book some time ago, but as usual it took me some time to get around to reviewing it. I have a weak spot for anything connected with Very British Civil War and whereas our small team uses modified Warhammer the Great War rules I thought “why not!”.
It is small A5 format book with 28 pages, all in full colour. Cost is 11 pounds and whilst it might sound bit expensive for such a small thing, Solway Crafts is a very small company that is totally worth supporting and I gladly spent the money on getting it. Layout is very nice and easy to read and there are plenty of great photos of VBCW miniatures and some great illustrations as well.
OK, now the rules itself. Subtitle says “jolly sporting wargames rules for 1938 a Very British Civil War” and it is really a fitting description. All book is full of “jolly British” spirit from the beginning till the end.
This set allows us to play battles on a bigger level, up to a Brigade with commanders giving orders to whole sections of your forces rather than each unit doing separate thing. In that respect it seems like the Brigadier 38 game would be totally different from ones we had with Warhammer the Great War.
There are different orders you can give to units and each set of orders has its allocated point cost, with points allocated to your commander every turn for him to spend. Quite interesting solution. There is surprisingly a lot of detail in such a small book (print is pretty small though so that partly explains it) and quite few of them are very innovative, at least to me- for example fthe fact that you need to spot units first before you can fire at them with your tanks or guns!
Other interesting feature is possibility of customizing your troops with different skills (each with its own point value and in case of Time for Tea ability it actually decreases cost of the unit) such as Shock Troops, Fanatics, Hopeless Courage amongst the others. Cost of your units also depens on their quality with three categories of Green, Trained and Veteran being in place.
Haven’t played the game with these yet but it definitely looks interesting and I thouroughly recommend the rulebook to every VBCW fan!
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