Thursday, 2 August 2012
Obscure rule set #1 - Le Kriegspiel by Pierre Foure
I have a photocopy of Pat Condray's 1969 translation of these rules, published by the Armchair General. It comprises a series of games (Napoleonic; then 1680 and American Civil War variants) which were originally devised by the Societe de Collectionneurs de Figurines Historiques. They were edited by Pierre Foure and first translated into English by Pat Condray in 1964. The 1969 version contained a revised translation.
They are noteworthy for a number of reasons:
a) they are not well known
b) they are unusual because of their French origins
c) they are designed for use on a hexagon based board
d) they could be used with figures or with bases (playing pieces)
e) they contain short adapted versions for two further periods.
Given the current interest in playing Command and Colours Napoleonic with figures, perhaps they deserve to be better known.
I would be interested to know if anyone out there is familiar with these rules or has indeed played them.
They also contain some interesting line drawings in the section on the 1680 variant of a line of 20mm figures. Again, I would be interested to know if anyone can identify this range.
Apologies for the quality of the attached pictures - they are scans from a not very good photocopy.