With the half price sale on at the moment and the recommendation of my mate Scott, I went ahead and bought a copy of Warhammer Waterloo. I thought the rules might be good to convert for Marlburians and in any case, that it would be pretty. I was right on both counts! I really like the gist of the rules, the fact that they will play well with just a few units, and they seem easily convertible for earlier periods. It is astonishingly pretty. I would not hesitate to call it the most beautifully presented wargaming rulebook of all time. Everything is laid out in a (to me) sensible order, the photos of games being played and the full colour diagrams make it a joy to leaf through.
My largest beef with Black Powder is that I didn’t think they worked well for playing out the table-top teasers and wargames scenarios of Charles Grant because the command and control system didn’t suit only having a few units. Warhammer Waterloo will be perfect for playing out teasers – from smaller scale games of only two or three units a side to a dozen a side – with ease.
Of course, this all comes with a warning. Under absolutely no circumstances should a Wargames Butterfly not currently intending on embarking upon a Napoleonic project go anywhere near this book! Keep away, whatever you do! I now have hithertofore unplanned boxes of British and French Perry plastic infantry on their way from Caliver Books along with some artillery for both sides from Old Glory 25s.
I hope plastic mountains have the same life-giving powers as lead mountains.