I will be picking up the Black Powder rules some time this year. It is, after all, the Year of Rules. I do not foresee playing any BP this year; too many other projects on the go. I would, however, like to buy a few boxes to get things started. The main eras that I plan to game with BP are Napoleonic and the American Civil War.
For ACW I will build a force for Gettysburg. This is the battle I know best, having lived there for a summer. There are plenty of characterful regiments and it has a bit of everything.
For Napoleonic gaming I'm looking at Salamanca. This fight has always struck me as a brilliant bit of generalship. I've also, always, been struck by the fact that the two armies were marching a few hundred yards apart. That is something that my modern brain just can't grasp.
|Battle map of Salamanca|
Beyond that I'm looking at a couple of other periods as very low priority, but again, perhaps a box or two. American War of Independence will probably be built around Cowpens. Again, another brilliantly fought battle.
The last period would be Thirty Years War/English Civil War. For this period I'll pick up Warlord Game's new rule set, Pike & Shotte. This is a very low priority period, except that I really want to build some pike blocks. I'm not sure what is causing this desire, but from long experience, the only way to scratch the itch will be to buy, assemble and paint a couple of regiments.
For the ECW I'll be doing Marston Moor. It had all three sides of the war there and a lot of the personalities. It took place in Yorkshire, which is where I lived when I was in the UK.
I'll hold off on the TYW as ECW should scratch the itch. When I do get to it the battle will have to be something involving the Swedes.
So, does anyone else build their collection this way? Choosing a battle and building to that?