Monday, 25 November 2013

Need for Wells


Our war-gaming group (5 members between 24 and 80)  had begun to revise our set of home-made rules. Actually it is a constant process of revising, trying to adopt the rules to new historical information one of us has come across.
Having read about the effects of hot weather on the troops at the Battle of Monmouth, we decided that this ought to be taken into account.
Our rules contain the element of "incident cards", i. e. cards that are drawn every round which describe unforeseeable events in war, for example a change of weather. Drawing the card "Hot weather" (c. 110° F or 40° C!) would have several consequences:
  • The movement of troops would be hampered; 
  • a certain percentage of the unit would suffer from heat strokes;
  • horses and oxen would have to be watered at the nearest stream, pond, or lake;
  • soldiers would have to fetch water at a stream or a well at a neighboring farm or house if they were to move at all. 
So far so good for our attempt to get as close to reality as possible in a game.
However, we did not have enough wells to put this into practice. We could have said that there was an invisible well at every house. But we like to have scenery and not just imagination. otherwise we could play with cardboard bits on a bare table.
Scrap building wells causes some difficulties in my eyes.  It would be manageable with a log built well near a cabin.
My scrap-built log well
But how to achieve the form of a stone well? I had no pipes in my cellar of the right diameter. So I looked for wells to be bought.
Up to now I have discovered two wells at Thomarillion. They are fantasy products, but serve my purposes well enough. I added ropes and buckets (made from a surplus ballpoint pen), and the smaller one got a superstructure with a pulley.
Village well (no. 40339) by Thomarillion
Well (no. 41294) by Thomarillion
with scrap built superstructure of my own

So that's a beginning anyhow.

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