Tuesday, July 30, 2013

ECW Rules

 I'm not completely happy with any of the rule sets for the ECW that I've read . . . so I think that I am going to write my own.

And at least I've decided upon a name for my own version of ECW miniature rules . . . and I've taken a clue from Larry Brom's "The Sword and the Flame" Colonial rules by plucking a phrase from a famous English author.

However the phrase did not come from the English Civil War.  In fact it was written before ECW had even occurred . . . that's right, as a man of the Theatre, I pulled something from Shakespeare.

Almost everything title I liked for the ECW has already been used.  The best that I came up with was "King vs Cromwell" but that really didn't do it for me.  Then I recalled a bit of a speech in Act III, scene iii of Shakespeare's "Richard II": 

“But ere the crown he looks for live in peace,
Ten thousand bloody crowns of mothers' sons
Shall ill become the flower of England's face;
Change the complexion of her maid-pale peace
To scarlet indignation , and be-dew
Her pastures' grass with faithful English blood.”


This seemed to me to be a fair assessment of the situation during the ECW (even though it referred to 1399) . . . so I picked the last three words for the title of my ECW rules:

"Faithful English Blood"

Now all I have to do is write the rules, eh?
-- Jeff

8 comments:

Mosstrooper said...

Good title !

El Grego said...

Sometimes, the title is the hardest part!

An ECW project has intrigued me for quite a while, but it is a low priority at the moment. I will read about your progress with interest, even if it takes me a long time to see my own work to fruition.

Ross Mac rmacfa@gmail.com said...

The hard part's done Jeff, just a few details to add. Good title.

A J said...

I like it! You can always trust Shakespeare to supply a good line.

Phil Olley said...

A great period... I've always used "1644" rules in the past and found them to work well, but they are not to everyone's taste.
Writing rules for a period is a fun part of the hobby, so I'm sure you'll enjoy it and bring your usual flair...
Best regards
Phil

Clarence Harrison said...

Nice title!

Kelroy Was Here said...

Hey, gotta start somewhere. Now the hard part's done, I expect the rules to be finished practically tomorrow.

MurdocK said...

Powerful title Jeff!