Oak & Iron continues to sail incredibly well on Kickstarter. This week, I had the pleasure to discuss through email the new Oak & Iron Kickstarter with Mike Tunez of Firelock Games. This article is a post of that Interview.
For those not yet familiar with Oak & Iron, it is a naval combat game set in the age of pirates. Firelock Games set the scale of these miniatures to 1/600, and it looks very exciting. During this interview, I learned even more about what to expect when the game comes out. I hope you enjoy this interview too.
All pictures in this post are from Firelock Games and used with their permission.
The Interview – Part One
Below I posted the email interview between myself (Jacob Stauttener) and Mike Tunez. Mike designed the rules of the games Oak & Iron and Blood & Plunder. Most of the content is straight out of the email, but I added pictures and section titles to break up the content a bit for better readability.
The Game Itself
What gave you the idea to start Oak & Iron?
This is a type of game I’ve always wanted to get into. Similar to Blood and Plunder, I realized there was a desire for squadron/fleet level set of rules and nothing out there was really scratching the itch for myself and lots of other people I have talked to so I decided to give it a go!
Why 1/600 scale for the miniatures?
A few reasons. Most prominently, it works well for smaller ships such as sloops and brigantines and adds a lot of presence and perspective to the massive size of the ships on the line especially. It’s also a good size to capture lots of detail for painting without having to exaggerate details too while also not being too big so that moving a large group of ships around wouldn’t take too much space.
How many points is a “standard” game, and what size of table do you play on?
A standard squadron level engagement is about 100 points and will usually include comprise of 4-6 ships per side and is played on at least a 3’x3’ surface. At fleet level, 450 points is probably pretty standard and will average around 10-14 ships per side on at least a 6’x3’ table.
How many points are in the core boxed set?
You can get a 100 point squadron out of all of the ships in the box.
Wrapping it up…
Hopefully you enjoyed this part one of our four part Interview series about Oak & Iron. Lots of more details are to come out yet too.
Aside from writing great gaming related articles, I am also working on compiling a list of all Miniature Gaming Conventions in Ontario (Canada). If you are in Ontario, this list should be of interest to you!