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The Napoleonic Wars

The Napoleonic Wars – Playing the Period

Let’s give Boney a damned good thrashing! Napoleonic Wars in the Journal It began with a false start. Wargaming pals badgered me into trying the period, and in the end I opted for the British in the Peninsula. I painted up the 3rd Foot (“The Buffs”), but then the project ran out of steam. I

Probing the Lines, Saint-Quentin, 1814

The Napoleonic Wars, General d’Armee, 28mm Well, this was a red letter day. It was my first game since lockdown began. Huzzah! Actually, it wasn’t a full-one game – just a small “learning curve” one, played out on the dining table. Still, to get my toys out, and to shuffle lead with real people (well,

Crossing the Bug, 1812

The Napoleonic Wars, Black Powder, 28mm This game took place half a lifetime ago. Actually, it was only two and a half weeks, but since then the world has turned upside down. It’s also our last game at the wargame club, at least for the foreseeable future. I’ve got one more game to post after

The Ambush at Suetovo, 1812

The Napoleonic Wars, Black Powder, 28mm This week we went for an all-cavalry game. The scenario was lifted from Charles S Grant and Stuart Asquith’s Scenarios for all Ages (1996), which has long been a source of fun gaming ideas. This one was called “Tables Turned”. In it, a powerful cavalry force chasing a weaker

The Battle of Emilovska, 1812

The Napoleonic Wars, Over the Hills, 28mm First of all, my apologies. I’ve been snowed under with writing deadlines (two Ospreys in two months), and I didn’t get a chance to update the site. So, after this you’ll get a run of game reports over the next week or so. This one was something of

Action at Krupskaya, 1812

The Napoleonic Wars, Over the Hills, 28mm This small Napoleonic game was set during Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812, somewhere near Polotsk. The premise is that after the battle there on 17 July, the Russians under Wittgenstein were retreating, with their battered troops heading east through the small village of Krupskaya. A mixed bag

Battle of Shuvwitz, 1813

The Napoleonic Wars, Over the Hills, 28mm A couple of weeks ago I ran a Napoleonic game in the Orkney club, to give the guys a taste of the period. They’d played Napoleonic games before, but not for a few years, and not with these rules. They enjoyed themselves, and wanted another go. In the

Battle of Puschwitz, 1813

The Napoleonic Wars, Over the Hills, 28mm The plan was that I would lay on a small Napoleonic game, by way of letting the Orkney crowd try out these rules. So, I raided my toy box and laid on a clash between French and Allies and Russians, set in the spring of 1812, set somewhere

The Battle of Schwepnitz, 1813

The Napoleonic Wars, Black Powder, 28mm For once Bill came to the club, bringing several boxes of toys with him. The thing was, he was laying on a Napoleonic game, so everyone could get a little more used to Black Power v.2. Frankly they look pretty much identical to version 1, with only a few

The Battle of Gross Weitzen, 1813

The Napoleonic Wars, Black Powder, 28mm We were in the mood for a big Napoleonic game, to sort out Bill’s amendments to Black Powder v.2. The main one is the switching around of the move and fire phases, which makes much more sense in Horse & Musket games. For this one – another Napoleonic game

The Battle of Ostritz, 1813

The Napoleonic Wars, Black Powder, 28mm Bill Gilchrist was keen to try out the new version of Black Powder. He went through it with a tooth-comb, and made a handy list of the main differences. So, not having time to read them wasn’t a problem – we had Bill to keep us right, and his

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