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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 one 30-figure unit – the 3rd Foot (“The Buffs”), but then the project ran

The Massacre of Daugieliszki, 1812

The Napoleonic Wars, Over the Hills, 28mm  It isn’t often that something happens on the wargame table that makes your jaw drop. Well, apart from rampant gamesmanship that is.  It certainly did in this game, and so has already gone down in history as it included the most spectacular tabletop charge I can ever remember.

The Battle of Musselberg, 1809

The Napoleonic Wars, General d’Armee, 28mm In the afternoon of our Deep Fried Lard day this Saturday I got the chance to try out General d’Armee. I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about the rules, so I was keen to see how they played. Technically they’re not a Too Fat Lardies set of

The Battle of Maida, 1806

The Napoleonic Wars, Over the Hills, 28mm Last week’s Napoleonic game wasn’t enough for everyone. So, we decided to stage another Napoleonic bash this week. Bill offered to organise it, and he sensibly came up with the idea of refighting the Battle of Maida, fought in the toe of Italy in 1806. The battle was a fairly

The Battle of Moosburg, 1809

The Napoleonic Wars, Over the Hills, 28mm We try to play a Napoleonic game about once a month, but our last foray was back in January. So, this was the first of two back-to-back Napoleonic games – we’ll be playing another next week. As I often do when I’ve got a game to organise, I

The Battle of Koshka, 1812

The Napoleonic Wars, Over the Hills, 28mm This week we returned to the Napoleonic Wars, in a scenario set during the Invasion of Russia in 1812. This was drawn from Charles Grant and Stuart Asquith’s Scenarios for All Ages.  Actually, as the scenario called for river gunboats and transport barges we simplified it slightly by

Fort Fleur, Guadeloupe, 1794

The Napoleonic Wars, Sharp Practice, 28mm This game came about because I unearthed a small force of French Revolutionary figures I hadn’t used for years. Simultaneously The Two Fat Lardies published an e-book set of campaign rules for Sharp Practice. The result was the battle for Fort Fleur d’Epee, the first game of a mini-campaign

Las Dos Equis, 1811

The Napoleonic War, Over the Hills, 28mm This game was based on an excellent Stuart Asquith scenario,  called “Seizing the Initiative”. In it, “Red force” has to cross two rivers and establish a bridgehead beyond them, while “Blue force” tries to stop them. The trouble is, only a few troops begin the game on the

Crossing the Kalashnikov, 1812

The Napoleonic Wars, Homegrown rules, 28mm The latest League of Gentleman Wargamers’ extravaganza was played out in the snowy wastes of Russia, in a game set during the Retreat from Moscow. the whole thing was engineered with great aplomb by Charlie Grant, who is clearly destined for great things in the military planning line. Essentially though,

Crossing the Danube, 1809

The Napoleonic Wars, Over the Hills, 28mm This game – our third using Over the Hills – was based on the tried and tested “Bridgehead Breakout” scenario, found in Charles S. Grant’s Scenarios for Wargamers (1981).  Like most of Charles’ his “teasers” the scenario is harder than it looks. We’ve played this particular one a

Battle of Dobro Viatski, 1812

The Napoleonic Wars, Over the Hills, 28mm You really can’t beat a good Napoleonic scrap – and this was one of the best of them. Light all good club-night battles it involved limited forces – just two brigades of infantry and one of cavalry per side. Campbell’s Württemberg division had nine battalions in two brigades,

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