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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 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,

Battle of Warsteiner, 1813

Napoleonic Wars, Over the Hills, 28mm A few weeks ago I read that Caliver Books / Partizan Press were coming out with a new set of Napoleonic rules. they were billed as a more period-specific answer to Black Powder, but with slightly more to them. Now, Black Powder remain a stalwart of the Edinburgh club,

The Defence of Ciudad Espanola, 1812

The Napoleonic Wars, Black Powder, 28mm This week I’d a game arranged with Chris Henry, but he had to cry off, due to emergency child-minding duties. Fortunately Bill invited me to take part in this Napoleonic bash, based on a scenario in the Black Powder Peninsular War guide. It involved a French attack on a

The Hunt for El Niño, Sangria, Spain, 1808

The Napoleonic Wars, Sharp Practice, 28mm The week between Christmas and New Year is known for the staging of “silly games”. This year was no exception. Jack Glanville and Derek Hodge (the Statler and Waldorf of Scottish wargaming) laid on this charmingly silly game set in the Peninsular War. The Spanish town of Sangria was

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