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Summer Holidays

Posted on July 21st, 2018 under . Posted by

Since we retired to Spain we have developed a very quiet and selfish life style.   We live outside a small village with extensive mountain views.   It is very quiet and peaceful.   We have a very regular routine, which is…

More thoughts on Why Battalions not Corps

Posted on July 14th, 2018 under . Posted by

36 figure battalions in the mid 1980sMy last blog was mentioned on TMP Napoleonic Discussion forum, and resulted in some very interesting comments.  The discussion was unusually polite and covered a wide range of views.   Though as …

Why Battalions and not Corps

Posted on July 7th, 2018 under . Posted by

Paul and Jan 1970 (note stills from Waterloo on the wall)                              I was pleased to re…

When is a Game Too Big

Posted on June 30th, 2018 under . Posted by

Two corps wargame on a 6×6 foot table I no longer post on TMP very much, but I do visit the Napoleonic Discussion forum most days.   This is the title of a current discussion about size of wargames.   As with most things involving …

Wargaming in Spain

Posted on June 21st, 2018 under . Posted by

Most ex pats living in Spain have a completely different routine in the summer and winter months.   This is because the hot summer days make it quite difficult to do anything physical outdoors.   Here in the Costa Blanca normal sum…

Fighting in a Built Up Area (BUA)

Posted on June 3rd, 2018 under . Posted by

Table at start of GameAt the end of the wargame both corps appeared to be brokenThe French had lost 3700 casualties and three brigades in routThe British had lost 4300 casualties and the whole corps in routCasualties by brigade are shown below1stBriti…

Fighting in a Built Up Area (BUA)

Posted on June 1st, 2018 under . Posted by

Move 12British move firstGunners and Portuguese infantry are the only formations not in routHowever both are shaken and cannot accept new orders until ralliedInfantry test morale for shaken1D6 need 8, roll 4, fail and routGunners test morale for shake…

Fighting in a Built Up Area (BUA)

Posted on May 27th, 2018 under . Posted by

Move 11French move firstArtillery fire on 2 infantry2D6 need 7, roll 7, hit 10% casualtiesInfantry test morale for casualties1D6 need 5, roll 1, fail and routNearby 4 brigade test morale for rout within 4”1D6 need 4, roll 3, fail and are shakenBritish…

Fighting in a Built Up Area (BUA)

Posted on May 25th, 2018 under . Posted by

Move 10British move firstArtillery screened by 2 brigadeCavalry charge lancers1 brigade advance to far edge of farm and attack 30 infantry2 brigade charge 31 infantry3 and 4 brigades advanceHussar v Lancer meleeHussars charge on attack ordersLancers t…

Fighting in a Built Up Area (BUA)

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 under . Posted by

Move 9French move firstArtillery fire on gunners, 2D6 need 11, roll 9, no casualties29 infantry rout to edge of farm32 infantry advance towards farmLancers move to right of square30 infantry test for shaken, 1D6 need 4, roll 3, fail still shakenBritis…

Fighting in a Built Up Area (BUA)

Posted on May 20th, 2018 under . Posted by

Move 8British move first1 and 2 Infantry ordered to assault farm3 and 4 infantry advanceCavalry advanceArtillery unlimber1 British assault, 2D6+1, roll 11Defender 20% casualties and routAttacker 10% casualties and disordered2 British assault, 2D6+1, r…

Fighting in a Built Up Area (BUA)

Posted on May 18th, 2018 under . Posted by

Move 7French move firstArtillery fire on gunners, 2D6, require 12, roll 6, no casualtiesLancers retire behind infantry square29 infantry (garrison) fire, 1D6, require 6, roll 4, no casualtiesLancers test morale, 1D6, require 3, roll 5, rally to disorg…

Fighting in a Built Up Area (BUA)

Posted on May 15th, 2018 under . Posted by

Move 6British move firstHussars are within command range and rally between movesArtillery fire on farm, 1D6 require 9, roll 6, no casualtiesCavalry continue melee, 2D6+1, roll 8, lancers retire 8” shakenFrench move secondArtillery fire on gunners, 2D6 …

Fighting in a Built Up Area (BUA)

Posted on May 13th, 2018 under . Posted by

Move 5French move firstArtillery fire on British gunners2D6 require12, get 3, no casualties29 brigade fire on 1 British brigade1D6 need 6, get 5, no casualtiesLancers charge 1 infantry brigadeInfantry test to react1D6 need 4, get 4, form square when l…

Fighting in a Built Up Area (BUA)

Posted on May 11th, 2018 under . Posted by

Move 4British move firstArtillery fire on 29 brigade in farm2D6 need 9, get 3, no casualties1 brigade skirmish farm,1D6 need 5, get 2, no casualtiesFrench move secondArtillery fire on British gunners2D6 need 12, get 11, no casualties29 brigade fire on…

Fighting in a Built Up Area (BUA)

Posted on May 9th, 2018 under . Posted by

Move 3French move firstArtillery fire on British gunners2D6 need 11, get 7, no casualtiesBritish move secondArtillery fire on 29 brigade in farm2D6 need 8, get 10, cause 10% casualtiesInfantry must test morale for casualties1D6 need 4, get 6, pass mor…

Fighting in a Built Up Area (BUA)

Posted on May 6th, 2018 under . Posted by

Move 2British move firstBritish artillery unlimber at short range to the farm Remainder of corps remain stationary, out of artillery and cavalry rangeFrench move secondFrench man handle guns forward into long range of British gunnersLancers move forwa…

Fighting in a Built Up Area (BUA

Posted on May 2nd, 2018 under . Posted by

Move 1 French move firstFrench do not want to redeploy until they see how the British advanceIt is a disadvantage for them to move first this timeBritish move secondBritish advance full move and deploy cavalry on their rightAll are still outside Frenc…

Fighting in a Built Up Area (BUA)

Posted on April 29th, 2018 under . Posted by

Table at start of GameNew BUA RulesWe use our own “house rules” to wargame the battles produced by our 1813 campaign.   We have developed these rules through extensive game play over the past 10 years.They include fighting in a built up area…

Leon Campaign Map to Table

Posted on April 22nd, 2018 under . Posted by

Wargames Map To make it easier to transfer the map battle to the wargames table I have organised my scenery to make it all standard.   There are two sets, one Spanish and one north European.On the wargames map each village or farm is numbere…

Leon Campaign Wargames Map

Posted on April 15th, 2018 under . Posted by

Tactical MapThis map is used for campaign movement and on the campaign diary blog to illustrate the progress of the campaign, daily location of corps and depots and battles fought.It shows major terrain, cities and towns plus main (red) and secondary …

Revised Leon Campaign Strategic Map

Posted on April 7th, 2018 under . Posted by

Original Strategic Map of Leon PhaseLast week I explained that the strategic map was used for campaign movement and to illustrate daily locations on the campaign diary blog.I posted a copy of the latest map, which is above.When the campaign was PBEM I…

Campaign Strategic Maps

Posted on March 31st, 2018 under . Posted by

North SpainEach square on this map is 15 miles, one days march in the campaign and the size of the wargames table.   Cities and large towns are shown.   Major terrain such as mountains, rivers and large forests are also shown.&nbsp…

New Campaign Map of Spain

Posted on March 25th, 2018 under . Posted by

EuropeWork is going well on combining my existing campaign maps with the Murat series of wargame maps.   The aim is to have a series of five maps for each campaign phase, all of which will be based on the same information.The five maps will …

Size Matters

Posted on March 18th, 2018 under . Posted by

28mm Austrian Army I painted my last model soldier before we left the UK to move to Spain in 2006.   At that time we had a complete collection of Napoleonic armies in 6mm, 18mm and 28mm.   We also had scenery, in particular bu…