Posts Tagged ‘Napoleonic’

The “Secret” Sharp Practice 2 Project

Posted on April 26th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

…well, if you’ve listened to the last podcast, or been following me on Twitter, this hasn’t actually been very secret at all. Following the release of Sharp Practice 2, I’ve been looking for what scale and period to play. I’m a huge fan of the ‘Sharpe’ novels, and really fancied collecting a 28mm French force … Continue reading The “Secret” Sharp Practice 2 Project

Sharp Practice 2 – An Egyptian Adventure.

Posted on April 23rd, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

Great news – the new version of Sharp Practice landed in the in-box this morning.
Some light reading for the weekend and time to plan the All New Adventures of Ensign Claude Canard and his Friend and mentor Ensign Côtelettes de Mouton of the French Sloop “Le Vendeen”

Claude Canard and Côtelettes de Mouton have been on long leave for a few years SP2 is just the nudge they needed to pull on their boots.

Ensign Claude Canard of the “Le Vendeen”
Every hero needs a side kick. Ensign Côtelettes de Mouton
Time to pull together some shiny new army lists for adventuring in the Middle East.
Another fine production from Mr Clarke….

Waterloo in 15 Minutes

Posted on April 22nd, 2016 under , , , , . Posted by

Originally, I wanted to publish this review last year, what with the anniversary and everything. Everyone seemed to be busy painting hundreds of Imperial Guard miniatures and Waterloo games were all over the place. Even I succumb to the buzz and managed to read two books: The first being the excellent The Battle: A New … Continue reading Waterloo in 15 Minutes

Battle of Luckenpaint 1809

Posted on April 13th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

The latest game at Reject HQ (AKA the Shed-o-War) saw four of us squaring up in a Napoleonic battle that tested our metal as well as our wits. Postie presented us with the closing stages of the north of the Battle of Eckmühl (also known as “Eggmühl”) during the War of the Fifth Coalition of the Austrian Empire and the United Kingdom against Napoleon’s French Empire and Bavaria.

The entire battle took place on the 21st April and 22nd April 1809 but we focused just on the action near the town of Luckenpaint on the 21st. Posties version of this action brought together the two sides in a non linear encounter battle which quickly developed into a cross between a complex and cerebral chess game and a blood soaked slugging match.

Order of Battle
1st reserve Corps – c/o Gen Luchtenstein     (Me!)
   1st Brigade (Advance Guard – General Kecsey)
      5th/6th Jagers – 2 Regiments
      21st Line (Rohan) – 3 Regiments
      5th Chevaulegers – 1 Regiement
      Horse Artillery – Light Gun
   1st Division – General Von Lunclenau
      2nd Brigade – Gen Reinhard
         2nd Line (Ferdinand) – 3 Regiments
         33rd Line (Graf Sztaray) – 3 Regiments
         Light Gun Battery
      2nd Cavalry Brigade – Gen von Svegenthal
         2nd Curassiers
         3rd Curassiers
      3rd Cavalry Brigade – Gen von Schneller
         1st Curassiers
         6th Curassiers
2nd Reserve Corps c/o Gen Kunmayer     (Richard)
      Grenadier Brigade – Gen d’Aspre
         German Grenadiers – 3 Regiments
         Hungarian Grenadiers – 2 Regiments
         Light Gun Battery
      1st Cavalry Brigade – Gen von Clary
         3rd Dragoons – 1 Regiments
      Reserve Artillery
         Heavy Guns – 3 Batteries
3rd Corps c/o Marchal Davout     (Ian)
    4th Division – Gen St Hilare
       1st Brigade – Gen Lorencez
           10th Legar – 3 Regiments (Elite)
           3rd Line – 3 Regiments
           57th Line – 3 Regiments
           Medium Gun Battery
       2nd Brigade – Gen Destabenrath
           72nd Line – 3 Regiments
           105th Line – 3 Regiments
           Medium Gun Battery
   1st Cavalry Division – Gen Nansouty     (Surjit)
       1st Cavalry Brigade – Gen Defrance
           1st Carabiniers
           2nd Carabniers
       2nd Cavalry Brigade – Gen Doumerc
           2nd Curassiers
           9th Curassiers
       3rd Cavalry Brigade – Geb st Germain
           3rd Curassiers
           12th Curassiers
   2nd Cavalry Division – Gen Montbron
       4th Cavalry Brigade – Gen Pafal
           5th Hussars
           7th Hussars
           Horse Artillery Battery
           11th Chasseurs ‘a’ cheval
       Reserve Artillery
           Heavy Guns – 2 Batteries

The Action

Postie explains the opening deployment to Richard

The French are marching fast towards the Austrian positions. Off table the French 2nd Cavalry Division under Gen Montbron is hastening towards the battlefield. Across the table the Austrian Advance Guard the 1st Brigade is partially in position with the 2nd Brigade marching up the road towards the position. The Second Austrian Reserve Corps under Gen Kunmayer is at the far end of the battlefield with a long march ahead of them. Behind the hills on the right of the picture the Austrian 2nd and 3rd Cavalry (Curassier) Brigades remain hidden.

The French take advantage of their +2 bonus on initiative to move quickly towards the Austrians. Meanwhile the Austrian advance guard quickly take up position to hold up the French.

Richards 2nd Corps starts it long march across the battlefield towards the enemy. 

With the Austrian Advance Guard holding the central hill the 1st Division turn off the road and line up behind the ridge, ready to change formation into line if the French dare to advance.

The French close in quickly on the Austrian positions. The French 1st Cavalry Division turn and also head towards the main ridge, ignoring the clear valley before them and the slowly advancing Austrian 1st Division. The French have decided to focus all their effort on the ridge, effectively keeping a third of the Austrian forces out of the battle.

Meanwhile the French 2nd Cavalry Division under Gen Montbron arrives. 

The Austrian advance guard have taken position in the hill and in the narrow gap across the road. They look terribly outnumbered as French units converge on their position from all sides. 

Surjit continues to concentrate his forces on the gap but things are looking very confusing…so confusing he gets some of his units mixed up! The mistake is quickly rectified but lack of space to move continues to be a problem for the French for the rest of the game. 

The Austrian 2nd and 3rd Cavalry Brigades – 4 regiments of heavy Cuirassiers – moves to threaten the flank of the French Elite French 4th Division which is sweeping in from the top left. Meanwhile the Austrian 2nd Brigade remain beside the main road behind the hills guarding the army’s main lines of communication.  

Another shot of the same scene with the Austrian Cavalry on the nearest hill ready to move in on the French flank. On the next hill the Reserve Corp have started to fall back slowly in an attempt to slow the French advance at minimal cost to themselves. The 2nd Brigade are lines up beside the road and in the far distance the 2nd reserve Corp are moving up. By this stage it is clear the French are concentrating on the main hills in an attempt to defeat the Austrians piecemeal before the rest of the army can intervene. 

In response to the unfolding French plan the Austrians (Myself and Richard) are working towards falling back and realigning the battle diagonally across the road (roughly from top right to bottom left in this picture). Our Heavy guns are slowly moving up towards the fight but will only play a significant part in the battle right towards the end. 

The fight for the gap becomes congested as French regiments push back the Austrians and exchange fire. So far the French seem to be suffering the most casualties as my dice rolling proves to be above average for a change. 

A wider shot the same scene showing the mass of French units crowding the gap and seemingly ready to pour across the ridge at any time. 

The Austrian Cavalry sweep down around the flank of the French but a hail of well aimed volley fire brings both Brigades to a juddering halt right under the French guns. 

Only one Cuirassier regiment manages to complete its charge on the French who have time to form square. In the end the Austrians thunder into the square and are only just rebuffed by the French. Both sides take significant casualties but the Austrians are now a spent force on this flank. 

The French have now forced themselves onto the ridge forcing the Austrian advance guard back into the valley by the road. Austrian Jagers continue to skirmish around the fringes of the French picking off troops a little at a time. Most of the French units now have at least one casualty or more. 

As well as the Jagers the Austrians also pick off French casualties with a Horse Artillery unit seen on the hill on the bottom right of this picture. The French have pushed through the gap but at a cost.

Its getting congested around this gap…

Seeing on opportunity the Austrian 5th Chevaulegers charge the disordered French in the gap. 

Some exceptional dice rolling later the Chevaulegers have won their first melee and forced the French to retreat back through the supporting units behind them. With a surge the Chevaulegers follow through and hit another disordered unit sending that fleeing as well. In one turn the ‘gap’ has been cleared of Frenchies! 

A wide shot shows the slow realignment of the Austrian lines diagonally across the battlefield. The gap is temporarily clear but the Austrians are now falling back on the left flank. 

The game has reached a critical point and the Austrian Advance Guard have now been forced to make a Brigade Check. They fail the check but ironically this is the best result as they get a full move (plus d6 inches) back facing the enemy. In one moment the whole Austrian left flank has swung backwards in alignment with the as yet undamaged 2nd Reserve Corp. A strong and remarkably unbroken line now stretches across the table. Now the Austrian big guns begin to open up and focus on a single French unit occupying the central ridge. The unit is wiped out in a single turn! 

With a strong position, and fresh troops now ready to do battle (and time running short) it is decided to call the game to an end. By mutual agreement we call the game a Draw and all agreed that if we had had time we have effectively positioned ourselves for a second and new battle on the new alignment.

Even taking into account my deplorable handling of the Austrian reserve cavalry I was very happy with the way the Advance Corp handled themselves. Both sides had taken a severe mauling but it definitely felt that the French had had the worse of the battle so far. Despite concentrating their whole army on a narrow front they had not been able to sweep the Austrians away without a tough fight.

To my surprise Postie awarded me a special prize for the spectacularly successful charge of my Chevaulegers against the French in the Gap. 

A couple of Happy Wargamers! 

Everyone had a great game and despite the tough fight we all felt that the battle was one of the best we had played for a long time. The French had cleverly decided to concentrate their attack on a small section of the Austrian lines but stubborn resistance by the advance guard had blunted the hammer blow. Even the failed Divisional Morale Check had played into the hands of the Austrians allowing them to fall back in good order to their pre determined second line of defence.

An excellent game enjoyed by all the players on both sides. A pretty good result for all concerned. 

Soldiers of Rye

Posted on April 11th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

While away on holiday I have tried to take the odd opportunity for some hobby related shopping in some small but perfectly formed independent shops. One of the nicest was a very small but exquisite model shop in the East Sussex town of Rye. Soldiers of…

SP2: 15mm or 28mm?

Posted on April 4th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

Just when I thought I’d decided what we were doing for Sharp practice 2… I will be collecting a French force for the Peninsular War, and so I thought that I’d price up my initial purchases from AB Figures (From Fighting 15s) Including 4 units of Infantry, a couple of units of Voltigeurs, and unit … Continue reading SP2: 15mm or 28mm?

Museum entry, Saxon light infantry and Grenadiers

Posted on April 1st, 2016 under , , . Posted by

Hi guys2 more entries to the Napoleonic Miniatures Museum, please follow the blog if you are interested in the Napoleonic era, the only way I will keep building it is if it generates interest.More pics here…

British Household cavalry

Posted on March 25th, 2016 under , . Posted by

Hi guysA couple of more updates on the Napoleonic Miniatures Museum, please follow that blog if you like the Napoleonic era, I am trying to build a site with at least one entry for all the various uniforms of the era, for all wargamers/modellers to go …

Battle of waterloo in 6mm

Posted on March 25th, 2016 under . Posted by

Now this gentleman has 250,000 of these tiny troopers for the battle.  He has spent an lot of time and effort doing this.  My Hat is off to him for trying to recreate the battle.

First look at Sharp Practice 2 layout

Posted on March 23rd, 2016 under , , . Posted by

Today, Too Fat Lardies have given us a preview of the layout for Sharp Practice 2, and very nice it looks too. From what we can see, this appears to have a similar look & feel to Chain of Command, which is not a bad thing at all. The anticipation grows… If you want to know … Continue reading First look at Sharp Practice 2 layout

Napoleonic online miniatures museum kicks off

Posted on March 21st, 2016 under . Posted by

Hi guysI have always wanted to make a 15mm Napoleonic miniature museum in a display cabinet in my home, but never got around to doing it, I am helping Erik a customer/friend of mine to do one for himself so I decided to start my own, however I am going…

Road in Spain. Droga w Hiszpanii.

Posted on March 3rd, 2016 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

The busiest wargame week of the year just started. Till the end I will have three games: one played yesterday at Hugh, one on Thursday in our club and one on Saturday, played with AB1 group. Now I have noticed that all three of them will be played with Black Powder rules. The first game has been already played and it was game prepared by Bill Gilchrist and we went Napoleonic!
Zaczął się właśnie najbardziej wargamingowy tydzień w tym roku. Do końca tego tygodnia rozegram trzy gry: jedną wczoraj u Hugha, jedną w czwartek w naszym klubie i jedną w sobote z nasza grupą AB1. Teraz właśnie zdałem sobie sprawę, że wszystkie one będą rozegrane według zasad Black Powder. Pierwsza gra juz za nami i była to bitwa z okresu napoleońskiego, przygotowana przez Billa Gilchrista.

UMPIRING/PROWADZENIE GRY: Bill Gilchrist, Hugh Wilson

FIGURES & MODELS/FIGURKI i MODELE: Bill Gilchrist, Hugh Wilson, Bartek Żynda

1. Forces. Siły.

1st French Infantry Brigade under Tim Watson

4 battalions of intantry
1 gun

2nd French Infantry Brigade under Bill Gilchrist

4 battalions of intantry
1 gun

Duchy of Warsaw Brigade under Bartek Żynda

4 battalions of intantry
1 gun

French Light Cavalry Brigade under Bartek Żynda

2 Light cavalry regiments
Horse artillery
1st British Brigade under Ian Carter

4 battalions of intantry
1 gun

2nd British Brigade under Dave M.

2 battalions of infantry
2 batalions of light infantry
1 gun

Portuguese Brigade under Dave O’Brian

3 battalions of infantry

British Light Cavalry Brigade under Dave O’Brian

2 Light cavalry regiments.

2. The game. Gra.

The main objective of the game was the road. The side, which will control the road at the end of the game will be the victorious one. French and Polish brigades moved very fast forward. However the Bill’s brigade met the best British troops and get smashed in several melees by Brits. However somethin else stopped Britsom gaining victory here. It was central French brigade and their actions.
Głównym celem gry była droga. Strona, która będzie ja kontrolować pod koniec gry, zostanie uznana zwycięzcą. Francuzi i Polacy ruszyli bardzo szybko do przodu. Jednakże brygada Billa napotkała najlepsze brytyjskie oddziały i w kilku potyczkach na bagnety została przez nich rozniesiona. Jednak stało się coś, co powstrzymało Brytyjczyków przed ogłoszeniem tu zwycięstwa, były to akcje centralnej brygady francuskiej.
Tim pushed his forces fast forward and faced part of Dave’s British brigade. He get very quickly in contact with them. In few melees, he managed to broke Dave’s brigade, took the central village and then attack Ian’s Brigade, saving the rest of the Bill’s brigade. Finally at the end of the game French controlled most of the road on their left and in the central part of the battlefield.
Tim rzucił swoje oddziały do szybkiego ataku na brytyjską brygadę Dave’a. Bardzo szybko wszedł z nią w kontakt. W kilku szarżach na bagnety, złamał brygadę Dave’a, opanował centralną wioskę i mógł zaatakować brygadę Iana, ratując w ten sposób resztki brygady Billa. Pod koniec gry Francuzi kontrolowali większość drogi na lewym skrzydle i całą drogę w centrum pola walki.
Poles under Prince Poniatowski (I know, that he never took the part in Spain campaign, but I was so desperate to use my model, despite it was completely ahistorical). moved half of the brigade against village, occupied by Portuguese and half of the brigade kept in reserves. Soon Poles get support from French light cavalry and together moved against British positions on the hill. However both of us Dave O’Brian and myself had the troubles to push our cavalries into action. Finally we managed to do it and this time Brits managed to push back French horses, but this was it. French were supported by Poles, who stopped Brits and forced them to withdraw, by creating battalion squares. French cavalry tried the same, but with the same result. In the meantime Poles took village from the Portuguese and then managed to destroy their brigade. They took positions on the British flank where were disorganised British cavalry. Poles destroyed the first British cavalry regiment and soon Polish infantry charged the second British cavalry regiment from their flank. That was enough to force them to withdraw and give up the game. So the game finished with Franco-Polish victory.
Polacy pod dowództwem Ks. Poniatowskiego (wiem, że nie wziął on nigdy udziału w kampani w Hiszpanii, jednak tak bardzo chciałem użyc mojego modelu, ze przymknęliśmy na to oko) ruszyli połowę swojej brygady przeciw Portugalczykom we wsi, a drugą połowę pozostawili w rezerwie. Wkrótce Polacy otrzymali wsparcie rancuskiej kawalerii i razem ruszyli przeciw brytyjskim pozycjom na wzgórzu. Jednak zrówno ja, jak i Dave O’Brian mieliśmy trudności by nasze kawalerie wzięły udział w akcji. W końcu to nam się udało i tym razem Brytyjczykom udało się odepchnąć Francuzów, ale na tym sie to skończyło. Francuzi wsparci przez Polaków, którzy przez utworzenie batalionowych czworoboków, zmusili Brytyjczyków do wycofania się. Francuzi spróbowali tego samego, z takim samym rezultatem. W międzyczasie Polacy zdobyli wieś i zniszczyli portugalską brygadę. Zajęli pozycje na flance brytyjskiej, gdzie znalazła się zdezorganizowana brytyjska kawaleria. Polacy zniszczyli ogniem pierwszy regiment brytyjskiej kawalerii a na drugi natarła polska piechota (atak na jej flankę). To wystarczyło by zmusić ją do odwrotu i do poddania gry. Gra zakończyła się więc francusko-polskim zwycięstwem.

3. Links. Linki.

Dave’s O’Brian relation on Facebook:
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My gallery on Flickr:
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15mm Wurttemberg Light Infantry and Artillery

Posted on February 28th, 2016 under , . Posted by

Hi guysThe Wurttemberg light Infantry and Artillery finished to add to the Grand Duchy of Warsaw force, all lovely AB

15mm AB Grand Duchy of Warsaw and Wurttemberg army

Posted on February 24th, 2016 under , . Posted by

Hi guysFirstly I must apologize for the picture quality, it is early morning and I haven’t had my coffee yet, hands are a little shaky, so some pics are blurry, and the light isn’t the best.This is 70% of a combined Grand Duchy of Warsaw and Wurttember…

Bohemia 1813.

Posted on February 18th, 2016 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

After long break we come back to games played at Hugh’s home. This time it was big Napoleonic battle played with the use of Black Powder.
Po długiej przerwie powracamy co gier rozgrywanych u Hugha w jego domu. Tym razem była to duża napoleońska bitwa z uzyciem zasad Black Powder.



1. Forces. Siły.

(Dave M)
1 infantry battalion
(Bill Gilchrist, Dave O’Brian, Dave M., Hugh Wilson)
9 infantry battalions
3 guns
4 cavalry regiments
(Bartek Żynda)
3 infantry battalions
1 gun
(Tim Watson, Ray Neal, Bartek Żynda)
6 infantry battalions
2 guns
3 cavalry regiments

2. The game. Gra.

It was 1813. Somewhere in Bohemia, the brigade of allied troops hold the pass, somewhere in the mountains. However the last French problems in Russia and specially the humiliating campaign in Russia in 1812, forced the Austrian battalion (mainly Czechs) to change their colors. Now brigade consisted with 2 Berg’s and one Polish battalion had to face the whole Russian army, cut of from main froces by Czechs in the village. They can buy the time to the other French troops to arrive and hold Russians as long as possible. But who will inform main French forces about the incoming danger? It is only one brave who can do it. Gallant Colonel Gerard (we decided that in 1813 he should be already promoted to colonel).
Był rok 1813. Gdzieś w Bohemii, sojusznicza brygada zabezpieczała przełęcz, znajdującą się gdzieś w górach. Jednakze ostatnie problemy Francuzów a w szczególności ich upokażająca kampania w Rosji w 1812 roku, sprawiła że austriacki batalion (głównie Czesi) do zmiany stron. Teraz brygada składająca się z dwóch battalionów z Bergu i jednego polskiego została odcięta przez Czechów od głównych sił i sama musi stawić czoła całej rosyjskiej armii. Muszą zdobyć jak najwięcej czasu by umozliwić przybycie siłom francuskim i powstrzymać Rosjan jak najdłużej. Lecz kto poinformuje główne francuskie oddziały o nadchodzącym niebezpieczeństwie? Jest tylko jeden odwazny, który może tego dokonać. Szarmancki pułkownik Gerard (zdecydowaliśmy, że w 1813 roku powinien juz być awansowany na pułkownika).
The battle beginns. Allied brigade holded Russians, but there was to much of them and slowly they get surrounded.
Bitwa się rozpoczęła. Sojusznicza brygada powstrzymywała Rosjan, lecz było ich zbyt wielu i w końcu zostali otoczeni.
Finally only one battalion of Berg remain on the battlefield. They survived attack of the Russian infantry from the flank and heavy fire from all Russians muskets and guns. Finally Russian cavalry did the job and destroyed the brave battalion. That heroic fight stopped many Russian troops and only three of them crossed the pass. And there they get surprised!
W końcu ostał się jeden batalion z Bergu. Przetrwali atak z flanki rosyjskiej piechoty oraz ogień ze wszystkich rosyjskich muszkietów i dział. W końcu Rosyjska kawaleria dokończyła robotę i zniszczyła dzielny batalion. Ta heroiczna walka zatrzymała wiele rosyjskich oddziałów i jedynie trzem z nich udało się przekroczyć przełęcz. Tam czekała na nich niespodzianka!
Our Gallant Colonel Gerard did the job and informed the French commander about incoming Russians. So the Russians had to face the whole French army!
Nasz Szrmancki pułkownik Gerard wykonał swoje zadanie i poinformował francuskiego dowódcę o nadciagających Rosjanach. Teraz Rosjanie musieli stanąc naprzeciw całej armii francuskiej.
Thanks to the sacrifice of the Polish and Ber units, French has definite advantage over the Russian on this side of the pass. Soon most of the Russian units had been destroyed or forced to withdraw on the Russian part of the pass. The fight for the village just started.
Dzięki poświęceniu oddziałów z Bergu i Polaków, Francuzi mieli zdecydowaną przewagę nad Rosjanami po tej stronie przełęczy. Wkrótce większość rosyjskich oddziałow została albo zniszczona, albo zmuszona do powrotu na rosyjską stronę. Walka o wieś właśnie sie rozpoczęła.
Czechs supported by Russian gun hold three French assaults. Finally French broke into the village and get the pass. We did not have enough time to finish that game and we all decided that we will finish that game with a draw, because Russians had been pushed off the village but not destroyed, so they had possibilities to retake the village.
Czesi wsparci rosyjskim działem wytrzymali trzy francuskie ataki. W końcu Francuzom udało się włamać do wioski i przejąć przełęcz. Nie mielismy juz niestety więcej czasu na grę i dlatego zakończylismy ją remisem. Rosjanie zostali odepchnięci od wioski, jednak nie rozbici i w związku z tym mieli duże szanse na odbicie wioski.

3. Links. Linki.

My gallery on Flickr:
Moja galeria na Flickr:

15mm AB Chasseurs and Lithuanian Lancers of the Guard

Posted on February 17th, 2016 under , . Posted by

Hi GuysNext up we have some Chasseurs a Chavel and Lithuanian lancers of the Guard, for the 15mm Napoleonic unit display collection, all comments

Naismith & Roundway under new ownership

Posted on February 16th, 2016 under , , , , , . Posted by

It appears that one of the classic “true 15mm” manufacturers is now under new ownership, with Naismith / Roundway being bought from Navwar and now running independently – and with a proper web ordering facility too!Whilst I’ll no doubt miss the sporadi…

15mm Napoleonic mixed bag

Posted on February 12th, 2016 under , . Posted by

Hi guysA bit of a mixed bag here today, all 15mm, firstly the 28th Orange-Nassau Regt, some French foot artillery, the 2nd French Dragoons and some French command, Ney and others, all but the Dragoons are ABs, not sure who make the Dragoons, they are O…

15mm AB Red lancers and Gendarmes de Elite

Posted on February 7th, 2016 under , . Posted by

Hi guysThe 2nd instalment for the French collection, Red lancers and Gendarmes de Elite, the Gendarmes are conversions adding visors to the bearskins and an extra saddle

The Cavalry Maiden

Posted on February 5th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

In 1806, 23-years old Nadezhda Durova ran away from home and joined the cavalry in order to escape the “sphere prescribed by nature and custom to the female sex”. Durova was the daughter of a Russian hussar officer and was brought up among soldiers. She was a very able rider and had her own horse, … Continue reading The Cavalry Maiden

The Defence of Cuidad Espanola. Obrona Cuidad Espanola.

Posted on February 4th, 2016 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Last Thursday Bill invited us for his Black Powder game. It was the Defence of Cuidad Espanola from the Albion Triumphant supplement. That scenario is part of the campaign played by Bill and Campbell, however the second one cannot made that evening so I took his place.
W ostatni czwartek Bill zaprosił nas do jego gry z użyciem zasad Black Powder. Był to scenariusz Obrona Cuidad Espanola z dodatku Albion Triumphant. Ten scenariusz jeszt częścią kampanii rozgrywanej przez Billa i Campbella, a że ten drugi nie mógł w tamten wieczór być w klubie, ja zająłem jego miejsce.

SCENARIO/SCENARIUSZ: Defence of Cuidad Espanola from the Albion Triumphant supplement



1. Forces. Siły

All OdB can be found on Bill’s blog:
Cały OdB możecie zobaczyć na blogu Billa:

2. The game. Gra. 

That scenario is very hard to win for the attackers. French (Michael Schneider) and Poles (myself) lost few turns to cross the river. The special rule for crossing the river during this game is extreme hard. Despite the given order, it could be done only on 6 on D6. However finally we managed to do it. As the French has been stopped by British (Peter and Angus Konstam) troops just on the other river shore, Poles managed to moved further. They attacked Portuguese (Angus Konstam) positions and with some difficulties managed to destroy two of their battalions, but then they had been charged by British cavalry and had to withdraw. The game was still not resolved, so I decided to push my forces to the final and decisive assault. My units attacked the defenders, they survived the first turn, but failed the second and all our forces had to withdraw. This time the French and Polish troops lost the battle.

Ten scenariusz jest bardzo trudny do wygrania dla atakujących. Francuzi (Michael Schneider) i Polacy (ja) stracili kilka tur na przekroczenie rzeki. Zasada specjalna do forsowania rzeki podczas tej gry jest bardzo trudna do wykonania. Oprócz rozkazu trzeba jeszcze uzyskać 6 na K6. Jednak w końcu udało nam się tego dokonać. Jednak Francuzi zostali zatrzymani przez Brytyjczyków (Peter i Angus Konstam) na drugim brzegu rzeki, jednak Polakom udało się ruszyć dalej. Zaatakowali Portugalczyków (Angus Konstam) i z pewnymi problemami udało im sie zniszczyć dwa ich bataliony, ale wtedy zostali zaatakowani przez brytyjską konnicę i musieli się wycofać. Jako że, gra nie była jeszcze do końca rozstrzygnięta, zdecydowałem się przypuścić ostateczny atak na miasto. Moje oddziały zaatakowały obrońców, przetrwały pierwszą turę, jednak przy drugiej zostali pokonani i musieli się wycofać. Tym razem siły Francuskie i Polskie przegrały bitwę.

3. Links. Linki.

Angus’s relation:
Relacja Angusa:

My gallery on Flickr:
Moja galeria na Flickr:

15mm Grenadiers a cheval and Polish lancers of the guard

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Hi guysI have a customer who has commissioned me to paint the French part of his display collection using AB figures, he is collecting a few figures from each different unit, starting with the Cav, I will post these in 2 unit batches, first up, Grenadi…

The Battle of Brest 1798

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On Sunday Posties Rejects congregated in the shed-o-war to play a large sea battle based on the Battle of Brest 1798. Two Squadrons of French warships are sailing to join with a squadron of Spanish ships and their combined fire-power could prove disast…