Posts Tagged ‘Napoleonic’

French Napoleonic Voltigeurs

Posted on August 28th, 2016 under . Posted by

Looks like the Kislevites have been shelved yet again A few weeks ago I went to the local club and got talking to an old mate and the subject of Napoleonic’s came up, then as if by fate I was in Newark on Friday so I had to call in at Foundry and …

Every base tells a story

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

One of the great things about going to wargames shows is looking at some of the games and getting inspiration from some beautiful painting and modelling. Ever since my usual wargaming opponent, Dave Luff, first saw Steve Jones’ 6mm Napoleonic armies on 60mm x 60mm bases, he has been a convert to this way of representing units. Steve has done a fantastic job with these troops – they aren’t just based, they tell a story. Simply by adding a few more details, and arranging figures slightly differently, he comes up with an end result which looks stunning. Lets take a closer look at some of these… Even terrain gets the same treatment… The result : a truly beautiful looking battlefield. You can find out more about Steve’s collection on his blog: Steve’s Paintingshed – it’s well worth a visit.Filed under: Historical Gaming, Painting & Modelling Tagged: 6mm Gaming, Napoleonic

A wargame in England while on vacation

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

A few days ago I returned from a lovely vacation in England with my family visiting amusement parks, cities, children attractions, museums, battlefields and other historic sites which I’ll post about later and of course having an absolute wonderful war…

The Battle of Vyazma 1812 – A Napoleonic batrep

Posted on August 14th, 2016 under , , , , . Posted by

This weekend Postie put on a mega Napoleonic game for the Rejects and a new Honoury Reject!!The game day has been set for a few months after I was contacted by our mystery guest, saying he’s on holiday in the UK, any chance of a game?How could we say n…

Over the Hills – Napoleonic Rules

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

Some good friends have finished a new set of rules for gaming in the Napoleonic period, always a favorite period of mine and like many people I am always searching for rules that play easily but have character. I have been given an overview of the game written by the designers and they have kindly allowed me to have some images from the book for exclusive use in this post.

So Over the Hills ….

 Like all good rules should start there is an overview of the period for those not familiar with it.

This is followed with an introduction to the rules and game mechanics:

The rules are split into three sections The Basic Game, Optional Rules and Appendices.
The basic game is very easy to pick up and sizable games can be played to a conclusion in a few hours.

Good clear explanations are given for the various formations used and how to play the game.

There are loads of optional rules for players to try and in this way a player can add as many of the optional rules as they like to flavour their games the way they want. The optional rules section contains rules that expand on the principles of the basic game, with new formations, new firing and combat factors as well as sections on orders, morale and the weather to name but a few.

The third and final section is the appendices, where you will find a comprehensive list for battalions, regiments and batteries for numerous countries that took part in the Napoleonic wars, as well as detail on brigade and divisional structures and notes on the scale of our games.

The psychological impact of the battle field will influence everything that a unit does during the game. Units are assigned a single Fatigue Factor and as this degrades so does your unit’s ability to carry out any task.

In a break away from games where you throw bucket loads of dice we have decided to keep dice rolling to a minimum. Over the Hills uses D10’s and in the basic game they are only used in ranged and close combat.

For those of you who are not blessed by the ‘dice gods’, low rolls are good.
National characteristics and army specific command and control ensure each army plays differently.

The rulebook has diagrams and photographs throughout that assist with explanations with additional photographs that highlight what a stunning period the Napoleonic era is to game.

Finally, there are several colour plates of warriors of the Napoleonic age created by Bob Marrion and an easy to read and clearly laid out quick reference sheet.

Basing and Scale of the Game :Over the Hills can be played in most figure scales and the rules are so flexible that players do not have to rebase their armies and armies based to different rules systems can be played against each other.

Units in the Game: Another of our foundation stones for Over the Hills is the way we represent the capabilities of infantry battalions, cavalry regiments, and artillery batteries. We wanted to keep this as simple as possible and decided that a unit be they infantry cavalry or artillery would have only two statistics, a Fatigue Score and a Skirmish Value. The Fatigue score of a unit is a numerical representation of the unit’s combat capabilities based on its Grade and its Élan. A units training, combat experience and psychological state are all rolled up into the units Fatigue Score. The higher the Fatigue Score number, the better the troop type will perform.

National characteristics and a unit’s number of officers and men can also affect a typical unit’s Fatigue Score. This Fatigue Score can be modified during the game, when units suffer Fatigue Hits taken during the movement, shooting and combat phases. To counteract that, commanders have the ability to rally units, a commander who successfully rallies a unit removes a number of Fatigue Hits. Thus good or lucky commanders can keep units in the game, even when all appears lost take (Hougomont, La Haye Sainte, Raevsky Redoubt)

A Fatigue hit marker can be something as simple as a dice or counter whilst some players have created mini dioramas for their markers. It does not matter as long as whatever you choose has the ability to record the number of hits that a unit has taken.

In the basic game Each Infantry unit has a skirmish value based on the number of skirmishers deployed forward of the main unit and the tactical doctrine of a particular army. The value is represented by a letter from A to D with A class being the best and D the worst. In the optional section of the rules this mechanic is extended to cavalry units.

In the basic game we take a simple approach to command and control. Commanders have a command range; subordinate commanders have to remain within the command range of their direct senior officer, whilst units have to stay within the command range of their commander. Commanders and units that fall outside command range have their move restricted.

The optional rules open this up and introduces orders, were units are restricted in terms of their movement, formation and tactical options depending on what orders their brigade has been given. Orders can be changed during the game.

Commanders have two other factors that define them, their Control Factor and their Inspiration Factor
The commander’s Control Factor is a measure of his and his staff’s skill and flare for command.
A commander’s Control Factor is represented by a number from 1 to 5, with 1 being the poorest and 5 the best. This number is used in the Rally phase of the turn as it identifies the number of units in his command that the commander can influence per turn.
A Commander’s Control Factor is also used in our Optional rules for Orders and Combat bonuses
A commander’s Inspiration Factor is a measure of just how good they are at rousing their commands and the factor ranges from -1 through to +2.
A commander uses their Inspiration Factor when they are rolling to rally troops under their command.
When it comes to movement each unit can move a number of move segments. The formation a unit is in effects the number of move segments available to a unit e.g. an infantry battalion in Line formation has two segments of movement available to it, each segment being of six inches. This means a battalion in line can move up to 12 inches in a turn, but if it takes the second move segment i.e. moves over six inches it will take a Fatigue Hit, as the commanders of the unit have pushed it on and it has fallen into some disorder.

Contrast with this an infantry battalion in assault column, this unit can make three move segments of six inches. In this way there are clear advantages to manoeuvring in column.

Negotiating terrain is also left up to the player; a player can push their units on through terrain taking Fatigue Hits as they go or they can be more cautious and move through terrain at a reduced speed to prevent their units from taking Fatigue Hits.

Changing formation is completed by sacrificing move segments and in the optional rules we introduce armies that follow a French manoeuvre system and those that follow a linear system which effects the number of move segments that have to be sacrificed.

In Over the Hills your enemy cannot move their units across the battlefield and then shoot your units, who have to stand there and take it without reply. In Over the Hills one side moves and then the other fires. This breaks up the I go / you go mechanic a little and makes you think about your movement more.

In simple terms the turn sequence is as follows:
Side A checks command and moves
Side B Fires
Side A and B Fight Combats
The turn sequence is then repeated with Side B moving and side A firing.
A unit’s Fatigue Score is used in the shooting phase, the higher the Fatigue Score the better chance of a unit scoring hits on enemy units. As a result, better quality units and those that have not suffered much from the turmoil of battle should do well.

The Fatigue Score is effected by such factors as a weapon’s range, skirmish class, firer/target formation and cover, this list is expanded upon in the optional rules.

A D10 is rolled against the modified Fatigue Score low rolls are good. depending on what you roll will give you between 0 and 3 hits. Any hits scored are recorded on the target unit as Fatigue Hits.
In Over the Hills no figures are removed, once a unit is reduced to zero fatigue it is removed from the. Rules for units starting to waver and rout are introduced in the optional section of the rulebook.

The close combat phase of a turn represents really close range musket duals and the odd cross of bayonet for infantry and the actual clash of arms for any other combat type. Units fight using their Fatigue Score, to this are added various combat tactical factors which include the type of unit fighting, and its formation, to name a few. Once again this list is expanded upon in the optional rules.
As with the shooting phase a D10 is rolled against the modified Fatigue Score. Combats are decided by the number of Fatigue Hits scored and can range from draws to significant victories for one side or the other.
Individual combats can be fought for up to three rounds in each turn. This can lead to very bloody affairs or on occasions combats that ebb and flow one way and then the other.
Over the Hills offers players many optional ways on how they can win the game. I will focus on my favourite:
Players add up their total army fatigue score e.g. a British Division in 1815 has nine battalions of infantry each with a Fatigue Score of 8 and two artillery batteries with a Fatigue Score of seven. The total Fatigue Score for the division is 86.
Players keep a running record of every Fatigue Hit that their army takes and Fatigue Hits that are rallied from units are not removed from the running total. Once an army has taken more than 50% of its total Fatigue Score it is classed as broken and has lost the game.

Continuing the example given, the British Division would break when it had taken 44 Fatigue Hits.
I have seen players take great delight in seeing their opponents record ‘the butchers bill’

The Optional Rules and Appendices
These two sections are full of new rules and information to allow the player to shape their game the way they want, how you play a game of Over the Hills is really in your hands. I have mentioned a few sections from the optional rules, here are a few more:
Rules for good and poor shots, militia and specialist light infantry. Rules for combining battalions during a game, and several ways to represent skirmishers. An extensive list of terrain types with rules for each, a section on Napoleonic manoeuvring as well as enhanced combat responses. Fighting in built up areas has rules for engineers and pioneers as well as buildings catching fire added to it. The artillery section includes half batteries, regimental guns, grand batteries and rockets.

Well that just about wraps up this post, I would like to thanks Messers McWalter and Dalton for allowing me to showcase their hard work. I would urge you now that if Napoleonic wargames are your bag then go out and buy a copy. The rules are available from Caliver books, just click HERE and it will take you direct to the book and you can make a splendid addition to your library.


Introducing the Colonel

Posted on August 6th, 2016 under , , , , , . Posted by

At the end of July, my family and I spent a wonderful two weeks in Malta, where my ever enduring wife’s family is from.  Prior to my trip over, I had looked into war gaming groups and resources on the islands but apart from one club, there appeare…

More Napoleonic Cavalry

Posted on August 6th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

Even more Baccus 6mm Napoleonic Hussars. I like the Hussars on one level because they are nice and colourful. On fairly mundane (but not drab) battle fields, the Hussars have a bright and snazy uniforms. Anyway, this is the mornings work so far. Still …

Large Scale Battles…On A Smaller Scale

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

I am feeling the urge a lot at the moment. No not that urge. I have an itch that only painting seems to scratch and I am feeling that I want to have a bit of variety.Baccus do really great figures, or so I am told. They are way to tiny for me to to tel…

15mm Wurttemberg Cavalry and light infantry.

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

Hi guysAnother Wurttemberg commission finished, I got to paint a unit I have never painted before the Konig Chasseur Regt, green with pink facings, which was fun, other units are Herzog Louis Chesseurs, 1st and 2nd Chevau-Legers, and the light infantry…

15mm Napoleonic Swedes vs Russians

Posted on August 2nd, 2016 under , , . Posted by

Mel put on 15mm Napoleonic game using the General De Brigade rules for July’s Conwy Wargames Club meeting.The setting was Russia’s invasion of Finland in 1808. Finland back then was part of the Kingdom of Sweden and the game saw the Swedish army attemp…

Engle Matrix Games

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I’ve recently been introduced to Engle Matrix Games (well perhaps re-introduced as I had read about them briefly in an issue of the SOTCW Journal sometime ago) by Steve Thomas. This came about in a discussion around how to play a

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Olinowanie dla okrętów Michaela. Rigging Michael’s ships.

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

Dzisiaj coś, co powinienem skończyć już wieki temu… Cała praca zajęła mi dwa wieczory, jednak by się za to zabrać, to już zupełnie inna historia. Okrety to modele Langton Miniatures pomalowane przez Michaela Schneidera, olinowanie to moja robota. Okręty wrócą do właściciela już jutro, przy okazji wieczoru w naszym klubie.
Today something I should finish long time ago… Whole work took me only two evenings, but to start that, it was completely different story. All ships are from Langton Miniatures, painted by Michael Schneider and rigging by myself. Ships will be returned to the owner tomorrow, during the gaming evening in our club.

Austrian Napoleonic Infantry Facing colours post 1809

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

One of my great passions within the hobby is painting Napoleonic figures, and like all painters my style has changed over the years and so too has the colour palettes I use, as my knowledge has improved through research. Napoleonics for many are a thor…

My 15mm Napoleonic War pictures on Lancashire Games

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

I am proud to announce that Alan at Lancashire games contacted me to ask if he could use my photo’s of Mel’s 15mm Napoleonic collection which I was happy to agree to.Mel’s Bavarians, Russians and Swedes are on show at: Lancashire Games

Showcase – Jim Ibbotson’s Napoleonic game, 1st July 2016

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

I’m sure you will agree that the hobby is full of talented individuals, whether they are authors, sculptors, painters, model makers…the list goes on. I’m lucky enough to know many such people, and I am constantly amazed by the quality of the work I see. However, every so often you see something that is, quite simply, stunning. One such moment happened last Friday. Ade Deacon and Alan Sheward (who are both known for putting on fantastic looking games themselves) went to play a game of Sharp Practice 2 (the new Black Powder rules from Too Fat Lardies) at the home of Jim Ibbotson. The encounter was a British vs French game from the Peninsular War, using Jim’s beautifully painted 28mm armies. Jim (Twitter name @LtHarryStocracy) tweeted pictures of the game during the day. Not only were Jim’s wonderful miniatures and terrain on show, but he showed that he was no slouch with the camera either as he took some fantastic photos. I exchanged messages with Jim, and was surprised to find that he currently doesn’t have a blog, so unless you follow Jim on Twitter, you may not have seen these. Jim has very kindly given me his permission to share his pictures on […]

A bit of Blücher

Posted on June 29th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

We were having a go at Napoleonics with Jim. 200 points of Spanish vs French in an early Peninsular game. The Spanish hordes managed to hold their lines and beat back the higher quality French. Very nice game, the system is one of our favourites.

15mm Wurttembergers

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

Hi guysA largish sized Wurttemberg army finished on commission, I’ve painted a few Wurttemberg armies now, have to do one for myself one day, sorry for the crappy pics (all my customers say my figures are better in person than as pictures) I’m a lousy …

Front Rank Pre 1812 42nd French Line battalion completed

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

While I have been busy with an urgent job for Brigantes Studio this had a positive effect on getting the French Line completed as I needed the desk space. Yes I could have shoved them to one side but not being far away from completion a final push…

Distractions or the butterfly effect in motion.

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

It is all to easy for me to be distracted when it comes to working on my own projects or figures. It has not helped that I have been trying to erect a new Great Hall in the garden, a project that has currently stalled somewhat due to the inherent Briti…

15mm Napoleonic Spanish

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

Hi guys

We have 3 Spanish infantry regts, and some foot artillery finished om commission, haven’t painted Spanish before and enjoyed it, very colourful, all figs are AB, the 3 infantry regts are
I° Reggimento Veneto Real
39th Regiment (Napoles)
Walloon Guard
All comments welcome.
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Paris (3) – Musée de l’Armée (2)

Posted on June 9th, 2016 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Today my last part of the relation from my visit in Paris. This time the second part from the Army Museum, the most awaited part: the Napoleonic and the World Wars. That’s are the most impresive collections of the museum and I have spent the most of my time there. Unfortunately, the lights in the museum together with glass displays are not conducive to the performance of the best photos, but I tried my best. This is the result:
Dzisiaj ostatnia część mojej relacji z wizyty w Paryżu. Tym razem druga część zdjęć z Muzeum Armii, z najbardziej wyczekiwanymi kolekcjami: napoleońską i wojen światowych. To najbardziej imponująca część kolekcji i spędziełem tam najwięcej mojego czasu. Niestety, złe światło w połączeniu ze szklanymi gablotami nie sprzyjają wykonywaniu najlepszych zdjęć, jednak starałem się jak najmocniej i oto efekt tych starań:

NAPOLEON IN SAINT HELENA (temporary exhibition)

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Special gallery about Napoleonic toy soldiers!:
Specjalna galeria dedykowana figurkom żołnierzy z czasów napoleńskich:

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There are two other exhibitions in the museum. One is about General Charles de Gaulle, his life and his influence on France. That is mostly interactive, so not many pictures, but I managed to get two. One is when de Gaulle was in Poland during Polish-Bolshevik War in 1920 and the second shortly after German took Paris in 1940, visiting the Arc de Triumph. The last exhibition is called The Museum of the Order of Liberation, but was closed for renovation, so I have the reason to visit this museum again.
W muzeum są jeszcze dwie ekspozycje. Pierwsza z nich opowiada o życiu generała Charlesa de Gaulle i jego wpływie na Francję. większość tej ekspozycji jest interaktywna, więc niezbyt wiele mozna tam zrobić zdjęć, ja zrobiłem dwa. Pierwsze pochodzi z czasów wojny polsko-bolszewickiej z 1920 roku, gdy de Gaulle był w Polsce oraz drugie, wykonane krótko po zajęciu Paryża przez Niemców w 1940 roku, odwiedzających Łuk Triumfalny. Ostatnia wystawa nosi nazwę Muzeum Orderu Wolności i była zamknięta z powodu remontu, mam więc powód by odwiedzić to muzeum ponownie.

My last place I have visited in Paris was the Père Lachaise cementary. The main reason was to visit the tomb of Frideric Chopin, however during my way to his tomb I came across that monument for all Poles, who died for France. Beautiful and very emotional. 
Moim ostatnim miejscem, które odwiedziłem we Francji był cmentarz Père Lachaise. Głównym powodem odwiedzin był chęć zobaczenia grobu Fryderyka Chopina, jednak w drodze doń, natknąłem się na  pomnik poświęcony wszystkim Polakom, którzy kiedykolwiek polegli za Francję. Bardzo wzruszający gest.
Paris, à bientôt!

On the Painting Table – w/c 6th June 2016

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

Only one thing on the painting table this week. That will be a 6mm Napoleonic Army for Sharp Practice. 5 Units of regulars 3 units of Voltigeurs 1 Unit of Curassier 2 Units of Dragoons 1 Unit of Chasseurs 1 Unit of Hussars 1 Artillery Piece Several officers That should give me plenty of support options to play with. I wonder how long this will take to paint?Filed under: Painting & Modelling

OML 4 – The Wyvern’s get their Lardy fix….

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

So the curtain comes down on another Market Larden event and this one was perhaps the best yet. As ever the atmosphere was great and so different to many events in the gaming calander, a room full of people looking to playout a well balanced scenario o…

End of May Update

Posted on May 31st, 2016 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Now then,May has been a productive month for me, I have managed to get alot of painting done, and also managed to get 3! games in as well.So what did I get painted?15mm ECWPrince Ruperts regiment of HorseThomas Astons DragoonsJohn Innes Dragoons15mm Sc…