Napoleonic


Napoleonic Naval batrep - The Battle of Asturias 1809

The Battle of Asturias 1809 (off the coast of Asturias)Only 2 Rejects made it for the latest game at Reject HQ, summer holidays and all!!!Postie called and said it was only me and Surj and we'd be playing a Napoleonic Naval game.So I was a little confused when I saw the table above!!Postie explained it was a 2 part game (Oooo how exciting!)I picked out the French and was given the following note.French CommanderYou must stop the British fleet at all costs, if you loses any ship you will withdraw from the action and the British fleet will carry on with its mission. Destroy or disable as many ships as you can.If you reach a certain target you have won.Le Hoche - 76 Gun Flagship Ship of the LineLe Superbe - 74 Gun Ship of the LineMars - 20 Gun CorvetteThe Britsh Fleet consisted of.......Defence 74 Gun Flagship  Ship of the LineAfrica 64 gun Ship of the LineEmpervier 16 Gun BrigAnd three other ship that looked like Merchant ships?Which infact they were....The Amity HallLilyRoseThe British were set up all in

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a trip to the peninsular

Tim Gow put on a excellent Matrix game  at Sheffield Wargames Society last night ,7 players taking the parts of famous or infamous characters from Napoleons excursion into Spain .Really good fun with us all having our own victory conditions whilst trying to capture ,keep and recapture Madrid ,an objective eventually won by the Spanish Iregulars ,with probably Wellington coming off worst .Myself I did ok as Murat my victory condition was staying a live with my reputation and hat collection intact ,which I did the small fact that I left Madrid in a hurry stopped me winning . Matrix games may not be for everyone but I advise everyone to try it once  , a bit like Marmite .The Emperor keeps track of the seasonswhile his stunt double inspires the troops My Victory conditionsThe fabled city of MadridNo that is not photoshopped its real and John was wearing it

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Coming soon Austrian Cavalry by the Perry Brothers

Here is what Michael saidPlastic Austrian Cavalry Update Alan has been finishing off the first two frames ( the normal cavalrymen and horses) for the Austrian ’German’ cavalry and thought a few more pictures might be in order. All the cavalrymen will have the 1798, post 1805 helmets as well as post 1805 helmets without the woolen crests (often seen on campaign). Although the earlier uniform (for the 1798 helmet) was looser, this isn’t that noticeable on mounted troops as it is on infantry, so Alan decided to add these heads on the frames. All cavalrymen with be able to be assembled riding at ease, to drawn swords, to a full out charge. The horses’ heads are separate to allow the differences between the ‘German’ and ‘Hungarian’ headstalls for the various types of cavalry included in the set. This has the added bonus of a ‘negative space’ ( an irritating but useful phase) between the reins and allows a more dynamic head angle. There’s still a little tweaking with these, but then it’s off to Renedra with them!

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The Pearl of the Antilles. - The Haiti Campaign - Day Ten - 10th August 1791

Day 10 and with a fresh player taking control of Henri Christophe in the south of the island things are starting to hot up.The forces of General Jean-Jacques Dessalines (Gold) continue their expansion through out the region with another village - St Louis du Sud falling under his control.The British hold firm at Pestel as the South West of the island starts to become somewhat crowded.The Republicans continue to hold rallies and petition the people to show free will, but take no aggressive actions whilst on the other side of the mountain Rigaud's forces can be seen marching West along the coast from Jacmal.Our new player Henri Christophe has sent out a flurry of orders, his men set about their new orders with great vigour with troops scurrying here and there.In the North of the island Gen Louverture continues his advance into the territory of Georges Biassou, his skirmish troops push him hard. Louverture pushes his skirmishers forward keeping the pressure on Biassou. Biassou throws a shielding force to halt th

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French Napoleonic Cuirassiers

Another unit off the table this week, shelf queens again being completed, the third squadron of the 9th Cuirassiers for my 1805-09 French Napoleonic army. I really enjoy painting Elite miniatures, maybe because they are quite charismatic and have ver you good poses. The new Elite horses will fit out the next regiment of French dragoons. They will line up behind my Russians, and Baden cavalry I think.CheersMatt

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Wonder what Old Glory casting facility looked like?

Here are the picture the Russ Dunaway posted on face book.  Know I know where all my money went...lol..Here are three photos for you to look at where tons of Napoleonic toys in four scales are born. 1. One is the outside of the Old Glory factory where for the last 30 years we have sent out literally millions of little army men to all the good little wargaming boys and girls.2. A shot of just one of the casting rooms after the crew left for the day with stacks of sprues full of cool little army men.3. Faithful shipper Connie, being given a hand ( or in this case a paw) from midnight the shop cat and mouser-- that Teresa Gregory ( the resident Old Glory tech wizard) rescued about 9 years ago -- preparing just a part of of "Big Andy's" of Old Glory UK shipment of cool shiny toys for all the good people across the not so small pond.Hope you enjoy !!!Russ Dunaway

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Encounter in the Hinterland - 9th August 1791

Try as he might Georges Biassou could not shake off Louverture and his forces, they were better organised, armed and trained after yesterdays initial Biassou's slave forces had been forced back. But before they could reorganise the lead elements of Louverture were amongst his pickets.George Biassou called his men out it was an all out attack...He would be defending the left hand side of the table while the General would come on from the right.So the scene is set. Biassou knew where the loyalists would be advancing from so rallied his men seeking the best ground he could in the limited time available to him.He had high ground to his right and a small orchard to his left. The battlefield was littered with slave shacks and small plots of merger crops. Biassou ordered his men forward.Biassou ordered his men up to the wooded ridge but the going was tough and despite his urging his men struggled to make progress up the steep incline.On the far right his skirmish troops grabbed cover in a small plot of crops and awa

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Yet more Haitian Line....

The start of another Haitian line Regiment. As the campaign moves on it gives me the push to get more of the backlog of unpainted metal on to the table top.Finding a formal reference for uniforms within Haiti is difficult but that does give you some latitude with the choice of uniform.To separate these from the existing regiments these will have green Pom Poms and canvas top hats rather than black.8 down, 16 to go.These go straight into battle this week under General Toussaint Louverture and his push to subdue the slaves under Georges Biassou.

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The Pearl of the Antilles. - The Haiti Campaign - Day Nine - 9th August 1791

The orders are in and after a lull to reinforce. The fight for control of the Pearl of the Antilles is underway once more.Across the island the various protagonists make their moves.The British under Thomas Maitland continue their onward march along the peninsula knowing that the day will soon come that they will have to engage the defenders of the island. Meanwhile the Republicans and Free Mulattos under Andre Rigaud continue to view each other with suspicion waiting for each other to make a mistake or show their hand.To the North the French Planters ready themselves for future engagements. After the attack by rebellious slaves at Bahon, they scout the surrounding area for the enemy to establish their number and directions of potential attack. Dutty Boukman and his forces bloodied but unbowed spread around the surrounding high ground and cut the routes back to the regional capital. If the Planters are to receive future reinforcements they are going to have to force their way through the slave lines

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Book Review: Wargames Terrain & Buildings - The Napoleonic Wars by Tony Harwood

Tony Harwood has quite a reputation for building attractive wargames scenery so I was very keen to get hold of Pen & Sword Books The Napoleonic Wars, which appears to be the first in a series of books on constructing scenery and buildings for the wargames table.As expected, after a quick flick through the book, Tony has managed to produce a series of interesting buildings that could grace any wargames table. Although it is squarely aimed at the Napoleonic period, I feel that there is plenty here to interest gamers of other periods too as many of the buildings would suit earlier or later periods.A brief skim through will give you a right old treat for the eyes, and even that is enough to inspire terrain ideas.After giving it a thorough read through, I do have a few issues with the book. Firstly, I would like to point out that I am a professional model maker and have been for over 30 years (I have been running an architectural model making workshop at a school of architecture for the past 15 or so years). I

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