Napoleonic


Napoleonic Haitian Cavalry.

Finally..... After what seems an age the Haitian Cavalry are finished. In my reading of the battles in Haiti there are scattered reports of Haitian cavalry, Osprey's book on Napoleon's overseas forces depicts Colonial Dragoons but I wanted some line cavalry to bolster the forces of the native Haitian forces.As usual great service from Steve at Arcane Scenery who in addition to the packs of French Cavalry from the Trent Revolutionary Range a bunch of extra heads from the Haitian range, this gave me plenty of variety in the unit. I quite fancy a Maroon unit eventually but am struggling with mounted civilian types perhaps ACV Bushwacker's might do?These will be a useful addition to a number of the factions, as they can be used for the French forces, the Haitians or the freed slaves perfect timing as the campaign starts to pick up again.Next up something a little different and definitely not on a horse.....

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This napoleonic trooper must of passed his saving throw.

This is post by Erik Salvador.  HMM I wonder if he rolling double sixes?A small, but interresting exhibition of Napoleonic uniforms there.I call this one «saved by the bell-top shako»!!🤭An Austrian Officers Shako from the battle of Leipzig 1813. The owner apprently survived. I am sure that would leave most of us a bit shaken afterwards...

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Zadorra River 1814.

Last Thursday we had a big Black Powder v.2 game. After the big Waterloo game (I still owe you the second part of the report from that game, it will be done soon), Peter asked me to have another game with this set. However, he asked me to do it as the rules are written, so with a normal sequence of play, not diverted as we usually play. I prefer the other way, but if there is demand for that kind of game, why not? Unfortunately, after some people left the club our Napoleonic collections don't match. Peter has them for 1815 campaign, Campbell and I for 1812-13 campaigns. So I had to come with some alternative history solution, and I did.W ostatni czwartek mieliśmy dużą grę z użyciem zasad Black Powder v.2. Po dużej grze Waterloo (cały czas winny jestem Wam część drugą relacji, która zostanie opublikowana już wkrótce), Peter chciał kolejna grę z użyciem tego systemu. Jednakże, chciał byśmy rozegrali tą grę tak została ona napisana, czyli nie z odwróconą sekwencją, ale z normalną. Ja wolę tą odwróconą, ale jest

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Drawing in the outposts - Pearl of the Antilles Campaign.

The summer months are always a testing time with campaigns as the lag between games can kill off peoples interests or the gap between games is extended the Pearl of Antilles campaign in Haiti is no different. There is also the risk that as the action hots up that the number of games makes the gap between moves to long to combat this the plan was to dice for some of the smaller games.Within the Dawn and Departure campaign rules I adopted the simple dice mechanism with a couple of tweaks.When attacked, an Outpost may elect to stand and fight, or may choose to retire.If an Outpost elects to simply withdraw, it rolls 1D6.  On a roll of 1 or 2, the troops from the Outpost will simply disperse and play no more part in the campaign. On a roll of 3 to 

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Cotswold Wargaming Day - 1st September

Next Sunday see's the Pearl of the Antilles taking a road trip down to Northleach, for the Cotswold gaming day. August is always a challenge on the gaming front with high days and holidays so this serves as a great kickstarter to the autumn and hopefully more hobby time than what I have been able to achieve over the summer.I missed the event last year but Keith has done a great job pulling together a number of interesting games and with 30+ gamers booked in already it's sure to be a fun packed day.The games cover a range of periods and rules sets so plenty for everyone.19th century action in MexicoWW2 Battlegroup PanzergrenadierSYWAir Wargame, ‘Bombing Berlin'Crimean War, Bloody Big Battles‘Liberdy’, a Wild West game'Sawmill Village' Players get the opportunity to experience the different games on offer with players encouraged to invite people into play, which is a great way of being tempted into a new period or experience a new rule set.A 'wargames exchange' to sell, swap or give away to other gamers is avai

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The Battle of Asturias 1809 Part 2 - A Napoleonic batrep

Part 2 of the Battle of Asturias 1809, or as I found out at the end The Battle of Asturias Monastery. I wish I knew that at the start!!So at the end of the sea battle you may remember the British got their transport ships off table, the Brits had 2 rowing boats set to land on the shore.The Monastery, right down the end of the table.Surj had some Spanish troops to place on the table, you can see them in the distance.The 3rd Battalion Valancia LineSonia MilitiaSpanish GuerrillasMaria Luisa Hussars5th Villa Viciosa Dragoons The French had 2 line regts1st Bat 36th Line2nd \bat 36th Line1st Bat 4th Legere10th Chasseur a Cheval15th DragoonsAt the start of the first move Surj had to throw for his row boats, he threw a 1 which was great forme, as this meant his boats were 1 move from the shore, if he'd thrown a 6, his goods would be already unloaded and reloaded onto their transport vehicles.So this gave me a little time, and a little idea that would backfire on me almost straight away.In my deployment I pl

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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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