Napoleonic


Another historical weekend away

I've been away on yet another short weekend trip, this time down to 'Hells Corner' in sunny Kent. We had to dodge a few showers but on the whole, the weather was pretty good and we had a great weekend. We have been taking full advantage of our English Heritage membership, re-visiting sites we haven't been to in several years. The weekend started with a relatively short trip over to Rochester and from there we travelled on to Dover Castle and the coastline of the Cinque Ports. The 12th Century keep of Rochester CastleThe internal floors are missing, but the walkways through the walls are still accessible.The view from the top is stunning, especially when the sun is shining. This is the view across Rochester towards Chatham and the building in the foreground is Rochester Cathedral. Another view of the Castle, this time from outside the curtain wall. Then on Monday, we drove down to Dover for a WWII weekend inside arguably Britains most important castle. Dover castle had a special WWII themed

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The Pearl of the Antilles. - The Haiti Campaign - The Battle of Bassin-Bleu - 8th August 1791

Bolstered by reinforcements General Toussaint Louverture launched his offensive on the riotous slaves of Georges Biassou. Tensions had been building since the the war broke out, Baissou had moved to forces to defend the border at the Los Trois river, however Louverture had found a crossing point undefended and had caught the slave forces in the flank.Louverture significantly outnumbered the defenders and had spent wisely with both a secondary and moveable deployment point, the table was a scattering of slave huts and the occasional plantation field.Biassou's force was limited with 3 sections of militia a handful of skirmishers. They had been bolstered by a mass of unarmed slaves keen to defend their newly found freedom.The insurgent forces positioned their deployment point behind the orchard and were quick to throw their skirmish troops into the wooded area just as the first unit of Haitian loyalists appeared on the road to their left letting off an opening volley. The insurgents ducked for cover but their in

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The Pearl of the Antilles. - The Haiti Campaign - End of Day Eight - 8th August 1791

After a week of campaigning the various factions spend their Sunday reorganising and regrouping, from an umpires perspective it's interesting to see the various recruitment strategies taking place, mass troops, retraining or saving for bigger and better in future weeks.A number of players are realising that the typical losses are not bloody as first thought and losses can quickly return to the fray, it also means you need to keep the pressure on opponents especially given the chance to over run their camps and catch valuable supplies and perhaps kill or capture the wounded.Welcome to Week 2 in Haiti.The British under Thomas Maitland continue their relentless advance they have bolstered their number and pass through the occasional gathering of huts without stopping to garrison such insignificant locations in their single focus on joining the fight. On the evening of the 8th they arrive at Pestel.The stand off continues further east with the Republicans and Mulattos continuing their standoff

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Saxe-Ducal Hussars 1809-12

Another rebase and touch up unit. First painted around 1995 for a Napoleonic campaign, I required some Gendarmes to patrol the interior lines, so looking through the Confederation troops I found the Saxon Ducal Hussars. Happy with how these figures have tarted up, I added a fanion from a later formation of Saxe Weimar formation. Next unit upgrade more Cuirassiers !The saxe-ducal hussars were a police/gendarme formation numbering between 30- 60 men total. Below is information from several sources, all these are from the Napoleon series.GOETZ (F.) -- Uebersicht der sämmtlichen Abbildungen des Grossherzoglich. Sächsischen Militärs in dem Zeitraum von 1775 bis 1825. (Overview of all Illustrations of the Grand Duchy. Saxon Military in the Period from 1775 until 1825.) -- Weimar, s. d. -- Album, in-folio enlarged, containing 17 pages of text and 20 plates (F. Goetz del.), dedicated to His Highness the Grand-Duke of Saxe-Weimer-Eisenach.. N° 4. Husaren, von 1775 bis 1806. (Hussar, from 1775 to 1806.) N° 9. Husaren,

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Yet more French - Regiment Pondichery.1790 - 93

Well they survived the curse of newly painted units.I wanted to give some distinction between the Royalist and Republican units so opted for the White uniforms which was prescribed for colonial infantry.The first group were rushed through to provide support for the French at Mahon, the second group took a little longer.These are again from Trent Miniatures Caribbean range.They are from the Royal-Etranger Regt pack which were French in the service of the British in the Caribbean Wars but give me some additional variation to the French forces.

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The Pearl of the Antilles. - The Arms race continues - Reinforcements end of week one.

As the campaign closes after the first 7 days in the field each player gains a number of additional support points to add to their core forces.These are based upon the number of towns and villages held with each garrisoned location generating 1D4 support points.The results after week one are as follows.British – Thomas Maitland – RED - 10 Points.French Royalist/Planters – Viscount de Blanchelande – WHITE - 17 Points.French Republican – Léger-Félicité Sonthonax – BLUE - 16 Points.Spanish – Joaquín Moreno - YELLOW - 10 Points.Mulatto – André Rigaud – BLACK - 14 Points.Ex-Slaves - Dutty Boukman – ORANGE - 14 Points.Ex-Slaves – Georges Biassou – PURPLE - 13 PointsEx - Slaves - Princess  Amethyste - PINK - 13 Points.Haitian Loyalists - Toussaint Louverture – GREEN - 20 PointsHaitian Loyalists - Jean-Jacques Dessalines – GOLD - 17 Points.Haitian Loyalist - Christopher Henry - BROWN - 16 Points.The support points can be applied to the location of the field commander or the various region capitals.Alternatively

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Napoleonic batrep - The Battle of Budweis 1809

Four Rejects got together for a Napoleonic bash last Sunday. Postie reffed the gamewhile Lee, Surj and myself picked out side out of the hat.I picked out Marchal Bernadotte  (Overall commander) commanding the Saxon armySurj picked out General Count Wrede commanding the Bavarian armyand Lee picked out Archduke Charles commanding the Austrian forcesLee's report can be found here.Order of BattleSaxonn /Bavarian Army - IX Corps C/O Marshal Bernadotte (Ray)1st (Saxonn) Division  c/o GL von ZezSchwitz   1st Brigade c/o Gm Von Hartitzsch    Liebgrenadier Garde (1) (Guard)    Combined Grenadiers Radeloff (1) (Elite)     Combined Grenadiers von Bose (1) (Elite)     Combined Grenadiers Winkelmann (1) (Elite)     Combined Grenadiers Hacke (1) (Elite)    1st Schurzen Light Infantry (1) (Line)    Medium Gun Battery  2nd Brigade c/o Gm von Zeschow    Konig (1) (Line

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Battle of Budweis - Moravia 1809

Over the weekend Stuart ran a Napoleonic game for the Rejects, of which Myself, Ray and Surjit were able to take part. As usual, we picked sides randomly out of a figurative hat and I was the odd one out ('odd' being the operative word). I would be playing the Austrians facing off against a combined Saxxon/Bavarian force.SetupThe game Postie set up was a meeting engagement as lead elements of both sides encounter each other between a pair of vital river crossings in Moravia. The Saxonn/Bavarian forces outnumber the Austrians but the latter army has some better quality troops and generally better cavalry (and more of it). My Austrians are arrayed along a small ridgeline, approximately diagonal across the table.  Order of BattleSaxonn /Bavarian Army - IX Corps C/O Marshal Bernadotte1st (Saxonn) Division  c/o GL von ZezSchwitz (Ray)  1st Brigade c/o Gm Von Hartitzsch    Liebgrenadier Garde (1) (Guard)    Combined Grenadiers Radeloff (1) (Elite)     Combined

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The Pearl of the Antillies. - The Haiti Campaign - End of Day Six - 6th August 1791

The sun sets on day 6 as factions go into a day of recruiting but not before in the North of Haiti the Slave army of Dutty Boukman attacks the French forces holding the Fort at Bahon....  In later years there was an extensive building programme to defend against future French invasions, but bad news for the Viscount de Blanchelande the fort on our battle won't be this impressive. The French Royalist forces whilst out numbered perhaps as much as 2:1 do have the advantage of defending and have the newly acquired cannon to add to their forces.But the Slave forces are lead by the infamous Dutty Boukman.Boukman born in Jamaica he was sold to a plantation in Saint-Domingue after he was caught teaching enslaved Africans to read. The moniker “Bookman/Boukman” was an indication of how slave owners viewed enslaved Blacks at the time who knew how to read.One of the early leaders of the revolution he said to have declared at one of the meetings at Bois-Caimon, "God who has created the shining sun above

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The Pearl of the Antillies. - The Haiti Campaign - The Battle for Ferrier 5th August 1791

After almost a week of movement the first encounter has taken place, with the Spanish under the command of Brigadier Joaquín Moreno crossing the border to attack the small town of Ferrier which is under insurgent control led by Princess Amethyst and her Company of Amazons - (Yep she is real....)Typical you spend weeks painting French and the Spanish attack first.....The Spanish are the attacker we rolled for the battlefield using Too Fat Lardies - Dawns and Depatures campaign suppliment and generated the scenario to give us a flanking attack.The Spanish (French.) came on on mass with a number of regular line Infantry with a supporting medium Artillery piece, they also fielded the dreaded war dogs and colonial cavalry more than enough to clear the rebellious slaves from the field.   The insurgent forces had the numbers with several musket armed troops, the weapons liberated from the local arsenal their number was bolstered by a large number of escaped slaves armed with only knives and sharpened stakes bu

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3D Printing is impacting wargaming…

I admit, I’m an easy guy to impress with the “new hawtness”.  Marketing types call my kind of brain an “early adapter”.   This trend is somewhat dampened by the realities of cost and space to put stuff, but I follow technology developments avidly and sometimes wonder how new tech would impact my other big hobby, playing and painting with toy soldiers. 2mm 3D Printed Miniatures from Forward March Miniatures Now, 3D printing isn’t exactly new anymore nor is it unique and new to miniatures gaming. I’ve been buying onesie and twosie pieces off of Shapeways for a few years now.. not anything drastic because the price point still isn’t there yet– and won’t be until production costs can somehow go down. What’s unique, and for as much as I can tell, new, is the effort that Forward March Miniatures is engaged in. They are producing, at a very small (2mm) scale, the ability to create a 1:1 army for games set in the Age of Gunpowder and Steel (roughly, fr

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Leipzig 1813, pt. 3. Lipsk 1813, cz. 3.

Hi! Today my third part of our big Leipzig 1813 game. Before I will go to it, I owe you some emedations. First is that we were replaying the southern part of the battle with the real troops and not as I wrote in 1st part loosely based. Bill, who prepared the scenario and layout of the table chose the 16th of October 1813, the first day of the battle. In our game we used 4 700 figures and 162 guns with about 900 being still in reserves. All game was played on four 12'x6' tables with 5' gaps. The tables did not interact, except that units within 2' of the respective table edges, where able to move between tables.Witam! Dzisiaj trzecia część naszej dużej gry Lipsk 1813. Zanim jednak przejdę do tego kilka słów sprostowania wcześniejszych relacji. Po pierwsze rozgrywaliśmy południową część bitwy z użyciem właściwych sił, a nie jak napisałem w pierwszej części relacji, luźno opartych. Bill, który przygotował scenariusz i plan gry wybrał dzień 16 października 1813, czyli pierwszy dzień bitwy dla naszej gry. W niej u

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