Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Napoleonic campaign 1814

The 1814 Campaign map (as below) is being distributed to all players in the near future. It ended up being cheaper to buy the original than print copies. (added to the fact that one worries about copyright etc) Such a large campaign map offers an excellent playing area for a Napoleonic game. Focusing on the area north-east, east and south-east of Paris it also could double up for other eras, notably the Franco-Prussian War or WWI and WW2.

6 players from Ealing and Heston (French) will be up against 6 from the Reading war-games group (Austrian, Prussian and Russian). The smaller skirmishes being decided by the umpires (two) and the larger games being fought out in the barn on the farm, which after the wedding is now empty.

It will remain to be seen if the Allies can secure the objectives within the 15 map moves (6am-8pm) where 1 map move = 1 hour. The Allies have more troops but will be prevented from communicating with each other. The French meanwhile will be working on interior lines and will be free to communicate.

Can the French blow key bridges in time, to keep certain Allied elements at bay while concentrating sufficient troops and crush other more isolated units just as Napoleon did in his lightening 1814 campaign as at the Battle of Champaubert
Or will the Allied march proceed unhindered on Paris?

The figures will largely be Newline Designs 20mm infantry, while the command, artillery and cavalry are now all 95% Art Miniaturen 20mm from Germany. There are a few Franznap thrown in. The buildings will predominantly be from the same German company that put on the wonderful Crobern 1813 display. It doesn't appear that these buildings can be bought anymore which is a shame.

The map phase of the game we hope will begin in the next 2-3 weeks.

Prussian Guard de Corps.

1 comment:

  1. Looking forward to the battle reports Francis, hope everything runs smooth.