Campaign Eckmuhl 1809

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This is the Strategy & Tactics Eckmuhl map I referenced earlier; which linked up to the previous magazine map of Abensberg, giving a huge 2 map layout in magazine terms. The terrain was a bit too dominant but apparently was based on original map sources of the time. For a magazine game; it was an innovative design and well worth the purchase, as the CRT was detailed and good enough to give a variable result and then , there was nothing available dealing with this particular campaign. Fond memories.................Yup !......................................👍...
 
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Napoleon against the Archduke Charles: The Battle of Aspern - Essling 1809.

Another magazine game dealing with 1809 was Wargamer No.49, which I had. It used the same system as the Abensberg/Eckmuhl magazine game. It played very well. I am surprised that they did not dedicate the system to other battles. It could have covered more obscure battles, not available in the larger board game franchise.The counters were a bit too garish but beggars cannot be choosers and it did make easier location of divisional units. The map graphics were functional. Unfortunately; the Wargamer was not as polished as S&T magazine with pics and campaign narrative. My copy must have partially decompsed on a garbage tip by now, giving a crow toothache. :) An Austrian crow !..............


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" Mreeeeeee-ooooooow ! ".......the scratchiness is unbearable........................not long to go and this baby will be in my claws. 😊...
 
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Looks like there will be a slight delay with Eylau - I made an impulse buy on E - bay for a game ; non war related. I do not like the bidding system, so this was my first time and lo and behold; my low bid which was the start bid actually won.
This item is brand new and I have seen it sell for twice and even 3 times what I paid............Go figure................Niiiiice ! 👍...

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I have already sent my letter to Santa to give me a 34 inch Ultra -wide monitor for Xma...he has agreed. 🆒...Company level Waterloo on this beast will be amazing..........or even Eylau. :)
 
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The buy wish list just expands - isn't it always the case.........never realized that the Deluxe Edition was released last year. Pretty pricey........................you have to spend 20 notes just for the fancy box artwork; but it will save me from drooling and possible de-hydration health effects.

Will they ever get round to doing the Battle of Leipzig 1813. Ten map sheets and a 9 by 10 foot table area..............Niiiiice......


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I have moved onto the furniture now.......................Mreeeeoooooow !.....:).
 
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Battle of Leipzig 1813 in 2mm.......................I thought 6mm was small.................can't wait for Nano - Napoleonics.........you can fight the entire 1813 campaign on one skin cell......sign me up for that....:)........I have already ordered a High definition laser - light microscope from Nasa.

That said........it looks incredibly impressive from a distance........will do what it says on the tin.......huge panorama battles with good terrain modules.

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It is relatively cheap to build up a huge army. So that's good; I reserve judgement on this as it does look good.

However ; it does have the flaw that all figure modelling over 6mm has , and that is ugly looking figures with extraneous metal lumpy bits sticking out, or at least that might be the case, if I could see them close-up. The scale of 6mm kind of sorted that out but 2mm looks a bit odd because it is so small. CLOSE UP !. I do not have any..........so again; I reserve opinion as you will mostly be playing these battles at arms length anyhow.

That said ...they must be a nightmare to paint...........there is probably a guy in Wisconsin with his tongue lolling out of the corner of his mouth....trying to drop a single blob of paint on a black shako and painting the guys face black every time......wait until he gets to the highlander kilts. o_O...

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Let's have a close-up look-see..................a micro -genius painter at work.........the infantry look Ok but the horses look a bit big..............I can't freakin see, because they are so small...............they may or may not be too large................just hand over your dough and quit complaining..............Yep !

I believe that they come on their own bases.................but like I said....it looks impressive from a distance.............🆒...
 
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This month - October 1970 - the film Waterloo was released to cinema screens all over the world. 50 years ago..................Anniversary ; which begs the question of why a modern update has not been done for such a long time ?????. Vamperloo or Lord of the Battles ( Middle Europe trilogy ) won't cut it............:(...

It looks a bit dated in parts but it has it's moments............Rod Steiger was good enough.

P.S. There is a fan cut version which shows deleted still scenes with dialogue.....a bit longer.....track it down folks !

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" Soldiers of the 5th ........... Do you recognize me ?.............I am your Emperor ! ".....

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" That is not necessary...............not necessary.........they are Prussian Blue............it is the Prussians ! ".( Booooo ! ).
 
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Got this baby yesterday in a thrift store for a song. Published in 2014 - apparently has a lot of new detail from first hand accounts of individual soldier participants on all sides; taken from fresh recently published accounts. We shall see...............some guy stuck in a large group of soldiers walking up a muddy slope may or may not have the same perspective as an officer sat on a horse viewing a greater range of action.

NOT another Waterloo Book !....there can never be enough................wash your mouth out with soap and water...........especially if it confirms that Wellington walks in the shadow of Napoleon. ( Make that crawls,.......slowly ).

:)Pretty chunky at 704 pages.......it will cheer me up as my Windows 7 Computer died on Saturday after crackling for 2 minutes. So much for refurbished computers............lucky I have my games on my back-up computer. I suppose moving to Windows 10 is on the cards with a decent gaming I -series graphics card.

Christmas presents are just piling up........I must have been a good little boy this year........................👦....
 
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Battle of Gross- Beeren /Blankenfeld. Situation at Game Turn 34 of 60.

Bertrand's French force has dissipated the Prussian defense. Some stubborn Prussian batallions still try to hold in isolated positions. They have suffered a large amount of routing; especially their cavalry. The Prussian cavalry did make some early, interesting charges but the A.I. did not follow up. Once French infantry took the Blankenfeld height and went beyond, the Prussians were forced to try to hold a line but were blasted by multiple lines of muskets which were backed up by 4 French gun batteries sited on the Blankenfeld height. Their cavalry took heavy loss and routed. The Prussians have taken over twice the loss of the French in casualties and the majority of their gun batteries. One Prussian leader dead- his name escapes me, ( Von John Doewitz ). :)

Unfortunately , there are no French cavalry to mop up the isolated Prussian defenders and a fair amount of French infantry battalions will have to be deployed to chase them down. Reynier and the VII Corps are stll approaching Gross-Beeren; the lead Saxon cavalry are already engaged with the enemy.

If you were playing as the Prussian commander at Blankenfeld; you would have 3 choices/options available to you.

  1. Hold Blankenfeld and attack with extreme force to disrupt and cause maximum casualties to the French. Sounds reasonable.
  2. Fight on a limited basis and withdraw slowly to join up with the larger Prussian contingent at and north-west of Gross- Beern. Maybe a lazy choice.
  3. Fight on a limited basis and withdraw to the North-east. The woods covering your exact re-deployment; keeping the French guessing - is he withdrawing or attempting another attack /.
I would favor the third option as it will prove a nightmare scenario for Bertrand's French units. He will be forced to hold the victory points at Blankenfeld against a still coherent Prussian presence and more importantly, commit more troops which will be sorely needed at Gross-Beeren. Given the current scenario ; I could maybe send a brigade of infantry and 5 gun batteries to aid Reynier. They will arrive at roughly game turn 43. Apparently ; there is a further French column arriving on the battle map further to the west. No sign of them yet....if they arrive the next turn ; they will reach Gross- Beeren at maybe Game turn 48-50. With only 10 turns left.......not much commitment.

So. this is why it is so important to get as many of Bertrand's troops to Gross- Beeren in good condition and in possibly a flanking move as early as possible .I have only seen an extended view of the Prussian army which is mostly located to the north- west of the town.....it looks big......................................and gruesome. :( ( Maybe this battle scenario should be extended to 80 turns ).
 
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