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Napoleon at Dresden -_ George Nafziger.

Charity shop purchase - in excellent condition - slightly pricey but well below E-Bay levels-. Lots of B&W pics and an extensive OOB in the back. Covers the battles of Dresden , the Katzbach , Gross-beeren , Dennewitz and Kulm.

27 Books......a good little library...formed.:)...

Had a look at the Wargames Design Studio poll - about 836 people responded. Good to see that Napoleonics and ACW is only a few percentage points behind WW2 in popularity.

The comments section has one guy mention a reaction cavalry charge option - this is necessary and should be done ....as for the A.I. - it's up in the air.
 
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Bought in a Bricks & Mortar bookstore as they shoved it into the sales shelf at 50% off . Very chunky book and only the first volume of three - will come in handy when I eventually get around to increasing my ACW collection.

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Grinding, bloody, and ultimately decisive, the Petersburg Campaign was the Civil War's longest and among its most complex. Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee squared off for more than nine months in their struggle for Petersburg, the key to the Confederate capital at Richmond. Featuring some of the war's most notorious battles, the campaign played out against a backdrop of political drama and crucial fighting elsewhere, with massive costs for soldiers and civilians alike. After failing to bull his way into Petersburg, Grant concentrated on isolating the city from its communications with the rest of the surviving Confederacy, stretching Lee's defenses to the breaking point. When Lee's desperate breakout attempt failed in March 1865, Grant launched his final offensives that forced the Confederates to abandon the city on April 2, 1865. A week later, Lee surrendered at Appomattox Court House.

Here; A. Wilson Greene opens his sweeping new three-volume history of the Petersburg Campaign, taking readers from Grant's crossing of the James in mid-June 1864 to the fateful Battle of the Crater on July 30. Full of fresh insights drawn from military, political, and social history, A Campaign of Giants is destined to be the definitive account of the campaign. With new perspectives on operational and tactical choices by commanders, the experiences of common soldiers and civilians.

( this book offers essential reading for all those interested in the history of the Civil War. )


You betcha......................Tick.............:)...........👍...
 
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Things I am looking forward to :...:)...

Atlantic Wall Board war-game - the detailed beach landings and full map set up; although you only need the top sections for about the 40% point.

Company Level Waterloo - getting to grips with it from start to very finish. From both sides perspective.....

Leipzig Battle 1813 -- never played before at battalion/ company level with large scale map. A more intense and expansive experience.

Blucher will be punished even if it is a bit ahistorical. 👍...
 
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29 Books..............WATERLOO - Battle of Three Armies - a well perused tome during my teen years....the go to book while playing SPI's Wellington's Victory....lots of pics and very atmospheric. Nostalgia............. buy. It has aged well !.

I would have hit 30 but I am still waiting for a super cheap book of Gill's German Allies in 1809.

The first book in Philip Dwyer's trilogy/ biography of Napoleon - chunky hardback book bought for 3 notes - in as new condition...........:).

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A play-through/Aar of Panzer Campaigns - Normandy is definitely on the cards, ( in between Napoleonic stuff and possibly concurrent ) - the German company level treatment is interesting enough and the Allied A.I. is not bad for the first phase..............I have only gone in a few days ..........there have been some surprises as I am still new to this treatment.

That is .......................- When I get back to normal functioning...................😞...
 
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https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-10596479/Joaquin-Phoenix-new-Napoleon-Oscar-winner-measures-diminutive-French-emperor-film.html

No surprise that they changed the Film title to - Napoleon.......Kit-bag sounds odd. They have started filming at Lincoln Cathedral which CGI doubles for Napoleon's marriage ceremony.

The 74 room mansion would be a great place to visit.....you can soak in the atmosphere - walk where the eagle walked and see what he saw through the windows and smell the wood and garden scent........ about as close to time travel as you can get.

Napoleon's rise to power as seen through his relationship with Josephine......novelty yes.............possibly a croc .............who knows ???...


They will have trouble outshining the soundtrack of a previous film with Isabella Rossellini..............it has to stand out and draw you in.......No made for TV stuff will be accepted..............only Hans Zimmer stuff etc......:).
 
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Hallelujah !............grow your side-burns down to your jaw line........ - Marshal Lannes is moving to the country.....leaving the big smoke............... the big choke................the big city..............and I have a big conservatory .......big enough to host Atlantic Wall...........or local dames.............who knows ?. ( the pic is similar ).

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I freakin ' hate apartment living.....................bird song and my own gut rumbling are the only noises I will hear.

Perfecto Mundo,,,,,,,,,,an Intermezzo of Grande proportions.................:)...


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Got me a sturdy wagon and a good pair of hooves...........should be in my new homestead by June. ..........



"Yee Haa ! .........................Geddup........... there.............. hoss !...".
 
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A blast from the past !.........I had the original version, ( 1980 ) with hardboard maps...........this one has been totally renovated with better maps and counters and sheets. I was only a strategic Napoleonic player as a kid.....would not interest me now.

Impressive looking 2020 remake- if I find one for a couple of notes...I can use the box to store magazines and Napoleonic stuff............................... Introductory - casual gamer material.................counters are a vast improvement on the originals and you have a lot of leader counters too.

The fleet world map inclusion is a nice touch but complexity is lacking............overall - the game mechanics are apparently the same........
 

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" I Say ...............Uh Saaaay ! "................30 Books.............I got this for a reasonable price in a second hand bookstore - I have seen it for twice as much and a bit on E-Bay - ( as new condition ).

Big grin on my face ..........this is really the crowning glory of my Napoleonic book collection.......425 large glossy pages of Waterloobilia..........the army orders of battle are luxury material along with the superimposed unit movements on modern field photos.....They will have to prise it from my dead cold hands, one day, along with Atlantic Wall....:).................................................................... Looooooooove it !..................


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This particular bookstore is being very generous - a brand new copy of the below at a quarter of the retail price............it is not a desperate buy but I was impressed with the color plate pics and battle maps and being published in 2005.....clinched the purchase. 31 Books.

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GMT's Pacific War game............New Version.

When the temptation is strong..............this ticks a lot of boxes but the operational upper level is still making me 50/50. This video could give the extra point to make it 51 to 49 which just could be good enough.........difficult to make up my mind.

Heavy box.....loads of counters ....complexity level 9 ...........20 phases of play...........80 Japanese task forces capability org sheet......lots of rules and scenario booklets.............Day and month sequence display charts............all capital ships included .....down to battalion level with land forces.................even reading comments does not help.

Since playing Hearts of Iron 3 Japanese Campaign.......the interest is there for a board game treatment.

It's like Nagumo at Midway.......finding the Yorktown Carrier.............should I or shouldn't I strike with all out force to the North.

Dammit !..........................Monster game but a chunky price...................maybe I should roll a die....:)...


Originally an SPI game ???????????????.......



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Looks like I am back into Board Wargaming....more about that later.........Pc gaming is great but staring at a PC screen for long periods of time and agitatively pressing the mouse button is not always conducive to relaxation.......and apart from that - I now have a large table area which makes things more hoochy.

The space has even opened up the possibility of figure gaming......but extremely limited in scope. Napoleonics, WW2 and ACW is more than amply covered by PC and board-games.

So ; I looked at the possibility of something fairly niche and that I would find interesting. I came across pics of the Warlord Games - Rorke's Drift stuff and thought - Wow - that looks great.....but I do not like the Goblin type figures....20mm scale is fine, especially for painting.........got a cheap and cool looking Rorke's Drift - Mdf laser cut Hospital and Storehouse and a wagon and things have ballooned from there. A fairly long term project........

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This is a Warlord Games repro of the Rorke's Drift battle.........it is extremely accurate with the terrain and they even put in a wooden ferry (A ), although in reality that was a mile or more away.

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Front view...with tents and even distant hill scenery..........Yep ! This is the standard.!


I was going to post a picture of another attempt at recreation which is - let's say, not so good - this is however the standard or a close approximation to be achieved/reached.

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32 Books.........

The postage was more than the price on this one......:)
 
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One of my favourite Napoleonic battles is Quatre-Bras....big enough and small enough to not overwhelm. The Strategy and Tactics (SPI ) magazine game is a basic staple and held its own until the release of the La Bataille game. Both have their plus and negative points........mine has always been the scale and size of the battlefield. The SPI version funnily enough felt less constrictive than the La Bataille game which added color but you felt more hemmed in.

Naturally ; it was a wonderful experience to delve into the John Tiller company level treatment - hordes of units but you still get a constrictive feeling. There has been a Quatre Bras mod by HB which opens up the battalion level treatment with the map extended to include Frasnes and feeling less constrictive with more play time, which is good. Overall , a nice level of choice.......so it came as a surprise to me........to accidentally find....and I have no idea why this has not appeared on my radar until now, something new. That said , I have referred to this game system somewhere before with regards to the Battle of Austerlitz ........but it has completely slipped away from my mindset until reecently.

I am talking about Grognard Simulations - Quatre-Bras which is one of four games of the 1815 Campaign and they have also published about five games for the Austerlitz 1805 Campaign and one for 1809. What drew me in was that the battle was portrayed at company/squadron level and it had a large map area. Why not give it a go..........ordered it and got it promptly. Heavy box.........always a good sign..........a mass of countersheets........charts and tables and two rules/scenario booklets............

The battlefield is huge......and I mean huge and apart from that........the detail of the maps is above and beyond anything I have seen in a Napoleonic games....there is stuff there which does not exist in the SPI and La Bataille versions......hedges, tracks, long slopes ,streams, sunken roads, orchards, fields etc ......displayed to great effect by the coloration - the clear hexes have a just about visible, distinct green patchy patterning which is remarkable in it's design......this with hexes which are delineated by only 50% line marking is also innovative and after getting used to it , works well.

This is what Napoleonic battle-maps should look like and what you imagined and cried out for to have in the heyday of board-wargaming. Apart from La Bataille de Dresde, which is the pinnacle of La Bataille map art - this has knocked the La Bataille series out of contention with their limited slopes and for the most part ,fairly featureless terrain............things move on.

These games are designed for Napoleonic nuts by Napoleonic nut/s.....there is no equivocation about that. The maps signal this to great effect....you spread them out on your ( large table ) and you think that you are looking at a battle-map for Waterloo......No, this is the relatively small battle of Quatre-Bras.........keep your potatoes safe and snug.........there are 8 map-sheets of 11" by 17" equating to 4 of the normal 22" by 34" mapsheets used in big games...........there is a Battle of Ligny game available and it has 20, 11" by 17 " mapsheets or 10, 22" by 34 " big game map-sheets; so it is two and a half times as big as Quatre-Bras...........and, Oh Yes !, the map-sheets are designed to be joined together to create the Godzilla of Napoleonic board-gaming - a total play surface of 28, 11" by 17" or 14 , ( normal) big game map-sheets of 22" by 34".....or two and a half times the size of the original Wellington's Victory SPI map surface area, so you need two huge tables for this with all the charts,...........I do not use the word , NUT glibly...............Forget the Charles S Roberts Award for wargaming......The Marshal Lannes Nut Award.......has been awarded to Grognard Simulations for achieving excellence in the field of Wargame Nuttery ( First Class ).........They have also nuttified the battles of Wavre ( 12, 11" by 17 " map-sheets ) and Waterloo ( 8, 11" by 17" mapsheets)- I think they ran out of steam here - it should have been 12 mapsheets for Waterloo , ( very curious, that one, Wavre bigger than Waterloo ).

To appease the whiney - whingers in society....I present the following.

  1. The counters have the unit designations in small print lettering on the side which is really annoying and somewhat difficult to read. The formation symbology is also a bit small.... you have to get used to it.
  2. It does use a Level of Order reduction system which replaces step loss or number casualty loss indication - basically ; you define LOO loss as step/number loss; most companies have 5 of these and more elite units have 6 or even 7......so a company can take a lot of hits before elimination and even then they can be regenerated over time back into play.
  3. You can play at regimental or battalion level - there are counters for this , so you have the choice to upscale or downscale.
  4. There are a lot of leader/ minor leader counters which some may find irksome.
5)The usual 2 front , 2 flank and 2 rear hex-side facing a hex vertice is brought back into play.....rather than facing a hex-side.

Further to this -
  1. You are not overwhelmed by rules .......cavalry have offensive and defensive and reaction charge capacity and the feature of reacting to enemy cavalry who are reacting to your offensive charge against another unit is also recreated.....parameters and die-roll being favourable.
  2. Only the Quatre - Bras game is stand alone - you need it to play any of the other 3 games....and it is not cheap.
  3. Artillery is not annihilated totally in out of battery melee combat- there is an opportunity to escape with half the guns or maybe not, depending on die-roll.
  4. Uses a general order system........wherein orders can not arrive or be misintepreted....no more shoving in units gung ho until they are shattered.......if they have defensive orders - they stay like that until new orders are relayed/given , even if a juicy attack opportunity is available. Specificity of orders is encouraged, to enhance this.
  5. As mentioned, the map is big.... it includes Frasnes and all of the Bois de Bossu which stretches down to a gap and tails into the northern section of the Bois de Revettes which is never shown in any Quatre-Bras games or general situation maps...so you can, if desired, bypass the Bois de Bossu and hit the Allies further west.......possibly with D'Erlon 1st Corps flanker which would be game over for Wellington........in effect - the larger map is more conducive to D'Erlon's 1st Corps arrival and usage.
  6. There are situation maps for set-up purposes, so you do not have to read endless text hex co-ordinates to place units.
  7. You can use variable combat strengths orstick with formal- and as with any board-game , alter and use your own rules and parameters of play..........
  8. Because the map-sheets are about half size of normal ones , plexi - plastic would be a good idea or just be handy with the tacky gum stuff.
Warning: this is not La Bataille..........pretty colors and red lollipops are not provided....you have depth and size scaling specifically designed for Napoleonic NUTS......casual gamers....keep sucking La Bataille................OK !.

My overall impression is that it is a bit different from the usual , so if you are a dedicated La Batailler , it may not be to your taste......so very dependent on your level of Napoleonic nutdom........:).

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Quatre - Bras battle-map - please note that one small section of the map is folded and you can see the entire extent of the Bois de Bossu and not the Bois de Revettes, which is hidden. So, it is in reality, slightly bigger..........:):).
 
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This was not an impulse buy......a definite Christmas present buy. I still have not taken the protective plastic off.....nothing worse than smearing or marking something you have just bought.

I decided to put it on a large painters easel stand and by sheer luck , it fits exactly and snug. The debate of which wall to stick it on and possible exposure to direct sunlight meant that putting it on a portable, large painter's easel stand was a better move. Apart from that , I have told my Californian female interest that I have taken up painting as a hobby.....:giggle:.

It cost less than the average La Bataille game.......thanks to modern printing technology.
Another item to be buried with me...........I can readily understand why the Egyptian Pharoahs wanted their worldly goods to be buried with them....you can take the point of view that they wanted said goods to be used in the afterlife, but I am positing the reasoning to be more simple ; namely, to stop greasy fingered troglodytes from getting their paws on their goodies................makes sense to me.............:)......👍...
 
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I do like the revamped Waterloo Campaign - having to endlessly click formations to find your commanders is mitigated by lettering ( A, D and B ) on map - a very good idea. 👍.

Have fished out Decision Games - Wellingtons Victory - really want to see the different system dynamics from the old version.........seen a lot of comments which are divided in opinion.....get into it before 18th June........?.
 
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So, I have enough figures to do Rorke's Drift on a 1:1 scale for the Brits and about 1:4 for the Zulus. Doing Isandlwana will have to take some thinking as the scaling will be about 1:4 for the Brits and Allies and 1:20+ for the zulus. But I want 1:1 scale..............the Isandlwana battlefield is about 40 times the size of Rorkes. Need a basketball court to set it up..........so, let's use the Total War methodology but use counters and 2D map. I can easily get a map of the Isandwana battlefield terrain online......

I parcel this up into rectangles that reflect one large table space. I use my Rorkes Drift boardgame counters to represent both sides. British counters can equal anything from one compamy to 10 men or 10 to 100 zulus or more. I movbe the counters on the battlefield map and when they meet each other - I transfer the action, like in Total War - to the figure battlefield.......a large table. This can easily accomodate in 20mm scale terms about 2-300 Brits ( Allies ) and 500 to 1000 zulus.........you have the 1:1 scaling.

You set up your terrain and figures for that portion of the battlefield.....flanking assaults are shown on the battlefield map and can be transferred also, if necessary.

There is also the possibility of doing things on the cheap....you can get a large white paper sheet or wall lining paper and draw the configuration of terrain ,the Isandlwana mountain , coppes , hills , rises and donga - dry river beds without forking out for semi expensive terrain - 3d figures work just as well on 2d terrain.

I have a dozen white tents - how do yo recreate a hell of a lot more...again 2d terrain mixed in with 12 3D tents.

What about the rules for 1:1 gaming.......there are skirmisher wargame rules but quite limited , so hybridizing the Rorke's Drift boardgame , ( Brits at 1:1 scale ), with them and using sword and spear ancients stuff should work. I am not a fan of block units and losing blocks of figures or stupid points systems or you can only move units with which cards have been drawn..........

With historically 3 column incursions into Zulu-land, there is a lot of nuance for campaigning. Even just scenarios , like Cetshwayo being defeated and a rogue Zulu leader with 1000 -4000 renegades starting a guerilla war of revenge , attacking Afrikaaner homesteads, cattle stations or even towns in Natal Province or supply trains........the list is endless. 🤞...

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Another itch scratched.......not a bargain , but a reasonable price and unpunched. Once I have brain-celled the Goss system rules - it is all systems go for this and Atlantic Wall....in fact - I will be using this as a dummy run play test as it is more reasonable in size/scope.
It still has 2250 counters.....so ; definitely Monster category.......and surprisingly, 95 days of battle which is subdivided into ( 3-4 ) turns ; Am , Pm, Night and possible extra night turn, which makes a total of 285 - 380 Game turns..................the sweat drips slowly off.

As usual........detailed map............great looking counters...........lots of charts/tables.......but you have to download the updated Goss system 2020 rules set............Niiiiice !. :)...
 
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Grognard Simulations Quatre - Bras.......( Dbl click to enlarge ).

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Clash of Arms Quatre - Bras.......

Simple reason why I prefer Grognard's Quatre-Bras battle map compared to the Clash of Arms one. Ignoring the size differential, which is a heavily complicit factor. The Grognard map takes a level step up.

  1. The majority of the green terrain; don't worry , there are yellow cornfields, is made up of a very light creamy green with just about perceptible greeny flaking ......this is genius and aesthetically pleasing to the eye......I have never seen anything like it before.
  2. Elevation of ground is demarked simply and seamlessly with color variation configured heights.
  3. There are 2 types of road embankments with longer ones delineated - causing units to go further to find a way around.
  4. There is a hell of a lot of terrain/features shown and not included in previous Quatre - Bras games and even within some popular battle diagrams.
There is a stream there ??? Huh !
There is a track there, no ,two ??? Huh ! There are more heights , hedges, trees , gardens, etc. you get the idea. If I had a time machine; I would go back and alter the SPI game with what I know now........
5. It just looks right.............

For the sake of repetition......the small , squiggly, italicised unit designation presented vertically is freakin' annoying.............
 
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Only 70,000 big ones with 2000 postage...................a snip ........methinks that the seller may be a cousin of the guy who runs that games company that sells old wargames at 3 to 5 times what they should sell for.............Boney in 1797....as good as a photo. ! .;)...

Until today this piece was only known through an engraving (see our images) and a mention in (published in 1911) "Schweizerisches Künstler-Lexikon" by Carl Brun (see images). This round horn box with (mounted into its lid) miniature portrait of the 28-year-old General Napoleon Bonaparte (signed by the artist and dated 24 November 1797) resurfaced (as portrait of a "young gentleman in black coat with red collar…" - see our image) in the online catalogue (of September 20th 2014) of Zurich auction house "Schuler Auktionen".
In his biographical article about the author of this miniature, Basel miniaturist Marquard Wocher, Carl Brun refers to this work as to one of Wocher's best.
As it is known, on his journey from Italian Campo Formio to the Congress of Rastatt (November 1797), General Bonaparte made a stopover in Swiss town Basel, where he, in spite of his busy schedule, found time to seat for this small portrait, which had since been considered ONE OF THE MOST RESEMBLANT REPRESENTATIONS OF NAPOLEON FROM THIS PERIOD....👍.
 
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