Saturday, April 18, 2015

A Little Game of Napoleonics



Last Thursday Myself and a few of the lads got together and played a nice little Napoleonic games using a fast play rules set called 'Fortune & Glory'. Both sides had roughly 1500pts or three brigades each with a good mix of cavalry, infantry an artillery. Opposing sides were Austrian and French and all the figures are Elite Miniatures from John Maguire's very nice collection. The figures have all been painted by Leroy Simpson.


The scenario rolled for the game was called contested ground which meant that each side had to place an objective marker some where along the centre of the table. It also meant that each side had to have two units in reserve. For our game it meant two brigades....nasty. Our Austrian commander (Kiwi Dave) was not able to bring his reserves on until the fifth turn.


The rules are a good little set to play when you do not have much time or large a large army and is designed to last only around two hours max, perfect for a club game. It has some nice little army choices and army characters to pick from plus additional assets, which may or may not help you win the game. In out game the French were the final victors, but only just, as the Austrians on the fifth turn (due to their reserves arriving) started to push the French back. Another turn and the game may have ended differently.


An Austrian infantry brigade deploys


Austrian light artillery


A French Lancer brigade arrives from reserve on the first turn of the game


French light infantry attack and then drive the Austrian Grenz infantry from the village


Austrian Hussars



The main attack on the village


The initial French attack forces back four Austrian battalions


More pressure on the already stretched Austrian line....the French Lancers arrive on their flank



The Austrians are pushed back but still show a formidable front


French Horse Artillery deploy


With French cavalry swarming on the flack the Austrian Hungarian Musketeer battalion forms square 


Finally from reserve the Austrian heavy cavalry brigade arrives



Austrian converged grenadier battalions also arrive to help advert total defeat for the Austrians 


The last turn of the game saw many desperate charges and here the French lancers try their luck on an Austrian square...they failed 


In all the game went for only two hours and resulted in a minor French victory but the lads seemed to have enjoyed themselves and there was many a chat about if only the reserves arrived earlier.....




20 comments:

Ogilvie VC said...

Stunning eye candy. Your doing well to get a Napoleonic game over in two hours. I'll check out those rules methinks.

Chasseur said...

Wonderful looking game and figures!

Phil said...

Awesome miniatures collection! Great painting on the figures..and great games report...thanks for sharing..

cheers,

Vinnie said...

Thanks for the comments guys and happy to read you liked the post...more to come

David Cooke said...

What a nice looking game. Haven't heard of these rules before

Neil Scott said...

looks a great game and will have to check out those rules

Mike A said...

A stunning looking game and collection of figures!

Phil said...

Amazing units, a wonderful looking game!

DeanM said...

Fabulous game with wonderful Napoleonic figures - those Elite minis all look great.

Ray Rousell said...

Beautiful pix!

Spyros Staikos said...

Awesome.

Bec Vinson said...

Thanks again everyone for the great comments. There is nothing like a good old fashioned game of Napoleonics to brighten up your day...I have to play a few more games.

Regards

Nathan

Juan MancheƱo said...

Fantastic game, really nice pictures. The ruleset sounds very interesting.

warpaintjj said...

Right up my street! lovely pics of small encounter. More please!

paulalba said...

Awesome troops and bat rep, somehow I've never come across your blog??? Why????

Very inspiring all all round!!!

Sgt Steiner said...

Great report and enough to 'force' me to purchase the rules :-)

Vinnie said...

Thanks for the great comments everyone. Our clubs next game will be back in the Sudan so plenty on new images coming soon.

Regards

Nathan

John said...

The unbelievably usual high standard......ahhh the eye candy! Awesome!

Noss Calavera said...

Lovely looking figures! May I ask, what size bases do you use?

Bec Vinson said...

Noss the bases are either 40x40mm for the infantry and 50x50mm for the cavalry. The infantry are four to a base and the cavalry two figures.

regards

Nathan