Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Albuera for NB-4

Taken from the web site
Javi Gámez, the owner of the publishing rights and the soul behind the 4th Edition of Napoleon's Battles (NB-4) continues to add material to the Napoleon's Battles web site. The latest addition is Albuera, a scenario of the Peninsular War.
Albuera was a bloody battle fought in May 6th, 1811 by Beresford against Soult and, if the memory does not fail to me, it was included in one of the previous editions of Napoleon's Battles. Myself, I designed another version that is available in my web site (Battle of La Albuera)
According to Javi, the new scenario is no longer a military promenade for the French player, who now faces a serious dilemma because of his/her disadvantage in points, 367 vs. 442 of the Allies. For the design and the OOB's, Javi has used classical sources (Oman, Napier) as well as the more modern books written by Michael Oliver, Juan Jose Sañudo and Mark Thompson.

And the best thing: the new scenario is free and available to all NB fans in Albuera!



Saturday, 23 April 2016

My Voyage to Sagittarius A*

After one month, 1074 jumps and 25,882 light-years, I have arrived to the center of the Milky Way: Sagittarius A*, a massive black hole.



Saturday, 16 April 2016

Prelude to Dessau (I)

The French Chasseurs advance along the road to the cemetery, shooting and driving back the Cossacks

A volley kills a Cossack...
... and a second kills another...
...with a third  fininshing the third one!
Meanwhile in the other road, a confused cavalry melee ends with the withdrawal of the rest of the Cossacks towards the house


The enemy riders face off in several individual combats ...
... favoring one side...
..or another...
.... but the fighting quality of the regular French Hussars..
... forces the retreat of the Cossacks

The Prusso-Russian patrol is forced towards the house with heavy losses

Watch this space!





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Sunday, 3 April 2016

Prelude to Dessau. The deployment

The battlefield and troops for this Song of Drums and Shakos Scenario are ready.
At the first lights of October 11, 1813, three Cossacks are watching the western (cemetery) road, whereas other three are in the south approach. The Russian NCO at command of the Cossack contingent remains in the cabin log (under the effects of the vodka!!). On the other hand,the Prussians have placed only two sentinels and all the contingent is still in the house.







Meanwhile, the French are approaching fast
Watch this space!!!!





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Thursday, 24 March 2016

Je suis Bruxelles




Saturday, 19 March 2016

Dessau: the full report

I have uploaded the full Scenario and the After Action Report (AAR) of the combat of Dessau (October 12, 1813), finished with a draw between the French forces commanded by Souham and the Prussian 4th Brigade led by Dobschutz. The battle finished in a similar way to the real life and the Prussians reached the safety of the bridges.
You can watch the development of the battle by following the instructions for the use of the visor


The next wargaming activity will be a Scenario for Song of Drums and Shakos.

Watch this space!!!!


Sunday, 21 February 2016

Prelude to Dessau. A Song of Drums and Shakos Scenario

While the trap is closing behind him at Leipzig, Napoleon is trying to catch the elusive Bernadotte’s Army of the North in the banks of the Mulde River *. A small mixed squad sent by the Souham French IV Corps is scouting towards Polnitz and has found a small hamlet occupied by Prussian forces from the Dobschutz 4th Prussian Brigade.
The French party is commanded by the lieutenant Breton (10th Hussars) and includes sergeant Dupuis, 3 privates of the 10me Hussards as well as sergeant Lefevre and 6 privates (3/2me Légere IR). The Prussian rearguard patrol is commanded by lieutenant Mueller, sergeant Kroos and 6 privates of the 3/3th Reserve IR and includes also sergeant Ulianov and 6 men from the Karpov#2 Cossacks.
This is a Scenario for Song of Drums and Shakos from Ganesha Games
* This skirmish game was played in the context of the Dessau Lasalle Scenario

Terrain

The stream is broken terrain, fordable for mounted men. Wooded areas are also broken terrain.

Engaged Forces
Prussian-Russians (3/3th Reserve IR and Karpov#2 Cossacks)
This is a Mixed Nationality Squad. 1light infantry mounted German Officer, 1 light infantry German NCO, 6 light infantry German privates, 1 Light cavalry Cossack NCO and 6 Cossacks. 15 men 582 points
French (10me. Hussards and 3/2me Légere IR)
1 light cavalry Officer, 1 light cavalry NCO, 3 light cavalry privates, 1 light infantry NCO and 6 light infantry privates. 12 men 596 points

Deployment
Prussians/Russians
Each nationality is commanded by their own leader, with the German light infantry officer acting as overall leader. Only the Cossack NCO talks German, so the orders given to private cossacks by the German lieutenant must follow the ‘Mixed Nationality Squads’ rule. Roll 1D4 for the number of Cossacks deployed and covering each of the West and South roads (re-roll if the sum is greater than 7). Roll 1D4 for the foot sentinels. The rest of the men are in the house (infantry) or the cabin log (Cossacks).
French
The cavalry officer is the overall leader. Mounted and foot men enters by a different road (roll to choose).

Victory conditions
Both sides have the same objective: to deny the enemy any information, so the winner will be the side remaining on the battlefield. No Morale checks are allowed.


I hope finish the game before Easter!!!!







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Sunday, 14 February 2016

When the future reaches us

A certain melancholy pervades us unwittingly. Today, 14 February 2016 (Valentine) is the inception date of Pris Stratton (NEXUS-6 N6FAB21416)

This is not the only replicant to be made during 2016. Roy Batti (NEXUS-6 N6MAA10816) was incepted on 6 January.
As we await the filming of Blade Runner II, we can only say that it is 2016 and the cars do not fly!




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Sunday, 7 February 2016

Jordi Bru: an original military painter

Jordi Bru is a professional photographer specialized in military historical photography. He portrays armies and battles from snapshots taken in real recreations of the highlights of Spanish military history. Amongst their paintings, there are many devoted to the Peninsular War, including some less-known Spanish units of the era. You can see below a sample of his work.

Regimiento de Voluntarios de León (1812)
Cazadores de Olivenza (1808)
Many more paints can be seen in his web or in Facebook
Enjoy!