Sunday, 1 March 2015

Me and myself in Elite

During one of my space travels in Elite, I was very surprised to find myself: a NPC pilot called 'rpardo' aboard a Lakon 'Type 9 Heavy' freighter in the AZ Cancri system.

Luckily, the NPC was 'clean'. Otherwise, I would have been forced to destroy him and perhaps the spatio-temporal structure had been damaged!

Saturday, 28 February 2015

'Napoleon 1813: Decision at Bautzen' a book from J.R. Arnold

J.R. Arnold, the famous author of many napoleonic books for the historian and wargamer, has published a new work, Napoleon 1813: Decision at Bautzen. The book is focused on the Napoleon's recovery after his Russian disaster. It starts with the battle of Mockern, and covers until Bautzen and the end of the Spring's Campaign of 1813.

From the web of the autor:
"Napoleon 1813 describes and explains Napoleon's efforts to recover from the catastrophe of 1812. It dismisses many conventional myths regarding the spring campaign of 1813. Was Ney to blame for the campaign's failure? What role did Napoleon's lack of cavalry play? Did one of history's 'Great Captains' have a realistic chance to preserve his reign? On the allied side, the role of Prussia is described, including the critical contribution of the much-scorned Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm III. Blücher and the Prussian General Staff emerge with relentless determination to fight the French. Their distrust of the Russians and their own blunders threaten to unravel the Russo-Prussian alliance. At the heart of the allied effort is Tsar Alexander. His messianic vision to bring down the French emperor works at odds with his decision to usurp command of the allied armies from the military professionals. Throughout the story of the tumultuous spring days, Napoleon 1813 gives voice to the soldiers who participated in a campaign that proved Napoleon's last, best chance to preserve his dynasty."

The book has 464 pages including 35 maps, 71 illustrations, and two appendices, and can be buyed on-line in the Arnold's web

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Sunday, 1 February 2015

A very very long month

Well, wargaming was frozen due to the cold, but January is over and I hope the flu season has also gone!
Watch this space!

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Wednesday, 14 January 2015

The combat of Dessau (III)

The French are pressing their advance against the Prussian rearguard

The French reinforcements try to outflank the Prussian left flank
The 3/3rd Reserve IR forces back the first French assault on Polnitz
The surprised Prussian gunners are wiped out by the 12e Hussards Regiment
In the cemetery area, the Badeners are forced back by the 7th Kurkmark Landwehr Cavalry...
... whereas the 3/3rdReserve IR routs a second French attack
The Prussians are on the defensive, but the stakes are high...
Watch this space!

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Saturday, 3 January 2015

Voyager probes found in 'Elite: Dangerous'

I'm taking these holidays to play 'Elite Dangerous' (sorry, no wargaming at Christmas).
Below is a sample of the "realism" of the game: a close encounter of a gamer (unluckily not me!) with the Voyager 1 and 2 probes in the outskirts of the Solar system.

Voyager 1

Voyager 2

Remember that the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 twin probes, were launched 37 years ago (September 1977) and are still flying.

Watch this space!

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Happy New Year 2015!

Happy wargaming!

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Wednesday, 24 December 2014

The combat of Dessau (II)

The fight near Dessau continues, with the Prussians running for the safety of the bridges, while their rearguard is facing the advancing French

The 10e Hussars is broken by the reinforced Prussian cavalry near the cemetery
Meanwhile, Delmas is trying to outflank the first Prussian defensive line
And his other brigada advances against the cemetery area
The Baden dragoons fall on the flank of the Prussian cavalry
and the French reinforcements run to catch the retreating Prussians
The Prussian flank is in danger while their rearguard faces the French.
Watch this space!

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Merry Christmas from ALKAID

Happy wargaming!

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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Elite Dangerous launching

Today, December 16, 2014, is the first day of Elite Dangerous 1.0. See the official Trailer (best in full screen mode) and enjoy!

The galaxy is waiting!

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