Monday, 21 February 2011

28mm French Revolutionary Wars 1796 Wargame, Pictures and Report.

Myself,  Ray http://onelover-ray.blogspot.com/ and Postie dropped down to Faversham on Sunday for a French Revolutionary Wars wargame with another member of the reject's members Richard in his gaming facility in his cellar.The battle was a meeting engagement between Austrian (Postie) and French (Ray and myself) forces consisting of approx 3 brigades each. The battle was set around the south of Lodi in 1796.

The French Revolutionary Wars were a series of major conflicts, from 1792 until 1802, fought between the French Revolutionary government and several European states. Marked by French revolutionary fervour and military innovations, the campaigns saw the French Revolutionary Armies defeat a number of opposing coalitions and expand French control to the Low Countries, Italy, and the Rhineland. The wars involved enormous numbers of soldiers, mainly due to the application of modern mass conscription. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_Revolutionary_Wars

The rules were Richard's own called "Making his reputation" and as far as I know unique, they are done on a dice roll for initative and every unit had 2 actions but you could roll twice per game for an entire brigade to get an extra action, an action was moving, firing, falling back, routing etc... so you had to be canny ( myself and Ray were not on several occasions) with your actions the closer you got into melee as if you were charged after using your actions you could not fire on the incoming charges. The fog of war was in effect so no counters were paced on any units or figures removed to show casualties (the umpire kept a record), the only time you knew you were starting to have a problem was when firing dice numbers got smaller or Richard would ask you to do a morale check (this is visually nice but trying to keep track as a player is difficult when deciding to charge but I liked the idea). The game was a slog especially as the opening moves were in fog with the french marching down a road with the Austrians already in the flank and fog disappears. Postie did well with his morale dice but in firing things went to pot and myself and Ray eventually gave him a pasting (even when we're idiots we win was shouted) and caused an entire brigade to disperse and the game was won. It was a great day, great game and great rules that have uses with many other periods. Good job Richard.

The pictures are the usual mix of quality (I'm blaming the lighting in the cellar and that Ray took the bad ones, he brought his own camera but with no batteries or a memory card???).

Initial set up of the table and forces.

French forces blundering through the fog.

Richard our host in umpiring host pose.

View down the road of the French with the Austrians appearing out of the fog on our flank.


French Dragoons.

Austrian cavalry sneaking through a gap in the forest.

French infantry reacting to the Austrians on the flank.

The Austrian cavalry catching my cavalry on the hop.

The view of the same postion after the melee, my dragoons have quit the field and the poor Austrians quit the field in pursuit.

Austrian infantry brigade moving up and a light gun trying its luck.


The battle on the flank turned into a multi turn slog with regiments blowing chunks out of each other with no gain. 

French conscripts deploying in column.

Myself and Ray, I'm obviously the strawberry blonde on the right.

Frustrating hedge fighting or as an inquiry stated interpenetrating while straddling a hedge?

Postie moving Austrians forward for a change but really it's a shot of the bling.

These are the markers place behind units for keeping track, lovely work and work well.

The Austrians push forward against the determined lines of French conscripts and some line. 

The rules themselves.

The Austrians assault with two regiments, but they both get a hiding.

But it all comes to nothing with french dragoons about to hit an austrian column just after an Austrian brigade has quit the field, myself and Ray victorious but it was a bit of luck aswell.

32 comments:

  1. Nice figures and set up. Interesting period as well, what are the miniatures? Front Rank?

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  2. @MiniMike: A mixture of mostly Elite, with some Foundry and Trent Miniatures.

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  3. Fun looking game. I especially like the terrain setup theres alot of cool things happening on the table.

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  4. You guys don't mess around when it comes to these things huh? The amount of detail involved is impressive... and I always pictured you as a strawberry blonde haha

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  5. wow no words can come out of my mouth

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  6. Those rules sound attractive, and the terrain and minis are always fabulous. I love the markers too. Has he thought about going into production, or even publishing the ruleset?

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  7. The amount of effort that has surely been put into this is amazing. So awesome.

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  8. Fine looking game. I really like those markers. Great idea.

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  9. On the pic of the rules, I think I see a push-pin map board to keep track of the wider campaign, which'd be like changing levels in Google earth for the bigger picture of what's going on.

    The little cribbage board markers are ingenious, and cut back on record-keeping while still allowing for these levels of statuses to be differentiated rather than avoided or ignored.

    Great job by Richard in making his own rules and forget the big commercial stuff. I would call the widely-sold ones all fluff and no substance, but then he's gone and put a flashy color picture on his cover...just kidding.

    I think Featherstone long ago had an actions system like that but a level less flexible in his than in Richard's.

    Finally I feel for Postie in having the fog clear up too soon and blow what ought to have been a perfect ambush resulting in the destruction of the French. Great job on the part of everyone and great post to explain it all.

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  10. Nice photo's Fran, I think I took most of them, by the way as I've mentioned untold times your no strawberry blonde, the word is ginger. It was a great game a well deserved win for us, I'm sure Postie would disagree. We did make several schoolboy errors in the game, but as you said, "even when we're idiots". The story of our lives!!

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  11. wow, this is like one of my geeky history texts COME TO LIFE! Thats so rad. I used to have imaginary battles with my Legos, the Imperial troops vs the pirates.....but this is totally legit in comparison! good job.

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  12. Thats very cool! I love history :D!

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  13. You so crazy! Really awesome set up, looks like tons of fun.

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  14. wow. i would like to play that game with you

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  15. wait wait wait... wheres the white flags?

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  16. I like the status boards. Clever idea.

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  17. Wow. That is amazing work. You guys go all out!

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  18. Great pics and nice report. Those status boards are an excellent idea.

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  19. Nice game indeed. Excellent all around. Dean

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  20. Excellent attention to detail!

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  21. wow this is beautiful. Great setup I never seen anything like it :).

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  22. How long did it take to paint all those?!

    http://robertfunf.blogspot.com/

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  23. That looks like so much fun. I would love to read a detailed story of the game.

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  24. The level of detail is incredible!

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  25. Big scale, full of details!!!
    I like the battlefield very much!
    T.

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  26. The Status boards are a cool idea. And any system that incorporates fog of war has to be a winner.

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  27. Looks like a good time was had by all... and what everyone else has said as I'm late to the party!

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  28. What a fine quality of miniatures and terrain.

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  29. As a Strawberry blonde (ginger) myself Angry L I feel your pain of ridicule. Excellent looking game, lots of hours went into this 1.
    Cheers
    Paul

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  30. Thanks for the battle report!

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