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General wargaming

Eat Like Napoleon: The After-Wargame Dinner

I’m a historical perfectionist. The subtitle of this blog used to be ‘all about dice, miniatures, wargame rules and cognac, because I imagined that any French (Corsican) general would like French cognac – but I suddenly wondered if Napoleon really liked cognac. I just had to know. As always, I checked this subject online. Uniforms […]

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Toy Soldiers Opinion. Hate Me Now? Get A Life! Wargame Review

1/72 Or: What's Wrong With One Hour Wargames?

Today I played my 2nd 1hr-wargames-wargame, a ruleset I analyzed earlier. My first trial game happened more than a year ago, shortly after I had finished the simple 1/72 Airfix/Revell big bases recommended by Neil Thomas. My opponent was a seasoned wargamer and we had a good game. Fun. Nothing complicated, just good fun. Today […]

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General wargaming Wargame Review

5 Ancient Wargames That Need A Modern Review

I love it when a plan comes together. Since a few years I have been pondering ‘systematic reviewing’, because I’m unhappy with the common ‘hey – I love this new ruleset of mine’– reviews that I read ever too often in cyberspace. I now know where too start. My idea would be to continue where […]

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SF Wargaming

LEDs Add Light To Dropzone Commander Snow Table

Just a few pics of a table I’m proud of. I’ve been busy with my Dropzone project since the summer, I think, finished my fourth faction, the Shaltari, a month ago. Today, January 4th 2020, I umpired our first multiplayer game which was good old fashioned science fiction fun. LEDS, artificial snow, street signs,I love […]

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Wargame Review

Review: Et Sans Résultat 1814 Campaign Guide

Since a while I have been interested in Et Sans Résultat, the (10mm) Napoleonic all-in-one-wargame ruleset from David Ensteness/the Wargaming Company. I don’t think I will invest in his rules, but the campaign guides look useful. I bought a copy of ‘The Most Awful Situation’, the 1814 Campaign of France/6 Days guide. Short review: I […]

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General wargaming

Napoleon's 6 Days In 1814 (6): A Simple French OoB For Wargamers

I made a fictional but plausible order of battle based on the guidelines in Sam Mustafa’s Blücher rules and my sources, Henri Houssaye (Napoleon and the Campaign of 1814, Henry Houssaye, Perrin 1888) and Petre (Napoleon at Bay, Francis Loraine Petre, John Lane Company, 1914). Napoleon had his Guard units and conscripts. The armies were […]

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General wargaming

Napoleon's 6 Days In 1814 (5): Blueprint For Waterloo!

The 1814 campaign is in many ways similar to the 100-days/ Waterloo 1815 campaign, and in a sense a foretelling. In both campaigns, Napoleon brilliantly used a central position and forced marches to surprise his enemies In both campaigns, Napoleon underestimated Blücher. In 1814, he defeated Blücher and thought he would retreat to safer eastern […]

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General wargaming

Napoleon's 6 Days in 1814 (4) Did Moreau Backstab Napoleon?

Was Jean-Claude Moreau the bad guy? The story so far: 1814, allied armies try to capture Paris. Blücher aka Marschall Förwarts is annoyed by his slow marching Austrian allied general Schwarzenberg and moves too deep into enemy territory on his own. Because he wants to take Paris first, and quickly. The Allies move in 3 […]

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Painting Guide SF Wargaming

Sexy Spaceships: How A Colour Wheel Improves Their Looks!

As follow-up to my generic spaceship & mech painting guide I now publish a small showcase/ painting guide of my four, recently painted, Dropzone Commander armies. With the help of a colour wheel. I decided to let my painting diverge from the official examples. Nothing wrong with DZCs official colour schemes. But as you know, […]

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General wargaming

Napoleon’s 6 Days in 1814 (3) Betrayal, Deceit & Fake News!

The 1814 campaign was an extension of the 1813 campaign. In June 1813 after Dresden, Austria had offered Napoleon a moderate peace that was repeated in Frankfort in November after Leipzig. Wikipedia: The proposal was that Napoleon would remain as Emperor of France, but France would be reduced to what the French revolutionaries claimed as […]