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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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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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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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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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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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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 […]

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Napoleon’s 6 Days in 1814 (2) Syria, But 200 Years Ago

I prefer pre-1939 wargaming because these wars were clean wars, no genocide, no war crimes, fair play. I should have known better. Although war crimes were not as industrial as for example the holocaust, the Armenian genocide, the bombings of civilian targets in modern wars or Ruanda, war crimes against civilians were common. I was […]

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Napoleon’s 6 Days In 1814 (1): And Now For Something Different

If you want to wargame Waterloo – stop reading. Don’t. Not again. Waterloo is trivial. A mythic but boring battle, the French army endlessly storming the hill until the Prussians spoilt the party. That’s Waterloo. I of course understand why certain modern-day redcoats from that shopkeeper’s nation (as Napoleon once said) like the 1815 campaign. […]

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Review A Wargame. But How? 10 Do’s & Don’ts

Life is hard. I recently blogged about the Little Wars TV-review methodology, and pointed to apparent mistakes in their rating system. Although I praised the show, I really love their intelligent chat, a few commenters on facebook tore me to pieces. I was writing bullshit. How dare I? Clickbait! Etc. Well – that’s Facebook dynamics. […]

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I Finished A Self Portrait!

I visited Paris during my summer holiday and found a 30mm 9-euro bust that could have been a mirror image of my masculine facial features. Incredible. Everywhere. How did France know that I would visit Paris? They even had a big tomb for me, already! I hope they will not mistake me for that mediocre […]