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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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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 […]

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General wargaming

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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General wargaming

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

What Matters In Wargame Reviews: A Checklist

As a preparation for my first real ‘serious’ game review I try to collate a topic list with subjects that the reviewer has to cover. A checklist. Even Han Solo and Chewbacca use checklists in the movies, so why not a simple miniature wargamer? I based this preliminary list on the writings of Nikolas Lloyd, […]

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

Dropzone RCQ In Retrospect: The Overcomplication Trap

As the few regular followers of my blog might have noticed my current main project is 10mm scifi, more exactly 10mm Dropzone Commander. The basic game had good reviews in the starting years (between 2012-2015), the sculpts are lovely and the price OK, thanks to the low pound. Affordable fun. Sooner or later I will […]