The rules are simplicity themselves and would be great to teach someone how to play wargames. A very old school feel to them, but still satisfying. My thoughts were that if I had the miniatures and time, they would be awesome to try and stage some large battles.
By the way, played these games on my new Cigar Box Heroes game mat. I think it looks pretty nice!
|French Battalions march off to the attack!|
|The British wait.|
|Small Battlefield. This measured about 3 feet by 4 feet roughly.|
|The new gaming mat. What do you like better? The previous flocked table or this mat? (the flocked board is still underneath)|
So I played a game of Neil Thomas' Napoleonic rules. British (defender) victory. And a second game. British (defender) victory. Then I played a game of Mark Sims' Rank & File. That was fun. and also a British (defender) victory! Starting to see a pattern? In all these cases, the defender was winning the engagements. Even with different rules sets. Starting to think it's better to stand and shoot it out with the defender?
|French Battery firing on the British. The objective is the old, dilapidated church|
|French battalions approaching!|
|Bicornes! Heresy! Sorry but they're so nicely painted I just couldn't exclude them. So I am using all Bicorne troops in a reserve role!|
|This was a comfortable British victory.|
|Neil Thomas Napoleonics. Once you close to musket range, things start to move quickly and units disappear fast!|
Neil Thomas' Napoleonic Rules. Simple but not simplistic. Great rules and an excellent book as well. The British soundly defeated my French lines and columns and my experience so far with these rules is that the defender, behind cover needs almost 3 battalions shooting at him each turn to dislodge him... Excellent "Beer & Pretzels" horse and musket rules. If I had scores more units to put on the table, this would make a truly "epic" game. Maybe one day?
Guess I'll get to painting...