Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Summer Plans - 08!

1st of all I fully intend to get as much of my current stuff based and painted as possible - that means Napoleonics and CWC, as well as my few 1/72 WW2 stuff. However my next major project is almost definitely going to be 10mm WW2 for use with BKC. Money is an issue so i'm going to take my time - get the stuff I want and paint it up to a good standard. At the moment its looking strongly likely a mid war German Panzer Division is on the cards for the Eastern front. If I get anything done before I get back to Durham it will be a miracle but if I can get an infantry battalion done along with a Pz111 battalion that would be a good start.

This weekend I'm going to the Hornby military fair with my old school club - the LRGS Armchair Generals. Should be fun - Ill try to get some pics up.

Also I should hopefully be taking part in the LancasterWargamesClub multi-day Kursk game as a German player looking forward to it.

Finally, I will be looking further into organising TO&Es for commission and seeing how that would work - Ive always found this very interesting.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Battle of Vimeiro - Republique Style

Me and Tim decided to take a break from revision to delve into the free napoleonic rules from Republique. They seememd simple and also appeared to be able to get a result in a short period of time.
So as to keep the battle size down the Battle of Vimeiro was decided.
I converted the orbats to Republique and we were going.
2nd Legere - 4 Veteran Light Infantry
70th Ligne - 4 Veteran Line Infantry
86th Ligne - 4 Veteran line Infantry
12th Legere - 3 Veteran Light Infantry
58th Legere - 3 Veteran Light Infantry
82nd Ligne - 4 Veteran Line Infantry
1st Reserve Grenadiers - 5 Veteran Grenadiers
2nd Reserve Grenadiers - 5 Veteran Grenadiers
1st Prov. Dragoons - 3 Average Dragoons
3rd Prov. Dragoons - 2 Green Dragoons
4th Prov. Dragoons - 2 Green Dragoons
5th Prov. Dragoons - 2 Green Dragoons
4 Medium Foot Veteran Batteries
Acland's Brigade - 2 Bases Average Line, 1 Base Elite Riflemen
Bowes' Brigade - 3 Bases Average Line
Hill's Brigade - 4 Bases Average Line
Fane's Brigade - 1 Base Veteran Lights, 2 Bases Elite Riflemen
Fergusson's Bgde - 3 Bases Veteran Highlanders
Craufurd's Bgde - 3 Bases Average Line
Anstruther's Bgde - 4 Bases Veteran Light
Nightingall's Bgde - 3 Bases Average Line
Porto Cacadores - 3 Bases Green Light
20th Light Dragoons - 2 Bases Average Light Dragoons
12th Port. Infantry - 4 Bases Green Line
21st Port. Line - 4 Bases Green Line
24th Port. Line - 4 Bases Green Line
Del Ruiz's Dragoons - 4 Bases Green Dragoons
4 Average Medium Foot Batteries

The English deployed along the ridge line with Fane's Bgde in the woods to their left front and Nightingall's Command in Vimeiro itself. The Highlanders were placed in reserve. Trant's command were given responsibility of holding the hill on the right.
The french deployed with one division heading straight at the hill whilst the other attacked the British left along with the majority of the cavalry - Kellermann was deployed in reserve.
Del Ruiz quickly destroyed the french cavalry on that flank and for a moment threatened the whole force from the rear - but quick work from the 2nd Legere send them off the battle in panic. Meanwhile the rest of the division took the hill and sent the rest of the portuguese packing - the troop quality really taking its toll on the green troops. This move pretty much decided the battle - the British constantly had to send forces to protect their flank and this weakened their centre. Kellermann's Grenadiers quickly went in and took the ridge despite taking casualties. Hill's force on the left did counterattack but once the lines had reformed, it was the French who looked strongly in command.
These rules worked well for the assault phases but the morale and panic factors are confusing. The results of these tests decide the battle and they didn't seem to work as well as the overall outlook of the rules. However it was fun to get the Napoleonics back out and by October when we return to Uni I intend to have bought the napoleonic rules off English Computer Wargames which I have played before and work for a whole variety of battles.
I should also have a lot more French and Prussian troop making it possible to do slightly larger battles - I think Sabugal may be the place to start from or maybe Maida.