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Eylau re-imagined at the Wargames Holiday Centre

This game was played last weekend but real life got in the way and I haven’t written it up yet – then Jeremy from the Marauders beat me to it and produced the definitive write up so why would I do another !

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Jeremy’s bane – the Wood Elf artillery

Suffice to say it was an excellent scenario, a fun game played with a great bunch of people. The Marauders, Tim and Dave were first class company and the game swung back and forwards admirably. The General d’Armee rules are shaping up nicely 🙂

Thanks to Mark at the The Wargames Holiday Centre for the usual friendly welcome and excellent administration.

Looking forward to the next one !

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Loughton Strike Force at SELWG

We had another run out of the Waterloo game at SELWG and they were kind enough to award us the prize for Best Demonstration game. The game focused on the attack of the French Guard – but unlike Salute where we played it historically, this time we played it for real. Much more fun! … and the Guard reached the British lines in decent shape.

Extra big thanks to Doug and Andy for doing so much work to put on the game.

I’m sure Mr Brown will be describing it as a “Winning draw to the French!” although Andy and Doug might take issue with that.

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Gary put on a great game on Sunday using GdB rules with modifications for early revolutionary troops. The battle was Neerwinden (Wikipedia link) and his rule modifications were based on command and control changes and introducing more variable troop quality.

The Austrian generals read the terrain well and gave the French a good spanking (pretty much the way it went in real life!)

Enjoy the pics.  House Rules and the Order of Battle used is posted below.


Revolutionary Wars – House Rules

The idea behind the house rules for this game were to better reflect the limited formations that could be used by Revolutionary French troops and to separate troop morale from the level of troop training.

In the Revolutionary Wars the French can field troops ranging from well drilled troops with poor morale (disgruntled ex royalist troops) to badly trained but enthusiastic ones (better National Guards and volunteer units).

In comparison the Austrian army was all Line or 2nd Line (as defined by the current GdB rules) with the exception of some of the Freikorps, who were effectively conscripts.

We restricted the formations that could be used by untrained French battalions to better reflect the ways they were actually used on the battlefield and we added variability to the enthusiasm (effectiveness) of each untrained French battalion determined at the point of it’s first engagement with the enemy.

Training grades:

Training Grades

Masse :

“Masse” is a modified form of Open Order depicted on the table by having a half base width gap between each stand. It moves at line speed and can evade (like skirmishers) as the battalion is not trying to maintain a formation. It is always classed as unformed and suffers the applicable morale penalties. A formation test is required to reform as a column.

There is a -2 target modifier for shooting at a battalion in a Masse formation.

Variable enthusiasm :

When first exposed to battle French National Guard units (including Milice, Legions and volunteer battalions) could turn out to be either reluctant or driven with nationalistic fervour. Before any contact with the enemy they are graded as “Line” for morale purposes. At the point of first contact (either being fired upon, taking a first casualty or being contacted in melee) each unit should roll a D6.

Variable enthusiasm

Position guns :

Any Artillery designated as a position battery may move until they are unlimbered but from then on they remain in that location and can only be man-handled.


Order of Battle :

NB. We consolidated a number of smaller French battalions to play a better wargame.

Neerwinden OOB




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Salute 2015

Doug and Andy put on a great game on the Loughton Strike Force table. Game was played using the GdB rules and the French got spanked.

Dave Brown’s pics HERE

… and some more pictures !


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Salamanca game at Wargames Holiday Centre

A number of us  took part in a huge Salamanca games at the Wargames Holiday Centre – played using the General de Brigade rules and organised by David Brown. We all realised how badly the odds are stacked against the French in this particular battle and although a valiant effort was made the inevitable Allied victory was achieved.

The Allies try to break the French


A lot more pictures of the game can be viewed on the Wargames Holiday Centre website HERE


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I’m moving some of the old picture gallery to the new site. This was a great looking Talavera game from 2010, played using General de Brigade rules.

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Busaco – Salute 2010 game

Here are some picture of our terrific looking Busaco game fem Salute 2010.

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Waterloo – Cavalier 2008