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John de Terre Neuve08 Apr 2009 7:45 a.m. PST


I was curious what the group thought were the best rules for 28 mm figures for fighting Napoleonic battalion level games. I have heard both Field of Battle (Piquet) and Le Feu Sacre (Too Fat Lardies) mentioned.

Any thoughts?


Timmo uk08 Apr 2009 7:50 a.m. PST

Yup LFS but you'll need a big table for 28mm.

corona6608 Apr 2009 8:20 a.m. PST

Haven't tried LFs but Field of Battle is very good as a solo game.

NoLongerAMember08 Apr 2009 8:57 a.m. PST

LFS is good for solo, being card driven, its easy for events to spiral on you without you having to make too many command decisions for either side, especially if they both start with a battle plan.

John de Terre Neuve08 Apr 2009 9:12 a.m. PST


Thanks for the replies. I agree that you need a big table for LFS in 28 mm, but I have been able to jam 3 x 28 mm figures on a 40x20 mm base. So in reference to LFS's recommended figure frontages for 15 mm figures, I was able to limit the battalion frontage to 1.5 increase rather then an increase by a factor of 2.

I am now constructing a modular 12x5 ft table, so I think I will be ok for size.

It is funny that no other rule sets have been mentioned, I suppose the critical bit for solo wargaming is having a card driven system.

So I am curious, a question to the people who have played both LFS and FoB, what are the advantages and disadvantages of each set?


DestoFante08 Apr 2009 10:13 a.m. PST

Actually "traditional" Piquet and its Napoleonic module, Les Grognard 2, are excellent choices for solo rules. I am not familiar with Piquet FOB, but I believe that was created to offer more of a balanced game when 2 or more players are present.


quidveritas08 Apr 2009 11:47 a.m. PST

Piquet is probably your best bet for solo gaming.


Valmy9208 Apr 2009 12:11 p.m. PST

I'd be in agreement on Piquet for solo play. The unpredictability of what the cards might allow you to do takes the uncertainty in reactions a step farther than just not knowing in what order you will be able to act (but do anything you want when you do. I don't play piquet anymore as a group game because of the impetus run dynamic, but if I had much time to play solo, Piquet is what I'd use.

John de Terre Neuve08 Apr 2009 1:00 p.m. PST

I have both Piquet and FoB rules set. I found the set up time for Piquet was off putting and that was what FoB was suppose to resolve. I have not really had a chance to go through FoB yet.

I am not that familiar though with these 2 games though, so are they really that different in respect to solo wargaming.


Prussian Glory08 Apr 2009 2:00 p.m. PST

The problem with 25MM even with 15MM to a certain extent is the width of the battlefield simulation. As a general rule giving at least a mile in rear areas to a side for manuver and retreat and half a mile in the initial engagment area even at a scale of one inch to 40 yards is a 100 plus inch or about an 8ft wide of table. No problem if your Shaq but even leaning on a table most can barely get past 3 feet on a side.

NoLongerAMember09 Apr 2009 7:24 a.m. PST

On the LFS yahoo group, there is a smaller battle version of LFS, that may be better for 28mm as well.

JCBJCB09 Apr 2009 11:57 a.m. PST

I like FoB from Piquet a lot (see other posts) – I'm no fanboy. I tweak it a bit, and its attempt to cover 200 years' worth of history really forced me to add some flavor of my own to the rules. On the other hand, show me a set I haven't fooled with. Nothing's perfect.

That said, I still enjoy classic Piquet (main rules plus a supplement). I don't mind the wild swings in initiative, or the runs of bad luck, especially in solo play (which, unless my wife joins in the fun, I'm usually left doing). Classic Piquet never lost its luster with me.

olicana09 Apr 2009 3:13 p.m. PST

Classic Piquet. Worth every penny.

donlowry10 Apr 2009 11:55 a.m. PST

My rules were designed with solitaire play in mind. The figure scale doesn't matter. But the basic unit (stand) is a brigade. They're free. Here:


John de Terre Neuve10 Apr 2009 1:31 p.m. PST

Thanks Don I will have a look.


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