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Joe Dever01 Sep 2010 7:36 a.m. PST

Here's a link to a photo walkthrough of a grand Napoleonic wargame which was inspired by the retreat to, and subsequent battle of, Corunna (January 16th 1809).


The objective for the British C-in-C was to march as many intact battalions as possible to the port at the far end of the layout for embarkation on the awaiting flotilla. Unlike the actual battle, the flotilla had already arrived and was awaiting the arrival of the British and their Spanish and Brunswick allies.

Essentially, the game for the British players consisted of fighting several rearguard actions with approximately one third of the total command, so as to cover an orderly retreat of the remaining two-thirds of their army. The objective for the French players was to harass and disrupt the departing Brits and their allies, and attempt to interdict their escape routes to the port.

The final outcome was a 6:4 win for the French. The British and allies succeeded in evacuating 55% of their army, marginally short of the 66% requirement needed to secure a convincing victory.

Date of game: 15th August 2010

Rules: LSFP (Large Scale Fast Play) Napoleonic our house rules.

British Ron Ringrose, Joe Dever, Paul Mumford.
French – Michael Stratford, John Horwood, Robert Browning.
Spanish & allies – Tom Horwood.

Robert Browning: Terrain, figures, ships, scenery, buildings.
Ron Ringrose: Figures, ships, scenery, vignettes, buildings.
Joe Dever: Photography, photo-editing, text.

The figures depicted in the photos are from the collections of Ron Ringrose and Robert Browning and were painted by various individual professional painters and painting services over the course of many years. Most of the figure groups were based by Ron and Robert themselves. All of the scenic terrain boards, including the port and sea areas, were constructed by Robert Browning.

All comments welcomed.

Mal Wright Fezian01 Sep 2010 8:35 a.m. PST

Amazing! I am particularly impressed with the scenic attention to detail! It would be not only a pleasure to play on a tabletop like that…but an honor.

herzogbrian01 Sep 2010 8:41 a.m. PST

Fantastic!! Who makes all the ships?

fredjg01 Sep 2010 8:45 a.m. PST

An absolutlely amazing display, the figures, terrain, scenic items, the port, the ships and the diorama pieces…. not even mentioning the size of the gameroom.

Can you guys adopt me?

Schogun01 Sep 2010 9:02 a.m. PST


Angel Barracks01 Sep 2010 9:37 a.m. PST

stroll on

Battlescale01 Sep 2010 9:54 a.m. PST

That's fantastic. Very nice work.

Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP01 Sep 2010 10:20 a.m. PST

Amazing terrain and figures. That is the most realistic river that I've ever seen on the tabletop. It must have taken years to make all of the building models and terrain boards. thumbs up

christot01 Sep 2010 12:17 p.m. PST

Fabulous stuff as ever Joe, you really do justice to Ron and Robert's collections.
Cheers Chris

woundedknee01 Sep 2010 7:19 p.m. PST


Fat Wally01 Sep 2010 7:42 p.m. PST

That is one of the most attractive games I've seen in many a year. Lucky, lucky people.

Gunner Dunbar01 Sep 2010 10:05 p.m. PST

Wow, I mean Bleeped text? this is where all good gamers go when the die, just beautiful, that must have taken decades to make, not to mention the money, one question, it looks like a set piece, a great set peice but it would get a bit boring fighting the same table after a while.

Liberators01 Sep 2010 10:31 p.m. PST

Can I come over?

Joe Dever02 Sep 2010 3:44 a.m. PST

Correction to credits: one of the terrain boards (middle section, between the port and the town, was constructed by Paul Darnell. Check out some more of Paul's excellent work at the following site:

Dashetal02 Sep 2010 6:16 a.m. PST

Always a pleasure looking at your pictures. Tipping the derby to Ron, Paul & Robert.

Pyrate Captain Supporting Member of TMP02 Sep 2010 8:29 a.m. PST

Nothing short of Spectacular!

pbishop1202 Sep 2010 11:25 a.m. PST

I'm going home tonight and will destroy/throw away my Peninsula collection. How can I look at my own table and recall this pictorial display. Superb

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP02 Sep 2010 11:29 a.m. PST

Simplement incredible!.

A dream to all wargamer!.

Congratulation for the gamers!.


Maxshadow03 Sep 2010 4:57 a.m. PST

How attractive is that!

pbishop1203 Sep 2010 10:10 a.m. PST

This guy sets the benchmark. Been back to the pictures 3 times now. Can't get enough and gives me plenty of ideas.

HistoryInc03 Sep 2010 12:52 p.m. PST

Here we go again,

There must be something in the water down in Essex that makes 2 people state they sculptured large terrain layouts when they did not.

Robert Browning did not make the terrain apart from the harbour and the odd small section, as about 90% of it is the large Spanish layout which featured in Issue 1 of my model books and the large ECW layout which featured in Issue 2, both of which R. Browning bought, but did not sculpture.

Joe can I ask that you maybe get in touch with me before you post anything from Robert Browning or Ron Ringrose, as they seem to aquired a nasty habit of claiming credit for having made large terrain layouts when they know they have not.

Cheers Paul

HistoryInc03 Sep 2010 1:12 p.m. PST

One more and perhaps I'm getting a little bitter here, but most of the decent buildings are made by me and which Robert Browing and Ron Ringrose bought off me when I lived in Essex.

Apart from all the above Joe, your credits were spot on.

Cheers Paul – Touching History

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP03 Sep 2010 2:58 p.m. PST

Congratulations to you Paul.
You are a fine artist.


Joe Dever03 Sep 2010 4:45 p.m. PST

To HistoryInc: Paul, really sorry for the credits error. Last thing I wanted to happen. I did check with R&R before I posted, to be sure regarding the terrain. I was unaware about the town boards and buildings. I'll amend the credits on the WS site at once. All the best, Joe.

Joe Dever03 Sep 2010 5:27 p.m. PST

To: PBishop12. Very glad you are finding the pics inspiring. Mission accomplished! I should point out that the photos on the WS site are low resolutions of the originals. You can judge just how much detail is lost by comparing the file sizes. On the WS site, the average photo size is 350kb, yet the originals average 4Mb each. They are especially impressive when viewed on a wide screen TV. If you'd like a copy of the original high resolution set, I'll be happy to put them on a DVD for you, for GBP6.00, which includes air mail delivery to Texas. This offer's open to anyone else who would like a Hi-res set of pics. Cost inc.shipping: UK GBP4.00, Europe GBP4.75, USA/Canada GBP6.00, Rest of World GBP 6.75. You can place your order via PayPal to my trading account ( Your copy will be in the mail within 48 hours.

Old Contemptibles03 Sep 2010 10:29 p.m. PST

Very nice! My only nitpick is that the buildings look to much alike but I would imagine it is an effective technique for painting a large number of buildings in a hurry. But that is a trivial nit to pick when compared to the totality of the entire setup. Very nice indeed! Bravo!

HistoryInc06 Sep 2010 9:31 a.m. PST

Joe this is not about credits, its about honesty which would appear to be in short supply from the Essex dodgy duo.

Twice now its happened where Ringrose and Browning have claimed to have made a huge Waterloo layout and now a 16ft layout and it's dishonest to keep misleading all the people who look at the pictures in your posts and who make comments here.

I hope your learning from this Joe and that the penny soon drops that your being used.

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