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14 Dec 2011 4:04 a.m. PST
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Personal logo Gonsalvo Supporting Member of TMP13 Dec 2011 10:19 p.m. PST

I wanted to officially announce the release and general availability of my scenario book "1809: Blunders on the Danube (and elsewhere)" for use with Brent Oman's Horse and Musket era rules, "Field of Battle" by Piquet. The scenarios can of course be adapted for many other Napoleonic rules sets.

The book is 122 pages long, with the maps in full color. It includes 23 scenarios, in chronological order:

Sacile, Raszyn, Teugen-Hause, Abensburg, Eggmuhl, Neumarkt, Grochow, Ebelsberg, Battle on the Piave, Tarvis, Aspern-Essling Day 1, Aspern-Esling Day 2, Gospic, St. Michael, 2nd Battle of BergIsel, Klagenfurt, Raab, Wagram: Davout's Attack, Wagram: Rumble on the Russbach, Wagram: Crisis on the French Left, Wagram (combined – the big Kahuna!), and Znaim.

Available from Piquet, Inc. at:
link

Cost: $35

More detailed information at the author's blog at:
link

Thanks for your interest,

Peter Anderson

nsolomon99 Supporting Member of TMP14 Dec 2011 1:07 a.m. PST

Peter,

I'm not familiar with the scale of FOB and my favoured rules work at battalion level. Are these scenarios written for battalion level rules or would I need to convert them from higher up – brigade level, etc?

Thanks, Nick

CATenWolde14 Dec 2011 4:47 a.m. PST

Nice selection of battles! Following on Nick's question, do the OB's give the strength in men and guns for the battalions/regiments/batteries?

Personal logo Gonsalvo Supporting Member of TMP14 Dec 2011 10:26 a.m. PST

The general format of the scenarios and maps in the 1809 scenario book can be seen in the Goredtschna 1812 scenario posted to my blog at:

link

Field of Battle is a Battalion scale rule set, with a unit nominally representing approximately 480 -720 Infantry, 400 – 600 Cavalry, or 6-8 guns w/ crew. Much more about FoB also at my blog at:

link

Having said that, to accommodate the wide range of scenarios, from quite small to enormous, I have been fairly liberal in stretching the ratios where needed – Wagram, at the extreme end, uses 1 unit = 1500 Infantry, 1000 cavalry, or 12-18 guns. The ground scale is roughly 1" = 25 yards for 28mm figures and normal scale, and bit over 1" = 50 yards for Wagram. Each and every scenario explicitly lists the troop ratio that I have used for that particular scenario.

In doing the OOB's, I am much more concerned with having the TOTAL number of troops and the balance of their types add up right, than with the integrity of the individual units themselves. Thus, for example for a particular Division I might list 4 units of Austrian line, where there were in fact only 3 battalions but their total strength was around 2500 men. Similarly, I might list 2 units of French Cuirassiers where there were in fact three, but their combined strength was only 900 men. If this kind of modest simplification/abstraction is going to bother you, then frankly this may not be the product for you, and instead you really need to buy Gill's excellent three volume trilogy on 1809 (at minimum, I used a lot more sources myself in addition) and work it all out yourself! :-)

Quite do-able, but very time consuming (I ought to know having done it at least 20 times for this project). In any event, I hope that it is of interest to and helpful to many of you.

Good gaming,

Peter

John Leahy Sponsoring Member of TMP15 Dec 2011 3:07 p.m. PST

Oooooooh, this is great! Congrats on it being released. This is definitely on the gotta buy list!

Thanks,

John

Personal logo Gonsalvo Supporting Member of TMP15 Dec 2011 7:14 p.m. PST

Glad to hear it, John! It should keep you busy for quite a while.

BTW, for those not familiar with Field of Battle, the introduction in the book gives a basic explanation of the rules and concepts to facilitate translating the scenarios and ratings into the rules of your choice. Granted, not as good as rules specific scenarios, but hopefully it still helps make the scenarios more easily generalized to alternate rules sets.

Peter

alan lockhart01 Jan 2012 6:15 a.m. PST

Will there be a UK stockist?

Maxshadow Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member21 Apr 2012 8:21 a.m. PST

I missed this originaly. Looks great. I've just ordered a copy.

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2012 11:23 a.m. PST

Just ordered as well! A great looking list of battles! Glad to see the Polish included! I may start working on Aspern & Essling day 1 when I get this book.

Marcus Maximus Supporting Member of TMP03 Aug 2012 11:26 p.m. PST

Just a note for all interest in Gill he does provide detailed OOB but in some (Like vol.1) there are huge blanks against certain batalions as he explains in his books it is problematic and intricate collating batalion information, but the vast majority of units are covered.

@Peter aka Gonsalvo, great to see you launch this very handy book for wargamers (all the battles in one volume). However, just a couple of questions: for purchasers outside the states particularly in the EU to order the book will incur further import costs, is there goign to be an EU distributor or could you / would you make this book into a donwloadable format in similar vein to TFL books?

The maps depicted in the link as an example are these going to be in the same format?

Many thanks for your time.

Personal logo Gonsalvo Supporting Member of TMP05 Aug 2012 9:58 p.m. PST

Marcus,

Thanks for your interest!

A pdf or similar would be fine with me, but that is up to the publisher, and to date they have not been keen on that format at all. Most Piquet/Field of Battle products are available in the UK from Lancashire Games… on checking today, I see that they do stock "Blunders".

lancashiregames.com

The maps in the book are all in color, and in the same general format as that in the link above.

Peter

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