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TMPWargamerabbit26 Oct 2012 5:05 p.m. PST

Last weekend WR travelled to the HMGS-PSW October Surprise historical miniatures convention (Azusa CA).
WR's featured scenario was a small battle in the French Revoltutionary war. The Battle of Montenotte (April 12, 1796) started General Bonaparte's career of military glory. This battle is the second of a small series of battles all occurring in the month of April 1796 (Voltri, Montenotte, Dego and Mondovi) which WR has been creating scenarios for. At the convention we played this scenario twice. The first game report has linked detail below. The Montenotte second game will soon be posted on site below.

The full scenario notes and Montenotte After Action Report (AAR) links are below the pictures of the game.

Montenotte scenario notes (includes a mini-scenario for Monte Negino): link

Montenotte AAR with photos and summary slide show: link

Battle of Voltri April 10, 1796 AAR: link and scenario notes at this link: link

Soon to follow will be the battles around Dego (April 14 & 15, 1796) then finish the series with the battle of Mondovi.

HMGS-PSW web site for this recent convention details and summary photographs:


Marcus Maximus Inactive Member27 Oct 2012 12:05 a.m. PST

Excellent game Rabbit! Superb scenario information and thak you for sharing your scenario and pre game notes and anaylsis of the battle. The photos and maps are superb. I've still a lot to learn on Napoleon's early Italian campaigns. I have these in my collection:


and a couple of books


Many thanks for sharing with us all on TMP.

Maxshadow27 Oct 2012 5:25 a.m. PST

Another fun pictorial AAR WR!

TMPWargamerabbit27 Oct 2012 10:21 a.m. PST

MM & MS,

Someplace I have two of those games. Nap in Italy and Acola made a fun campaign game years ago for several tabletop battles. The books both on my library shelf. The 1799-1800 campaigns were different from 1796…uniforms and the French abilities for starters but give good favor for the early wars. If you can find them, look for the books I listed to cover 1796.

Thanks MS and MM for your supportive comments. I am finding the 1796 campaign to be "generally written" about but the exact details hard to dig out. Next up is Dego and then Mondovi. Both are proving difficult to pin down OOB and starting dispositions. Dego has the additional French early 1796 supply issues which lead to army scattering for food and Austrian "surprise" counterattacks.


Maxshadow27 Oct 2012 4:45 p.m. PST

I enjoyed "The Road to Rivoli" by Martin Boycott-Brown but the original inspiration for me came from a series of articles in Wargame illustrated by a Michael Rayner back in 1990.

CATenWolde Inactive Member28 Oct 2012 4:30 a.m. PST

Very nice! I'm just starting a 1796 project, and drew up scenarios and "what if" situations for the major actions. I look forward to following your progress.



CATenWolde Inactive Member28 Oct 2012 4:41 a.m. PST

I just took a look at your maps – brilliant work, both aesthetic and practical. I'll definitely be taking a page from your book.

TMPWargamerabbit28 Oct 2012 2:15 p.m. PST


Welcome to the warren and please use whatever you can. For the maps and terrain I either use my stock material or create special pieces for the scenarios. My terrain collection is very adjustable to different scenarios.

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