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warpaintjj Inactive Member02 Nov 2012 5:21 p.m. PST

This year we re-fought the Borodino bloodbath, like many others.

That's so very easily said or typed.

Getting the show on the road started back in 2011 and possibly way back in 1983. It wasn't easy.

This post is a fairly reflective and possibly irrelevant rambling journey through how the 2012 game came into being. It's very long so I have thrown in some piccies to lighten the tale. Full batreps will follow.

Hopefully this will provide an interesting aside to your morning or relieve you from the tedium of work for a while. As usual I advise that a pot of tea or coffee is prepared or if possible a glass is charged with a favoured tipple, I hope not to have wasted your time as it seemed worthwhile writing this at the time!!!

Here it is

Have fun


Personal logo Condotta Supporting Member of TMP02 Nov 2012 6:35 p.m. PST

JJ, you are living the dream. Definitely time well spent. Thanks for sharing.

wrgmr102 Nov 2012 6:35 p.m. PST

Great looking game with some excellent paint work on the figures!! Thanks for posting! We're doing our at the end of this month.

John Tyson02 Nov 2012 6:43 p.m. PST

Wonderful…as always!

Maxshadow02 Nov 2012 6:49 p.m. PST

Very enjoyable thanks JJ. It did read a bit like a MiniWargames/ Practical wargamer article. Will there be a follow up post on what happened?

Ashenduke Inactive Member02 Nov 2012 10:28 p.m. PST

Great pics with some really nice upclose shots. I certainly agree on the French 5th hussars being a great looking unit.

Sparker Inactive Member03 Nov 2012 2:16 p.m. PST

Great post JJ! Particularly fascinating, not to say cathartic for me to read, as I went through exactly the same thought processes and emotions in organising my own Borodino 200th Megagame this year:


Faced with the same challenges, we took a different approach, and encouraged many players to become involved in the project, but attempting to raise their awareness and speed with the rules, in our case Black Powder, thorugh a series of parctice games in the 11 month run up to the big day. We also wanted to smash the game into a day's play, raising the stakes in terms of passion and drama. Not 100% effective, but, with following winds, we got there in the end!

However, in moving forward to next year's Gettysburg 150th game, we are moving closer to your solution, hoping for a smaller, more select band of players who are all knowlegeable about both the rules and the history, and splitting the 3 day battle into 3 days of play!

warpaintjj Inactive Member19 Dec 2012 3:34 p.m. PST

Thanks for all the positive feedback gents – makes one all warm inside. One day I'll finish this series and "move on" as they say.
Thanks again, jj

True Grit14 Jan 2013 11:00 a.m. PST

If you are interested in Grand Tactical Borodino then check out DBN Borodino on youtube.
YouTube link

reds21 Inactive Member22 Jan 2013 8:53 a.m. PST

Jaw droppingly wonderful, superb figures , wargames heaven

Marc the plastics fan21 Feb 2013 12:52 p.m. PST

Nice – why I wargame in a nutshell. Thanks

Davout1972 Inactive Member21 Feb 2013 4:00 p.m. PST

Brings back memories. Really nice figures and even better battle secenes. Thanks!

warpaintjj Inactive Member23 Oct 2013 5:16 a.m. PST

Hi I noticed the link now leads to the Montmiral refight not the Borodino page, hopefully this one works instead;-


Just checking!


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