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carojon07 Jul 2014 12:49 p.m. PST

This weekend saw the third and final play test of Oporto


With a final tweak to the set up to add variation, the battle produced a very interesting result compared with the previous two

If you would like to know more then just follow the link to JJ's



leidang07 Jul 2014 1:16 p.m. PST

Very nice and thanks for the update on the seminary.

I didn;t realize it was going to be that deep, very impressive.

marshalGreg07 Jul 2014 1:27 p.m. PST

Very Nice AR Report Jonathan!
We have completed turn 1 of Dave's 1813 Campaign beta test for Historicon so far. FOG of War aspect makes it most exciting.
I wonder if the volleys from the seminary walls would be that effective since a) loops holes would be needed? or B there was not ability to have two ranks firing over the wall at once, if it was taller than an average man?- Something to consider I suppose and for more opportunity for French attempt to scale the wall.


Eclipsing Binaries Inactive Member07 Jul 2014 3:01 p.m. PST

What was that bit at the end? Romans and Dacians??? You can't do that to us. We love your Napoleonics!

carojon07 Jul 2014 11:38 p.m. PST

Cheers guys, thanks for your comments.

MG, I am looking forward to hearing how things go at Historicon, as you say very exciting. Yes you raise a good point about the fire effect from the Seminary. The accounts talk about the British troops having enough time before the French were aware of their prescence to build a fire step. When the attack came it was uncoordinated and the British seemed to have no trouble in driving it off. I have therefore erred towards these facts by a) having the French on defend orders at the start, thus restricting them to having to attach Foy to be able to charge, and b) letting the British fire at full effect .

I did consider reducing the fire to say 70% effect to model the disorder of the firing step, but given what happened in reality I don't think it makes a huge difference, and as was shown the French attack helped deliver a French win by allowing them to match Soult's performance on the day.

The five turns of contesting the Seminary seems to model the historical events quite well and the bonus on offer to the French if they launch an assault gives them choices to decide on which will make one play through quite different from another as we have demonstrated.

Hi EB, well both my sons are eager to start playing the 28mm collection and as I am keen to encourage a younger generation into the hobby, I feel duty bound to foster that enthusiasm. Never fear though, Napoleonics have the priority at the moment as Talavera for 2015 is the plan and I will mix in a few Roman and Dacian units to add a bit of variety and bring a new audience in to JJ's little corner of the web.


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