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Royal Marine23 Aug 2017 2:47 p.m. PST

Has anyone generated any conversions for the Napoleonic period using the recent Osprey rules for 'Lion Rampant', 'Pikeman's Lament' or 'The men who would be kings'?


Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP23 Aug 2017 3:16 p.m. PST

Why wouldn't "Chosen Men" suffice?

Royal Marine23 Aug 2017 3:22 p.m. PST

That wasn't my question! Is Chosen Men an Osprey set?

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP23 Aug 2017 3:40 p.m. PST

Yes, a Napoleonic skirmish game from Osprey:

Ed von HesseFedora23 Aug 2017 4:50 p.m. PST

To answer your original question, yes. It was in Wargames Illustrated 342


Royal Marine24 Aug 2017 12:03 a.m. PST

OK thanks all. Chosen Men looks like a complete package, which I had passed me by.

@Extra Crispy: Loving the 6mm Leipzig project

arthur181524 Aug 2017 12:13 a.m. PST

I have, and like, Lion and Dragon Rampant but I could not get on with Chosen Men, partly because it seemed inappropriate to portraying real Napoleonic skirmishing, as opposed to fantastical, fictional encounters.Nor was it easy to follow, and felt too complicated for that type of game.
The WI 342 adaptation. OTOH, seemed perfect for fun games with no great pretensions to historical simulation.

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP24 Aug 2017 4:30 a.m. PST

sorry Royal Marine, I thought that since you knew about Lion/Dragon Rampant that you had dismissed Chosen Men for some reason.

So, are you looking at skirmish Napoleonics then? If so, try "Sharp Practice 2" from TooFatLardies.

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP24 Aug 2017 4:33 a.m. PST

And here's a recent AAR from Rich et al:

Royal Marine24 Aug 2017 6:06 a.m. PST

Anything with a Royal Marine beach storming party on board is good news to me :-)

repaint24 Aug 2017 2:27 p.m. PST

Yes, Sharp Practice 2 will be the closest equivalent.

I have chosen men and it is just not inspiring (to me). The army lists were poor and a disappointment (to me), the level of combat is more like a Berlusconi TV series on budget, that's how it felt.

cae5ar24 Aug 2017 3:15 p.m. PST

This topic has been kicked around before:

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Sharp Practice is great but quite demanding to squeeze into our brief evening sessions and terrain can become a headache to manoeuvre around.

Is Chosen Men fast play? I was under the impression it was a bit clunky, though I haven't played it myself yet.

Having tried Napoleonics using The Pikeman's Lament pretty successfully, I'm torn between investing in Chosen Men or The Men Who Would Be Kings to give it another go for comparison. The Men Who Would Be Kings is generally well received but isn't strictly the correct period.

coopman26 Aug 2017 9:29 a.m. PST

Chosen Men has received a lot of negative comments here. It was not well received.

Mick the Metalsmith Inactive Member27 Aug 2017 12:41 p.m. PST

I have a copy to get rid of.

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