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David Brown30 Nov 2017 4:47 a.m. PST

General d'Armee Napoleonic rules had another large scale outing when the Battle of Bautzen was refought at the Wargames Holiday Centre last weekend.

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The game saw a French army of ninety-four infantry battalions, thirty cavalry regiments and twenty artillery batteries under the command of six players.

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The defending Prussian and Russian armies, consisted of seventy-six infantry battalions, thirty-three cavalry regiments (including ten cossack regiments) and eighteen artillery batteries were under the command of five players.

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This Bautzen had played out much like its historical equivalent, a bloody grinding match, with the allies contesting every inch of ground. However in this battle Ney managed to inflict a resounding defeat upon Blucher, thus assisting to secure a French victory, but akin to history the French army was in no position to mount an effective pursuit.

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See the thread below for the full AAR over on the General de Brigade forum.



Personal logo Dschebe Supporting Member of TMP30 Nov 2017 6:02 a.m. PST


Alan M30 Nov 2017 6:05 a.m. PST


Allan F Mountford30 Nov 2017 7:29 a.m. PST

At something like 25 units per player that is a very busy game!
How many game moves were played and over what period of time?

Personal logo aegiscg47 Supporting Member of TMP30 Nov 2017 9:43 a.m. PST

Very nice. We recently tried GDA and found it to be very fast playing and much easier than GDB.

YoungDave30 Nov 2017 10:00 a.m. PST

Yes great game played over weekend Friday evening to Sunday afternoon

Marshall Ney

bobspruster30 Nov 2017 11:00 a.m. PST


wrgmr130 Nov 2017 11:58 a.m. PST

Great looking game with Big Battalions and Regiments!
WGH is on my bucket list.

von Winterfeldt30 Nov 2017 12:28 p.m. PST

the Saxon Garde du Corps looks spot on, well done.

Bayard30 Nov 2017 3:18 p.m. PST


Leadjunky30 Nov 2017 3:19 p.m. PST

Great looking g game. Thanks for sharing. Are OOBs and troop info posted anywhere. This looks like an excellent club game to recreate.

Marcus Brutus30 Nov 2017 3:27 p.m. PST

Could one reasonably play Austerlitz or Waterloo with GDA? We play Shako 2 for big battles with battalions but I am not totally sold on that system.

Also, the size of the battalions in the pictures are much larger than we play with. Can GDA be played with 12 figure battalions?

David Brown30 Nov 2017 4:46 p.m. PST


I think you could have a reasonable go at any battle in fact Austerlitz might be on the cards for next year!

General d'Armee can be played with any unit sizes, there is no set figure scale or unit size, you simply play with what you've got. We played with the WHC collection which is based up for Grand Manner/GdeB, (1:20) and works fine and they look good as well.


David Brown01 Dec 2017 2:39 a.m. PST


The OOB is now posted up on the GdeB site.


18th Century Guy Supporting Member of TMP01 Dec 2017 5:32 p.m. PST

One observation is that in the pictures it looks like most everyone stays in some form of a column. I didn't see any lines of infantry, is that the case?

Teppsta01 Dec 2017 6:19 p.m. PST

18th CG – the French were predominantly in attack columns. There were plenty of lines tho just not in these pictures.

18th Century Guy Supporting Member of TMP03 Dec 2017 11:14 a.m. PST

Teppsta, do you mean the French from a historical perspective or just in this game? I know that most every nation started using attack columns more but they used the line to deliver fire.
I was just curious because the photos seemed to show the attack column as the method of movement and attack.


Teppsta04 Dec 2017 4:21 p.m. PST

18th CG – in this game.

The board was packed even with a 26' table so it was partly a factor of space.

I was playing at the wooded end of the table where there was a fair amount of skirmish action going on (using GdA Skirmish tasking special action) backed by slow moving lines. Columns were held back till the 2nd half of the game for the big push against the villages.

18th Century Guy Supporting Member of TMP05 Dec 2017 7:13 a.m. PST


Thanks for the response. That helps.

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