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Personal logo War Artisan Sponsoring Member of TMP05 Jan 2018 6:15 p.m. PST

Last Saturday, the Gentlemen Wargamers put on a game of Napoleonic Command II in 10mm for our honored guest, Mike Whitaker (of the Meeples and Miniatures podcast).

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More pictures, with captions describing the action, here:

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Markconz05 Jan 2018 6:57 p.m. PST

Looks lovely thanks!

I Drink Your Milkshake06 Jan 2018 9:04 a.m. PST

Nice game, plays out like a story.

138SquadronRAF Supporting Member of TMP06 Jan 2018 10:20 a.m. PST

Nice game, plays out like a story.

Then from our point of view the game was a success. The Gentlemen Wargamers are not interested in games of "Head to Head Lead" but rather tactical problems that result in storytelling with miniatures.

El Lobo06 Jan 2018 11:21 a.m. PST

As usual a great looking game with wonderful figures and scenery.Brilliant! Always want to get back to my pile of unpainted figures when I see your reports,truly an inspiration.

Dorsenne Inactive Member06 Jan 2018 11:23 a.m. PST

Great report thanks.

Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP07 Jan 2018 12:38 a.m. PST

I hope that Jefferson's Ocean bottle isn't still vintage 2015. It's inexcusably full. :-)

Very nice battle. This is a great scenario lots of maneuver room, grand tactical options for each side, some unexpected developments in the course of the action, the ground for giving battle determined by in-game decisions rather than pre-programmed setup conditions.

I'm sorry it's stopped before the situation concluded decisively. I would love to see how the Allies deal with the situation after this AAR leaves off.

I'm curious how those cuirassiers managed such a wide loop around the town so quickly. They went like lightning, and the river crossing doesn't seem to have slowed the cavalry down significantly. Was the British column lagging? Was the cavalry galloping? Did they trade fatigue for position? Something else…?

- Ix

Cesar Paz07 Jan 2018 7:08 a.m. PST

As usual a great terrain setup and wonderful armies. I am a big fan of your battle reports. Thanks for sharing!

Personal logo War Artisan Sponsoring Member of TMP07 Jan 2018 10:07 a.m. PST

Thanks, all, for the kind words.

These reports are posted to my Flickr page primarily for the benefit of the Gentlemen Wargamers, so that they can look back through a sort of picture album of the last 10 years of our gaming activities together. However, I also make an effort to show them to a wider audience, as a reminder of what is possible when one has the time and inclination to do more than just line up figures across the table and march to the middle.

The entire collection (29 battles now, in the ATF collection alone) also serves as a kind of online scenario book, since most of the reports include an overhead view of the terrain setup and an Order of Battle.

For those who are interested, all of the reports are collected in one place, here:

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A few of them, expanded with additional narrative, are also on the "Reports" page of my website:

warartisan.com/reports

I hope you find them entertaining and/or useful.

Jeff

Personal logo War Artisan Sponsoring Member of TMP07 Jan 2018 10:29 a.m. PST

Ix,

I hope that Jefferson's Ocean bottle isn't still vintage 2015. It's inexcusably full.

The bottle to which you refer was gone long ago consumed in toasts to your health. It made enough of an impression that a bottle usually finds its way into the selection of treats at an ATF game. I'm pretty sure this one won't last long, either, although I didn't touch it this time, being distracted by a bottle of Bunnahabhain.

I'm curious how those cuirassiers managed such a wide loop around the town so quickly.

First of all, they were chasseurs, not cuirassiers, and very swift and nimble cavalry, too. Second, the stream bed was considered to be mostly dry for this scenario, it being mid-summer, and thus not much of an obstacle. Third, most of their movement was accomplished over a decent road (for Spain) on flat ground, while the Anglo-Portuguese infantry were apparently faced with a rough track going up a steep hill.

I'm sorry it's stopped before the situation concluded decisively. I would love to see how the Allies deal with the situation after this AAR leaves off.

Some of the gamers would have liked to continue, but we'd been at it for about 5 hours already and our guest had a previously scheduled event to attend. At the end of the game, a lively discussion ensued concerning what better options the British command might have tried. It was apparent that Pakenham would have had little choice but to fall back on Cole, considering what he was facing. (Notably, none of the discussion was about die rolls or rules; just tactics . . . "Yes, but if Foy moves here in force, then I'm forced to commit at least 17 battalions plus all the artillery to stop him." Another sign that the game was a success, by our standards.)

The Gentlemen Wargamers have agreed to try the scenario one more time as a "grudge match", each side hoping to demonstrate their points from the post-game discussion. This should be interesting.

Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP08 Jan 2018 2:56 p.m. PST

The bottle to which you refer was gone long ago consumed in toasts to your health. It made enough of an impression that a bottle usually finds its way into the selection of treats at an ATF game.
LOL! I guess I should be proud to have influenced the culture of a gaming group 2000 miles from home. :-)
I didn't touch it this time, being distracted by a bottle of Bunnahabhain.
I can hardly blame you. That photo of the courage supply contains numerous severe distractions. In the presence of such an outlay, my tactical acumen would decline steadily over the course of the battle. And you didn't photograph the beers.
The Gentlemen Wargamers have agreed to try the scenario one more time as a "grudge match", each side hoping to demonstrate their points from the post-game discussion. This should be interesting.
I'm already looking forward to reading that.

- Ix

Personal logo War Artisan Sponsoring Member of TMP08 Jan 2018 4:04 p.m. PST

In the presence of such an outlay, my tactical acumen would decline steadily over the course of the battle.

"Fog of War".

'nuff said.

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