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Jabba Miles10 Aug 2018 4:08 a.m. PST

Last Friday at New Buckenham seven players plus an umpire got together for a refight of the Battle of Vimeiro in 1808. This time 15mm was to be the scale and Black Powder at 50% distances the rules.

The battlefield

The British started with Hill's brigade on the ridge at top right, south of Vimeiro itself. Anstruther And Fane's brigades on the hill in front of Vimeiro. Acland on the end of the centre ridge and the cavalry in the centre in reserve. Ferguson, Bowes and Nightingall's brigades were hidden behind the ridge between Acland and the buildings of Ventosa on the northern end of the ridgeline. These three brigades would remain hidden unless they moved or the French crested the ridge. The buildings of Toledo can be seen left of centre.

Trant's Portuguese and Craufurds brigades were due to arrive at some point during the game.

The French start with the brigades of Charlot, Thomieres and Kellermann facing Vimeiro with the cavalry division of Marraron in support. The brigades of Brenier and Solignac out of sight on a flanking march to the northern, near end of the table.

As usual I played on the British side and as the experienced Black Powder player of the three commanders I was given the role of Wellesley as well as command of Anstruther and Fane's brigades.

Lets just say things didn't go well. The French players were much better organised than their historical counterparts and rolled superb saving and break test dice all evening, whist the British players, despite some blinding shooting and attack rolls, threw terrible saving and break test dice in reply.

A few photos of the battle follow, the result of which would have seen Wellesley retreating back to the coast and the hoped for safety of the Royal Navy.

Vimeiro and the starting positions

Bit messy in the centre

 The left flank near Ventosa

More details can be found on my blog at Jabba's Wargaming


C M DODSON10 Aug 2018 5:35 a.m. PST

Very nice indeed.

Best wishes,


Cooldude10 Aug 2018 11:59 a.m. PST

Great stuff thanks for sharing.

PzGeneral10 Aug 2018 1:20 p.m. PST

Lovely photos…many thanks!

Jabba Miles15 Aug 2018 10:10 a.m. PST

Thanks for the comments all.

alexkalinin Supporting Member of TMP15 Aug 2018 1:42 p.m. PST

Beautiful game! And who is the producer of houses?

Jabba Miles16 Aug 2018 4:53 a.m. PST

@alexkalinin I believe the buildings are currently available from SHQ Miniatures


Sadly no pictures on the website.

alexkalinin Supporting Member of TMP18 Aug 2018 7:34 p.m. PST

Many thanks!

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