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The Wargaming Company13 Feb 2019 7:09 a.m. PST

Refight of Elchingen, 1805 using ESR Napoleonics in 15mm.

The aggressive Austrians reverse their historical failure at Elchingen!

There are several ESR Napoleonics games running at Cold Wars and AdeptiCon, hope you can check them out!

Check it out, lots more photos of the action here.


Phil the french13 Feb 2019 10:15 a.m. PST

Splendid terrain and armies, and most impressive mass effect, sounds great!

Wargamorium13 Feb 2019 10:26 a.m. PST

Very interesting but I have two questions:

Do the Austrians have 2 bases per battalion?

Why did the French guns fail to deploy?


Mike Petro13 Feb 2019 8:29 p.m. PST

Does ESR have skirmishers or are they ignored at this size game?

Whirlwind13 Feb 2019 10:33 p.m. PST

Very nice!

The Wargaming Company14 Feb 2019 6:17 a.m. PST

Phil the french:

Thank you, all the credit for the miniatures and terrain goes to the players who ran this in France.


Do the Austrians have 2 bases per battalion?

The battalions on both sides were one base per battalion.

Why did the French guns fail to deploy?

Not sure entirely as this game was run by some players in France, but our suspicion he meant the player could not have legally committed the artillery where he did, when he did. Dense terrain requires artillery to halt upon contacting it, and it may subsequently move at half speed through it. The area where the French guns were committed was dense terrain (effectively there is marsh between the two branches of the Danube), so rather than being moved and dropped right there, it should have taken at least two turns to accomplish.

I Drink Your Milkshake:

Does ESR have skirmishers or are they ignored at this size game?

Skirmishing is not ignored in ESR, in fact, it has a big impact on the game, however, there are no skirmish stands. Each infantry battalion is designated as being either line or light (based on troop capability, not title), and each Formation (division-sized, sometimes brigade-sized body of troops) is designated as having an effective or ineffective skirmishing doctrine. Those combinations are worth points which automatically target any enemy within range and arc. Fatigue reduces those points (fatigue in ESR is all things bad: disorder, loss of cohesion, reduction of command & control, casualties, exhaustion, etc…).


Their game really does look good. The same group has sent us several after-action-reports from scenarios out of our Roll up that Map Campaign Guide. We'll post more of them in the future. They intend to run Austerlitz later this spring!


Wargamorium14 Feb 2019 10:37 a.m. PST


Thank you for explaining that which is clear now.

I did not know there were ESR players in France.


The Wargaming Company14 Feb 2019 1:56 p.m. PST


Thank you for explaining that which is clear now.

No problem!

I did not know there were ESR players in France.

Oh indeed, we've got ESR Napoleonics players in the US, Canada, Italy, the UK, France, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, and Israel (that we know about).


Wargamorium14 Feb 2019 11:50 p.m. PST

Maybe on your yahoo group you might open a file for people to state where they are in the world so that players could get together?? Just a suggestion.

marshalGreg15 Feb 2019 6:33 a.m. PST

1) joining the ESR Yahoo forum and make a roll call there, as a start.
2) Then a "roll call" on TMP and facebook under "The Napoleonic Wargamer"
3) also…Lead some games with your local gamer friends, to start interest.

Wargamorium15 Feb 2019 11:37 a.m. PST

Thanks Marshal

I have already tried all three suggestions but none of them produced any results. That is why I suggested that the Yahoo Group moderator start an official list which might command more response.

Thanks for the thought anyway.


David Grech19 Feb 2019 10:37 a.m. PST

Malta too

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