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AegonTheUnready Supporting Member of TMP30 Jul 2019 4:59 p.m. PST

I have ~200 15mm Napoleonics (French & British) that I bought years ago and are based for NB. Thinking of rebasing them to a newer rules set. What system would be good? Note it has to be playable with just 200 figures. Not looking to expand at this time.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP30 Jul 2019 5:44 p.m. PST

Hard to say. What size are your units? Probably 12 man battalions?

Black Powder are very popular, easily adaptable, and best of all you would not need to re-base. BP was designed for clubs where troops may be based differently. Each unit is simply designated as small, medium or large and away you go!

And as long as both sides' units are (roughly) the same frontage you;re good.

nsolomon9930 Jul 2019 6:54 p.m. PST

Can you tell us what you like in your rules sets? Did you play NB with these figures? What aspects did you enjoy/not enjoy?

There is a myriad of rules sets available today, many of them really excellent, at least a dozen sets out there at the moment would be classed as popular and successful. It depends what interests you most?

Condottiere30 Jul 2019 7:11 p.m. PST

I have ~200 15mm Napoleonics …

A skirmish!

saltflats192930 Jul 2019 7:30 p.m. PST

Sharpe practice?

MajorB31 Jul 2019 1:36 a.m. PST

How do you measure popularity?

14th NJ Vol Supporting Member of TMP31 Jul 2019 5:00 a.m. PST

SHAKO II can use the figures based as you have them. Four stands to a battalion is standard, however you can use 2 or 3 stands. Looks like you could have a division on each side.

Steamingdave231 Jul 2019 7:33 a.m. PST

"Over the Hills" would work with NB basing and a relatively small number of figures.

Aethelflaeda was framed31 Jul 2019 7:48 a.m. PST


AegonTheUnready Supporting Member of TMP31 Jul 2019 8:08 a.m. PST

@Condotierre Ha! Don't I need at least a corps of Austrians for that?

AegonTheUnready Supporting Member of TMP31 Jul 2019 8:13 a.m. PST

@nsolomon99 I played NB at at Hcon a looong time ago, but these figures were not for that. I originally intended to rebase them for De Bellis Napoleon, or Horse, Foot and Gun. That is why there are so few figures.

In general, though I've played Empire a few times way back when, at this time in my life I like simple and fast. Maybe more complex than DBA, but much less involved than Empire.

coopman31 Jul 2019 10:41 a.m. PST

"One Hour Wargames" by Neil Thomas would work, with perhaps some period specific tweeking for the Nap. era as deemed necessary.

ChrisBBB2 Supporting Member of TMP02 Aug 2019 4:24 a.m. PST

Depending how few figures you're prepared to put on a 1" square base, you might look at 'Bloody Big BATTLES!' (BBB). It can give good games with 30 or so bases a side, eg this Wavre refight:

Some other recent examples of folks using BBB for Napoleonics in 15mm or 6mm:



Good luck with finding rules that suit you and getting your armies into action.


Bloody Big BATTLES!

1815Guy24 Aug 2019 9:21 a.m. PST

Bill Gray's Age of Eagles. Perfect. No rebasing required.

200 figs would be a strong Division or weak Corps. Each unit = 1 brigade.

They play really well.

18th Century Guy Supporting Member of TMP10 Sep 2019 9:15 a.m. PST

None, zip, nada….nothing new that is worthwhile.

pbishop1222 Sep 2019 11:40 p.m. PST

10+ years, General de Brigade

WarEmblem05 Nov 2019 7:37 p.m. PST

In my opinion, NB is the best grand tactical set of rules ever written. However, based on the number of figures you have – which translates into roughly a Corps for the French and a couple of divisions for the British there are likely better rulesets to accommodate smaller-scale actions.

cae5ar11 Nov 2019 3:28 p.m. PST

Has anyone tried Bataille Empire yet, recently released in English?

Pohtonen18 Nov 2019 7:17 a.m. PST

Bataille Empire were for sale at Fall In this past weekend. Our gaming group purchased 6 copies of them there. It will take a few weeks of play testing to figure out all of the rules. It looks good so far and has point values for the armies, which we like.

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