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Whirlwind20 Dec 2019 10:20 a.m. PST

Please see link for an AAR for the Battle of Vauchamps featuring Napoleon's strike against Blucher's extended army, using the Polemos Ruse de Guerre rules and 6mm figures.


Just Jack Supporting Member of TMP21 Dec 2019 8:42 p.m. PST

Thanks for posting John, a great looking fight and a helluva back-and forth slugfest!


Whirlwind22 Dec 2019 2:59 a.m. PST

Thanks Jack, much appreciated. It was nice to see my French getting the better dice for a change!

Delort22 Dec 2019 5:34 a.m. PST

Great battle Whirlwind; I do enjoy reading of other people's battles.

Incidentally, Vauchamps is a really interesting battle in a much neglected campaign (1814); plenty of small, multi-nation battles. Vauchamps itself is particularly interesting and makes a great scenario; fought over a long period (you have just fought the first phase) with plenty of reinforcements arriving for both sides. Well worth investigating further.

Whirlwind22 Dec 2019 9:49 a.m. PST

Thanks Delort. I agree very much, 1814 is very interesting campaign and contains many equally interesting battles and it is a pity that perhaps it doesn't always get the attention it deserves.

Steamingdave224 Dec 2019 11:09 a.m. PST

Played this recently using Naps Battles, with a scenario adapted from an "Age of Eagles" one. Allies were trounced. Once Grouchy's cavalry appear, and then Napoleon with the guard, the historical result was pretty much inevitable. One problem for the Allies was that they had to enter in road columns and deploying into fighting formations is a bit tedious in Naps Battles. May try it again, allowing Allies to come on in battle columns.

Whirlwind24 Dec 2019 1:17 p.m. PST


It is an interesting battle in that it shows up the assumptions in rules. If cavalry is relatively strong and it is quite difficult to move from march column to some kind of fighting formation then the Allies are going to be up against it; if infantry is relatively strong and units can get into some kind of battle formation quite quickly, the Allies are going to have a chance.

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