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ferg98129 Feb 2020 1:22 a.m. PST

Good morning all

My Spanish Napoleonic army finally took to the field last night, with inevitable results for a newly purchased and painted army.

In fact, the umpire described my dice rolls as the worst he'd ever seen.

Still, I managed to get some photos for my blog, which you can see below


As always, comments and feedback welcome



Jcfrog Supporting Member of TMP29 Feb 2020 1:54 a.m. PST

We now seem to have plenty of very tempting minis. Whenever Mike Hopper has his scenario book, it might be irresistible ;)

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP29 Feb 2020 7:20 a.m. PST

Lack of lines suggests you were playing brigade-level rules.

Grande Armee?
Volley & Bayonet?

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP29 Feb 2020 7:21 a.m. PST

The Spanish are by far my favorite protagonist of the period. No other nation fought so hard, for so long, with so little to show. After 1805 Austria took 4 years off. After 1809 they switched sides. Prussia took a long powder after 1806.

But Spain fought non-stop from 1808 to 1814.

freerangeegg29 Feb 2020 9:48 a.m. PST

Except Britain and Portugal.
I do agree with you though, Spanish Napoleonic are some of my favourites too. They have such a great and colourful range of uniforms, if you can call their outfits that.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP29 Feb 2020 9:54 a.m. PST

Nice figures. I like the Spanish as well.

John Tyson Supporting Member of TMP29 Feb 2020 10:28 a.m. PST

ferg981, nice little Spanish force and thanks for your blog.

I too have a small 15mm Spanish force that I have allied with my Peninsula British forces. Using "General de Brigade, Deluxe (GdB)" rules, my Spanish units are all rated as '2nd Line' and I created a new category of generals. GdB rules have the lowest general category as 'Poor.' My Spanish generals are rated 'Very Poor.' They add no positive modifiers at all!! Yet surprisingly, my little Spanish force has fought remarkably well in all of their five battles. In one of their most recent battles, my Spaniards of four (4) battalions of infantry, one (1) battery of artillery, and one (1) regiment of dragoons, gallantly fought off a French division of ten (10) battalions supported by French artillery (all the French battalions were rated 'Veteran' and 'Line' with the French generals rated 'Excellent' and 'Average.' Both brigades in the French division were broken! But eventually, weight of numbers finally drove my noble Spaniards from the field. :-(

In the photo below, the French division is in the lower right and the Spanish are defending the saddle-back hill on lower left.

ferg981, don't loose hope on your Spaniards. They'll fight well yet! You'll see!

John T.

Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP29 Feb 2020 10:48 a.m. PST

A very pretty army.

I've just been looking at how to make one of these in 1/72 scale. Your battle report isn't helping convince me it would be a good investment. grin

- Ix

ferg98129 Feb 2020 12:36 p.m. PST

Extra Crispy

I started in column because it allowed me to move forwards quicker. I formed line a few turns later

Thanks everyone else for the positive comments!



Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP29 Feb 2020 12:44 p.m. PST

What rules are you using?

Brian Smaller29 Feb 2020 4:29 p.m. PST

I used my 1808 Spanish in a Black Powder competition at a convention last year. Apparently people were worried about the number of units I managed to field within the points value for the games. I got one win and got beaten four other times (one was a complete thrashing). All in all I thought I did quite well.

raylev329 Feb 2020 6:04 p.m. PST

looks great…inspires me to paint my Spaniards!

Mike Petro01 Mar 2020 7:38 a.m. PST

Reminds me of when I painted up a division of Saxons for Empire.

MrZorro05 Mar 2020 10:13 a.m. PST

Extraordinary job, amazing figures, also curious about what rules system was used.

Personal logo SHaT1984 Supporting Member of TMP07 Mar 2020 4:23 p.m. PST

Nice army ( yours too Brian ) and good to see the variety again.
No longer a 'competition' player I'd recommend a lean to 'historical balance' factors rather than artificial game mechanisms, but as long as you enjoy yourselves I suppose…
dave @ auksville

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