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Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2022 12:57 a.m. PST

Tomorrow, my pals & I will fight a devised battle between the French & Prussians during the SYW.
We will be using a new rule set for the first time. The rules are a modified version of the Napoleonic set SHAKO. I'm calling them TRICORNE & I must acknowledge the generous support & sharing of LAW member RMD in my efforts to get them ready for battle.
The game will start with the troops in position.


The battlefield. The French, in strength, are advancing on 3 fronts on a small Prussian army on the defence.


The main French army, under Prince Soubise, advance with two infantry brigades, a cavalry brigade & several field guns.


A French flanking force of hussars, light infantry & 4 battalions of Etranger infantry threaten the Prussian redoubt & village



To the north, French grenadiers & dragoons move to pin the Prussians


Fewer in number, a well placed Prussian force stands in the way of the French advance.



Prussian re-enforcements in the form of heavy cavalry & grenadiers march to their assistance.



Much will depend upon the Prussians holding their eastern flank

The battle report will be posted tomorrow.


BTW in case you think this unfair, I should point out the sheer mass of the French may be a problem. Plus they can only change orders to their 6 brigades via an ADC. They have 5.
The Prussians are also better quality troops, have 4 ADCs for their 4 brigades & have the benefit of a central position. Of no small significance, the sun sets on Turn 9 so the French, to win, most rout their enemy. Good luck to them.
I should add that I've mentioned to my French opponents that Frederick is within marching distance with an army (he isn't & will not appear).

John Leahy Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2022 3:12 a.m. PST

Oh, I really love this! I would think that the French must outnumber the Prussians to stand any chance of winning. As always, great looking armies and table!!!!
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Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2022 3:26 a.m. PST

I love my SYW French army but I am true to history & the rules make them a shambles on the table top.

That is why for this battle, over half my Prussians will remain in their boxes. This is the only hope for the French….& I still think they'll botch it.

Whirlwind03 Jan 2022 3:41 a.m. PST

Looks great!

What changes do you make to Shako for the SYW? Is it a modification of the rules within Shako already for the SYW, or did you start from the Napoleonic base set and make your own adjustments?

Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2022 6:20 a.m. PST

Fiddling around the edges,mostly. My changes are based on discussing SHAKO with others, testing aspects – the real test is tomorrow.

I've dumped maps & that command arrow-thing. You write your orders (there's now 6 from the "order menu" eg 'Support' & 'Move') and change them via ADCs. Cavalry units winning melees against cavalry get an automatic kill (otherwise they're too powerful).A 'passage of lines' mechanism. Dismounting dragoons…..a grab-bag of minor things.

I also changed some terminology to suit what we're used to: Staggered becomes Shaken etc

We hope that 'TRICORNE' can play a large battle in 3-4 hours.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2022 6:38 a.m. PST

Looks great. I keep feeling 1/72 trying to pull me back in.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2022 6:41 a.m. PST

Great looking battle and thanks for sharing – like you, I have some of those red-coated Irishmen in my French SYW army – and I share Ochion's feelings on my beloved French army

GamesPoet Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2022 6:46 a.m. PST

Looking grand, congrats!

huron725 Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2022 11:28 a.m. PST

Wow! Very nice.

Personal logo Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP04 Jan 2022 9:13 a.m. PST

Every time you post photo AARs of big 1/72 scale games, I go window shopping at I love seeing your games.

- Ix

Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP04 Jan 2022 4:39 p.m. PST

Well, thank you very much.

I suspect you might be a bit charitable as my painting skills are adequate but I do appreciate your post.

COL Scott ret09 Jan 2022 7:50 p.m. PST

Looks great

Master Caster11 Jan 2022 2:55 p.m. PST

Very nice, but please. Can you post the scale/size and some of the makers of your figures? Thanks.

Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP18 Jan 2022 7:46 p.m. PST


Hat, Wodenfeld, Zvesda, Revell

Master Caster19 Jan 2022 7:29 a.m. PST

Thank you for responding. Much appreciated and enjoyed your photos. I've been gaming and collecting for many years and never heard of Wodenfeld. Spent the last hour googling and running down leads. It was fun in a strange way but looks like they are long no longer available. It's always frustrating when I see an article with photos of miniatures and I can't ID the brand/size etc.
Thanks again,
Toby Barrett

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