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Austerlitz to Waterloo

Austerlitz to Waterloo is a set of rules for playing tabletop wargames representing battles in the Napoleonic period of European history, using 25-30mm size model soldiers. The rules cover the period roughly 1805-1815.

Napoleonic warfare is marked by a rough equality between infantry, cavalry and artillery. The footmen are not as well-drilled as in the earlier “lace wars” decades. If cavalry can catch them out of square they will usually overrun them. Cavalry is powerful but relatively more expensive due to the mass conscription of infantry and more efficient cannon production methods. Artillery is coming into its own as the battle-winning arm of service but still needs support to survive on the field of battle. Command and control has improved due to permanent grand-tactical formations: Brigades and divisions. This is reflected with an increased radius of command compared to lace wars armies.

Austerlitz to Waterloo introduction

Wes Rogers
Year Published
In Print
Available online (31-page PDF)
Models (figures)
One model infantry or cavalry figure represents 25 actual men. One cannon model represents two actual guns. Two gunner or crew figures represent enough personnel to serve one actual gun; therefore a fully-crewed gun model would have 4 gunner models.
Distance Scale
One inch on the game table represents 20 actual paces (about 50 feet), taking an average of the many shifting definitions of a “pace” as two and one-half feet.
Turn Length
A turn in the game represents more or less 15 minutes of real time: a lot of “hurry up and wait” mixed with bursts of intense activity.

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This entry created by Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian on 8 November 2016. Last revised by Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian on 8 November 2016.

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Rules for Tabletop Wargames Set in the Napoleonic Era Using 25-30mm Size Model Soldiers