Thursday, April 24, 2014

Note on the Leipzig Orbats

Below you will find the orders of battle that I am working on for the upcoming monster game of Leipzig which is tentatively scheduled for the 5th and/or 6th of July 2014 in Sterling Hgts MI.

Some things to keep in mind when looking at them are;

1. I have averaged the strength of the formations to bring the units (infantry battalion/ cavalry regiment) shown in the Orbat into ;line with our standard sized units in the rules.  This has led to some brigades having fewer battalions on the roster than the actual Orbat would show but I cannot see a way to keep track of casualties if all the units have different starting strengths.

2. Therefore it is assumes that all French (and most of their allied) foot formations are twelve figures, while the cavalry regiments are eight.

3. Austrians foot units are organized around basic foot battalion of eighteen figures and cavalry are in units of twelve.

4. Prussian and Swedish units are organized like the French.

5. Russian units are based on a standard foot strength of eight figures and cavalry at eight figures

6. Special exceptions are notes in the lists; see the over strength size of some French Guard battalions/regiments .

7. I am a lazy typist so I contracted the ranking of the French Generals "GdD" is General de Division, "GdB" is General de Brigade, I will add to this as I get to the other nations.

Please do not hesitate to provide corrections if I have made any glaring errors, do please provide sources for your information. Some units may have disappeared from the roster because their strength was averaged into another unit to provide the abovementioned round unit sizes, I apologize in advance if your favorite regiment has gone missing.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Leipzig Orbat In Progress

I have what looks like a pretty solid Orbat for Leipzig from the Nafziger Collection. I am calculating the divisions into our "standard" size battalions rather than trying to reproduce the wildly variable unit sizes present at the battle. the Divisional strengths will be right, there just might be fewer/more battalions than were present at the time. If anybody knows of significant flaws in this Orbat please post in the comments so I can correct the problem. I will be posting the Order of Battle a bit at a time as I build it up.

Next issue, rounding up enough people to make this work. People that are interested can contact me at daftrica89@yahoo.com with the word "Leipzig" in the title. You will need to be available to come to a couple of games before the big game so as to learn the rules.

Friday, April 11, 2014

So it looks like Leipzig!

I have been reassured that we have the resources for the event, so I think we will take a stab at Leipzig. What I need now is an inventory of everybody's troops, just to be certain. We will also have to figure out how to configure that tables (and where we will be getting said same tables).

I need somebody to get a good Orbat for all of the armies involved, the sources I have are too general. There used to be a guy named Nafziger that did them but he seems to have passed away and donated the collection to some public trust. I have not had the time to check where they went. IIRC they were very good, detailed down to the headcount od each battalion. Somebody step up[ and locate them.

Lots of villages were dotted about the battlefield so we will need plenty of buildings, I will make some basics but we will need something on the order of fifty or so  European 18th century buildings.

The sheer size of the table will exceed my tree collection as well, anybody got a bunch to add to the pile?

Players will be needed too, this is likely to happen the weekend directly following the 4th of July either a full-day (10 hours or so) or a two day with a more relaxed pace. We need people that are seriously interested in playing, congenial, non-argumentative and well-versed in Napoleonic warfare. We will not have time to be teaching the rules to people so they will have to make themselves available at certain dates prior for games where they will be familiarized with the rules. We will need about a dozen players, our regular group can fill eight of those slots so we need at least four more. I would prefer to stand back and act as a referee/photographer if we can find  more willing victims, er, players.

I have a TON of blue-board (thanks Joe) and will handle making the terrain.

Lets GO!

Friday, April 4, 2014

I picked up something at a Con

       And, no, it isn't contagious! On second thought it might be; behold displayed below, some excellent building models from the firm 4Ground Ltd and assembled and finished by the talented (and very affordable) hand of John Vincent of Quality Miniatures. I hadn't gone looking for Dark Ages buildings but once I saw them I knew that I NEEDED them. You know how that goes, right?

      The fit and finish of the kits is simply superb, the detail is crisp and clear and the size and shape are just right for 28mm gaming. John's assembly and finishing really topped them off. I was sold on them before I knew that they came with a basic, finished, interior.


the group

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Monster Game sometime this summer

I have access to a pretty large space that we can use to run a truly huge game sometime during the summer. I will cover the cost of the space so there will be no cost to the players.

The space will accommodate two tables 6'x30' or some permutation thereof. This leads to the next questions;
1. what period/scale to play.
2. what rules to use,
3. how do I round up enough minis/terrain/serious players to bring the whole thing off?

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Uprising Miniatures 15mm figures

      To my delight and surprise I encountered a new line of Napoleonic miniatures while attending Battlefields Wargaming Convention over the weekend. And no boring "French Line Infantry" or "Stalwart British Lads" nonsense here, Uprising Miniatures produces a line of Polish, Lithuanian and Russian infantry for the revolt led by Tadeusz KoĹ›ciuszko in 1794 against the Russians and the Second Partition of Poland. The figures are simply brilliant, with a slim, elegant line and crisp detail.



     In speaking with the proprietor of Uprising Miniatures I found out that artillery and some personalities are next, with cavalry to follow. At last some one has had the nerve to tackle something fully outside the mainstream. These are lovely figures and fully deserve your attention. I do not expect that they will end up on everyone's Christmas List but they certainly are worthy of a look, particularly if you want to run a Napoleonic Army that has a flair all its own.

     Very Highly Recommended

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Battlefields coming soon 29MAR14

One of my favorite local conventions, Battlefields, is coming up at the end of this month. This year there has been a change of venue from the U of M Dearborn campus to Lutheran High School Westland.

NOTE, as of now 13MAR14 at 23:05 local they have not updated the game schedule from last time......hopefully they will take care of that pretty soon.

I will be helping a friend run a massive 15mm Flames of War 1939 Russians vs Japanese game (hopefully in the AM session), I will also be bringing a ton of surplus stuff to give away to interested gamers: minis, some terrain and rules, all the sort of stuff that piles up after decades of unfinished projects.

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Dead Sexy and seen in Lansing

I seem to have appalling luck when it comes to scheduling games. I ran a game in the afternoon session at Spartacon, and missed the previously shown Congo game as well as the Russo-Japanese game featuring these breathtakingly beautiful models.  I didn't even get a chance to speak with the GM as to the source of the models, I understood from others that a good many were the old Houston's Ships products but I cannot say for sure. All I can do is give credit to the gentleman that spent the hours making these so very lovely! Kudos!!!


Congo 1963 as seen at Spartacon 2014


     I saw this game in passing only as I was busy running a game at the same time, it looked so extraordinarily nice that I almost cancelled my game to join in (but that would have been exceedingly poor form!), Rich Uncle Pat and Kris both played and hopefully they can provide some commentary. There clearly was a LOT going on in the game. The terrain and models were lovely and I understand that the game was presented by the redoubtable pair of Bob Beattie and Son. I would hope that R.U.P.  or Kris will be able to provide commentary to go with the photos.