Saturday, April 11, 2015

More Napoleonic action this time Black Powder rules front and centre

Played another Napoleonic game at Stephens with my Prussians against his French.
We decided (after much hymning and hawing) to try Black Powder with a few minor house rules (main one being Shooting Phase coming before Command Phase),
We have tried the rules (or rule kit) before for SYW but never took to them but must say after todays outing we 'get' them now and can understand their popular appeal.
Stephen obtained the scenario from web being a fictional battle set at Frischermont during Waterloo campaign.
This saw French regulars set up in defence of 3 small hamlets and more substantial Frischermont Chateau with Prussians on the attack but arriving piecemeal (7 Brigades but only 2 arrive per turn).
The French have set up with 3 (?) small Brigades on table and small unit detachments in the hamlets with a reserve of a Cavalry Brigade and a Brigade of Veteran Infantry to come on.
Tough proposition for 'Marshal Vorwarts' and his troops.
This was not helped by some particularly awesome dice rolling by Stephen !
He always seem to get a 6 to Disrupt my troops (meaning they cant move/charge) and saved a stunning amount of my hits on his units (including wiping out my best roll of 6 hits from 6 rolls by saving all 6 !!).
My Command rolls were less than stellar with two Brigades appearing then disappearing off table due to Command Blunders meaning I had to roll to get them back on later.
Several times whole Brigades refused to move forward.
Not much better in Melee where I managed to Break couple of still fairly fresh units by crap Break Test results (ie rolling 4 or under on 2D6 !!).
But despite all this 'woe unto me' this was a fun game with plenty of incident and for us a good insight into the workings of the rules.
They are very tweakable (positively encouraged) but with solid core systems and they give a fast moving and decisive game, and enjoyable enough for us to agree to use them again.
I had thought of them as Rapid Fire for horse and musket but found much more 'depth' to them this time around.
Next time I would possibly use Artillery as 2 base units but with same stats just for better look vis a vs standard unit sizes.

Pics less than stellar due to only having phone with me.

Central Prussian advance

 French defenders

The defenders (a small unit) of this hamlet proved tough nuts to crack

 Attack develops

Prussian attack columns hit French line (both died !!)

 French veteran Brigade arrives in all their splendour

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