A PENINSULAR WAR PRIMER
Barry Hilton guides us through a wonderful introduction to Napoleonic wargaming on the dusty plains of Spain and Portugal, where thousands of men from dozens of nations fought hard for or against the will of Emperor Napoleon. We find out more about the reasons the French were there in the first place, the type and scale of the battles, and the variety of troops involved.
BATTLE OF CORUNNA, 1809
Rick Priestley has written up a report of a massive battle hosted by Robert Browning late last year in his wargaming room, the retreat to Corunna by the British forces in 1809. This excellent table was featured in our Great Wargames special, but has never been part of a WI article before.
General de Brigade Napoleonic rules author Dave Brown has supplied a great scenario to coincide with the release of the latest version of his rules – Bussaco 1810, which also happens to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the battle!
LA IGLESIA DE SAN CRISTOBAL, 1811
British and French forces do battle around the church of Saint Christopher near Cadiz. Time is of the essence in this Napoleonic Peninsular War scenario.
THE LITTLE FIGHTING FOURS
His Majesty’s 44th Regiment of Foot, the East Essex Regiment; their illustrious history (focusing on their role in the Napoleonic Wars) and how to get them brushed up for the tabletop.
Richard Clarke, of Too Fat Lardies, presents a fun little scenario for their game Sharp Practice. Can Sharpe and his Rifles hold off the French long enough to blow up the bridge? And can Lt. Price keep Esmerelda safe from the advances of the French … and Sharpe?
A group of veteran wargamers, all relatively new to the Napoleonic period, decided to get together and host a Black Powder demonstration game at Adepticon, one of the largest sci-fi and fantasy, tournament-based, conventions in the US.
Barry Hilton hosted a collection of fictional Peninsular War battles at a local hotel, one of his famous “weekenders” that are open to any member of the wargaming public to attend. The rules used were Barry’s The March of Eagles and Republic To Empire.
When we first saw photos of the amazing Badajoz diorama created by the Recreaciones Historicas team, we knew we had to learn more and, with the help of author Peter Youds, we did.