Wednesday, February 25, 2015


Over the past few weeks I setup a fictional game in my garage vaguely based on the action at Plancenoit in 1815 but I moved the action north to the area of Frischermont. I used a 10ft by 6ft layout on my table.  I have played it twice as the French player - first against Scott Duncan and secondly against Dave Paterson and Kevin Bowman.  We used Black Powder with the 66% using my House Rules.  All the commanders were rated as 8.  Both times it proved a French victory but the second game was much harder fought.  Luckily for me Dave and Kevin in the second game were hamstrung by some appalling command rolls which prevented their reserves arriving on time.  Their Landwehr brigade failed to arrive in 10 turns by which time their army had broken.   All these photos are from the second game.

French veteran brigade advances onto the table

French line infantry counter-attack at Frischermont.  Model was made by Iain Gale for his Waterloo game.
Here are the Player Briefings and OBs

Prussian Briefing

The enemy is defending the line of villages shown on the map.  Your objective is to defeat them and move your force of their side of the table.  Your force starts the game off table.  Two brigades can try to enter on each turn up to turn 3 and one per turn after that.  Decide your order of march and where the troops will enter the table.

Prussian Army
1st Brigade
4 Infantry Btns, Foot gun

2nd Brigade
4 Infantry Btns, Rifle det, Foot gun

3RD Brigade
4 Landwehr Btns, Foot gun

4th Brigade
3 Russian Btns, Foot gun

1st Cavalry Brigade
2 Dragoon Regts, Horse gun

2nd Cavalry Brigade
2 Hussar Regts

3rd Cavalry Brigade
2 Landwehr Cav Regts

Moment of Glory - French light cavalry strike the flank of the Russo-German legion

French Briefing

Your command is defending the line of villages shown on the map.  Your objective is to prevent the enemy moving of your side of the table.  Your initial starting troops can be deployed up to half way across the table.  However an outpost is established in the hamlet just over half way across the table.

French Army
1st French Brigade 
3 Infantry Btns, Foot gun

2nd French Brigade 
3 Infantry Btns, Foot gun

3rd French Brigade 
4 Veteran infantry Btns, Hvy Foot gun

4th French Brigade
2 Guard Btns

1st French Lt Cav Brigade 
2 ChaCH Regts, Horse gun

2nd French Lt Cav Brigade 
2 Hussar Regts, Horse gun
In addition there are 3 infantry detachments (small units) holding the hamlets.

The 3rd and 4th Infantry brigades and 2nd Lt Cav brigade are off-table marching to the sound of the guns. 

Arrival from
Turn 2 - 2nd Lt Cav brigade
Turn 4 - 3rd Infantry brigade
Turn 8 - 4th Infantry brigade

I am planning a 28mm French Russian Napoleonic game in mid March using the new Blucher rules. 

Landwehr cavalry threaten the French right flank

Old Guard charge home near Frischermont


  1. Excellent looking game as usual Bill! I've been playing Piquet Field of Battle and it's great fun. Have you tried it?


    1. Christopher
      I have played Piquet for mid 19th century games - SWW and FPW - but never got into them as a set of rules

    2. I suppose I really enjoy the card aspect of the game. Probably why I like Maurice so much as well.
      Black Powder is quite fun, but doesn't quite hold as many surprises as Fob and Maurice imho.


  2. Reads like a great game and there's some love;y scenery and large units on display too!

    All round, it's what it's all about!


    1. Darrell
      Thanks - it looked good and played well. I picked up Frischermont, Papelotte and Plancenoit from Iain Gales' big Waterloo game.

  3. Great looking game and troops!