Board games with miniatures are said to be the wave of the future, and I would say that miniatures games with hexes or squares are effectively converging from the other direction. This was thus a game I was keen to try.
My friend Ian, who owns the game, chose the Salamanca scenario and gave me the French with the warning that I was unlikely to win, but fate decided otherwise. The British were stronger, particularly in cavalry, but I had more artillery and a good position on a ridge line defending the three objectives which start in French hands.
The aim of this scenario is to take a majority of the objectives, but you can also win the game by destroying a certain number of units or killing the enemy c-in-c.
|The initial French deployment. The British are yet to set up.|
The British made a frontal assault in column and uphill which gave me two bonuses in firepower. Coupled with a run of skillful dice throwing (!), the British attack shattered on the French rock. The British may have suffered from bad luck but I believe they would have needed an equally exceptional run of good luck to have succeeded in their strategy.
|The French hold firm while the British begin to suffer.|
I really enjoyed the game and I think Napoleonic buffs would prefer this game to the more abstract approach of C&C Napoleonics.