Friday, 17 March 2017

Battles of Napoleon

Battles of Napoleon is a hex board game with miniatures which was published in 2010 and is no longer in print. Despite a superficial similarity in appearance to the Command & Colors series of games, it plays quite differently.

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'd certainly be interested in replaying this game from the British side. My strategy would be...well, you'll have to wait for that!

I really enjoyed the game and I think Napoleonic buffs would prefer this game to the more abstract approach of C&C Napoleonics.

4 comments:

  1. Thanks for this - I remember being interested in this game and then forgot all about it! I'll have to keep an eye open for it around the traps.

    Cheers,
    Aaron

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    1. I think it has turned up second-hand for £60 - half the original price.

      Richard

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  2. I think my gaming buddy still has it. We played it when it first came out and I did a review on it over at the Geek (link below). The expected expansions didn't happen.

    LINK - https://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/556081/battles-napoleon-eagle-and-lion-first-play-observa

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    1. Norm

      Thanks for the link to your review. The game showed real promise so it's all the more disappointing that it died.

      Richard

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