First 54mm Napoleonics Game

I bought a large collection of 54mm Napoleonics last year from Andy Duff’s widow (Andy sadly died in December 2017) and I have slowly been working through it making sense of the figures an rebasing them into my planned arrangement for 12 man units based on 4 stands of 60mm x 40mm. The figures are a some what eclectic mix (as Andy himself admitted) and contain a fair amount of austrians repainted as other nations which will evntually be restored to their white coats and correct uniforms.

I have also bought a fair number of Prussians from Anthony who has decided to move to metals for his napoleonic collection.

I now have enough based up for a game and so Anthony and I met up to play a game using Neil Thomas’s Napoleonic rules with 8 units a side.

Each side had 1 cavalry, 1 gun, 5 line infantry, 1 poorer quality infantry, 1 general and 1 officer.

The game worked very well and we both enjoyed it – simple victory conditions were to claim the crossroads or reduce the enemy to 2 units. After a hard fought battle which swung both ways at times, the prussian jagers managed to almost completely destroy the last intact French unit with some lucky die rolling and I admitted defeat.

I need to finish the bases off for the figures but was keen to get them on the table as I always find that playing a game keeps up my interest in a project…

Memoir ’44 Dalek Game

My regular opponent Anthony is a keen fan of the Memoir ’44 system and a Dr Who fan so it is natural that he should want to combine the two. There is a variant for Memoir ’44 for Dr. Who which lets you take any historical scenario and replace the germans with daleks (or cybermen).

So, a couple of weeks ago we convened at Anthony’s to have our second game of the variant (the first one didn’t work terribly well as Anthony hadn’t read all the rules correctly and the Daleks were rather overwhelmed (and underwhelming)). This time we were sure of the rules.

The daleks are treated as Armour and have the advantge of moving further and firing at full strength regardless of the distance they fire at. They can also be only be hit on the armour symbol and ignore the first flag retreat result. In the scenario we played, the daleks had 6 units and a unit of Dalek troopers who didn’t could towards victory conditions. The UNIT side required 4 victory points to win (destroying dalek units) and the daleks required 10 victory points (destroy units or destroy a town).

It was a close fought game and UNIT finally won with their 4th victory point while the Daelks were on 8 points. In retrospect it would have been better on a couple of occasions for me, as the daleks, to destroy a town and risk losing a unit.

Definitely a good variant and one we will play again.

The figures are all 54mm with corgi daleks. The dalek troopers are repainted Star Wars figures.

Post game analysis was had over a cuppa with Anthony’s cat Leonard looking on…