Napoleon's Campaigns in Miniature

A Wargamer's Guide to the Napoleonic Wars 1796–1815

Napoleon's Campaigns in Miniature

Published in response to popular demand as a result of Bruce Quarrie's first book on Napoleonic wargaming (Airfix Magazine Guide 4), this title was planned as the first in a brand new series on refighting the campaigns of the great captains of history.

Described by David Chandler in his Foreword as achieving "the difficult integration of theory and practice, of the actual event and the table-top simulation", it begins by outlining the basic principles of wargaming and numerous hints on choosing, assembling and painting your own army of model soldiers. A concise account of Napoleon's actual campaigns, well illustrated by 3D battle maps, is followed by sections on recruitment, wages and training, including population resources and national revenue; the organisation of the main armies of the period, including not only France, Britain, Austria, Prussian and Russia but also those of Spain, Portugal, Italy, the Confederation of the Rhine, Poland and Scandinavia, with notes on their fighting capabilities; lines of communications and supply, including the amounts of food and forage required for the maintenance of an army in the field, and their cost; leadership, with brief biographies of many of the major army commanders; grand strategy and battlefield tactics; the weapons of the period and their effectiveness; medical services, prisoners of war, attrition and desertion; siege warfare; and much more.

Finally, there is a chapter on setting up an actual campaign, with playing suggestions for movement movement rates, maps, time scale and the role of the umpire; and a completely revised, expanded and updated set of basic playing rules which have won widespread international acceptance from the author's previous book.

Designed principally to make wargaming more interesting and realistic by relating the table-top encounter to its overall economic, political, social and strategic context, this is a book which no serious Napoleonic wargamer can afford to be without.

Contents

  • Title: Napoleon's Campaigns in Miniature
  • Period: Napoleonic
  • Type: Tactical Wargame
  • Time Scale: one turn = 2.5 minutes (or 1 hour off table)
  • Ground Scale: 1:915 (1 mm = 1 yard)
  • Troop Scale: 1 figure = 33 men
  • Author: Bruce Quarrie
  • Format: 192-page rule book
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Patrick Stevens Ltd., Cambridge, England
  • Published: 1977

Chapters

  1. Essential ingredients of the Napoleonic wargame
    Scales, frontages, simultaneous movement, orders
  2. Choosing, painting and mounting figures
    Options, research, plastic or metal?, priming and undercoating, mass production, horses, choice of paint, brushes, bases
  3. Chronology of the Napoleonic Wars
    Italy 1796–7, Egypt 1798.-99, Italy 1799-1800, Ulm and Austerlitz 1805, Prussia 1806, Poland 1807, Spain and Portugal 1807–9, Austria 1809, Spain and Portugal 1810–12, Russia 1812, Germany and Spain 1813, abdication 1814, the Hundred Days 1815
  4. Recruiting and paying for an army
    Economy, taxation, subsidies, population, resources, the British army, bounties, militia, officers, scaling down, equipment costs, foreign exchange rates, campaign requisites, cost of small-arms, price of horses, training, rates of pay, cost of artillery pieces
  5. Organisation
    Infantry, cavalry and artillery, France, Austria, Russia, Prussia, Britain, Spain, Portugal, the Confederation of the Rhine, Poland, Italy, Naples, Scandinavia
  6. Lines of communication and supply
    Contractors, roads, vehicles, magazines, food requirements, weights, prices, clothing, prices, ammunition, weights, prices, gunpowder, caissons, draught animals, fodder
  7. Medical services and prisoners of war
    Diseases, wounds, amputation, Baron Larry, the »flying ambulance«, organisation, hospitals, administration, in wargames, dead and wounded, convalescence, prisoners, guards, exchanges
  8. Attrition and desertion
    Strategical consumption, numbers of desertions, reasons, in wargames, stragglers
  9. Generals and generalship
    Leadership qualities, biographies, Austria, Britain, France, Prussia, Russia, commanders in wargames, ratings
  10. Weapons and firepower
    Muskets, drill, range, accuracy, bayonets, artillery types, drill, rates of fire, the playing rules, determining casualties, roundshot, cannister, shell, shrapnel, tactics
  11. Strategy and tactics
    Aims, influences, manoeuvre sur les derrières, bataillon carré, strategy of the central position, planning, intelligence, dispersion and concentration, infantry, line and column, cavalry types and usage, infantry squares, the »ideal« battle
  12. Sieges
    Types of siege, fortifications, siege tactics, trenches, mining, artillery, sallies, street fighting, in wargames, blockades, assaults, formal sieges, casualties
  13. Setting up a campaign
    The campaign diary, suitable maps, movement rates, weather, roads, cavalry screen, role of the umpire, messages, from map to table, foraging, purchase of supplies, elevation of troop status
  14. Playing rules
    Scales, unit frontages, orders, visibility, rain, mist, wind and smoke, dead ground, national characteristics tables, movement, changes of formation, control, small-arms and artillery fire, ranges, deductions, special artillery rules, casualty charts, morale, definitions, melées, additions and deductions, buildings
  15. Weather
  16. Calendars
  17. Field engineering
  18. Select bibliography

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