Commanders, a wargame digest

Commanders, a wargame digest


1809 Project

Napoleonics - French V Austrian

I am just embarking on this project, covering one of my favourite Napoleonic campaigns. The first things to sort out are figure scale and rules, so expect the first posting to be covering that.

Last weekend, I went to a wargame show and bought a painting by Chris Gregg, covering the advance of 9th Cuirassiers towards Eckmühl, with jaegers retreating in the background. This has moved me to get on with this project.  

Some initial reading

Good old Osprey! These two books arrived today. Between the two of them, they should give me a good feel for the campaign and all of the illustrations and photographs that are typical of Osprey publications, should help with army and scenario building.

Superb on line resource

Someone at The Lead Adventure Forum posted a link to this amazing PDF resource.

The Austrian Imperial-Royal army 1805 to 1809, by Enrico Acerbi, is a 198 page book covering uniform plates, facings and orders-of-battle, together with information on reform and organisation etc.

Updating - 27th Dec 2021

This is going to be a 28mm project under the category of Pocket Army, so in the first instance each side will get four infantry battalions, a cavalry regiment and an artillery battery.

This will give scope for some tester games and rules exploration. From there, as per other pocket armies, both sides will grow to around twelve units.

The Austrian infantry are mainly Victrix, the French, Warlord Games. Cavalry for both sides come from Perry plastic and the artillery is a mix of Perry metal, Front Rank metal and Victrix plastic.

There are other projects that need some development before this gets any attention, but it will see a 2022 start.