Tuesday, 18 March 2014

General de Brigade at the Napoleonic Wargaming Society

Fin de l’année 2013: 3

On 18th December, I attended the last gathering of the Napoleonic Wargaming Society for 2013. Carlo ‘Pyjamas’ kindly organised a game of General de Brigade for me to join. It was a fictitious game set in 1813 with him and Martin taking the Austrians while Phill and I had the French.

Two French brigades, supported by light cavalry, were attempting to dislodge an Austrian advance guard, deployed in outlying farm buildings and to secure the vital bridge. The Austrians needed to force the bridge to secure the river crossing.

While a bit rusty on the rules, the game went smoothly and, most importantly, was a French victory!

Here are some photos of the game, showing Phill's and Carlo's beautifully painted 28 mm figures ("giants' compared to what I am used to!!).

Early stages, French closest to camera, many brigades still on blanks. Austrians in the farm buildings in the distance.

Lead French brigade screens the smaller farm with skirmishers, while making for the one at left-rear (which was worth more victory points).

These beautiful horse gunners did not hit much!

The lead battalion of légère heading to the second farm.

My cavalry brigade advances.

Two French brigades mass for the attack on the crucial farm nearest the bridge.

The Austrian defenders await the onslaught.

But help is on its way; finally (having missed the required roll initially).

Aerial view of the battlefield; note the cavalry now 'advancing' the wrong way. Their commander panicked, thanks to a timely double one!

Command restored, cavalry heading the right way!

Above and below: the first attack goes in, viewed from the Austrian and French perspective.

The foot battery was raining merry hell on the defenders in the first farm,

...while the French skirmishers screen the main attack.

The Austrian 'cavalry' is on its way, but will they deploy in time?

Overview of the battlefield.

French attack repulsed, but the Austrians failed their formation test.

The Austrian column that had crossed the bridge was caught before it could deploy and sent packing.

The Austrian defenders between the two farms form a strong firing line.

Above and below: a second attack goes in against the rearmost farm.

This time completely successful. At this point the game was called, since we'd reached the 'witching hour'. It was a French victory, but only just!

Meanwhile on another table... This game was report by Mark (aka Marc) on is one-sided miniature wargaming discourse blog.
Thanks so much to Carlo for organising the game, to he and Phill for supplying the figures and to all three for a great game and a great night. Well worth the ~200 km round trip (I was already down in the big smoke for work!). I look forward to catching up at the club for another game in the not too distant future.


  1. Your photography does great justice to those lovely figures.

    1. Thanks 'Marc'. They are good lookin' figures with animated poses and beautifully painted.

  2. Lovely figures and pictures, and Hurrah, the French!

    GdB is one of the few major Napoleonic sets I have neither played nor own!


  3. Well worth a go if you can get a copy Peter, especially for smaller-scale battles--brigade level, would you believe?! (haha)

  4. Glad to see a very nice report, nice to see beautiful figures and terrain and...nice to see a french victory!

  5. That is a bias that we share Phil!!

  6. Thanks for the batrep it looked like a great game! :) loving the models! The painting is excellent any idea what make those french lancers are? I'm looking forward to seeing if the Austrians get over that bridge! Cheers Rob :)

    1. Thanks Robert. The fellas are rightly pretty pleased with their figures and painting. I'm almost certain that the lancers are Foundry figures. They certainly seem to match the ones on the company's website:

    2. Hi lads. Thanks for posting Fish. Always welcome. Those lovely lancers of Cookies are actually Perry Miniatures.

    3. Thanks for clarifying that Carlo. The similarity is astounding, when one compares
      http://www.perry-miniatures.com/product_info.php?cPath=23_28_54&products_id=1894 and http://www.perry-miniatures.com/product_info.php?cPath=23_28_54&products_id=1896 with
      , but then they do still produce some for Foundry don't they?

    4. Of course the Perry twins sculpted both ranges and the similarities are distinct though the Foundry figures are slightly shorter and squatter in stature. Perry boys haven't produced anything for Foundry for many, many years however Foundry still do very well out of their old sculpts and moulds.