Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Scourge of War at Dogs of War

Despite what posts over the past several months may make it look like, I don't just play board games. I still play quite a few computer wargames as well. This past weekend I played a great game of Scourge of War: Waterloo with the team over at the Dogs of War VU, a group dedicated (among other things) to playing multiplayer sims and wargames. The game was very enjoyable, and the DOW crew are great people. Be sure to drop by and read the AAR from this weekend's game.

Monday, December 5, 2016

A Famous Victory - Blenheim: Battle is Joined

Warfare during this period certainly is a methodical affair. It takes Cutts from 12:30 until 2:00 PM to get his leading brigade across the Nebel and launch the first assault on Blenheim. Despite support from the battery next to the village and all three battalions of the famed French Navarre regiment holding the front edge of Blenheim, Rowe's men charge the barricades.  Their combined fire shatters the 1/Navarre, eliminating it. Return fire disrupts a British battalion.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

A Famous Victory - Blenheim: Reset

Blenheim setup overview
After doing a lot more reading about Blenheim and getting in a couple of turns to familiarize myself with the rules, I've decided to reset the game and start over. This time I'm using a much closer to historical setup, based on the OOB and maps from Obscure Battles. Not only is the distribution of units more correct, the actual battalions and regiments are mostly in the correct locations. The OOBs from the game and web site don't entirely line up, but they're close.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

A Famous Victory - Blenheim: Anglo-Allied Setup and First Turns

Now for the Anglo-allied setup. Again, this is a quasi-historical setup. The commands ("lines" in game terms) are composed of roughly the right mix of units, and are in roughly the right places - as far as anyone knows. For a future game I will probably use the positions as illustrated here for what may be a more historical setup.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

A Famous Victory - Blenheim: French Setup

The Great Leaders series from now defunct gaming publisher Moments in History is a series of two games covering Marlborough's four great victories during the War of Spanish Succession, Blenheim, Ramillies, Oudenarde and Malplaquet. I'm about to start a the Blenheim scenario. In this scenario the Franco-Bavarian army sets up first. The above is an overview of the Franco-bavarian position. I've gone with a more-or-less historical setup, both because I prefer historical setups and to test out the game mechanics with a known deployment.

More from Kriegsspieler

Jim has a couple of posts near and dear to my heart today. First, he talks about his new Kriegsspiel dice. If you're interested in running any Kriegsspiel games, these are a must-have. He pointed them out in a post the other day at Grogheads, prompting me to purchase them as well. His post also provides links to the rules and other stuff you'll need to play. I've also dropped strong hints to the wife and kids that I would be overjoyed to find the Brandywine game under the Christmas tree...

Jim also covers the end of our recent Combat Mission Final Blitzkrieg game, where we've knocked the stuffing out of each other for the past couple of months. He tells the story well, so I'll leave it up to him to do so. Suffice to say that my advance was more impetuous than it should have been.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016


Sometimes real relaxation isn't playing. Sometimes it's clipping counters with a nice glass of single malt and a cool map in front of you.

More soon.

Saturday, October 29, 2016


Sorry to not have blogged or written much lately, but at the moment, I'm not very excited about wargames or the wargaming community. The unthinking partisanship and antagonism of too many people in regard to the current election in the US simply drains any energy and enthusiasm I might have for my hobby. I find myself reading Science Fiction or economic theory texts, and playing RPGs or 4X games, not reading history and playing wargames.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Action at Dego: JTS Campaign Marengo

French approach to Dego, initial positions

Not much boardgaming this weekend, as I've been consumed with PBEM turns and solo computer gaming. Much of the latter has been due to this game, the newly released Campaign Marengo from John Tiller Software.


My friend Jim has finally revealed his wargaming blog to the world! Having gamed with Jim and hung out with him at Origins now for years, I can tell you that he's both an excellent player and a superb writer. You'll definitely want to add him to your list of wargaming sites!

His latest post concerns some of the high explosive assisted urban renewal we've been involved in courtesy of Combat Mission: Final Blitzkrieg.

Monday, September 5, 2016

OSG's The Last Success: Eckmuhl - 3:00 to 4:00 PM

Dig the fancy new counter sleds!
I didn't have time for a ton of gaming this week aside from my ongoing PBEM games, but I think I've made up for that this weekend. While mostly I've been playing PBEM turns and a solo campaign of AGEOD's Thirty Years War I did manage to get some time for board gaming as well.

For a change of pace, here we are looking at things from the Austrian side of the map. The line of yellow bordered counters you can see to the right center are Rosenberg's corps, occupying the Vorberg above Eckmuhl and the Laichlings. The blue stack just their left are Vandamme's troops in Eckmuhl itself. During the fighting at 3PM Vandamme's troops manage to destroy Bieber's brigade of the III Corps, that had attacked them in the town.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

OSG's The Last Success: Eckmuhl - 2:00 to 3:00 PM

As the afternoon progresses, things are definitely heating up, despite the pouring rain.

2:00 PM - Vandamme attacks at Unter Deggenbach, routing M. Lichtenstein's Grenzers and lt. cavalry. Clement's HC attacks south of Lindach, pushing back Pfanzelter's piquets.  Lannes advances to vicinity of Lindach.

The Art of Warfare in the Age of Marlborough

Currently reading. I'm developing a real fascination with the period of warfare ranging from about the end of the English Civil War through the Seven Years War, and the accompanying period of history.

I grabbed a used hardback, but for those interested in an electronic copy, there are several resources available.

For an excellent breakdown of one of the more famous battles during the period, Obscure Battles does their usual great job.