Monday, November 23, 2009

Australian Napoleonic Congress 09 part 1

Pictures from the Goulburn Wargames clubs big game with hopefully some idea of what happened, We played for both days with a mighty amount of well painted lead on the table, The French and German Allied states (my Figs) held off the British (Gregs, Adams and Colins). As one of the other Napoleonic Games was cancelled we ended up with Infantry Brigade and Cavalry Brigade generals which made the game quite fast, lots of people who had never played Grand Manner were surprised by the vast Charging and movement distance of Light Cavalry, even the old hands were caught out (including the British C & C! and myself).

The British were on attack orders from the go and the French were on Hold, so lots of skirmisher fire was the start of things along with a little artillery to spice things up, On the right the British Gaurd Brigade supported by the KGL brigade went on the assault, almost completly destroyed the French First line, then run into withering fire from the second line (one French dice roll from a 48 fig btn rolled 2 D6s at close range, first fire managed to almost completly destroy the 2nd KGL)The gaurds traded fire with the opposites and amazingly managed to roll very low, then and were caught by French Dragoons and Lancers in the Flank in the next phase as they failed to form sqaure and see the Dragoons and Lancers forming up on the edge of the woods(somehow?), the Gaurds and KGL routed towards the British lines but managed to keep there colours.

In the centre the British Cavalry did manage to destroy one battery of French guns before falling Foul of the French Cavalry counter charge, eventually the British reserves in the middle managed to turn the tide and almost broke the middle French Brigades before the French reserve line arrived and stabilised things.

It the same story was on the right, the British First Assault was halted however things were looking bad as most of the french First line was destroyed and the reserves were becoming thinly spread. The Elite light Infantry done a lot of dmage to the British before falling foul to the British cavalry and Horse guns

The Second major British assault would of broke through, so a marginal British (Ahem) win was declared, a valient Effort by the French Commanders though. I will let the pictures tell the rest of the story.

C in C French (John) and myself at the end of the table, this is the table at lunchtime on the first day, the French left is refused and the British Gaurds march into the trap, in the Centre the French Cavalry arrive and chase off the British lights, on the French Right they are threatened by British Dragoons and horse guns firing enfilade.

Pictures 09 congress part two

The Australian Napoleonic Congress this year ended up being a smaller affair then previous years, but with plenty of interstate and international visitors, our dinner ended up being one of our largest with 147 guests, only four Clubs attended with games, Goulburn (two games), Canberra Kriegspielers, Illawarra Irregulars, and Canberra games society. A great weekend was had by those who attended and we are looking forward to next year on the third weekend of October. Here are some pictures from the event

Monday, October 12, 2009

3 weeks to go!

Only three weeks till the event, plenty of interest this year which is great, We were hoping for more interest in the lectures, but as this was low we have cancelled them for this event, also we will be holding the event yearly from now on, however we may change the date to earlier n the year.

Demo and participation games that are scheduled this year are:-
Tallavera (July 27–28, 1809) (16ft table)
28mm French German states Vs British, Spainish
ITGM or General De Brigade (6 brigade generals still required )
so far
Matt GM
Greg B (British Sir Arthur Wellesley )
Grant A (French King Joseph Bonaparte )
Dean C (Spanish General Gregorio de la Cuesta)
Colin (British)
Adam (British)

Battle of Raszyn (April 1809)
28mm Polish, Saxon Vs Austrians (24ft table)
8 Brigade generals still req
Battles ancinet regieme or ITGM (8 brigade generals req) All minfigs played in the "Grand Way"!
GM< Matt
Bruce A (Polish Prince Józef Antoni Poniatowski)
Raoul P (Austrian Archduke Ferdinand Karl Joseph of Austria-Este)
Dave A
Matt V

Napoleonic Naval "Cape St Vincent" Trafalger rules
1/1200th naval action participation
Captians required!

(TBC) Sharpe’s Practice Spain
28mm Skirmish participation
Chris L

(TBA Battle ) Participation 15mm Naps battles 12Ft
players required
John P
Mark P

(TBC) French vs British
28mm 12ft Table
players required
Andrew P

(TBC) 40mm Skirmish

(TBC) 15mm Austrian uprising


Friday, February 20, 2009

Australian Napoleonic Congress 09

Well time travels fast and the Australian Napoleonic congress is back again in 2009. The dates are October Sat 31st & Sunday 1st November, this year we are returning to the original format with guest lecturers, wargaming , re-enactors and a dinner which is co- hosted by the Goulburn Pipes and Drums.

The committee of the Australian Napoleonic Congress will be meeting in the coming weeks to flesh out the details and come up with a short list of guest speakers to be approached. Invites to clubs and individuals will be sent out to the wargaming and the re-enactors who have already shown interest in the bi-annual event. The consulates of all of the major and minor players will be invited to the dinner along with the local dignitaries.

As normal the event will be conducted in Goulburn NSW Australia, at the Goulburn Soldiers Club corner of Sloane and Market street in the Chisholm and the lecture rooms and the ball room.

At this early stage we would welcome anybody who wishes to conduct a lecture to contact me, we are planning to pay the lecturer a speaking fee and provide refreshments for them. The lectures are planned for forty minutes in length, with five lectures per day.

We are also seeking quality Napoleonic games to grace the event as in the past the Goulburn Wargames club will conduct three games, one Grand game (General de Brigade), one skirmish game and one naval game, I suspect a number of the games will revolve around the 200th anniversary’s of the 1809 campaigns.

This year the Goulburn Tourist Information centre will be helping with advertising and ticket sales for the dinner and lectures. We plan to advertise on all general media and some targeted media.

Further Information will be available after the 20th of March 2009
Our Goal is to achieve a well rounded event that will satisfy all Napoleonic enthusiasts, I hope to see you all there!