I now realise it has been ten months since I last had a game of GdB. I had a long hiatus from napoleonics but had a surge of new inspiration at the end of this summer. I have since done a lot of painting and of cause was longing for a nice napoleonic battle. Erik my regular opponent has had other priorities and have made no progress on his British force. I do not hold it against him, nobody is forced to do this hobby. But this weighted in on the decision to start a second force, the idea is to have two playable forces so I can invite friends or club members to play.
Such a opportunity presented itself when a good friend (and club member alike), Hekke, offered to give it a try. There is a bit of a historical wargamer in Hekke, we share a fascination of WW2 and have had many Advanced Squad Leader "dust ups" previously. I am very glad to have an opportunity to introduce Hekke to napoleonics.
My Prussian force is nowhere playable so I made two forces consisting of French only. We agreed one side was a minor state previously allied with the French, but has now turned and was still fighting in French uniform.
I began explaining the organisation of the forces, C in C's, Brigade Generals and so forth, then a bit on the command and control and orders system. We rolled for initiative and I explained each phase as we got to them. In short I have to say it was very enjoyable, this was not a competitive battle and we agreed that every rules quarry should be given time to be thoroughly investigated. Still we got a good six or seven turns done and fought to conclusion. My poor troops got well and truly thrashed!
I apologise for the quality of the photos, the lighting is quite poor at our club venue.
We agreed to play again soon, possibly a soon as next week, good times!