Tuesday, July 12, 2011

New Rules sets!

So I've been watching the Hobby lately and people have been discussing "What's the next big thing" for the hobby? Do you believe these are it? Let me know what you think? I believe although maybe not the greatest rules sets for Napoleonics that you'll ever play in your lifetime, at least they're possibly a gateway in for younger players to start investigating and taking an interest in the era. There's always been something missing in that realm. I started out with board games with counters such as AH's "Waterloo". This younger generation really does have it easier, lol.



Waterloo:

Mark Latham, writer of Warhammer Historical’s popular Trafalgar rulebook, returns to the Napoleonic era with Waterloo, a new set of rules for playing tabletop wargames with 25mm-28mm miniatures set against the backdrop of this turbulent and dramatic period of European history.

Included in this full colour 288 page hardback rulebook are rules, army lists and historical orders of battle, as well as a brief history of the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars and a campaign for you to play through. To inspire you there is also a lavish hobby section that takes you through how to collect, assemble and paint your Napoleonic era armies.

The focus of the rulebook is the campaign and battle of Waterloo itself, but also included are rules which enable players to recreate battles from the entire Napoleonic period of 1792 – 1815, and even beyond it.

Waterloo is available to order now for immediate despatch, and Mark Latham has provided a Quick Reference and Roster Sheets as a free download along with some templates.

http://warhammer-historical.com/acatalog/Downloads.html

Battles in the Napoleonic Wars were brutal and bloody. Vast armies fought with musket and bayonet on rain-soaked fields, half-blinded by acrid smoke and deafened by the ceaseless barrage of distant artillery. Men fell in great swathes, marching to death or glory to the rhythmic beat of drums.

Waterloo is a tabletop miniatures game for two or more players, set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars. With these rules you are the general, with an army of miniatures at your command, representing the forces of France, Britain, Prussia or their allies. This rulebook is focussed on the campaign and battle of Waterloo, the climax of the Napoleonic Wars, but the rules within allow you to recreate battles from across the entire period (1792-1815) and even beyond.

This 288 page hardback book contains all the information you need to get started, including full rules for fighting tabletop battles in the Napoleonic era, army lists and historical orders of battle, a brief history of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars, a complete campaign to get you started, and a hobby section detailing how to collect, assemble and paint your army of miniatures. In addition, you will find an inspirational showcase of beautifully painted models and lavish illustrations.



Napoleon at War: The Napoleonic Miniatures Game


At the beginning of the 19th Century, war was a serious matter; monarchies, budding new nations and new forms of government tore at Europe’s economic and political fabric for two decades. Conscription was constant. Larger and larger armies clashed on battlefields across the Old Continent, led by noblemen, princes, aristocrats or heroes emerging from the ranks.

Put yourself at the head of an army and become the nobleman or hero accomplishing the mission you have been assigned. You have at your disposal enormous masses of infantry, fast-moving cavalry formations and powerful cannons, backed up by elite forces and legendary warriors. You will have to make quick and daring decisions, take advantage of the favourable positions and terrain features the battlefield has to offer, all to defeat your adversary and obey the orders sent by your superiors.

In Napoleon at War you command your forces, the size of a Division, and try to accomplish your assigned mission in a game played on a gaming table, with an array of magnificently painted miniatures, while a good friend at the other side of the table, tries to thwart your efforts and crush your forces.

To play Napoleon at War you will need:
  • First of all, an army, organised according to one of the Campaign Manuals, and made up of a good number of 18mm Napoleon at War miniatures.
  • An adversary, since the game is for two or more players.
  • A battlefield, consisting of a flat surface on which you can place terrain features to represent important terrain features  such as woods, villages, hills… of the type that can be found anywhere in Europe.
  • A measuring tape and a good number of dice. Typical six-sided dice or D6s as they are commonly known.
With Napoleon at War you can recreate important battles of the Napoleonic Wars in your own living room. You can command a terrible Division of French Cuirassiers or a firm red line of determined British infantry. Which is your favourite army?


Man at War Miniatures (18mm)


We are Man at War, a new company setting out in the world of miniatures. We have created a game and range of Napoleonic miniatures called Napoleon at War. Several boxes of French, British and Prussian troops are currently available, along with the rulebook. Our first Campaign Manual (the 100 Days campaign) is on its way, and new miniatures will be coming out every month.

In Napoleon at War, you command your forces, the size of a division, and try to accomplish your assigned mission in a game played on a gaming table, with an array of magnificently painted 18mm miniatures, while a good friend at the other side of the table tries to thwart your efforts and crush your forces.