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WARGAMING!
& HISTORY

Mostly with miniatures, but also with boardgames.

What is a wargame?

Maybe I should ask: what is a wargamer? Well if you go on gaming forums, you will see there are as many variations as ways to do this hobby. I can here, mostly speak for myself. Basically we are playing war, or rather playing with war which is way different or even playing with toys that look like their counterparts in history (or counters on board-games). It is mostly related to military history (though too many wargamers actually play non historical subjects, AKA fantasy and sci-fi duh). Most wargamers are not warriors, warmongers or even military. It is related to war as watching Hannibal (Lecter, not the one with elephants) or The Shield makes you a serial killer or a proponent of crooked law enforcement and criminal behaviour. Though we (I) do seriously study history.
Our wars are harmless and our warriors once finished with, go into a box; we can restart, change “history” (not like politicians, our changes do not go in schoolbooks). When we lost Austerlitz we can say ”lets do it again next week end”. 😉.

AND THEN  THE ROOM  

What do I do?
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NAPOLEONICS
with "Balls, fire and steel napoleonics". 15/18mm figures; scale 1" /=100m; units are batteries, cavalry brigades, infantry 1/2 divisions/ brigades or if big enough, down to regiments. Or the 1000 version, cav. rgts and inf "1000"s. 

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1870.
With 10 mm figures.
Using the excellent Age of Eagles (AOE) II with its adaptation Age of valor, coupled with the so well done 1870 of Bruce Weigle.
 I use its command system, plus events cards. 

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NAVAL.
General Quarters 3 and Shipwreck (but looking for a better one) 1/6000th ships-1/1200 flying things.

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ANCIENTS
The return of old loves, all the fault of one ruleset: Mortem and Gloriam (mostly). 18mm

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MEDIEVALS
c.f. ancients +Lion Rampant small battles. 15/18mm.

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XVIIITH CENTURY
playing Twilight of the Soldier Kings rules, with 18mm figs. Regal! 7yw
AWI skirmishes with Sharp Practice. 18mm of course.

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XVIITH CENTURY
By Fire and Sword
Baroque
Twilight of the divine right
15/18 mm figs.  A very ancient dream!
30yw and Polish vs Swedes (Turks still not done, only a few).

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WW2
Battlefront rules+AIBSM++  15mm
mostly not my minis nowadays, though the terrain is.

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MODERN
not my figs (any more!). Cold War Commander++
1/285th and for several years Ambush Alley.

WHAT'S NEW?  01-3-2024  

  • ACw generals 
  • Altar of Freedom rules 
  • Champion Hill with the rules Altar of Freedom.
  • Logan's crossroads ACW scenario RFF +buildings collection
  • Bataille Empire 2 test; Montbrun covering force vs Vuskassovich avant Garde, 1809. + house rules and analysis.
  • Back in the Historical non-historical but historically nearly historical battle of Gjhtaz 
  • 30-12 A big 1870 battle from a transformed scenario of another period.
  • latest in the campaign of 1809 combining boardgame and miniatures. Battle of Enns.

    Plenty of things still have to be put back from the old site.

    2024 projects. 


 ...lost in the countryside with a huge game room;) 20km south of Clermont-Ferrand. F
Military History buff, of course? From France
To share with you.
Home of the "Napoleonic Balls, Fire and Steel " rules. 
"Ne pas oser c'est ne rien faire au bon moment, et on ose jamais sans être convaincu de la bonne fortune." Napoleon.

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