Historical wargaming with miniatures and boardgames, and military history.


Making dedicated terrain mats 8/21

QR and others XVIIth century miniatures comparisons.
15mm Fictional gigantic napo battle.
Dec 2020 
JG3dprint figures 
 UPDATED 5/22 
 traduction en fr du résumé de TWDR 17e   and 18th century TWSK.                    BIBLIOGRAPHY FOR NAPOLEONIC WARFARE updated.

Thirty years war campaigning 3-21 more painting houses...
Cards for terrain generation. 6/21


 NEWER NEWS  20/05/22

1870  mods to AOV  updated 7/22
Dead trees for cheap            10-2021
Scenario and refight  Oldendorf 1633
2/11/21 Visiting Gravelotte
11/11/21  Pre game terrain and posture selection for 7yw games
Pick up battles set up and force generator for 30YW.    17/11/21
(The other) Swamp fox campaign Cyberboard to download.
10/01 Russian code of honour 1804 
Froeschwiller1870 25/03/22
Of Pips, command and games. 5/22
14/7 22 naval games
Comparing age of valor and 1871 rules.

soon: Cossacks in 1812 analysis
Reading notes.


Veteran wargamer, 35+ years of practice, 

 ...lost in the countryside with a huge game room;)
 Military History buff, of course? From France and 4+ months a year in Russia! 
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Home of the "Napoleonic Balls, Fire and Steel " rules. 2021 out...or +....(looks no playtest 1/2 this year at least! China gift)

"Ne pas oser c'est ne rien faire au bon moment, et on ose jamais sans être convaincu de la bonne fortune."  Napoleon.

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, some are of course. 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.

Our wars are harmless and our warriors once finished with, go into a box; we can restart, change “history” (lot like politicians, our changes do not go in schoolbooks). When we lost Austerlitz we can say ”lets do it again next week end”. Those of us who care, read and study might know far more than many, especially journalists 😉.

Historical wargaming; Sharp Practice AWI; Napoleonics; By Fire and Sword; Impetus; Baroque; Miniature Wargames; 1870;  Seven Years War; Twilight of the divine right;  Thirty years war gaming; Historical research; Historical boardgaming; miniature comparisons; Terrain making. 10-15-18mm.

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