Sunday, July 26, 2020

ESR - First Game Thoughts

Russian advanced guard spot elements of the French 2nd Division moving up to attack.

I haven’t amassed, painted and played Napoleonics in over 30 years for many reasons, even though like most wargamers I’ve collected, but not played, a number of new rules in those years. But last year when I purchased Et Sans Resultat (ESR) by The Wargaming Company, something changed.  I tend to prefer games where you can easily represent an entire battle, have unique, well-thought mechanisms and tend to be from small, independent companies.  ESR hit all of those, plus it scratched my itch to get back in to Napoleonics.

This review will focus various game play and mechanisms rather than on the rule book itself.  There are a number of good rules reviews available:
I’d also suggest those interested in ESR watch the Tabletop Simulator replay of a game by The Armchair Dragoons featuring the rules author, David Ensteness. It pushes 3 1/2 hours but I found it helped me better understand the rules.

Monday, June 15, 2020

ESR - Odds and Ends

Reformation areas with dice frames to track fatigue


Prussian Force and Formation leaders
French Force and Formation leaders

Russian Force and Formation leaders

Monday, May 18, 2020

Cranking them out now

Eight stands of Poles are now complete. These should be enough for a decent sized division in ESR.

The fusiliers originally had plumes but since  I could find no reference to them with plumes I snipped them off.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Quarantine Painting Progress

Just a few SYW units primarily based for, “For King or Empress” but could also be used for “Twilight of the Soldier King”

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

They Couldn't Hit the Broadside of a Barn - Western Han Chinese vs. Goguryeo Korean

Korean pole armed armored halberdiers (Khurasan Miniatures)
In a masterful feat of speed painting, Brian managed to paint an entire 10,500 point Goguryeo Korean army in two months and eight days (or was it five days)?  This army was built in response to my recently completed Han Chinese army which took considerably longer to complete.  So with an open Saturday, we met to initiate the Korean army.  
Here's Brian's list:
And here are my Western Han:

Brian was ably assisted by Lance (he of the Mongol army fame) while I had Mark pushing lead and rolling non-skulls on my side. 
Synopsis of the Battle
Both sides lined up in the classic formation of cavalry on the wings and infantry in the middle. The Koreans lined up their armored horse on their left flank and their bow armed cavalry on their right. The Chinese split their cavalry with two conscript heavy cavalry and two dependent state cavalry on the right and half that number on the left flank. 
The Chinese pushed forward on their right against the armored cavalry but their shoot and charge ability was for naught as the bolts and arrows harmlessly plinked off the armor. The forces charged each other but the strength of the Korean cavalry wore down the Han and quickly the Chinese were down two TuGs.
On the other flank, a stalemate ensued as both sides kept out of missile range until finally they lined up and let loose. In a devastating volley, the Koreans managed five hits on five dice.  Yikes! The Han were soon down three TuGs. 
One unit of Conscript Heavy Cavalry broke off from the missile duel and slammed into the group of poor Korean militia coming to support the fight. Things were looking up for the Chinese who now scored to make it 3-1.
The infantry in the center finally engaged and a bloody scrum ensued. Soon both sides lost two TuGs and the Chinese were on the edge of destruction 5 - 3. 
The final turn saw the Koreans with many chances to break the Han and finally they did so when an armored cavalry TuG slammed into an unprotected, bow armed Dependent State Cavalry unit.

More pics below