So Sad to be All Alone in the World

So, just when you think you’re one of roughly three people in a 200 mile radius with any interest in historical wargaming, you discover there’s a local group with thousands of figures, for many different periods, all painted and ready to go. They’ve been around for, oh, 30 years or so, and suddenly you’re playing a corps sized demonstration/teaching game of Napoleon’s Battles in 15mm!

Looked like this:

Divisional General in front of a brigade of French line infantry.

Divisional General in front of a brigade of French line infantry.

Some heavy French cavalry with a lot of very blurry Russians in the distance

Some French light cavalry with a lot of very blurry Russians in the distance

When your disordered and struck by impetuous Russian cavalry you end up routed and cowering in a village.

When you’re disordered and struck by impetuous Russian cavalry, you end up routed and cowering in a village.

One thing that surprised me was that we played on felt terrain and once the game started, it didn’t bother me one bit.  I was too preoccupied with having deployed my 12 pounder battery such that they were out of command or at the heart of the division being ripped out by rampaging Russian hussars to even notice!

In other news, ACW and WWII skirmish proceed apace. Looks like I’ll be involved in a Waterloo campaign put on by my new-found friends. I’ve somehow managed to wander out of the wargaming desert into an oasis of brightly painted lead. Huzzah!

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  • itineranthobbyist  On 10/11/2013 at 8:17 am

    Congrats. I’m the opposite. I know of plenty of wargamers around – I can’t make the time to get together with them. Stage of life.

    Look forward to more reports from the group.

  • arkiegamer  On 10/11/2013 at 8:23 am

    Thanks. I had neither time, nor opponents, until very recently, and now I have a bit of both. I guess I’m just lucky (I don’t often get to say that).

  • tinpotrevolutionary  On 10/11/2013 at 5:06 pm

    Congratulations! Sounds like you had a great time and you got some nice pictures too!

  • Frank Arey  On 10/12/2013 at 4:09 pm

    Congrats, Tim – looks like a great game.

    • arkiegamer  On 10/12/2013 at 4:38 pm

      Thanks, Frank. We only had time for a couple of turns…this was a bit of a demonstration meets instructional game, but I did have a great time.

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