Thursday, 16 July 2009

Tarragona Campaign

20 May 1813 - Battle of Reus

The first battle of the campaign has been fought at Reus, and you can read about it in the campaign diary. However you will have to wait until tomorrow for the full battle report, as I am still working on it.

We are very pleased that the wargame went well, and the new rules worked very well. At last the fighting between Spanish and French is beginning to feel like it should. Large ponderous Spanish armies, difficult to control and hard to react to new circumstances.


Peter Leonard said...

Hi Paul

I’m a frequent visitor to your sight, and recently joined Yahoo “Napoleonic Campaigns” group. I’ve just finished reading your “Building an Army” entry, which jarred the memory somewhat – especially your mention of Wargamers Newsletter. When I first started reading that publication, it was a duplicated A-4 publication, and later became a much more ‘professional’ looking A-5. Hinton Hunt figures, too - Oh, wow! Cavalryman and horse in one piece. Devil to paint. I had a lot of their ACW range at one time, standard bearers (flags moulded at rest against the flagpole,) officers, etc. It took longer to clean up the castings than it did to paint them…those were the days.

I remember, too, the old WRG Horse &Musket rules 1750 - 1850, very well (I suspect I may still possess a very worn copy somewhere). And I’ve been taking a look at your own rules which look fairly impressive – I think I’d have to play them to get a proper ‘feel’ for them. I do like the information on your various armies, and the photographs…a photo’s worth a thousand words! And I’ve always been a sucker for other people’s figures, in groups or singularly, and their reasoning behind particular choices.

I also find the campaign diary and maps interesting, but obviously I haven’t read everything on the site yet by a long shot. Given time I’m sure I will.

Keep up the good work.

Peter (Leonard)

thistlebarrow said...

Hi Peter

Thanks very much for your kind comments.

You should have a look at a blog called "The Hinton Hunter". Its devoted to all the old figures, with photos of some. There are also extracts from old Wargamers Newsletter and Miniature Warfare. I don't have a link at hand, but if you are unable to Google it let me know and I will find it. Do give it a try, you will love it.

I am really pleased that you have joined Campaigns of Napoleon. I am delighted at how well the forum is going. 85 members and something like 260 posts in just 6 days!

Do post on the Forum, its a much better place to exchange comments and views.

Despite the forum I will continue with the blog. The forum was really just a way to exchange ideas and views. The blog is a day to day record of my wargaming and more importantly the 1813 campaign.

best regards