the leipzig project page
The 1813 autumn campaign in Germany is one of my favourite Napoleonic campaigns. After the disaster of
Russia, the breach between the tactical abilities of the French Army and
its enemies practically disppeared whereas the Emperor's genius was not
the same than before. All those considerations lead to more equilibrate
battles. I use Napoleon's Battles and
that ruleset acknowledges this fact by lowering the French army
statistics so the flavour of the campaign is maintained.
In tha past I have played some of the battles with variable results that generally follow the real result. Now (April 21, 2006) I want to replay, practically from scratch, the 1813 autumn campaign starting with the FLB, i.e. Gross-Beern, Katzbach, Kulm and Dennewitz. I will use the previous Scenarios as a starting basis, modifying the OOB's when necessary, and adding the chance element (chance cards) following the Four Lost Battles style.
During 1812 and 1813 there was some major and many minor changes in the clothing of the fighting men, caused by logistical shortcomings or by the implantation of new regulations. Thus, French infantry was suposed to fight in the new Bardin uniform, the French 'Chasseurs à Cheval' changed to their new Kinsky habits, the Prussian Reserve and Landwher units (both infantry and cavalry) weared many different indumentaries, the Wurtemburgers changed their typical helmets by shakos, etc.
In the FLB fought many different nations. Italians, Saxons, Wurtemburgers, Bavarians and Polish were in the French side fighting Prussians, Russians and Austrians. In my previous refigths of these battles I used the adequate figures for the major nations and some of the minor ones, but Italians, Wurtemburgers, Bavarians and Saxons were represented in the battlefield by figures with similar uniforms. Now I want to use the right figures so a little previous uniformological research must be carried out. This part of the hobby is for me so pleasant as the actual wargaming!
Many of the engagements occurring at the Campaign of Leipzig or, by the way in any other Napoleonic Campaign, were minor affaires. Napoleon's Battles is grand-tactical oriented, so in order to play these small battles I need another more tactical approach. I could to use a commercial Tactical rule-set (Shako II, General de Brigade, Le Feu Sacré ...), a free downloadable (Eagles and Glory, Serrez les Rangs) However, I don't want to waste my quickly diminishing neurons so I pretend to use Napoleon's Battles with other terrain scales: 1":50yds (1:1,800) in one-half Napoleon's Battles (NB0.5) or 1":25yds (1:900) in divisional Napoleon's Battles (NBd) making only the minimum possible modifications. the Scenarios at the right-hand menu are marked (0.5) or (d) as applicable.
I want also to use a new internet tool. In the blog PROJECT LEIPZIG 1813, I want to communicate the day-to-day (or the week-to-week) state of the project, so...