Friday night at Historicon Peter and I will be running the fictional Neverenufski scenario. The scenario pits a force of French and French Allied troops against an Austro-Russian force. The idea for the scenario started out as an opportunity to try out the standardized troop ratings we plan on using for Borodino next year. From there the megalomania took over, fortunately Peter was able to talk me back into reality.
For our 1809/2009 project Peter considerably increased his French Guard, which I think only saw actual action in one of the 6 games we ran that year for Historicon. Similarly, the Austrian Grenadiers were on the table for several battles, but I don't think they ever saw action. As we have been busy painting up the troops for Borodino in 2012, there have been significant numbers of Guard (both French and Russian) as well as Russian Grenadiers painted up. And since we’ve gone to all that time and effort to paint them it’s time to use them, as well some French allied units that don’t get a lot table time.
Typically, deploying these units carries some victory condition penalty, which is appropriate since historically the commanders were cautious about deploying their finest troops (a classic example was Napoleon at Borodino refusing the risk the Guard deep in enemy territory). But the down side is it means you seldom get to ‘play’ with them. Neverenfuski attempts to rectify that.
While the main forces are staring down each other across river a days march to the south of the battle, Napoleon has taken a force North to cross the river near the town of Vienna Sausage and attack the Austrian-Russian Flank. The Czar, having an uncharacteristically lucid moment, has taken a detachment of Russians and Austrians to cross the river and secure the cross roads at Mouldy Quiche to cut the French lines of communication. On the morning of our battle the two forces discover each other.
So if you’re interested in a game that won’t take itself too seriously, and is bound to be rife with bad puns, as well as chickens, pigs, and sheep, stop by.
Now, on to the photos of some of what I’ve managed to complete in 2011. Not shown are the 4 Grenadier Battalions I just completed and still need to have their bases textured. All of the below figures are Front Rank with the exception of the Old Glory Combined Grenadiers.