What? Even more Napoleonic rules? Well, it was probably inevitable. Just as Napoleon is said to have mused that every French soldier carried a marshal’s baton in his knapsack, I had a pretty firm feeling that every Napoleonic wargamer carried his own set of wargames rules mulling around in his head, if not already homebrewed or published. Mine had certainly been brewing for some time. Now, I wasn’t unaware that just mentioning that you had the audacity to have a set of Napoleonic rules merely stewing gently in your noodle that you were dicing with a proverbial hot potato. In my defence, I never thought that I would ever write – dare to write – or even need to write my own. There were a lot of good wargames rule-sets available to the Napoleonic gamer. And I had bought a couple more since first mentioning rules on my 1809 Blog (see Post 4). The value of sticking to a published set being that you were much more likely to find an opponent to game with.

More Napoleonic Rules

However, when I resolved definitely – really  definitely – on base and unit sizes (please, no more rebasing!) I pretty well had to find a set of rules that worked with how I wanted my games to look and play. Or write my own. Or at the very least, adapt a commercial rule-set to suit my chosen idiosyncrasies. I spent a good deal of time trying to modify my favourite rule-sets but with no real success. However, out of the blue – or the smoke of the skirmish – all the mulling, musing and endless scribbling suddenly began to make sense and I surprised myself by being able to pen a dozen pages of apparently coherent rules that made a reasonable impression of the nuts and bolts of what I appeared to need. What was important was that now I had something specific to organise my project around; that could make sense of my preferred bases and unit sizes and, indeed, markers – and my terrain pieces, too.
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