Some Napoleonic game shots

14 Dec

Late November we began our Möckern game. Due to vast amounts of chatting and calling an end early that day we only played one round and decided to pick it up last night. Well… while we played longer (real-time) we only got half a round done, due to rules discussions and discussing what would be historically correct. In the process we found that we had made a mistake during the resolution of close combat, moved the minis back, began the close combat anew, discussed what could be done differently as a house rule, tried that out and so on. Bottom line… we botched the evening up for good! So in the end we decided to reboot and start the game from the beginning either between Christmas and New Years or in early 2014. No matter what… I managed to take a couple of nice photos, that I want to share!

Möckern (Prussian side)

Möckern (Prussian side)

Möckern (French side)

Möckern (French side)

Jäger approaching Möckern

Jäger approaching Möckern

Prussian and French lines closing in

Prussian and French lines closing in

Prussian artillery firing

Prussian artillery firing

Prussian left

Prussian left

So what is next? Well tomorrow Curt´s Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge starts. I already have a good amount of British Tanks and Infantry (all WWII), SS end a few Napoleonics cleaned up and primed ready to go. More will follow when we are off to visit my better halfs relatives over Christmas, so there should be plenty of stock to work from (plus I am expecting my Warzone minis any day now).

As I said in a previous post, the first fortnight theme (non-combatants) was giving me some headaches, but I think I shall have that sorted out with a nice Napoleonic entry. So stay tuned!


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28 responses to “Some Napoleonic game shots

  1. aslfan

    December 14, 2013 at 12:59

    Excellent looking forces and a real shame about the jinxed start.

    Looking forward to seeing what you do in the challenge


    • Burkhard

      December 14, 2013 at 13:11

      Thanks Ian!

      Yes I think we should be able to salvage it once we start anew!

      Are you taking part in the Challenge as well?

  2. Loki (andrew)

    December 14, 2013 at 12:59

    very nice looking game, I look forward to seeing what you produce in the challenge

    • Burkhard

      December 14, 2013 at 13:12

      Thank you Andrew! And I am looking forward to your entries as well!

  3. Phil

    December 14, 2013 at 13:26

    Beautiful, absolutly beautiful!

  4. rosbif

    December 14, 2013 at 13:48

    Pity about the false start, but at ;east you’ve got some nice pictures to share! I love the plumes of smoke from the firing artillery. Very evocative!

    • Burkhard

      December 14, 2013 at 15:59

      Thanks a lot… I hope the second go, will be better!

      Regarding the artillery… it is just some of the packaging wool that foundry uses in their regimental packs. In due time I hope to do some proper smoke markers!

  5. Fireymonkeyboy

    December 14, 2013 at 16:00

    That shot with the artillery looks fantastic; magazine mini-porn quality 😉

    • Burkhard

      December 14, 2013 at 16:02

      Thanks a lot… I am humbled!

  6. Dean

    December 14, 2013 at 19:16

    Amazing looking game – figures and terrain are first-class. Love that shot with “smoke” coming out of the cannon. With a game this beautiful, there is no need to rush it. You should submit an article to a mag about the game. Best, Dean

    • Burkhard

      December 15, 2013 at 01:07

      Thank you Dean.

      It is funny you mention magazines. WSS originally was interested in it for their Leipzig special. They asked me if I wanted to contribute, I said yes, they told me what kind of article they were looking for and I made a few suggestions for them to pick from. And that was when I did not hear anything from them anymore. I forgot about it until earlier this and contacted them again. Went through the same paces and again they went silent. So I did not care anymore!

  7. Dalauppror

    December 14, 2013 at 19:41

    Greate pictures of a greate looking game!!!

    • Burkhard

      December 15, 2013 at 01:08

      Thanks… knowing how good yours look, I am happy with this kind of praise!

  8. Tom Halpin

    December 15, 2013 at 08:50

    Great photo’s of beautifully painted miniatures, Burkhard. I love the fact that we now use bits of “carpet” (yes, I know it’s “teddy bear fleece”) to represent wheat fields – takes me back to my beginnings, playing with Airfix figures on the floor of my bedroom…!

    I’m looking forward to your report on the game proper once you’ve been able to play it 🙂

    • Burkhard

      December 15, 2013 at 22:24

      Thanks Tom.

      Funny thing is, I have been wargaming for about a quarter of a century, but only you post made me remember something. When I was in Kindergarten age, my grandfather and father drew tanks, APC (half tracked ones), field guns and soldiers on thick card for me. I played with those on the carpet as well. Maybe I have been a wargamer longer than I previously thought! 😉

  9. James Fisher

    December 15, 2013 at 15:52

    As you say, no matter what, the photos look great. The good news for us with your re-start is that we have more to look forward to next year!

    • Burkhard

      December 15, 2013 at 22:24

      Thanks and I shall try my best to fulfil that promise!

  10. vonpeterhimself

    December 16, 2013 at 01:23

    Hello Burkhard

    A wonderful looking game. And the true beauty is that you get to see it and play it again! 8O)

    Not that this attempt was wasted. I assume that you still enjoyed the evening and you have resolved some rule issues … or at least are on the way to resolving them. I look forward to hearing & seeing more.

    von Peter himself

    • Burkhard

      December 16, 2013 at 08:41

      Thanks vP!

      I have to admit that I think the evening was slightly wasted. Instead of discussing what was historically correct (unfortunately our perceptions differed 100% in this regard) we should just have played through, the way the rules were written and looked at the results in the end and discussed that.

      Hope next time will be better!

  11. Bob Kolbeck

    December 16, 2013 at 15:24

    Hi Burkhard,

    Great photos! I especially like the Landwehr Flags. May people try to come up with reasonable looking flags for the Landwehr but yours have a truely realistic feel to them.

    Thanks for sharing,


    • Burkhard

      December 17, 2013 at 10:19

      Thank you, Bob. Although I have to admit, that the flags are by GMB (some painted over to enhance the folds). He has some really nice Landwehr flags and I spend a long time thinking about which ones to pick and which not to. So far I think I picked the right ones and I still have some in reserve.

  12. Andrey Reicherd

    December 16, 2013 at 17:08

    A great looking battlefield! Armies are wonderful, especially the Prussians! 🙂 What rules do you use? R2E?
    Can’t wait to see the next bulk of photos! 🙂
    Thanks for sharing

    • Burkhard

      December 17, 2013 at 10:22

      THX Andrey!

      Yes we use Republic to Empire. Although I would put the rules discussions down to our own stupidity and not the rules themselves!

  13. Nathan Vinson

    December 19, 2013 at 09:06

    Fantastic table. I have not tried the teddy bear fur as yet but it does look very effective in the photos.

    • Burkhard

      December 20, 2013 at 14:28

      Thank you Nathan!

      The funny thing is, I bought the fur to depict long grass (dying it green). So far I have been so happy using them for fields, that I have not had the heart to bring out the green though! I guess I fill have to order more fur one day! 😉

  14. Gouf

    January 6, 2014 at 22:40

    What a beautiful scene !
    How long to create this diorama?
    Great work i’ve ever seen.

    • Burkhard

      January 7, 2014 at 09:14

      Glad you like it and looking at the models from your own blog, a great praise!

      It took about 2 ½ years to paint the minis for this. Since the terrain is modular and was done bit by bit over the years, so I would say the time spend on the miniatures is the best measure. But I am really glad, that the photos from the game make it look like a diorama!


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