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Napoleonic Combat Patrol(TM) Play Test

My French firing from the scrub at the British

My French firing from the scrub at the British

Last weekend a bunch of the HAWKs came to my war room to conduct another play test of the Napoleonic supplement for Combat Patrol(TM) that Duncan is writing.  This play test focused on confirming the last batch of changes and looking at cavalry vs. infantry and cavalry vs. cavalry fights.

The supply train being ambushed

The supply train being ambushed

The scenario involved a British supply train being ambushed by a French force.  The force sizes were about equal, but the British were in a tough situation, having enemy on both sides of them.  While the skirmishing took place, the wagon train continued to work its way across the table.  While the intent of this event was less about the game and more about the rules, I think the British might have eventually gotten the wagon train off the table.

Another view of my French with the wagon train escaping in the distance

Another view of my French with the wagon train escaping in the distance

Chris Palmer posted some additional pictures here.

The rules are shaping up nicely.  The next play test will involve artillery.  I have made some suggestions to Duncan about information that probably needs to be on the unit record to help players remember the differences in movement and terrain effects between infantry and cavalry, in open or close formation.  The supplement is getting very close to being releasable.


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