One of my roles in re-enactment is that of a pensioner of les Invalides at the time of Napoleon I. It is a totally inaccurate representation as I still own two arms and two legs, and thus would be disqualified!
In that role I like to demonstrate, and to encourage visitors to play, a small game whereby I relive my past glories and try to rectify the errors of the past. This game has evolved over the years and is now played in a form akin to chess, on a card table ruled into 144 squares. I can set up a fictitious battle or a stylised representation of any of the battles of “my youth”.
Today I played a solo game of an actual battle – or as near as I could represent it. The original battle was fought between less than 700 troops, so it could be represented on my table almost on a 1 figure:1 soldier basis.
Here is the latest version of the rules, updated after this battle ton reduce infantry firing range. The latest version restricts infantry shooting to one square range, but differentiates between moving to attack or shooting without moving. Unlike many wargames, shooting without moving is less effective than when moving. This is because the first reperesents trading volleys while the second represents a column attack.Battle Chess 1800
And here is the report of the skirmish at Rumégies in May 1792, played to the above rules. Rumegies 17920519
An interesting exercise, taking a couple of hours from start to finish including the reporting and photography, all done on an i-Pad in my ManCave.