Thursday, 22 February 2018

Napoleon in Egypt - part 3(b)

No posting last week as I was down with some horrible lergy.

Whilst idling at the keyboard I did come across another blog featuring Napoleon in Egypt (and WW1 East Africa).

1866 and all that...

3rd Dragoons
4e & 22e DBL
6 Horse Limber
7e Regt de Hussars
22e DBL & Artillery
22nd Chasseurs a Cheval & Palm trees
75e DBB
85th & 88th DBB & Artillery
85th DB & Artillery
85th DBB & Oasis
88e DBB & Dromedaries
88eme DBL & Generals
Camel artillery with Ottoman driver
Camel limbers & Artillery
Dromedaries (dismounted), regiment of
Dromedaries (mounted), regiment of
Dromedary unit, mounted
Egyptian Ruins - part 1
Egyptian Ruins - part 2
Egyptian Ruins - part 3 (final)
Egyptian Village - part 1
French Army Parade
Lead (and Plastic) Pile

These are not the blog entry headings but rather the main (Nap) items within.  The painted figures are mainly metals or Perry plastics.

Wargaming  Roundup (2 weeks this time):

Monday 12th February 2018 - WDW

"Lost Battalion" WW2 boardgame
Impetus - Indians v Persians in 365 bc
"King of the Battlefield" - French v Hessians & Hanoverians
DBM - Pyrrhic v Antigonos One-Eye - Chris lost the cavalry battle on our right flank whilst I struggled to hold the left.

Saturday 17th February 2018 - WDW

I wasn't there so only limited information available at this stage.

"Oregan" boardgame
One other boardgame

Monday 19th February 2018 - Wrenthorpe

DBM - Early Crusader v Syrian - I managed to break the Armenian ally but Al went down to the warband assault.

Friday, 9 February 2018

Thursday's Leftovers

I didn't want to make yesterdays posting too long so here is the usual weekly fare.

Internet Picks

(1)  Australian Civil War 1933-39 [Alternative Time Line] - for those who like the idea of VBCW but not the setting/factions:

(2)  Flags in Foreign climes - some suitable for Napoleon in Egypt and the Haitian fights:

(3)  Basing ships for wargaming (any scale)

Weekly Roundup

Sunday 4th February 2018 - Vapnartak, York

Really cold and trying to snow.  Two false alarms and too many people.  A dearth of book sellers.  Didn't buy much - should have emailed suppliers before I went. what did I buy?  18 foot, 6 cavalry & 2 carts (all from Museum Miniatures).  8 Vikings will join my growing Welsh DBM army.  10 Arab blades and 6 horse will make those tins heavier. 

The 2 carts are intended for Indian armies as anti-elephant devices.  I will attempt to convert them into WWg(X) for some of my Chinese armies.

Monday 5th February 2018 - WDW

Impetus - 10mm Samurai fight (again)

Setting the East Ablaze - trying to get the Russian Tsar out of the country whilst the Reds try to capture or kill them.

DBM - Galatians v Polybian Roman.  Jim didn't have much to do on our right flank.  I marched forward with a mass of Wb(O).  Andy had to hold off the mounted Roman hordes on the left. The Roman centre and right collapsed.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Napoleon in Egypt - part 3

(Because of this posts length I have split off the Internet Picks and Weekly Roundup for tomorrow.)

I'm not the first blogger to take up an interest in this period/theatre.  Those that have gone before.....

(1)  "Dust, Tears & Dice"

21st DBL - French Infantry - Tues 3.1.17
Adventures of Claude Canard - an SP campaign - Sun 16.6.13
Adventures of Claude Canard - Episode 1 - Scaling New Heights - Sun 7.7.13
Adventures of Claude Canard - Episode 2 - Canard's Rescue - Fri 11.10.13
Adventures of Claude Canard - Episode 3 - Canard's Enemy - Sun 20.10.13
Adventures of Claude Canard - Episode 4 - Canard's Rifles - Mon 25.8.14
Adventures of Claude Canard - Episode 5 - Dust, Tears & Dice - Sun 26.2.17
Arab Cavalry & Civilians - Sun 2.6.13
Bashi Bazouks [no pics] - Sun 4.3.12
Coptic Legion, Egypt 1798-1801 - Sat 20.5.17
Dawns and Departures SP campaign supplement - Sat 24.12.16
Desert Terrain (Crescent Root Studio) - Sat 9.3.13
Egyptian Trade Goods - Sun 27.7.14
Fish Tank Terrain, yet more - Sun 16.2.13
French General's & standard bearer Flags (BG) - Sat 7.6.14
French Infantry [no pics] - Fri 12.8.11
French Legere Carabiniers (BG) - fri 19.7.13
French Reinforcements - Sat 12.11.16
French Sailors (BG) - Thur 13.6.13
French Servants (BG) - Sat 15.6.13
French Uniforms [only 3 pics] - Armee d'Orient - Sat 14.1.17
Goat Stew - a French in Egypt encounter - Sun 7.5.17
Legere Skirmishers - Armee d'Orient for SP - Sun 8.1.17
Mamelukes & Ottoman Cavalry [no pics] - Sat 8.10.11
Mameluks Cavalry Force with SP - Sun 22.1.17
Market Stalls - Wed 17.7.13
Napoleon in Egypt [no pics] - Sun 7.8.11
Napoleon Takes A Day Out - Sun 5.1.17
Nizan Artillery - Wed 9.10.13
Nizam-i-Ceditso (Old Glory) - Thur 21.11.13
Nizam-i-Jedid (Ottomans) - Sun 2.10.16
Ottoman Janissaries in Egypt 1798 [no pics] - Sun 15.4.12
Paint Table Sunday - Mon 1.5.17
Sudanese (Maghribi) Tribesmen (PM) [no pics] - Mon 21.11.11
Support Options - SP in Egypt - Wed 12.10.16

Key:  BG = Brigade Miniatures
      PM = Perry Miniatures
      SP = Sharp Practice


(b)  Glasgow Wargames Club

Battle of the Pyramids 1798 - Wappinshaw 2008
Battle of Heliopolis 20 March 1800 - Phalanx 2008
Battle of Mount Tabor 1799 - Albanich 2008

(c)  Wills Wargames Blog

Bashi Bazouks - Tues 8.11.11
British 12th Light Dragoons - Sun 13.1.13
British Artillery in Egypt 1801 - Fri 28.12.12
British Commanders for Egypt 1801 - Thur 21.3.13
British Infantry in Egypt 1801 - Sun 23.12.12
French Artillery in Egypt - Thur 23.1.14
French Dromedary Corps in Egypt 1801 - Sat 22.2.14
French for Egypt 1801 - Fri 3.10.14
French Light Infantry (Strelets) - Wed 1.1.14
French Revolutionary Artillery - Wed 19.12.07
Ottoman Feudal Sipahis and Commanders - Wed 16.7.08
Revolutionary French Artillery - Sat 13.8.11
Revolutionary French Commanders - Fri 7.8.09
Revolutionary French Grenadiers - Thur 11.8.11


Thursday, 1 February 2018

Napoleon in Egypt - Part 2

Part 2 - Rules and Figures

(a)  I am  aware of only two 'dedicated' sets of rules:

"With Desaix in the Desert" by Will McNulty - there is a link on his website (but that doesn't work at the moment).  Perhaps leave a comment on his blog -  It is a campaign or 'discovery' set where the French general wanders around Egypt rooting out the Mamelukes, Ottomans and other 'natives'.

"Demi-Brigades in the Desert" by Robert Henry - available from the Yahoo group of the same name.  This set allows you to fight against the British as well as the Ottomans.  [There is also a list of army strengths in the Files section].

I don't play mainstream Napoleonics but any set, that doesn't glue itself to the grand scale, should be adaptable.

"Sharp Practice" has been used by one blogger (see part 3) also using the campaign supplement "Dawns & Departures".

(b)  According to PSR there are 14 plastic sets available for this (sub) period:

Odemars  PF09 - French Revolution
GerMan   0022 - Napoleonic French Camel Corps
Strelets M068 - French Line Infantry in Egypt
Strelets M069 - French Light Infantry in Egypt
Strelets  118 - French Hussars in Egypt
Strelets  078 - French Artillery in Egypt

GerMan   0023 - British Infantry in Egypt 1800
Strelets M070 - British Line Infantry in Egypt
Strelets M071 - British Light Infantry in Egypt
Strelets  119 - British Cavalry in Egypt
Strelets  079 - British Artillery in Egypt

HaT      8001 - Napoleonic French Mamelukes
Strelets  120 - Mamelukes
Italieri 6082 - Mamelukes

The GerMan sets are superb but unavailable in the UK.  Odemars figures are rarely seen (no great loss there).  So it's chunky Strelets or nothing then!

Other, indirect options might be:

Napoleonics (mainly bicornes)

Italieri    6092 - French Infantry 1798-1805
HaT       8229 - French Artillery 1805
Zvezda   8080 - French Napoleonic HQ Staff
HaT        8187 - Saxon Infantry (half for AWI)
Emhar    7215 - Spanish Infantry
HaT       8300 - Napoleonic Spanish Light Infantry
HaT       8302 - Napoleonic spanish Line Infantry
HaT       8171 - French Grenadiers & Voltiguers 1805
HaT       8062 - French Line Infantry 1805
HaT       8009 - French Dragoons (but I don't like them)
HaT       8170 - French Guard Chasseurs

Napoleonics (poss British)

HaT      8091 - Napoleonic Swedish Infantry
HaT      8231- Swedish Artillery
HaT      8304 - British Infantry Command
HaT      8098 - British Marines
Airfix  01735 - Waterloo Highland Infantry

Non Napoleonics (may be suitable)

Zvezda      8054 - Turkish Cavalry (for Ottomans)
Revell      02575 - Prussian Hussars 7YW
Waterloo      011 - Dervish Infantry
Esci              238 - Muslim Warriors
Strelets         109 - (Mtd) Bashi-Bazouks (Russo-Turkish War 1877)
Strelets     M054 - (Foot) Bashi-Bazouks (  "  ) - NOT YET RELEASED

In addition there are a few 20mm metal figures on the market:

Newline Designs - Ottomans & French -
Irregular Miniatures - Ottomans & Early French -

part three - bloggers/wargamers who have already gamed this period.

Weekly Round Up

Saturday 27th January 2018 - Gt.Houghton

4 rounds of DBA v3.0:

(a)  Arab Conquest (Khwarijmians) 3.25c v Ummayad Arab 3.3 - my Knights outclassed Ian's cavalry [4:1 win]
(b)  Arab Conquest (main) 3.25b v Moorish 2.57 - my Cavalry caught Ian's Lh [4:0 win]
(c)  Syrian 4.6a v Early Crusader 4/7 - this time I was on the receiving end of Kn v Cv [1:4 loss] Incidentally the 'plough' stayed on this time.
(d)  Early Bedouin 1.6a v Early Sumerian 1.16 - for the first time I was defender but all the terrain fell into Ian's half of the table.  Although I shot off one battle cart (Kn) my Aux couldn't survive for long [1:4 loss].

Seems to me that army selection is paramount in DBA v3.0.

Next time it will be Big Battle DBA with 36 elements per side - Antigonid v Lysimachid.

Monday 29th January 2018 - WDW

DBM - Scots Common v Hussites - ended up a draw but there were some hairy moments.
DBMM Early Polish v Han Chinese - a 'historical' match-up (NOT)    with the Han being victorious (they were Tim's Polish).
Impetus - Samurai scrap

Thursday 1st February 2018

Two more DBA v3.0 videos from TA & Co: 

Medieval Norwegians vs. Scots Common DBA 3.0

Swedish Leidang vs. Vikings

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Napoleon in Egypt - Part 1

Napoleon in Egypt - part one - uniforms

"Napoleon's Egyptian Campaigns 1798-1801" by Michael Barthorp  Osprey MAA 79 Pub: 1978 - reprinted 2002

"The aims of this book is to provide an outline of the campaigns and to examine in greater detail the armies which marched and fought amid the desert sands and the relics of earlier civilisations."

It concentrates on the French & British - the Ottomans get 5 paras (roughly one page), no plates and two, dedicated, black & white illustrations.

I didn't expect too much from this book(let) - good job - as it is in dire need of updating/revision.

For more uniforms (especially Ottomans) I suggest looking at this blog:
(scroll down on the right to Egipto Napoleonico)

The colour plates need no explanation but an earlier series has text in French which is beyond my limited linguistic abilities.

A few more Ottomans here:

Finding any more uniform info will require purchasing a number of books - don't know if I can justify the outlay for a side project....hmmm!

Weekly Roundup

Saturday 20th January 2018 - WDW - a big game of "To The Strongest".  I missed the club practice a few weeks ago but still got drafted into the inter-club game (v York).  It was a three-table scrap between Yorkists and Lancastrians (Wars of the Roses) and the 'home' side won convincingly.  OK first the gripes - far too many mounted knights on the table.  Classified as 'later knights' they were far too strong (WoR knights are always rated as Inferior in other rules and mostly fight dismounted).  Perhaps they should have been counted as 'raw'!  On the plus side it was an interesting introduction to the rules which have similarities to 'Square Bashing'.  Even though there are no dice our Lancastrians managed to pull more than their fair share of Aces.

Wednesday 23rd January 2018 - finished reading a Dr Who book "The Price of Paradise".  Had this nagging feeling that I had read it before but I couldn't remember the plot.  There are some advantages to a failing memory then.....

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Purchases & Delivery

Sunday 14th January 2018 - Halifax

Another visit to Halifax Modellers World - my two purchases:

Strelets M127 - Arab Foot Rebels

A new period that I am investigating.  Lawrence of Arabia and all that in WW1. 
PSR ref:

Some of the figures are suitable for earlier 'colonial' periods such as the Rif Wars.  Might even be able to make up a force of arab slavers.  Need to make a list of late 19th / early 20C conflicts.

HaT 8098 - Napoleonic British sailors and Marines
A quick look at the PSR review made me think that the marines could be used for the Haitian fight.  What I didn't expect was so many ships' cannon and crew (really - 8 per gun!!!).

Thinking a bit more I remembered that I had once considered making a Pirate force for DBA-RRR.   Orion, Mars and LW make pirate sets with the former providing the best figures.  If I ever see any I will purchase. Until then  half this box is destined for the storage crate.

Monday 15th January 2018 - WDW

DBM: Hsi-Hsia v Sung Chinese - lots of Bw(X)/(O) - our central command broke on the last bound.
Lion Rampant - Siege of Wakefield (again) - seems to have been a better game this time with holes in three walls.

Wednesday 17th January 2018

This slim volume finally turned up from Wordery - it was ordered before xmas - not good service.  Only features French & British troops - no Ottomans!

Thursday 18th January 2018

Found an alternative DBR Buccaneer list and started to convert it to DBA-RRR.  So far it splits into 2 x English, 2 x French & 1 x Dutch.  Will return to this subject later (hopefully next week).

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Trials & Tribulations

Monday 8th January 2018 - WDW

DBM - Later Pre-Islamic Arabs v Later Carthaginian - another boring draw.
Square Bashing - Germans v Brits 1914
Small Star Empires (tile game) x 3

Weekly Round-up

(a)  Monday 18th Dec 2017:
DBM - Philistines v Later Mycenaean (draw)
Hitler's War (boardgame)

Some free rules - Ancients, Victorian & 20thC in English
Also some flags for ACW.

(c)  Still waiting for my Napoleon in Egypt book.  Latest email gives apology for the delay. 

(d)  Next Monday I will be using Hsi-Hsia from the v2 DBMM army lists.  Working on a viable list while my cat is looking for attention - sigh!

(e)  No central heating so freezing my socks off.  Engineer yet to turn up today.  Not looking forward to the bill or the results of my MOT.