1815 Game using FIELD of GLORY NAPOLEONIC Rules

1815 Belgian Carabiniers

Last night the Wargamorium saw a clash between the Allied Army together with some Prussian units and the French Armée du Nord somewhere in Belgium in 1815 using the Field of Glory Napoleonic rules (FoGN).  This was our first time to use these rules in the Wargamorium but luckily our umpire has played and won many battles with these on the competition circuit so we were able to concentrate on playing the game while he guided us through the rules.

The battle was a straightforward push by three French Divisions all along the allied line. The defeat of the French cavalry by a combined brigade of Belgian and British heavy cavalry supported by Hanoverian Hussars effectively prevented the progress of the French left but the French right pushed back the Allied left in a series of cavalry and infantry clashes.  After a hard fought struggle the allied centre held and repulsed all French attempts to break through there while their cavalry outflanked the stationary French left and seized their line of communication.  At the end of the evening the Umpire declared in favour of the allies and the French went home.

This was our first game using these rules which appear to be quite complex at first sight.  The game however played quite smoothly under the umpire’s expert guidance and a clear result emerged. These are competition rules but we felt that they were far easier and less complicated and gave rise to fewer debates than the Napoleon at War Rules which we have tried in the past.

There were dozens of photographs taken but I have only been able to include a representative few below.

Panorama before the battle

Panorama before the battle

Bird's eye view before the battle.

Bird’s eye view before the battle.

Picton's thin red line

Picton’s thin red line

Allied heavy cavalry

Allied heavy cavalry

Allied forces.   Belgian Jaegers among the rocks.

Allied forces. Belgian Jaegers among the rocks.

Allied left under pressure

Allied left under pressure

Belgian and British heavy cavalry clash with the French light brigade on the French left.

Belgian and British heavy cavalry clash with the French light brigade on the French left.

The Prince of Orange issues his orders.

The Prince of Orange issues his orders.

Storming the allied guns.

Storming the allied guns.

Mid game overview showing the stalled French left while the centre and right hand Divisions press ahead.

Mid game overview showing the stalled French left while the centre and right hand Divisions press ahead.

French and Prussian cavalry clash on the hard pressed allied left.

French and Prussian cavalry clash on the hard pressed allied left.

Hanoverian infantry move up to support the British  line.

Hanoverian infantry move up to support the British line.

The crisis in the allied centre. The French were repulsed eventually.

The crisis in the allied centre. The French were repulsed eventually.

Climax of the battle showing the French stalled left and the advancing centre and right.

Climax of the battle showing the French stalled left and the advancing centre and right.

The decisive clash in the allied centre. The Belgian Jaegers are firing from rough ground on the rear columns.

The decisive clash in the allied centre. The Belgian Jaegers are firing from rough ground on the rear columns.

Belgian reinforcements moving up.

Belgian reinforcements moving up.

The Belgian Jaegers operating out of rough ground to fire upon the advancing French columns.

The Belgian Jaegers operating out of rough ground to fire upon the advancing French columns.

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11 Responses to 1815 Game using FIELD of GLORY NAPOLEONIC Rules

  1. Phil says:

    Nice report and most impressive pictures, love the ‘Bird’s eye’ one!

  2. wargamorium says:

    Thanks Phil for those kind words.
    We have a very tall photographer for the aerial shots.,
    Regards

  3. Paolo says:

    Nice and interesting report, I have got the rules several time ago but I never played.
    I agree with Phil about the bird’s eye photo. Who is the minis producer?
    All the best
    Paolo

  4. wargamorium says:

    Hello Paolo
    Many thanks for your kind comments.
    The Umpire knows the rules very well so we just played the battle and he did the rules which was great. Otherwise they looked rather complicated to me.
    The French are all AB Figures while the allies are a mixture of AB and Campaign Game Miniatures. These two ranges are both 18mm and are quite compatible.
    Regards

    • Wim says:

      Ik vermoed dat jullie Vlamingen zijn ( buurt van Zaventem ? ).. zou graag afspreken om eens te spelen ..
      Bezit zelf aardig wat troepjes ( manatwar ), Frans, Engels, Pruis en uiteraard black Brunswick allemaal 18 mm
      Zend contactgegevens aub ?

  5. Wayne Lennox says:

    Hi Robert
    Delighted to see you back playing your first love of Napoleonic games again.

    Looked at the rules in Leeds last weekend and was not convince, we will stay with Age of Eagles thanks.

    Love the photographs, though I cannt see any Old Guard, I thought they would be a must have for you. Keep in touch.

    Regards

    Wayne

    • wargamorium says:

      Hi Wayne,
      FoGN is definitely for competition games and our Umpire is just such a gamer. In fact he is playing in the world FoGN championships later this year. He really knows the rules inside out so we just played the game without even looking at the rules and he adjudicated. It was a great way to play as we could just concentrate on the tactics of the game without having to consult charts or whatever and as neither of us knew anything there was no room for disputes. The perfect game.
      Regards

      • Wayne lennox says:

        I saw the rules on one of the stands in St Helens and looked through them only because I remember you were playing them. They did not look like my type of set and Gerry would have been totally lost with them.

        Wayne

  6. wargamorium says:

    Hi again
    I do not play FoGN but our Umpire does and that is why we gave them a try last week. They are far too competition-minded and complicated for me I am afraid.

    Regards

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