Mike's Spanish v. Jim's French
Following our Talavera of 2 weeks ago, our 6mm Napoleonic version of Hail Caesar has been further refined & another Peninsular battle set up. The battle data comes from Gates "The Spanish Ulcer" with extra terrain info from Google Earth. 35,00 French v. 60,000 Spanish. The Spanish have twice as many infantry as the French, but the cavalry & artillery are about equal in numbers. The Spanish have Command Rating of 7 to the French 9 as well as having lower combat and morale. The changes to the rules have been to further simplify them to make the combat even easier.
The Spanish lost, but Mike could claim some measure of victory as it was far from the one sided rout of the real thing. There were a few details requiring some fine tuning, but all in all, the rules worked very well - to have got all that done in little more than 2 hours is proof of that. The theory behind using Hail Caesar as base for the rules even though they need major changes in detail is that players familiar with Hail Caesar, Pike & Shoote or Black Powder can play it pretty well straight up as long as there's an umpire to handle the details. This was Mike's first Napoleonic battle ever and he had no difficulty in make good fist of it.