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Revised Russian Units for v0.3.1

Following the updated rulebook I’ve re-written the Russian unit stats to go alongside these.

INFANTRY UNITS

Russian Infantry Units

You’ll see that I’ve divided the main infantry (line and light) into three rungs of Recruit, Trained and Veteran. This is to reflect the training and experience of units in campaign situations. If playing matched play games I would advise using trained units a base.

CAVALRY UNITS

Russian Cavalry Units

Any of the above can also be included in the Russian Imperial Guard, if you are taking any of these units as Imperial Guard, then include the Drilled special rule and in the case of Cossacks remove their Cossacks special rule.

ARTILLERY UNITS

Russian Artillery Units

A half company of Russian artillery contained six pieces, and in the case where 6 pounder cannons were used there were four cannon and two unicorn howitzers.

Once again, any artillery units that included as part of the guard add the Drilled special rule.

As always if I’ve made a mistake or you believe something needs to be revised please let me know in the comments.

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Clausewitz Available on Steam Workshop for Tabletop Simulator

Okay, this is a pretty big deal for me. I’ve spent the last week and a half putting the finishing touches to the Clausewitz Mod for Tabletop Simulator!

This is available to download now from the Steam Workshop.

The mod includes all of the British and French units, and future updates will include other armies and terrain.

Now you too can playtest Clausewitz without the need for miniatures or even a tabletop!

Please try it today and pass any feedback you have to clausewitz.tabletop@gmail.com

Screenshots below:

Vimeiro Battlefield
The French Grande Armee
The British Army
The French attack a British position

Grand Scale Battles
It even includes a copy of the latest draft rules!

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How Brigades Work

As part of the recent revision to the rules I’ve gone back and rejigged the unit and Brigade profiles.

HOW IT WORKS

When organising their order of battle each general will either purchase a number of Brigades or (in the case of historic battles) take the number as given on the historic order of battle. The Brigade card will look like this:

Brigade Card Ready for Battle

You would purchase you initial Brigade and in matched play games this costs you a certain amount of points in itself. From that point on you add battalions, squadrons or batteries to then buff those initial statistics. So in the case above, we can see that each Line Regiment added is improving the Morale roll the Brigade would need by a further one, meaning once they’ve all been added and it comes to taking their first morale test in battle the Brigade would need a 5+ to pass. Most factions will either be all foot or all horse, only a few factions had a mixture of both, but these will be published with those factions.

COMMAND
This is the value needed to pass in order for that unit to carry out its actions. Only elite units will alter this in any way, the player must instead use command points from a nearby general to boost these in the turn. For example, the player chooses to activate his general first and uses 3 of his 5 command points to boost the above Brigade to Command 6+ instead of 9+.

MORALE
As in previous iterations of the rules this stat is how confident the Brigade is in battle, the number signified is what would be needed to pass a morale test in game. This number may often be modified by other in game factors such as nearby Cavalry, the formation of the units inside the Brigade and any damage received to the Brigade.

STRENGTH
This is an optional statistic for those wishing to compare their losses in game to that of the actual General who commanded in the field at the time. For each hit received on the Brigade this figure reduces by one and cannot be recovered unlike morale. At the end of the game the general deducts his final strength from his starting strength and multiplies the value by 50 to give an estimate on the number of men killed or wounded. e.g., the British Brigade begins the battle with strength 50, and at the end of the game has been reduced to strength 43, meaning a loss of 7 strength. This converts into 350 men killed or wounded (7 x 50 = 350).

STEADY
Steady represents the first roll of the firing phase for any ranged weapon dice. The player needs to score equal to or higher than this value for the player then to roll successes on their ‘Fire!’ roll.

COMBAT WEAPON
This weapon is the standard weapon of the standard trooper inside that unit.

COMBAT DICE
For a historic engagement combat dice is determined by using the number of men for each unit on the order of battle divided by a factor of 200. In matched play, combat dice are purchased individually each time.

For example an order of battle may show that a unit had 970 men, this figure is divided by 200 and rounded off to give the combat dice (970 / 200 = 4.85 (5 Dice)), or in the case above Brigade would be purchase for 57 Points, then a Regiment of Foot (which includes 1 combat die) is purchased for 43 points, each combat die for that regiment after that initial purchase may cost an additional 2 points, so a regiment of foot with 5 combat dice would cost 51 points (43 + 2 + 2 + 2+ 2).

SKIRMISH WEAPONS
If the unit is able to skirmish the weapon the use in doing so will be shown here. Often this is the same weapon, however in some cases such as some Austrian infantry units, the skirmishers of a unit may have been armed with Rifles instead of Muskets.

SKIRMISH DICE
A unit which has skirmish weapons will be granted 1 Skirmish Dice. One is the limit to Skirmish dice and no additional skirmish dice can be purchased. If the unit can skirmish, the cost of this skirmish dice is included in the unit cost when purchased.

ARTILLERY WEAPONS
This specifies any weapons that the unit uses as artillery.

ARTILLERY DICE
Artillery can be fired as an action. If the Brigade possess any Artillery this is fired in the same way as Combat or Skirmish Dice.

CC V INFANTRY
This denotes the dice roll required to cause a hit on this troop type in melee. Other external factors can also modify these rolls such as terrain.

CC V CAVALRY
This denotes the dice roll required to cause a hit on this troop type in melee. Other external factors can also modify these rolls such as terrain.

SAVE
Some units may have a save stat as part of their attributes, if so once damage has been dealt to the unit roll a D6 for each hit. On a roll of the value or above that damage is ignored. Some terrain such as Woods or Villages also grant saves and are specified in the terrain section of the Rulebook.

SPECIAL RULES
Often units will be added to the Brigade which contain special rules, these will vary from such things as Deployment Marker (granting the player an extra deployment marker in the scouting phase) to Marksmen (re-rolling one Fire! dice per action). What each special rule does can be found in the Rulebook under the special rules section.

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Clausewitz Full Alpha Ruleset

The following is a full list of the Alpha rules. Please take your time to read through them or download the Word Document attached. I’m looking for feedback on everything from spelling, wording and location of paragraphs to feedback on rules etc. No opinion is a bad opinion and please be as thorough as you can! All people who provide feedback will be mentioned in the rulebook upon its release as a thank you. The word document attached has track changes on so please feel free to make as many changes as you like and send the document to clausewitz.tabletop@gmail.com

The rules below have been adjusted and all articles on the nations will be revisited to update the rules for the individual units.

Again, thank you to everyone who has helped me get this far with the rules but especially to Chris Pringle and Lehann who gave many a thoughtful idea or suggestion on the way!

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THE SCALE
Clausewitz has been designed for 6mm wargaming at a scale of 1:5300, which roughly equates to one 6mm figure representing 50 men. One foot equates to one mile.

There is nothing to stop players using other scales however, please see the section on ‘Other Miniature Scales’.

THE FIGURES AND BASING
Basing for the scale mentioned above is 40mm wide and 30mm deep, these apply to all types of units apart from Aide-de-camp (ADC’s) which can be represented on any small round base as a single mounted miniature.

Unit bases have two dice holders on each base at the back which represent the formation that Unit is in and the number of combat dice the Unit possess. Alternatively, these can be tracked using pen and paper.

Command bases are the same size as Unit bases with dice holders to represent the Brigades Actions, Morale and Strength.

ADC’s are a single miniature on a round base with a single dice holder representing an objective target (more on this later).

Each base represents a unit, this may be a Battalion (Infantry), Squadron (Cavalry) or Company (Artillery). These bases are grouped together into Brigades which are the main elements of any game. Bases inside a Brigade act together simultaneously.

THE BATTLEFIELD
A game of Clausewitz can be played on any size playing area but 6’x4′ is ideal for representing the larger battles of the time.

TERRAIN
There are various types of terrain that affect gameplay and are fall under different categories:

Open
This represents your standard rolling countryside and fields. Open has no effect on the outcome of the battle. Quick March can only be used on open terrain.

Units moving along roads can take advantage of a +1cm addition to their movement speed.

Rough
Rough ground can be anything from scrubland to ploughed fields. Units passing through rough terrain are unable to use Quick March.

Difficult
Units moving through difficult terrain halve their movement speed (rounded up) as they make certain of their footing.

Impassable
Only units with the special rule El Bruc may move through, down or up impassable terrain at a rate of 1cm per action. If this unit is inside a Brigade with other units that do not possess this special rule then the Brigade cannot take advantage of this rule.

Impassable terrain may be such areas like ravines or cliffs.

A section on terrain types is included towards the back of the rules with the different effects each terrain type has on play and their classification. For example, troops inside of woods receive a 6+ saving throw. Troops uphill in a melee to their enemy will receive a +1 to their combat dice roll.

BRIGADES
A Brigade is made up of a number of bases known as “Units” which represent Battalions, Cavalry or Artillery companies, or even a combination of all three in some instances. Each Unit will add its own attributes to that of the Brigade. As well as the Units mentioned above, there will also be a Brigadier General base (same base dimensions) who represents the Brigade command.

Each Brigade is made up of basic attributes which are enhanced by the units that are included within that Brigade. Brigades can be no larger than five troop bases and one command base. These attributes are:

Command: 8+
Before any actions are carried out by a Brigade, they must pass a command test. This must be a D6 roll higher than that specified on their Brigade card. This roll can be modified by nearby Generals who can add some of their command bonus to the roll to help the unit pass. If that unit fails its roll it cannot act that turn.

Morale 8+
Morale is used once the unit is within the Zone of Control of any enemy units. This will be modified by formations of units within the Brigade and also by the number of units inside the Brigade. Each Unit stand (not command stand) will add +1 to this roll. A Brigade cannot increase this beyond 3+ and a roll of 2 in 2D6 is always a failure.

Strength: 0
Strength is an optional attribute which the player can use to determine how many loss’s their army or Brigades suffered at the end of the battle. For every 50 men added to the Brigade increase this attribute by 1.

Steady 5+
This is the roll needed for the men in the Brigade to reload their weapons effectively under the gaze of the enemy and pluck up their courage to shoot at the men opposite them. Rolls which are successful can be rolled again in the ‘Fire!’ step of shooting. A ‘Fire!’ roll sees whether the Brigade hits its target, needing 4+ at effective range and 5+ at long range. Some elite units may boost this roll to a 4+ or perhaps grant re-rolls to a portion of the dice.

Combat Dice: 0
This is the number of dice the Brigade can use when it’s firing its weapons at the enemy or taking part in a melee action. As units are added to the Brigade the number of Combat Dice will increase in proportion with the size of the unit that is being added. A dice is added for every 200 men of a unit. When a Brigade takes any damage, for each damage roll a die on 5+ their Combat Dice pool is reduced by 1.

Skirmish Dice: 0
The number of skirmish dice assigned to the Brigade is determined by the number of light infantry units inside the Brigade and the number of other units with the Skirmishers special rule. For each 1000 men (rounded up) of a light infantry or unit with the Skirmishers special Rule, add 1 skirmish die. Skirmish dice are explained in greater detail later on in these rules.

Artillery Dice: 0
Each time Artillery units are assigned to the Brigade the Artillery dice pool is increased by one for each artillery piece that is added.

CC v Foot: 5+
This is the basic melee stat for all Brigades. When a Brigade meets an opposing foot unit in base-to-base contact on terrain that isn’t open, those Brigades will fight a melee action. Using their combat dice, rolls of equal or higher the value specified will result in a hit against the opposing Brigade.

CC v Mounted: 6+
This is the basic melee stat for all Brigades. When a Brigade meets an opposing mounted unit in base-to-base contact on terrain that isn’t open, those Brigades will fight a melee action. Using their combat dice, rolls of equal or higher the value specified will result in a hit against the opposing Brigade.

UNIT FORMATIONS
Foot units inside a Brigade can take on different formations depending on the situation they find themselves in. To change the formation for any units within the Brigade, the Brigade must use an action to change unit formations for one action point. The formations available to foot troops are:

Line Formation
The line formation allows the unit to fire all available combat dice assigned to it. Fire from artillery is less effective from the front and only causes half damage (half the damage from all incoming artillery fire and round up). Artillery fire directly into the flank of a line unit would cause double damage. (double all damage from incoming artillery fire). Units in line formation cannot use its quick march speed.

Column Formation
Any units that are in column formation grant the Brigade an additional one to its morale (remember that the Brigade morale cannot exceed 3+). Units in column formation can use the quick march pace. Columns are vulnerable to Artillery fire and so receive double damage from all incoming artillery attacks. Cavalry pose less of threat to units in column formation and therefore cannot charge them, the Cavalry special rule is reduced by one for Brigades that have their units in Columns (i.e., Cavalry (-2) is reduced to Cavalry (-1) and Cavalry (-1) is negated).

Square Formation
Used solely as a defensive formation any units in Square cannot move, and suffer double damage from artillery attacks. Cavalry cannot charge units in Square formation and their Cavalry special rule does not affect units in Square.

PLAY METHODS
Clausewitz can be used to either re-fight historical engagements where players can build an army using the order of battle at the time, or, as a points-based game where players build armies of equal value.

THE TURN

There are 30 turns to a game of Clausewitz, this represents 5 hours of battle. Players may wish to add more turns if they’re refiguring a historic engagement.

Each turn represents 10 minutes real time of battle, for example Turn 1 may represent the battle time between 9:50am and 10am.

OBJECTIVES
Each game will have a number of objectives on the battlefield which players will score points for holding. Objectives are numbered, and Brigades are given orders to hold these objectives. Brigades can only score victory points for their player if the Brigade has been designated to hold that objective by an ADC. At the end of each turn points are counted up and added to a running total.

GENERALS
Each player will be represented by a single base on the tabletop representing them as Commander-in-Chief (CinC). Players can move their commanders around the field of battle to issue orders to their Generals of Division (GD) or to their Brigadier Generals (BG) if playing in a smaller game.

The CinC can issue ADC’s to send orders to a General of Division or Brigade, when they do so an ADC base leaves the CinC with a dice representing the number of the objective that the Brigade can attack. A CinC can only issue one ADC per turn.

An ADC must first make base to base contact with the General of Division for that Brigade however (chain of command and all that). Once they have made contact the ADC can continue o. To the Brigade.

Generals of Division and the Commander-in-Chief all have 5 command points they can spend each turn if they’re withing a certain distance if any friendly Units. Command points can be used to buff a Brigades command stat to make it easier for them to enact orders that turn.

If Generals are in base-to-base contact with a friendly unit in melee with the enemy the General can also take part and adds one additional combat dice to the friendly Brigade in combat. This dice is the equivalent of the Generals personal guard, as elite fighters these will hit on 4’s in melee.

SCOUTING PHASE
Before deploying their unit’s players will enter a mini-game to determine their deployment areas. Each general will have a number of Deployment Markers which represent the number of Light Infantry or Light Cavalry in their army.

These Markers move at a rate of 15cm. The generals move these Markers across the table in alternate turns. Each marker must be within either 15cm of a board edge or another friendly marker. If at any point a marker moves to within 15cm of any of the opponent’s markers both their marker and their opponents are locked into position and cannot move any further. Once all markers are ‘locked’ the area those markers enclose represent the players deployment area. Players then place their units in the table alternately beginning with the player who locked all their markers first.

PLAYING THE GAME
There are no phases in Clausewitz, instead at the beginning of a game each player has a single-coloured die or chip which they place inside a bag. Shake the bag and draw, whoever’s die or chip is drawn may act with their CinC first. The CinC may either move 30cm OR issue an ADC to a Brigade.

Once the ADC reaches a General of Division or Brigade and has given them their objective that General or Brigade is considered to be ‘activated’.

Once a Brigade or General has been activated an additional chip or die for that player can be added to the draw bag for the next turn. When that player draws their chip the next turn, they can then choose which of their activated elements to use.

ACTIVATED ELEMENTS
Each element can use up to five actions per turn, some actions cost more than others a list of actions is shown later on.

Actions usually revolve around moving, changing formation or attacking the enemy.

REACTIONS
Elements may choose to reserve some of their actions as reactions. Reactions enable you to respond to enemies within 10cm of your elements, this distance is known as the ‘Zone of Control’. Therefore, if you have activated a unit and are perhaps 15-20cm away from the enemy it may be wise to reserve some of your actions as reactions so that you can repulse the enemy of they attack.

If you’re outside of the zone of control of an enemy and you’re moving a unit that will end all its actions without entering an enemies Zone of Control you can choose to use all your actions at once to speed up play. For example, moving your infantry 10cm instead of 2cm per action.

ZONE OF CONTROL
Once opposing elements close to within 10cm they have entered the zone of control. From this point forward these elements can only move directly towards or directly away from the enemy in their ZoC.

Actions within a ZoC must be taken one at a time and must be preceded by a morale check for the unit performing the action. If they fail their morale check then depending on how badly that unit has failed by will determine how the unit reacts.

If the element passes its morale check it may use an action as normal and the enemy must then make a morale test to perform a defensive reaction. If either element fails their morale test by a value of 2 or less, that element will withdraw directly away from the enemy at its standard move rate (while keeping its front towards the enemy), this is known as a withdrawal, it may not make any more actions that turn aside from defensive fire or withdrawals as reactions. If an element fails by a value of more than 2 then that element flees using the move distance it has available from its remaining actions (i.e., the element has four actions remaining, it will make four move actions ending with the element facing away from the enemy and the element may not use perform any other actions or reactions that turn and must pass a morale test the next turn to move as normal. If it fails this test then it will flee a further 5 actions.

ACTIONS & REACTIONS

Order (Cost: 1 Action Point)
A general can issue an order once per turn to a subcommander (this may be a General of Division in the case of the Commander-in-Chief or a Brigade in the case of the General of Division). When doing so, an ADC is placed in base-to-base contact with the command stand issuing the order, it may then move 30cm towards its intended target regardless of terrain.

March (Cost: 1 Action Point) Offensive/Defensive
The entire Brigade may make a move at the speed of its slowest Unit on the March. The defensive version moves the Brigade away from the enemy. Units cannot use Reactions to advance.

Quick March (Cost: 1 Action Point)
The entire Brigade may make a move at the slowest of its Unit on the Quick March. This cannot be used inside the Zone of Control of an enemy unit.

Change Unit Formations (Cost: 1 Action Point)
Any Units within the Brigade can change their formation is they are able to do so. Formations can either be Line, Square, Column or Skirmish.

Change Brigade Formation (Cost: 3 Action Points)
The entire Brigade can change its formation to having either 4, 3, 2 or 1 wide in units. Cannot be performed in a Zone of Control of the enemy.

Fire Skirmish Weapons (Cost: 1 Action Point)
A unit that has skirmish dice under its attributes can fire these at the enemy if it wishes. If it does so, the weapons can fire at long range as though they were inside effective range (hitting on 4+ instead of 6+ on their Fire! roll). This represents the skirmishers moving ahead of the main body of troops and firing on the enemy as they approach. The process for firing skirmish dice is the same as firing the weapons of the rest of the Brigade.

Fire! (Cost: 1 Action Point) offensive/defensive
The Brigade can fire all its available combat dice assigned to the front rank of units in the Brigade.

Bombard (Cost: 1 Action Point) offensive/defensive
The Brigade can fire all its available artillery dice assigned to the Brigade. If an enemy is within the Brigades Zone of Control that enemy must be the target.

Hold! (Cost: 0 Action Points) offensive/defensive
The Brigade holds position waiting for the enemy to move closer. If the enemy brigade is within weapon range the Brigade must pass a command test, if it fails to do so the Brigade will fire all its weapons at the closest enemy within range.

MOVEMENT
When using a march action foot troops can move 2cm per action, if using a quick march action, they can move 3cm.

Mounted troops move at a rate of 4cm on the march per action and 8cm at quick march.

ADVANCED RULES

Capturing Generals
Players whose Brigades move over or finish their move on top of an enemy general are considered to have captured that General. He must stay in base-to-base contact with that Brigade until a friendly Brigade defeats them in combat or the end of the game. An extra victory point is awarded per General captured or killed.

Capturing Enemy Colours
A Brigade can capture the colours of enemy units it defeats in melee on a roll of a 6. An extra victory point is awarded per colour captured.

Using Strength
If players wish and they agree between themselves, they can use the strength stat on the Brigades, this will need tracking throughout the game.  At the end of the game subtract your ending strength of all your units against what you began with. The difference between these two figures is the number of loss’s your army has suffered. Multiply the value by 50 to give you a rough estimate of how many men were killed or wounded during the engagement. This works best for replicating historical battles and comparing your results to that of the General who commanded the army at the time.

FIRING
Any type of firing is broken down into two steps.

1st Step: Steady!
Each Brigade is given a ‘Steady’ stat, this represents how nervous the men are in battle and how likely they’re to load and fire their weapons correctly. This is usually a roll of 5+.

2nd Step: Fire!
Successful ‘Steady!’ rolls then go on to make their ‘Fire!’ roll which at the effective range of the weapon is 4+ while long range is 6+. Any success from this count as hits on the enemy, if the enemy is allowed to make saving throws, they would do so once hits have been allocated to their Brigades.

TERRAIN TYPES

Woods Difficult Terrain, units inside woods receive a saving throw of 5+ from any type of weapons fire.

Ploughed FieldsRough Terrain

Villages/TownsDifficult Terrain, units inside villages or towns are considered to be imbedded inside the buildings etc and therefore receive a saving throw of 4+. Other units can attack units embedded in Villages or Towns in melee but the defender receives +1 to their combat dice.

CliffsImpassable Terrain

RavinesImpassable Terrain

LakesImpassable Terrain

RiversDifficult Terrain

Gentle HillsOpen Terrain, however units in melee in a lower position on the hill than their target suffer -1 to their combat dice rolls.

Steep HillsRough Terrain, units in melee in a lower position on the hill than their target suffer -2 to their combat dice rolls (rolls of 6 will always hit).

MarshDifficult Terrain

WEAPONS (these will be superseded by the Nations Army Lists once fully written)

Pistols
Effective Range: 1cm
Long Range: 2cm

Muskets
Effective Range: 2cm
Long Range: 4cm

Rifles
Effective Range: 4cm
Long Range: 8cm

6 Pounder Cannon
Effective Range: 10cm
Long Range: 15cm

12 Pounder Cannon
Effective Range: 12cm
Long Range: 20cm

Howitzers
Effective Range: 15cm
Long Range: 25cm

BASIC UNITS ARMY LIST (these will be superseded by the Nations Army Lists once fully written)

LINE INFANTRY           
Command: No effect
Type: Foot
Morale: +1 per unit added
Strength: +1 per 50 men added
Steady: No effect
Combat Dice: +1 per 200 men added
Skirmish Dice: +1 per 1000 men added
Artillery Dice: No effect
CC v Foot: No effect
CC v Mounted: No effect
Additional Rules: None

LIGHT INFANTRY
Command: No effect
Type: Foot
Morale: +1 per unit added
Strength: +1 per 50 men added
Steady: No effect
Combat Dice: +1 per 200 men added
Skirmish Dice: +1 per 1000 men added
Artillery Dice: No effect
CC v Foot: No effect
CC v Mounted: No effect
Additional Rules:
‘Deployment Marker’ – adds a deployment marker for the player to use in the scouting phase of the game.

HEAVY CAVALRY
Command: No effect
Type: Mounted
Morale: +1 per unit added
Strength: +1 per 50 men added
Steady: No effect
Combat Dice: +1 per 50 men added
Skirmish Dice: No effect
Artillery Dice: No effect
CC v Foot: No effect
CC v Mounted: No effect
Additional Rules:
‘Cavalry (-2)’ – All enemy foot units within 10cm suffer a -2 modifier on their morale test rolls.

LINE CAVALRY
Command: No effect
Type: Mounted
Morale: +1 per unit added
Strength: +1 per 50 men added
Steady: No effect
Combat Dice: +1 per 50 men added
Skirmish Dice: No effect
Artillery Dice: No effect
CC v Foot: No effect
CC v Mounted: No effect
Additional Rules:
‘Cavalry (-1)’ – All enemy foot units within 10cm suffer a -1 modifier on their morale test rolls.

LIGHT CAVALRY
Command: +1 per unit added
Type: Mounted
Morale: +1 per unit added
Strength: +1 per 50 men added
Steady: No effect
Combat Dice: +1 per 50 men added
Skirmish Dice: No effect
Artillery Dice: No effect
CC v Foot: No effect
CC v Mounted: No effect
Additional Rules:
‘Cavalry (-1)’ – All enemy foot units within 10cm suffer a -1 modifier on their morale test rolls.
‘Deployment Marker’ – adds a deployment marker for the player to use in the scouting phase of the game.

FOOT ARTILLERY
Command: No effect
Type: Foot
Morale: +1 per unit added
Strength: +1 per 50 men added
Steady: No effect
Combat Dice: No effect
Skirmish Dice: No effect
Artillery Dice: +1 per weapon
CC v Foot: No effect
CC v Mounted: No effect
Additional Rules:
‘Artillery’ – In Melee this unit halves the number of combat dice it may use.

HORSE ARTILLERY
Command: No effect
Type: Mounted
Morale: +1 per unit added
Strength: +1 per 50 men added
Steady: No effect
Combat Dice: No effect
Skirmish Dice: No effect
Artillery Dice: +1 per weapon
CC v Foot: No effect
CC v Mounted: No effect
Additional Rules:
‘Artillery’ – In Melee this unit halves the number of combat dice it may use.

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Russian Cavalry Units

The basic cavalry unit of the Russian army during the Napoleonic period was the Squadron with each squadron having 16 flankers (Skirmishers) with all Hussar troopers being trained as skirmishers. The Cavalry was split between Guard Cavalry and Army Cavalry, with varied types of Cavalry all assigned to the Guard Cavalry. In 1805 the Guard Cavalry was made up of two Cuirassier, one Hussar and 1 Cossack Regiments in the Guard, while there were six Cuirassier, twenty Dragoon, three Horse Jagers, one Uhland and nine Hussar regiments in the main army.

COSSACKS

These are in all likelihood the most famous units of Cavalry in the Russian army during the time of the Napoleonic Wars. There were large numbers of these troops that Russia could call upon (77,000 in 1795). Originally from the descendants of outlaws who settled in southern Russia these troops were often led by their tribal Chiefs or Atamans and although they would seldom have much effect on disciplined enemy unit they were extremely useful when it came to such aspects as scouting, raiding or skirmishing. Their large number which accompanied by their war cry would strike fear into many enemies. With terrible discipline these troops were often seen as robbers, looters and drunks.

These troops were armed with a variety of weapons which would usually be in the form of lances or firearms and although some of the Cossacks would have uniforms many were outfitted in their own tribal manner.

Unit Attributes

Russian Cossacks

Units of Cossacks were included in the Imperial Guard, if you wish to upgrade a unit to an Imperial Guard Cossack unit, then change their ‘Steady’ roll to 4+ and their base morale to 8, also remove their undisciplined special rule.

Special Rules

  • Pistols – Cossacks are armed with short ranged weaponry. If the player wishes, this unit may fire its pistols once an enemy closes within range. Pistols have a long range of 2cm and short range of 1cm.
  • Cavalry (-2) – Units of Cossacks have a fearsome reputation on the battlefield. As such any enemy foot units that are within 10cm of a unit of Cossacks suffer a -2 modifier to any morale checks that the unit makes.
  • Impetuous (5+) – Cossacks occasionally struggle to maintain their composure in the heat of battle. After this unit has fought in melee, during its next action roll a D6; on a roll of 5+ the unit can act normally, if the unit fails this roll it must make its quickest move towards the nearest enemy unit and contact them in melee if possible.
  • Deployment Marker – Units of Cossacks allows the owning player to use an additional deployment marker in the scouting phase.
  • Undisciplined – Units of Cossacks are usually nothing more than tribesmen used to living in harsh conditions and as such are not used to facing disciplined enemy cavalry. As such any cavalry units with Cavalry special rules affect Cossack units.

CUIRASSIERS

The name Cuirassier comes from the name of the breastplate armour that the cavalry wore; the Cuirass. They were also armed with a brace of pistols as well as a heavy pallash and a carbine or rifle. In 1812 the Carbine and Rifles were taken away leaving the Cuirassiers with only a brace of pistols and a sword.

Unit Attributes

Russian Cuirassiers Unit Card

Units of Cuirassiers were included in the Imperial Guard, if you wish to upgrade a unit to an Imperial Guard Cuirassier unit, then change their ‘Steady’ roll to 4+ and their base morale to 8.

Special Rules

  • Pistols – Cuirassiers are armed with short ranged weaponry. If the player wishes, this unit may fire its pistols once an enemy closes within range. Pistols have a long range of 2cm and short range of 1cm.
  • Cavalry (-2) – Units of this calibre have a fearsome reputation on the battlefield. As such any enemy foot units that are within 10cm of a unit of Cuirassiers suffer a -2 modifier to any morale checks that the unit makes.
  • Impetuous (3+) – Cuirassiers occasionally struggle to maintain their composure in the heat of battle. After this unit has fought in melee, during its next action roll a D6; on a roll of 3+ the unit can act normally, if the unit fails this roll it must make its quickest move towards the nearest enemy unit and contact them in melee if possible.

DRAGOONS

Dragoons were armed with a brace of pistols a straight sabre and a musket. Each squadron also had men armed with rifles.

Unit Attributes

Russian Dragoon Unit Card

Units of Dragoons were included in the Imperial Guard, if you wish to upgrade a unit to an Imperial Guard Dragoon unit, then change their ‘Steady’ roll to 4+ and their base morale to 8.

Special Rules

  • Muskets – Dragoons are armed Muskets. If the player wishes, this unit may fire its Muskets once an enemy closes within range. Muskets have a long range of 4cm and short range of 2cm.
  • Cavalry (-1) – Units of this calibre have a fearsome reputation on the battlefield. As such any enemy foot units that are within 10cm of a unit of Dragoons suffer a -1 modifier to any morale checks that the unit makes.
  • Impetuous (4+) – Dragoons occasionally struggle to maintain their composure in the heat of battle. After this unit has fought in melee, during its next action roll a D6; on a roll of 4+ the unit can act normally, if the unit fails this roll it must make its quickest move towards the nearest enemy unit and contact them in melee if possible.
  • Rifles – During an action the unit can choose to fire its rifles instead of performing any other action. If it does so it can use 1 combat dice and fire at the enemy using the rifle weapon profile (long Range 8cm / Effective Range 4cm).

HORSE JAGERS

Russian horse Jagers were the equivalent of the French Chassuers-a-Cheval and were another aspect to Russia’s extensive light cavalry. Horse Jager troops were armed with a sabre, two pistols and a carbine.

Unit Attributes

Horse Jager Unit Card

Special Rules

  • Cavalry (-1) – Units of this calibre have a fearsome reputation on the battlefield. As such any enemy foot units that are within 10cm of a unit of Horse Jagers suffer a -1 modifier to any morale checks that the unit makes.
  • Impetuous (4+) – Horse Jagers occasionally struggle to maintain their composure in the heat of battle. After this unit has fought in melee, during its next action roll a D6; on a roll of 4+ the unit can act normally, if the unit fails this roll it must make its quickest move towards the nearest enemy unit and contact them in melee if possible.
  • Pistols – Horse Jagers are armed with short ranged weaponry. If the player wishes, this unit may fire its pistols once an enemy closes within range. Pistols have a long range of 2cm and short range of 1cm.
  • Deployment Marker – Units of Horse Jagers allows the owning player to use an additional deployment marker in the scouting phase.

UHLANS

Before the Battle of Austerlitz there were three horse regiments: Polish, Lithuania and Tartar, and a single Uhlan regiment, the Grand Duke Constantine Uhlans. In 1807 the horse regiments were changed to Uhlan regiments.

Uhlans were recruited mainly from Poles and Lithuanians living in western Russia.

Russian generals had mixed feelings about their Polish and Lithuanian cavalrymen. The problem was not their horsemanship and skills with weapon, but with their commitment to Russia. In the summer of 1812 the Uhlan regiments had several times more deserters and missing men than casualties in combat. For this reason General Bagration, didn’t want the Lithuanian Uhlan Regiment being included in his rear guard.

The Uhlans were armed with sabres, pistols and a lance. Flankers in Uhlan regiments also carried Rifles.

Unit Attributes

Russian Uhlans Unit Card

Special Rules

  • Cavalry (-1) – Units of this calibre have a fearsome reputation on the battlefield. As such any enemy foot units that are within 10cm of a unit of Uhlans suffer a -1 modifier to any morale checks that the unit makes.
  • Impetuous (4+) – Uhlans occasionally struggle to maintain their composure in the heat of battle. After this unit has fought in melee, during its next action roll a D6; on a roll of 4+ the unit can act normally, if the unit fails this roll it must make its quickest move towards the nearest enemy unit and contact them in melee if possible.
  • Pistols – Uhlans are armed with short ranged weaponry. If the player wishes, this unit may fire its pistols once an enemy closes within range. Pistols have a long range of 2cm and short range of 1cm.
  • Deployment Marker – Units of Uhlans allows the owning player to use an additional deployment marker in the scouting phase.
  • Rifles – During an action the unit can choose to fire its rifles instead of performing any other action. If it does so it can use 1 combat dice and fire at the enemy using the rifle weapon profile (long Range 8cm / Effective Range 4cm).

HUSSARS

“Honour of your regiment – is honour of your family”

– Russian Hussar saying

In no other branch of the army, were there so many volunteers. Many came from families with a long military tradition and were excellent swordsmen and men who were raised as horse riders. Hussars’ gaiety around a bottle of wine, or vodka, and their rolling swagger were well known. Opening the bottle of wine with a sabre cut and drinking from woman’s shoe were just two of their many customs. In every hussar regiment their existed a camaraderie and pride of belonging to a special group within the army.

Hussars were armed with a sabre, two pistols and a carbine with flankers also issued a musketoon.

Unit Attributes

Russian Hussars Unit Card

Special Rules

  • Cavalry (-1) – Units of this calibre have a fearsome reputation on the battlefield. As such any enemy foot units that are within 10cm of a unit of Hussars suffer a -1 modifier to any morale checks that the unit makes.
  • Impetuous (5+) – Hussars occasionally struggle to maintain their composure in the heat of battle. After this unit has fought in melee, during its next action roll a D6; on a roll of 5+ the unit can act normally, if the unit fails this roll it must make its quickest move towards the nearest enemy unit and contact them in melee if possible.
  • Pistols – Hussars are armed with short ranged weaponry. If the player wishes, this unit may fire its pistols once an enemy closes within range. Pistols have a long range of 2cm and short range of 1cm.
  • Deployment Marker – Units of Hussars allows the owning player to use an additional deployment marker in the scouting phase.
  • Muskets – During an action the unit can choose to fire its Muskets instead of performing any other action. If it does so it can use 1 combat dice and fire at the enemy using the Musket weapon profile (long Range 4cm / Effective Range 2cm).

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Austrian Cavalry Units

Austrian cavalry contained Cuirassiers, Dragoons, Chaveauxlegers (Light Dragoons), Hussars and Uhlans. All were well trained, well mounted and had a good reputation across Europe.

Much like the article I wrote on the Infantry units for Austria, I’ll run through each type of cavalry and then define their attributes and any special rules after doing so.

CUIRASSIERS

Austrian Cuirassiers being ambushed by French Cavalry

Austrian had eight regiments of Cuirassiers, which were fewer than some of the other nations such as France who had between twelve to fifteen and Russia who has ten to twelve.

In 1809 a regiment of Cuirassiers consisted of 975 men across six squadrons, in 1812 this was changed to four squadrons of 144 men each.

The name Cuirassier comes from the name of the breastplate armour that the cavalry wore; the Cuirass. They were also armed with a brace of pistols as well as a straight broadsword. Each squadron of Cuirassiers had eight men armed with rifles and eight with carbines.

Unit Attributes

Austrian Cuirassiers Unit Card

Special Rules

  • Pistols – Cuirassiers are armed with short ranged weaponry. If the player wishes, this unit may fire its pistols once an enemy closes within range. Pistols have a long range of 2cm and short range of 1cm.
  • Cavalry (-1) – Units of this calibre have a fearsome reputation on the battlefield. As such any enemy foot units that are within 10cm of a unit of Uhlans suffer a -2 modifier to any morale checks that the unit makes.
  • Impetuous (3+) – Uhlans occasionally struggle to maintain their composure in the heat of battle. After this unit has fought in melee, during its next action roll a D6; on a roll of 3+ the unit can act normally, if the unit fails this roll it must make its quickest move towards the nearest enemy unit and contact them in melee if possible.

DRAGOONS

The Austrians possessed six regiments of Dragoons and six of Chevaulegers. Dragoons were armed with carbines and the heavy pallasch. Each squadron had sixteen men armed with rifles.

Unit Attributes

Austrian Dragoons Unit Card

Special Rules

  • Pistols – Dragoons are armed with short ranged weaponry. If the player wishes, this unit may fire its pistols once an enemy closes within range. Pistols have a long range of 2cm and short range of 1cm.
  • Cavalry (-1) – Units of this calibre have a fearsome reputation on the battlefield. As such any enemy foot units that are within 10cm of a unit of Dragoons suffer a -1 modifier to any morale checks that the unit makes.
  • Impetuous (4+) – Dragoons occasionally struggle to maintain their composure in the heat of battle. After this unit has fought in melee, during its next action roll a D6; on a roll of 4+ the unit can act normally, if the unit fails this roll it must make its quickest move towards the nearest enemy unit and contact them in melee if possible.
  • Rifles – During an action the unit can choose to fire its rifles instead of performing any other action. If it does so it can use 1 combat dice and fire at the enemy using the rifle weapon profile (long Range 8cm / Effective Range 4cm).

UHLANS

Austrian Uhlan

“I saw a great many French horse carabiniers with lace wounds …”

Dezydery Chlapowski

Austrian has three regiments of Uhlans, and in 1814 formed a fourth regiment. In comparison France had nine lancer regiments and Russia increased the number of their own Uhlan regiments from two to twelve.

Uhlans were armed with pistols, curved sabres and a lance. Each squadron had eight men armed with rifles and eight with carbines. A Uhlan regiment was divided into four divisions, with the central two divisions armed with lances while the flanking divisions were armed with carbines.

Unit Atrributes

Austrian Uhlans Unit Card

Special Rules

  • Pistols – Uhlans are armed with short ranged weaponry. If the player wishes, this unit may fire its pistols once an enemy closes within range. Pistols have a long range of 2cm and short range of 1cm.
  • Cavalry (-1) – Units of this calibre have a fearsome reputation on the battlefield. As such any enemy foot units that are within 10cm of a unit of Uhlans suffer a -1 modifier to any morale checks that the unit makes.
  • Impetuous (4+) – Uhlans occasionally struggle to maintain their composure in the heat of battle. After this unit has fought in melee, during its next action roll a D6; on a roll of 4+ the unit can act normally, if the unit fails this roll it must make its quickest move towards the nearest enemy unit and contact them in melee if possible.
  • Rifles – During an action the unit can choose to fire its rifles instead of performing any other action. If it does so it can use 1 combat dice and fire at the enemy using the rifle weapon profile (long Range 8cm / Effective Range 4cm).

CHEVAULEGERS

“…was of the opinion than, as I am still today, that the Austrian light horse is the best trained in this kind of warfare [skirmish]. The Austrians are always the most skilled at placing outposts to guard their army.”

Chlapowski/Simmons – “Memoirs of a Polish Lancer” P15

As of 1802 there were six regiments of Chevaulegers with a seventh being formed in 1814.

Chevaulegers carried a carbine and a sabre, with each squadron having sixteen men armed with rifles.

The Austrian Chevaulegers formed large regiments and served effectively in pitched battles while also being effective in escort duty, skirmishers and in smaller engagements.

Unit Attributes

Austrian Chevaulegers Unit Card

Special Rules

  • Pistols – Chevaulegers are armed with short ranged weaponry. If the player wishes, this unit may fire its pistols once an enemy closes within range. Pistols have a long range of 2cm and short range of 1cm.
  • Cavalry (-1) – Units of this calibre have a fearsome reputation on the battlefield. As such any enemy foot units that are within 10cm of a unit of Chevaulegers suffer a -1 modifier to any morale checks that the unit makes.
  • Impetuous (5+) – Chevaulegers occasionally struggle to maintain their composure in the heat of battle. After this unit has fought in melee, during its next action roll a D6; on a roll of 4+ the unit can act normally, if the unit fails this roll it must make its quickest move towards the nearest enemy unit and contact them in melee if possible.
  • Rifles – During an action the unit can choose to fire its rifles instead of performing any other action. If it does so it can use 1 combat dice and fire at the enemy using the rifle weapon profile (long Range 8cm / Effective Range 4cm).
  • Deployment Marker – Units of Chevaulegers allows the owning player to use an additional deployment marker in the scouting phase.

HUSSARS

Austria had twelve Hussar regiments, eight from Hungary, two from Transylvania and two from Slovakia. The name ‘Hussar’ derives from the Latin word Cursarius which means raider, and originally was used to refer to marauders from the Northern Balkans. It was later adopted by the Magyar people of Hungary as the name for irregular light cavalry.

Hussars carried a large sabre and a carbine. There were six sharpshooters in each squadron carrying rifles.

Unit Attributes

Austrian Hussars Unit Card

Special Rules

  • Pistols – Hussars are armed with short ranged weaponry. If the player wishes, this unit may fire its carbines once an enemy closes within range. Carbines have a long range of 2cm and short range of 1cm.
  • Cavalry (-1) – Units of this calibre have a fearsome reputation on the battlefield. As such any enemy foot units that are within 10cm of a unit of Hussars suffer a -1 modifier to any morale checks that the unit makes.
  • Impetuous (3+) – Hussars occasionally struggle to maintain their composure in the heat of battle. After this unit has fought in melee, during its next action roll a D6; on a roll of 3+ the unit can act normally, if the unit fails this roll it must make its quickest move towards the nearest enemy unit and contact them in melee if possible.
  • Rifles – During an action the unit can choose to fire its rifles instead of performing any other action. If it does so it can use 1 combat dice and fire at the enemy using the rifle weapon profile (long Range 8cm / Effective Range 4cm).
  • Deployment Marker – Units of Hussars allows the owning player to use an additional deployment marker in the scouting phase.

Austrian Cavalry Unit Card

Below is the full unit card for the Austrian Cavalry. Pistols will be removed from the special rules and have their profiles included elsewhere once the full rules are published.

As always, if you have any suggestions, thoughts or comments please let me know.

Austrian Cavalry Unit Card

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Cuirassiers

I’d like to take time to dedicate an article to each type of troop type that took part in the Napoleonic Wars. As such I’d thought I’d start this little series with the Cuirassiers.

WHAT IS A CUIRASSIER?

Cuirassiers were cavalry equipped with cuirass armour, sword, and firearms, first appearing in late 15th-century Europe. The first cuirassiers were produced as a result of armoured cavalry, such as the men-at-arms and demi-lancers, discarding their lances and adopting the use of pistols as their primary weapon. In the later 17th century, the cuirassier lost his limb armour and subsequently employed only the cuirass (breastplate and backplate), and sometimes a helmet. By this time, the sword or sabre had become their primary weapon, pistols being relegated to a secondary function.

Cuirassiers achieved increased prominence during the Napoleonic Wars and were last fielded in the opening stages of World War I. Cuirassiers continue to be employed as ceremonial troops by a number of countries. The French term means “one with a cuirass” (cuirasse), the breastplate armour which they wore.

During the first few decades of the 19th century most of the major states of Europe, except Austria which had retained its armoured cavalry, readopted the cuirass for some of their heavy cavalry in emulation of the French. The Russians fielded two divisions of armoured cavalry, but most other states armoured a few senior regiments: Prussia three regiments, the Kingdom of Saxony three, the Kingdom of Westphalia two, Spain one (Coraceros Españoles) and the Duchy of Warsaw one. The three Household Cavalry regiments of the British Army (1st and 2nd Life Guards and Royal Horse Guards) adopted cuirasses shortly after the Napoleonic Wars as a part of their full dress uniforms, but never had occasion to wear the armour in battle. However as late as 1887 these regiments were still wearing cuirasses on manoeuvres in “field day order”.

GAME ATTRIBUTES

I’m also going to allow Cuirassiers to have a base 6+ save. I say base as some nations Curiassiers were better armoured than others, while some had no armour at all. For example the French were equipped with helmets as well as the Cuirasse, so for these regiments I’m tempted to give a 5+ save.

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Cavalry – Impetuousness

We’ve covered the basic movement and combat of cavalry but we’ve I’ve not yet gone over a very important aspect of Napoleonic Cavalry which was their impetuousness. This can be seen throughout the wars and in all nations that were involved. I’ve included some sample statements below from websites which I’ve used as sources during my writing of these rules. These show not only the cavalry’s impetuousness but also on occasions their commanders (looking at you Ney).

The first instance of the British cavalry throwing away an opportunity and charging on in blind fury occurred on 21st August 1808 at Vimeiro, in Portugal. Led by a Colonel Taylor, the 20th Light Dragoons were sent against the French infantry reserve whom they caught in column and overran. Taylor thereupon lost all control of the 20th and they raced on past the now fallen infantry to a distance of over half a mile. At that point they were charged by Marshal Junot’s cavalry reserve and horribly cut up, taking fifty per cent casualties and losing their commander. The battle was, nevertheless, a British victory and Portugal was liberated: but, of the 720 British casualties suffered during the battle,
over half were from the 20th Dragoons.
” – Waterloo Association

Hussars of all nations tended to suffer to an even greater degree from the same faults as Napoleonic cavalry in general, that is they were impetuous and difficult to control and although generally having excellent moral they tended to get carried away.” – History of War

Charging cavalry is like a fired projectile, whose effect is incalculable. The sight and sounds of the advancing line of enemy had an unsettling effect. If the officers felt any anxiety, they never showed it. They seemed eager to close with the enemy.” – Napoleonistyka

However, the third phase of the battled occurred near the village of
Vierzehnheiligen when Ney, without orders, directed two regiments of light cavalry and
five infantry battalions to attack.32 Although Ney’s impetuous attack initially proved
successful, he soon attacked beyond the range of the supporting French units on his
flanks, Lannes to his right and Augereau to his left.
” – Napoleon’s Cavalry: A Key Element to Decisive Victory

D’Hautpoul (1754-1807) was a giant of a man, with enormous body strength. He was a self-confident and very proud individual. In contrast to Nansouty, d’Hautpoul was a fiery commander eager to charge at any time. In 1794 at Aldenhoven he crushed enemy cavalry twice as numerous and was promoted to the rank of general. In 1806 at Jena Hautpoul led the 2nd Cuirassier Division (1st, 5th and 10th Cuirassiers).” – Napolun

THE RULE

Taking this into account and following comments from the play testing, I think it would be suitable to implement a special rule for impetuousness for certain cavalry units. There would be three versions of this rule for use with different cavalry/commander units depending on their historical personalities.

Impetuous (4+)

Impetuous (5+)

Impetuous (6+)

The roll for impetuousness would be taken after any combat takes place in the previous action and before any morale test in the following action. Units would roll a D6 for their Impetuousness any units which roll the specified value of above are free to take their morale test and act accordingly afterwards. Units which fail this roll will immemidately carry out their fastest move towards the nearest enemy unit and if they make contact commence with melee.

Any units which fail the test and carry on their attack must continue to roll for this test each action until their unit regains its self control.

It’s likely this rule will need further tweaking as always, and I’m always open to suggestions for improvements so please feel free to leave any comments below with your thoughts.

SOURCES

Waterloo Association

History of War

Napoleon’s Cavalry: A Key Element to Decisive Victory

Napolun

Napoleonistyka

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Writing a Wargame – Cavalry

As always for the latest rules and updates please visit the Napoleonic War Game page.

TYPES OF CAVALRY

Napoleonic Cavalry had various different roles and names, but could generally be broken down into three distinct groups. These groups were split depending on the size and weight of the horse the cavalry rode.

Due to speed of cavalry and the range of musket fire, infantry would often only manage to discharge one volley from their muskets before the cavalry were upon them. This made them ideally suited for shock tactics.

Light Cavalry

4th French Hussars at the Battle of Friedland 14th June 1807

Light Cavalry included units such as Hussars and Russian Cossacks, Chasseurs à cheval and Chevau-légers. They were lightly armed and theirs role involved reconnaissance, raiding, skirmishing, screening, patrolling and tactical communications. They were also the primary units used in pursuing enemy armies once broken or to screen the retreat of their own army in the case of a loss.

Medium (Line) Cavalry

French Dragoons with a captured Prussian flag at the Battle of Jena.

Medium Cavalry units such as Dragoons and Uhlans originally Dragoons were designed to use their mounts to approach quickly and then fight on foot. However by the Napoleonic Wars this rarely happened (there are exceptions to this, on particular during the Peninsular Campaigns).

Line cavalry were used to cover the flanks of an army and as shock troops to charge the enemy.

Heavy Cavalry

French Cuirassiers at the Battle of Waterloo

The role of heavy cavalry during the Napoleonic Wars was the same as the Line Cavalry, to act as shock troops and charge the enemy troops.

Charges were in the most part carried out against an enemy’s flank with the aim to force them apart through fear and the initial impact of the charge itself. Primarily used to smash holes in the enemy’s battle line and exploit these breakthroughs.

Cavalry Organisation

All cavalry were organised in to squadrons rather than Battalions and these usually contained anything between 50-200 troopers. Light cavalry contained the most, while heavy Cavalry the least. This was due to the costs associated with raising the units. Heavy cavalry horses were the largest (which is why they have the title heavy) and sometimes there was more equipment carried by the troopers themselves such as body armour in the case of Cuirassiers.

To represent their size but combat efficiency on the table top, the strength value will likely have to changed to something closer to a factor of 1:10. This would mean that for every hit inflicted on the cavalry they would lose 10 men instead of 50 when compared to infantry. This would also be an ideal way of representing less casualties from gunfire, due to infantry only being able to fire one volley before cavalry engaged them.

Speed

A charge carried out by cavalry very rarely moved faster than a trot as can be seen from the sources I’ve cited below. They also had to work up to the gallop. Units would begin at walking pace, move to a trot and finally if needed the gallop.

On the Battlefield

Cavalry units would act in conjunction with the other arms of the military to attack enemy units. Infantry would advance on the enemy while cannon would cover their advance, cavalry would often be with the advancing troops. This would add to the enemies dilemma on how to respond to such an attack, should they form a firing line against the infantry and risk being over run by cavalry, or should they form square but suffer increased losses from artillery and gunfire.

This is what I would ideally like to represent on the table, for example and infantry attack without supporting would result in an enemy being more stalwart in its defence and also troops would be unable to run down the enemy should they break.

GAMING REPRESENTATION

We have an idea of the different units roles, now we need to translate this into the game itself.

Combat

We’ve as yet not covered any hand to hand combat within the mechanics of the game itself, but currently I believe combat should be linked to the firing dice, with each 5+ a successful hit against the enemy and likewise from the enemy. These dice may be thrown at the same time as the opposition, with both units taking the relevant amount of damage. (i.e. Unit A attacks unit B in base to base combat, both units roll 6 firing dice. Unit A scores 2 hits at 5+ causing 2 strength damage to unit B, while unit B scores 1 hit against unit A causing 1 strength damage. As a result Unit A withdraws from combat while suffering an additional D3/D6 casualties). In all likeliness this mechanic will need a lot of revision before I’m happy with the way it flows and affects all the units in the game.

Cavalry v Cavalry combat rarely caused as many casualties as cavalry v infantry combat, therefore all combat where units are attempting to hit cavalry units are only scored on a 6+.

Fatigue

Presently, I believe that each unit will have a fatigue value before the game begins. During the course of the battle, depending on different factors, this fatigue may go down or recover after a certain length of time. Thus, troops in a prolonged running battle with the enemy will eventually tire and become less effective. How this will be tracked or presented at present has still not entirely crystallised in my mind.

Galloping

I mentioned earlier that cavalry would have to build up to the charge. This can be represented in game by having cavalry spend 1 action for the walk, the next a action can then be a trot, which can then be followed by the gallop. In total this would mean three a cavalry unit would have to spend three actions to use a gallop.

To limit the gallop to charging enemy and not for moving across the battlefield, we’ll have to do two things. The first is to add a mechanic for fatigue, while the second would be to limit the gallop within a certain distance of the enemy. This is open for debate at the moment, but considering we have a gallop distance of 27 cm. I’m currently going to rule that cavalry cannot gallop unless within galloping distance of the enemy and a gallop action must end a units move closer to the enemy than when it started.

Also, due to the fact that much of Napoleonic cavalry would not gallop on the charge but instead trot at most, I’m limiting the charge capability for now to light cavalry only.

Shock Tactics

To represent shock tactics in battle, cavalry within 30cm of enemy infantry units cause unrest and therefore unless the enemy unit chooses to reform into square formation they will suffer a +1 morale modifier for all tests while in proximity of cavalry. This also may need further revision once game tests have been carried out.

Light Cavalry – In Game

They were used for reconnaissance, which could be useful in gaming terms. Currently I’m thinking of having a similar system to Blucher where units outside of a certain distance are just represented by a marker. Due to the speed of cavalry this makes them ideally suited to determining enemy forces. We can cover this topic in more detail at a later date. But perhaps light cavalry would have a larger ‘spotting range’?

They can still be used for shock tactics like the medium and heavy Cavalry although they would not be as effective. Therefore we’ll need to show this through our mechanics. Perhaps heavy Cavalry would inflict a +2 morale modifier on nearby units (apart from those in square), while light cavalry and line cavalry would only inflict a +1 modifier.

Also used for skirmishing, these troops were ideal for covering the advance and retreat of formations and scaring away the enemy skirmishers. As such Light Cavalry will be the only cavalry able to use the skirmish formation and any benefits associated with that.

Light cavalry will be the only cavalry type that are able to charge.

Line Cavalry – In Game

Line cavalry would cause the same +1 morale modifier to enemy infantry units while within 30cm as light cavalry, however these units would not be able to skirmish.

The fastest pace that line cavalry would be able use is the ‘trot’, due to keeping their lines dressed for visual effect.

Heavy Cavalry – In Game

Heavy Cavalry would cause +2 morale modifier to enemy infantry units while within 30cm. Heavy Cavalry would also be unable to skirmish or gallop.

Troopers in UnitStrengthCombat/Firing Dice
190-200205
180-189195
170-179185
160-169175
150-159164
140-149154
130-139144
120-129144
110-119123
100-109113
90-99103
80-8993
70-7982
60-6972
50-5962
40-4952
30-3941
20-2931
10-1921
1-911
Cavalry Unit Strength Table

SUMMARY

  • Light Cavalry only can use the ‘Gallop’ pace, and only if it has used two actions beforehand in the same turn which include ‘Walk’ and ‘Trot’.
  • Light Cavalry are the only cavalry type that are able to skirmish.
  • All cavalry cause +1 modifier to morale rolls of enemy infantry units within 30cm, apart from Heavy Cavalry who cause a +2 modifier.
  • Combat will be carried out using firing dice, with dice rolls of 5+ counting as a hit against the enemy unit. Hits can only be caused against cavalry on a roll of 6+.
  • Fatigue will come into play, once the mechanic has been established.

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