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Austerlitz to Waterloo: Napoleonic Wargame Rules for 15mm Figures, 1:50 Scale

Austerlitz to Waterloo: Napoleonic Wargame Rules for 15mm Figures, 1:50 Scale

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This is a game of warfare in the Napoleonic era in Europe using 15mm size model soldiers. Each model = 50 infantry, 40 cavalry, 8 artillerists, or 2 cannon. 1” = 40 paces (100’). Time scale is undefined. Dice: 6-sided (D6). Distances: Inches. Troops: Infantry, heavy cavalry (HC), medium cavalry (MC), light cavalry (LC), and light, medium, or heavy artillery. Light and medium artillery may also be horse guns. Typical units are battalions or regiments of 12 infantry or cavalry, or batteries of 2-6 gun models, each with 4 crew models.

This is a game of warfare in the Napoleonic era in Europe using 15mm size model soldiers. Each model = 50 infantry, 40 cavalry, 8 artillerists, or 2 cannon. 1” = 40 paces (100’). Time scale is undefined. Dice: 6-sided (D6). Distances: Inches. Troops: Infantry, heavy cavalry (HC), medium cavalry (MC), light cavalry (LC), and light, medium, or heavy artillery. Light and medium artillery may also be horse guns. Typical units are battalions or regiments of 12 infantry or cavalry, or batteries of 2-6 gun models, each with 4 crew models.

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Austerlitz to Waterloo: Napoleonic Wargame Rules for 15mm Figures by Wes Rogers

Introduction: This is a game of warfare in Napoleonic-era Europe using 15mm size model soldiers. Each model = 50 infantry, 40 cavalry, 8 artillerists, or 2 cannon. 1” = 40 paces (100’). Time scale is undefined. Dice: 6 -sided (D6). Measurements are in inches. Pre-measuring distances is Ok. Troops: Infantry, heavy cavalry (HC), medium cavalry (MC), light cavalry (LC), and light, medium, or heavy artillery. Med or hvy guns may also be horse guns. Typical Units are battalions or regiments of 12 infantry or cavalry, or batteries of 2-6 gun models, each with 4 crew models. Morale grades are A (best), B, C, or D (worst). The rules measure damage by removing models (hits). Units are in play until down to 25% strength (shattered). Formations: Column (1-4 inf or 1-3 cav models wide), line (wider), or square. Artillery may be limbered or manhandled. Basing Figures: Mount infantry at 3/8” width X ½” depth per figure and cavalry at 1/2” width X 1” depth per figure. A gun model should have a 1” frontage with gunners based as desired. Turn Sequence and Movement: Decide who goes first, then alternate active/passive sides each turn. 1) Active side rallies shaken units, then moves, then fires. Passive side makes retreats and tests to form hasty square. 2) Fight one round of combat (simultaneous hits). Make retreats and remove shattered units (passive side first).

Troop Type Infantry HC, MC LC Artillery

Column, Limbered 6” 12” 16” 6”/6”/4”

Line, Skirm, Manh. 4” 8” 12” 4”/3”/2”

Squares: Move 2” . Generals move 24” per turn. Artillery notation is light / medium / heavy. Horse artillery: Moves 16” when limbered. Limber/unlimber: Half move for foot guns, quarter move for horse guns. Hasty square: Steady A-C infantry charged frontally by cavalry from more than 6” distance. Test to form hasty square after contact.

Firing: The fire chart shows the chance to hit with various weapons at a given range. To fire, roll one die per 4 infantry or 4 crew models, rounding up a remainder of 3 figures. Shaken units may not fire. Units may move half and fire. This includes artillery. The arc of fire is 22.5 to either side of each firing figure or gun model. One rank may shoot (2 ranks for skirmishers). Ballshot may shoot over obstacles on lower contours if the target is 2X as far as the obs tacle and at least 2” behind it. Dense targets: Squares, lines enfiladed at 22.5 or less, and units 2+ ranks deep. No shooting into a combat. Splitting fire is Ok if not all figures can hit the initial target. Hits on artillery remove gunner models. Firing Through Gaps: One die of fire is allowed per 2” of gap. This is total fire, not per unit. There is no pass -through fire. Fire test: If a unit suffers any firing hits it must take a fire test. If it fails it must retreat, suffering 1 rout hit, or 2 rout hits if already shaken. Attack (Charge) Moves: To attack with a unit, move as much of its front into contact with the target as movement and spacing will allow. Attack moves are at 1.5X normal speed. Artillery and units in square may not make attack moves. Cavalry may not attack a steady square. If the final contact angle is >= 45° the attacker counts as under flank/rear attack. A unit may wheel or oblique but not change formation/facing into contact. The target need not be visible at the start of the turn. Flank/rear attacks must begin the turn at least partly behind the target’s frontage and end contacting the target’s flank or rear. Once in contact units stand for the duration of the combat. There are no countercharge moves. Combat: To strike in combat, add up a unit’s combat points (CP) vs. each unit it is fighting. More CP = advantage, same = even, fewer = disadvantage. To hit, roll 1D6 per 4 infantry or crew or per 3 cavalry in the unit’s front rank (front 2 ranks for cavalry) regardless of actual models in contact. Round up a remainder of 3 infantry or crew, or 2 cavalry. Units under flank/rear attack still use their normal front rank. Units in square use all their figures. If fighting several targets, divide the unit ’s dice as evenly as possible between all targets; the unit’s player allocates any remainders. Losing: If a unit suffers more hits than it inflicts it must retreat, suffering 2 rout hits; 4 rout hits if under flank/rear attack. If already shaken, the loser is shattered. Infantry losing to cavalry also suffers 1 “pursuit hit” per 3 cavalry that struck at it. If gunners lose or tie a round of combat, or are under flank/rear attack, they are shattered. Defensive Fire Bonus: Unlimbered artillery and steady passive infantry in line st gets the defensive fire bonus on the 1 round of a combat unless rifles or under flank/rear attack. Base Combat Points: HC = 5, MC = 4, LC or infantry = 3, gunners/skirmishers = 0.

Fire Muskets Rifles Canister Ballshot Shell

Close Far 3”: 3-6 6”: 5-6 6”: 4-6 12”: 5-6 8/10/12”: 3-6 12/16/20”: 5-6 18/24/36”: 6 6-36” 5-6 Form Hasty Square Score to pass, A/B/C: 0/1/2 In line formation: -1 Pass: Form square. Fail: Stand as-is. Cavalry recoils 3” vs. a steady hasty square, disordered on a 1D6 1-3. Rally from Shaken Score to pass, A/B/C/D: 1/2/3/5 Visible enemies able to charge you?: -3 General attached to unit: +1 Pass: Morale ok. Fail: Remain shaken

Shooting Modifiers Grade A/B/C/D: +2 / +1 / +0 / -1 Firer moved or is in square: -1 Ballshot vs. dense target: +1 Vs. artillery or screened unit: -1 Vs. skirmishers: -2 Vs. soft cover: -1 Vs. hard cover: -2 Disordered: -1 Need 7+ to hit? Roll a 6 then a 4-6 Fire Test Score to pass, A/B/C/D: 0/1/2/3 Each hit suffered this turn: -1 Shaken: -2 General attached to unit: +1 1

Combat Point Modifiers Def fire: inf/lt/med/hvy:+1/+2/+4/+5 Steady cav vs infantry in line: +2 Cavalry vs. square: -4 Per morale grade higher: +1 Under fl/rear attack, or shaken: -2 Attacking soft/hard cover: -1/-2 st Vs. obstacle, 1 round only: -1 st Lancers, 1 round: +1 Disordered (inf/cav): -1/-2 Infantry vs. square: +1 General attached to unit: +1 Skirm in or attacking woods: +2 Combat: Scores to hit per die Advantage: 3-6 Even: 4-6 Disadvantage: 5-6 Disadvantage by 3+ CP: 6 02/14/14


Skirmishers: Only light and some irregular infantry may form entire units into skirmish order. Other troops move at half speed. If the unit enters combat the screen join s it at once. If attacked. Unsteady units wheel at half speed. quarter speed if unsteady or Grade D. Units may only cross rivers at bridges or fords.5  arc to either side of that line. Troops in this zone move like skirmishers. Measure attack moves from the parent unit’s position. entering. Steep slopes cut movement by half (skirmishers move normally) and disorder cavalry. If the enemy contacts an evading unit the evaders are shattered and the attacker may continue his charge.Austerlitz to Waterloo: Napoleonic Wargame Rules for 15mm Figures by Wes Rogers Approaching the Enemy: You may not move a unit within 1” of an enemy unless it or some other unit is attacking that enemy. Changing formation and/or facing: It takes a full move for a steady Grade C-D unit to change formation and/or facing. Forming and reforming from skirmish order is a type of formation change. he is killed on a 1. You may not split units among blocks. If a general is attached to a shattered unit he must make a retreat move. Hits on the screen go against the parent unit. or oblique forward at more than 22. Pass through a friend: Half speed or both units become disordered. Fieldworks: Typical works cost 1” to cross. Skirmish Screens: Both infantry and light cavalry may use skirmish screens. It may face the enemy or about face. and not shaken. They usually cost 1” to cross. Skirmishers never count as disordered. Troops inside may fire out with one figure per ½” of block frontage. Danger to Generals: If a general is with a unit that suffers 2 or more fire or combat hits. and impassable terrain negate this restriction. Example: To pass safely through a friend 1” deep your unit must subtract 2” from its move. Squares form column when they retreat. They may reform from disorder but not attack if they fail. ballshot). A disordered unit must stand for a full active turn to reform. Units retreating off-table are shattered. shooting (usually no cover vs. A bent line may not move. or after suffering any combat hits.5°: Half speed. Blocked by: Terrain (see below) and other units (including artillery and skirmishers). Units in or attacking blocks become disordered. so define them carefully. Units cross bridges in one-stand-wide columns. and are passable only to infantry. garrison size. Woods: Units within or attacking into woods become disordered. 4” for canister fire. as is a unit that cannot retreat without breaking the approaching the enemy rule. not disordered. Woods are impassable to cavalry and artillery except along roads. due to maneuver penalties. Gentle hill slopes have no effect on movement. and its civilian limbers vanish. it becomes shaken. If the unit is already disordered. they may evade up to that many inches. The attacker may attack each side of the block with figures = max. Rallying and Reforming: Shaken units must pass a rally test at the start of their turn to recover morale. and 6” for ballshot fire. Active units may make voluntary retreats if not in combat. Roads: A column or limbered gun on a road may move at 1. Skirmishers move free-form at line rate and must stay within 4” of their unit command model. Visibility: Unlimited across open ground. Sidestep. obstacle on the first round. Their cover effects ca n vary as with town blocks. Cavalry may not attack town blocks. suffering 1 rout hit and becoming shaken. Retreating artillery abandons its guns. Their effects vary greatly. and become disordered. Skirmishers may not attack close-order troops unless in woods and must evade close-order attacks unless in woods. There is no cost to send out or recover a screen. A unit may change both facing and formation at the same time. A line or square must reform back around its front center. If this is impossible he is captured and removed from play. etc. Limbering and unlimbering costs a full move. Many will give soft cover vs. If the unit is Grade D it becomes disordered.scribd. Visi bility inside woods is also 3”. Streams usually cost 2X wid th to cross and may be disordering terrain. 2” for musket fire. Define a “disorder zone” behind or inside the works. but at half speed. and are disordered. Attacking up a steep slope counts as vs. A line may wheel about its center at ½ speed. Woods give soft cover vs. Guns with civilian limbers cannot limber again once unlimbered. fences. Retreat Moves: A retreating unit must move 4-24” away from the direction of the attack or fire within a 22. Wheeling: Units wheel about one front corner like opening a door. Troops attacking fieldworks become disordered. Active-side cavalry may do a voluntary retreat out of combat with infantry. or attacking disordering terrain. The unit being moved through must remain stationary that turn. Steady Units: A unit is steady if in close order. but at any distance if they fire. They must stay within 1” of their parent unit. A column may form line back on its center or out to either flank. Disorder: A unit is disordered upon crossing. In combat the entire garrison fights. Units that rally may act normally that turn but still need to reform if also disordered.5X speed. Hill Contours: Each contour = 50 feet of elevation. Units within 1” of the edge of a wood are visible from outside at 3” range. However skirmishers and retreating units may move freely through friends. Bending or unbending a line is allowed but is a type of formation change. Each 1” of woods = 1” for rifles. town blocks. Cover for troops in town blocks can vary so define it carefully at the start of the game. Intervening units. Obstacles: These are low walls. A unit under attack from opposite sides (“bookended”) cannot retreat and is eliminated. They may not attack unlimbered artillery frontally. they may evade: Roll 1D6 for infantry or gunners on foot. Units retreat out of town blocks in column. If the unit is Grade A-B it costs ½ move. hedgerows. Town Blocks: Blocks usually hold 12-24 figures and are 1-2 contours high. at no extra cost.com/wargamerulesandtools 2 02/14/14 . Space them at 2X frontage. streams. dividing its dice among all attacking units. shooting but no cover in combat. http://www. It costs nothing to enter a block but half a move to emerge. Measure the distance from the general's head to the head of the nearest model in the unit. in any number of ranks. A screen-capable unit may use up to 1/3 of its figures as skirmishers. backstep. It enters shaken morale status. Skirmishers move normally in woods. Treat skirmishers in buildings or fieldworks as normal close-order troops. The attacker may occupy the block if all the defenders are forced out. already-disordered units become shaken. 2D6 for limbered horse guns. by any path that does not go through impassable terrain or within 1” of an enemy unit unless a friendly unit is closer to the path you are tracing. Generals and Command: If a unit starts a turn with no general in 6” you must roll a 4 -6 on one die to move the unit (it may still evade). Crestlines block line of sight unless the sighting unit is on a higher level or touching a crestline on the same level.

Out-of-command units that fail their command roll are immobile in any case. Take a line from the front center of the firing unit to the nearest point of the target. If the target unit is out of the general’s CR it costs 2CP. if the first is in one rank.com/wargamerulesandtools 3 02/14/14 . crestlines. Pinning: Use this rule to reflect the danger involved when trying to maneuver when close to the enemy. ILC may evade charges. pooled. Some warrior units may be armed with heavy weapons. To be in one rank there must be no models in the second rank. 6 = 4 CP. This will tend to make players group units into like brigades. The general gets this many CP per turn. high obstacles. grade A/B/C/D: 30/25/20/15 Light gun: 20 Irregular: -1 Lancer (must be regulars): +3 Medium gun: 30 Irregular fanatics: +2 Irregular (must be light): -2 Heavy gun: 40 Irregulars with heavy weapons: +1 Irregular fanatics: +4 Foot gun limber: 5 Rifle-armed (must be light infantry): +2 Irregulars if grade B: +4 Horse gun limber: 10 Irregulars if grade B: +2 Irregulars may not be grade A General: 50 Irregulars may not be grade A Differences from the SYW cost chart: Cavalry is more expensive. reflecting improved casting and availability of parts. but get +1 combat point at all times Once per game you may give a warrior or ILC unit a “headlong charge” order. grade A/B/C/D: 20/15/12/10 Foot gunner. Skirmishers and unlimbered guns do exert a pinning effect. heavy guns: 6”. Warriors and ILC maneuver and shoot as if grade D and get no defensive fire bonus. or echelon forward at 22. 5 = 3 CP. change formation/facing. backstep. Priority of Fire: In the basic rules units may fire at any eligible target as desired by their player. Any new units the extended line crosses are also targets. Irregulars: Irregulars may be either skirmishers as described in the basic rules. Cavalry reinforcing a combat: You may attack with a second cavalry unit behind the first. A unit may always fire at a unit that fired at it last turn. it becomes shaken if it performs a formation/facing change. hitting any rearward units in the line of the shot. or only cavalry. The unit immediately advances every turn at charge-speed attack move rate toward the nearest visible enemy. medium guns: 4”.5° or less safely. Only two total ranks may attack. then extend it for the listed number of inches.Austerlitz to Waterloo: Napoleonic Wargame Rules for 15mm Figures by Wes Rogers Optional Rules Howitzers: Howitzers fire canister like light guns. If warriors. Warriors move at half speed when in a formation more than 4 figures wide. or saved up. A unit has a frontal zone extending out 3” from its front corners at a 45° angle. This triggers an immediate combat round with all the units involved. It needs a 1D6 score of 2-6 (4-6 if disordered). CP may not be transferred. Command Points (CP): At the start of the game roll a die for each general: 1 = 1CP. Treat this as an attack by two units. Carrythrough distances are: Light guns: 2”. Shell catches town blocks on fire on a 1D6 score of 6. The headlong charge order may not be stopped except by a morale failure. units in town blocks. Infantry Cavalry Artillery and Command Basic cost. and running across its front at 3” distance. It costs 1 CP to cause an in-command unit to perform any of the following actions: Make an attack move (normal-speed or charge-speed). it may make an immediate move to contact the nearest eligible. A/B/C/D: : 18/15/9/6 Screen-capable: +1 Heavy. it may fire at any eligible target. The unit suffers one rout hit per turn due to straggling and confusion. If a unit is within an enemy’s unit’s frontal zone. Cost Chart: Use this chart to build armies by point value. roll per hit. or sidestep. wheel forward. Rivers. and limbered guns have no pinning effect on the enemy. and fire plunging down two or more contours stops carrythrough. if still eligible. Fanatics may not be Grade D. Command distance to irregular units is 3”. Units in fieldworks or town blocks are immune unless they come into the open. These units may not shoot. Carrythrough hits do not themselves trigger a fire test but do count into other fire tests. units in square. It may only move forward. not 6”. Town blocks and fieldworks generally give little or no cover from shell. woods. a 12-figure infantry unit with 5 hits would have 2 dice maximum for shooting and combat. town blocks. They then fight at their normal value. Shaken units. To restrict this use this priority: If a general is attached to the unit or within 1” and unattached. Ballshot Carrythrough: This rule allows ballshot to bounce through the first target. Artillery is cheaper. They may fire shell freely over obstacles as long as the target is visible to the crew and not within 2” of a friendly unit. Alternate Hit Recording: Instead of removing figures when a unit suffers hits. Target units may not form hasty square if the breakthrough move begins wit hin 6” of them. 2-4 = 2 CP. For example. go into or reform from skirmish order. Infantry and Cavalry Generals: You may wish to rule that a general may command only infantry and artillery. making contact if possible. you may prefer to keep a roster of some sort and keep all the unit’s figures on the table. Some irregular units may be fanatics. The unit may make multiple breakthroughs in the same turn. Blocks on fire must be evacuated the next turn or the defenders are eliminated. http://www. A/B/C/D: : 12/9/6/4 Regular light infantry: +2 Medium. Cavalry Breakthrough: If all of a steady active-side cavalry unit’s combat opponents retreat or are shattered. close-order “warrior” infantry units.scribd. it no longer suffers the movement penalty if more than 4 figures wide. grade A/B/C/D: 8/6/4/3 Light. Values are per figure or per gun model. In this case reduce the total dice available to the unit for fire and comb at as it suffers losses. Fanatics get +1 combat point and +1 on fire tests until they lose a round of combat or fail a fire test. visible enemy unit within one attack move. or limber or unlimber a battery. grade A/B/C/D: 25/20/15/12 Horse gunner. fieldworks. Skirmishers are immune unless they reform into close order. A breakthrough move may not be used to reform or do normal movement. If it has no attack target it may not move. or irregular light cavalry (ILC) units. or that it fired at on its last turn. this reflects the fact that infantry has become relatively cheaper due to mass conscription. Otherwise a unit must fire at the nearest eligible target.

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