My dad recently purchased the Blucher rules by Sam Mustafa after liking what he had read about them in various wargames mags, so at the weekend my dad asked me if I fancied have a trial game with him as he felt he understood enough of tne rules to have a crack at the game. We used our French & Austrian armies which were based for our Blackpowder games so we put the units onto a piece of card to represent the size of the base required for the game scale in Blucher. What was to follow over the next couple of hours was a very enjoyable Napolionic wargame. I must admit to have been instantly won over by the rule set, I really enjoyed the mechanics of the game and after only a few moves I felt like I had played the game before and that it wasn't my first time using playing them. It was a completely different game to how our Blackpowder games for this period played out, in fact it was so much better. That doesn't mean to knock Blackpowder as they are a rule system I enjoy playing but Blucher just seemed to really flow along easy although it throws up quite a few tactical decisions along the way and you can play big battles easily if you wish, they just seemed more suited to this period than Blackpowder. The great thing about this is we only played using basic rules, there so much more to be added to your games if you want to!
So the result of this game of Blucher is that my dad and I were both in agreement to swap over to blucher 100%! my Dad has already set about the tedious task of rebasing both out Napolionic armies so they will be on the correct scale. I think the troops look great on the new bases so I've added a few pictures to show how they are starting to shape up.
French line infantry division
Guard Heavy gun battery on line medium gun battery
French Hussairs and Currasiers
The Austrian infantry
Austrian Medium gun battery
Austrian light cavalry, a mixture of Uhalans and Hussairs