Montag, 2. Dezember 2019

Triumph! - End of Year Tournament in Switzerland

There is a small wargaming community in Switzerland, each player with his favoured rulesets, periods and scales. What links us all is playing Triumph! with 15mm armies. To strengthen this link once again, we met in the old infirmary of my home town for a four round open for all armies Triumph! tournament.

the old infirmary in Solothurn, Switzerland
We had nine participants, two of them playing their first wargame tournament. To assist the newcomers and in general to give quick advice whenever questions would arise, my dear wargaming buddy Korbi and I played as a team, taking the roles of player and guide/umpire by turn.

  • four games
  • 75 minutes per game
  • each player scores the number of points equal to the enemy stands eliminated
  • if the game ends within the 75 min. timeframe, the winner gets extra 15 points

Sonntag, 17. Februar 2019

a wargaming moment

The stage is set: My Carolingian Frankish are taking on the Avars in a Triumph! game. The frankish knights on my left wing face a group of horse archers, which they plan to drive away easily:
my frankish knights at the bottom of the Picture

Mittwoch, 12. Dezember 2018

The capture and subsequent rescue of mademoiselle Mireille Masséna - a Sharp Practice AAR

In early 1811 the french "army of Portugal" lead by Marshal André Masséna, withdraws from Portugal famished and exhausted. Masséna did not succeed to decisively beat the british-portuguese forces. The letters he writes to his wife and brothers in France are filled with bitterness about the abysmal political and military situation in Spain and Portugal.

André Masséna, Marshal of France

Samstag, 1. Dezember 2018

Hussite Army for Triumph! Game

I have been playing and painting/collecting miniature armies for many years now, but not one of all these armies has had a war wagon to fight with. So it was high time to build an army with war wagons - and which army comes to your mind when you think of war wagons? The Hussites of course!

Sonntag, 21. Oktober 2018

Die Gefangennahme und Befreiung der Mireille Masséna 1811 - ein Sharp Practice Spielbericht

Im Frühjahr 1811 muss sich die französische "Armée du Portugal" unter der Führung von Marschall André Masséna erschöpft und ausgehungert aus Portugal zurückziehen. Masséna ist es nicht gelungen, die britisch-portugiesische Armee entscheidend zu schlagen. Die Briefe an seine Frau und seine Brüder sind voller Bitterkeit über die miserable politische und militärische Lage in Spanien und Portugal. 
André Masséna, Marschall von Frankreich

Freitag, 31. August 2018

The first days of March 1798 - A Sharp Practice After Action Report

In early spring of 1798 the french "armée d'Helvétie" under the command of general Brune is ready to bring the Swiss Cantons to heel, first of all the city state of Berne. While there are still negotiations going on the diplomatic level, the french army is steadily reinforcing their positions.
In the morning of the 1st of March First Lieutenant Etienne Moulin-Rouge gets the order to capture and occupy the farm of Adalbert Bonstetten, a wealthy bernese farmer. There are two objectives related to this action: First the farm shall be cleared of all bernese troops and then the farm shall provide provisions for the french army.

the farm of Adalbert Bonstetten