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Austerlitz 1805 (English) - Rising Eagles By Shot, Shock and Faith Great War Commander, Hexasim
By Shot, Shock and Faith
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Great War Commander
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Rising Eagles is to be the the second volume of the « Eagles » series. Following on from Fallen Eagles (The Battle of Waterloo), Rising Eagles covers another of history’s most famous battles - Austerlitz.

Game scale is regiment level for units, 250m per hex and one hour of real time per turn. The map has been produced by the combined efforts of Rick Barber (topography) and Sebastien Brunel (graphics, as in Fallen Eagles).
The game will include at least three short scenarios, together with a full battle scenario, offering alternative options to simulate the ‘fog of war’ and battle plans.

The order rules In Rising Eagles will have an even greater impact than those in Fallen Eagles. The ability to change orders will be reduced and it will be more difficult to “recall” formations, once launched. Initial planning will be an important feature, as befits a Napoleonic battle of such a scale.

In addition, ‘fog of war’ has been further developed and will be part of the main rules. Players will share some of the uncertainty experienced by the actual commanders, as to what precisely they are facing.

Initial play tests have shown that Rising Eagles continues to provide a tense and exciting game play, with strategic battle planning assuming a greater significance than the ‘slogging match’ of Waterloo.

By Shot, Shock and Faith allows the simulation of religious wars that occurred in France from 1562 to 1598. This civil war opposes, in a first conflict phase, protestants- otherwise known as Huguenots- to catholics, then royalists to League members after the accession of Henri IV to the throne in 1589.

The art of war during this period of the Renaissance is rapidly changing. The great feudal landlords, steeped in morals, fight alongside mercenaries motivated by sole cupidity. The diversity of the weapons that are used offers great tactical possibilities, based on impact and fire. Gendarmes, cuirassiers, reiters, harquebusiers, lansquenets and Swiss mercenaries confront each other in a merciless fight.

By Shot, Shock and Faith is a grand tactical game which, for the first time, allows the simulation of five battles of that era :
SAINT-DENIS (November 10th, 1567) [...]
JARNAC (March 13th, 1569) [...]
LA ROCHE L'ABEILLE (June 25th, 1569)[...]
COUTRAS (October 20th, 1587)[...]
ARQUES (September 21st, 1589) [...]

This is a classic game system ; « I go, You go », of average complexity, including, during the active player's phase, a sequence of reaction from the passive player, such as fire, counter-charge or tactical backstep. The maps are whith areas from 300 to 500 m by side. A color code allows to easily determine the costs of movements and the line of sight. The scale of the game is one unit for 100 to 500 soldiers or one or two guns. One game turn represents a duration of 20 to 30 minutes. A corps represents either a vanguard or a rearguard, or the main body called battle.

The combats allow to simulate charges « in wall », the merciless shocks between pikemen, the artillery fire and highlight, by a support system, the combination of iron -shock- and fire -shooting. The optional rules- caracoles, orders, lost children, looting- add even more realism to the era's battles. The rules and the five battles offered are based on a thorough bibliography and researches made into books written by (non???) contemporary authors, specifically François de la Noue for the Protestants and Blaise de Montluc for the Catholics, and also on precise topographical plans of each battlefield that is still accessible, except for Saint-Denis... Are you ready to put on the Prince of Condé's, the admiral of Coligny's, the constable of Montmorency's, Anne de Joyeuse's or Henri of Navarre's armours and to fight your enemies « By Shot, Shock and Faith » ? P3F, the new HEXASIM opus offers you this option with an innovating and elegant game.

Components

  • three A2 maps (597x420 mm) (two printed out on both sides, one on one side only)
  • 540 die-cut counters of 15mm (2 sheets in A4 size, 1 in A5 size)
  • A rules booklet printed in full-color (16 pages)
  • An examples booklet printed in full-color (16 pages)
  • Play aids
  • 2 dice

Great War Commander, Hexasim
Great War Commander British Expeditionary Force Jours de Gloire Campagne IV: Allemagne 1813, de Lutzen à Lepzig Ligny 1815 - Last Eagles
Ligny 1815 - Last Eagles
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Great War Commander British Expeditionary Force

Jours de Gloire Campagne is a game series designed to simulate the great Napoleonic campaigns, at the operational level and at that of the Army Corps. The rules are deliberately simple, because of the scale and with the aim of giving the players the wherewithal for relatively short and fluid games.

The campaign of 1813 is the theme chosen for the revival of the Jours de Gloire Campaign series (Vae Victis n°41, n°47 and n°52), whose rules have been upgraded to a Version 2.0 for this. occasion.

This game has 5 scenarios, focusing on the Germany campaigns of 1813 :
Scenario 1: Waiting For the Emperor (March and April 1813)
Scenario 2: From Lützen to Bautzen (April and May 1813)
Scenario 3: The Spring Campaign (March to May 1813)
Scenario 4: The Campaign of Leipzig (September to October 1813
Scenario 5: The German Campaign (February to November 1813)

There are also specific and optional rules or "what-if ?" situations for each scenarios.

The game includes one map (size A1 : 84cm * 59cm - 33in * 23.5in), 216 die-cut counters, a booklet containing rules and scenarios, player aids and 24 playing cards.

Historical context: After the disaster of the Russian campaign, the debris of the Grande Armée had abandoned Berlin and retired behind the left bank of the Elbe. Napoléon was able to reconstitute an army of 300,000 men by summoning to the colors those young soldiers who soon came to be called by the name « Marie-Louise ». Europe formed a coalition against France: Prussia and Russia wanted to crush Napoléon permanently. Despite his victories during the spring and summer, Austria soon joined the side of the Empire’s enemies. Gigantic maneuvers and great battles followed one after the other within the triangle formed by Berlin, Leipzig and Dresden. Whereas his victories were no longer decisive, Napoléon knew now that a single defeat could pull down his Empire !

Ligny 1815, Last Eagles in the 3rd game in the Eagles of France series, following Waterloo 1815 and Austerlitz 1805

Game system

Rules have not evolved since Austerlitz, only including a few precisions.

The focus is on morale, attrition and commitment of formation (division & corps) at the right time, rather than tactical chrome. The detailed order of battle and the scale of the game allow players to really see the action and the game system provides a quick but realistic resolution.

This system is a mix of well-known concepts and new features to maximize playability and realism of outcomes. Formation are given simple orders than limit their ability to freely react to any sudden change of priority. Orders take some time a while before being changed. Units are classically rated for size, quality and movement. Formations activate one after the other at player's choice but have to follow the order they received at the beginning of the turn or even before. Game features offensive fire, defensive fire, opportunity fire, charge and counter charge, retreat before combat and melee. A lot of classical "prohibitions" are transformed into options: for example, cavalry can move from ZOC to ZOC but risk counter charges or more opportunity fire. A ZOC of a strong unit is therefore not the same as the ZOC of a weaker one.

The game turn has a random ending procedure and players are never sure to have time to move all their formation reflecting the command control issues of any battle. Also, the fatigue and friction factors are built in a potentially shorter turn length in the latter stages of the battle. Focus on morale and attrition is a testimony of a battle which was a test of will of two densely packed armies fighting head to head. Players will have to choose which unit will "lead" the attack and take the first fire. Failing a key morale test can make the difference between a stalled attack or a promising breakthrough.

Scenarios

Game includes 3 historical scenarios :

  • the battle for St Amand et la Haye (4 turns). Vandamme's III Corps was tasked with taking control of these villages on the right wing of the Prussian defense and to compel the Prussians to engage as much of their force as possible.
  • the streets of Ligny (4 turns). Assault of Gérard's IV corps against Ligny turned-out to be a savage battle for each building.
  • the full battle (7 turns)

Each short scenario is played on its own map with enlarged hex, while the full battle is playd on the full map.

The 1815 campaign is famous for the “what ifs” related to reinforcements arriving in time that could have changed the outcome. The inability of D'Erlon's I Corps to join the battle for the French on June 16th might have saved the Prussians from a complete defeat. Besides D'Erlon, Mouton's VI Corps was not far behind and arrived too late to take part in the battle. On the Prussian side, there are some historical “what ifs” as well. Thielmann's III Corps could have been delayed. On the other hand, even if the probability is lower, Bulow's IV Corps may have also arrived if the Prussians had been better at anticipating Napoléon's moves. A fourth scenario allows the reinforcements to get into play without players knowing their exact time of arrival or even if they will show-up or not. In this alternate battle scenario, players will get their chance to change that. While diverging from the actual battle, players will be closer to the mind-set of the generals of that day, who had no certainty as to their final order of battle!

Finally, in a fifth scenario, the action starts earlier in the morning, letting the players decide to fight around Ligny or elsewhere, or to let the Prussians attempt a delaying action against the French instead of a head to head fight.

This game will link up with a coming release Quatre-Bras 1815: Last Eagles to provide an ultimate experience at this scale of the 16th of June 1815 battles that could have decided the campaign before Waterloo.

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Components

  • 4 countersheets
  • 2 backprinted maps, A1 size(84x60cm)
  • a series rules booklet (24 pages)
  • one playbook (16 pages)
  • 18 play cards
  • 10 full color play aids
  • 2 dice
  • a box

Map Protection Layer Nations in Arms Valmy to Waterloo Quatre Bras 1815 Last Eagles
Map Protection Layer
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Quatre Bras 1815 Last Eagles
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Protect your maps with a Map Protection Layer!

It is very light and possible to furl. You can easily transport it without getting it damaged.

Therefore it has advantages compared to inflexible acrylic glass or glass plates when you are playing outside home.

Size: 600 mm x 900 mm x 0.4 mm

approximately: 23.622 ' x 35.433 ' x 0.016 '

Nations in Arms Valmy to Waterloo Quatre Bras 1815 Last Eagles