Friday, November 5, 2010

Battle of Valladolid - Move 2

0900 to 1000

19 July 1813

Situation at the end of Move 2

1st corps continue to advance in column of march, but with the hussar brigade in line to cover them.

Top left 4th corps have arrived and are moving left to outflank Vidals corps who have deployed to meet them.

1st corps advance in column of march, covered by the hussar brigade

4th corps also advance in column of march, but move to the left of the farm to approach the flank of Vidals corps deployed to meet them.

Rule Note

Moving close to the enemy in column of march is dangerous, because brigades cannot fight in that formation. Both British corps have deployed their cavalry in line to protect the infantry and artillery from enemy cavalry.


  1. Hello Paul,

    A quick question for you, roughly how long does a game of this size tend to take to play to completion? I ask because I am now planning where best to fight my wargames. We have a spare bedroom that could be set up and left but its not that big, if I want to use a 6 x6 table (as you do) then it will have to be downstairs in the back room and a temporary job. It could still be left set up for a weekend or so though.

    I'm at the point now of reading through with a few units on a bare table to get a better feel for the mechanisms of the rules. As I sold off all of my terrain boards/buildings and everything else a few years ago I need to build this back up again. I'd say a few more weeks and I'll be ready to play a 2 corps game. I'm looking forward to it.

    Finally Paul, did you ever consider giving your rules a name? I tend to refer to them on my blog as 'Paul's rules'! I know there are some very corny names out there, but just wondered.

    Regards to you both, I have been following your walks on the 'Spain' blog, I enjoy reading them too.


  2. Hi Lee

    How long a game takes is a bit like how long is a piece of string.

    Each campaign day is 12 wargame moves. The first two or three moves normally go very quickly, as there is only long range artillery fire to calculate.

    How long the remainder of the moves take very much depends on what is happening on the table.

    We normally spend about an hour a day wargaming, and we normally finish a game in less than a week. So I would estimate that an average game would last about 6 hours.

    I would suggest that you set up a small game of one corps per side. If doing on your own have one side in defence and give them Hold orders. Give the attackers Move orders until you are within 26 inches, then change them to Engage. You should very quickly run through most of the options.

    I have not considered giving the rules a "proper" name, because I had never anticipated anyone other than Jan and I using them. "Pauls Rules" sounds pretty good to me!

    I am glad that you find the "Spain" blog interesting. I discovered how to read the stastistics recently, and I was amazed to find so many visitors from USA and even one from Korea!

    This is a lovely time for walking here in Spain, probably the best time of the year. The days are usually warm, with a chill wind. Very similar to a very good summer day in UK.

    Our favourite time is January. We always return to UK to spend Christmas with my son and his family. They live in Rothbury, a small village north of Newcastle popular for walking holidays. Its a lovely area, but very dark and dismal in December. Our first walk of the New Year always makes us appreciate how lucky we are to be living in such a lovely area, and with such lovely year around weather.

    Do let me know how you get on with the rules, I look forward to hearing your comments.