|Austrian Line (Roundway Miniatures 15mm)|
|Initial dispositions - Austrians in white, French in blue.|
|Initial positions viewed from Austrian right|
|Austrian infantry brigade and grand battery (Roundway & Warrior 15mm)|
|French advance (Hinchliffe & Naismith Curassiers; Naismith Dragoons)|
|Austrian Brigade (Warrior figs in the centre, flanked by Roundway minatures)|
|The Austrian grand battery produces smoke, but very little fire|
|Curassiers try to contact Austrian infantry|
However, having contacted the artillery in one go it was proving difficult for us to work out how to resolve the melee. Basically FOB2 has rules and examples on what to do if more than one unit attacks a single unit, but not what to do if one unit attacks multiple units simultaneously (i.e. the artillery units making up the grand battery, which had different combat dice). And that is where we got stuck.
|Curassiers try to charge home (reverse view)|
|Austrian line repulse the curassiers back to the starting line, apparently|
I'll give another example of the perplexities of these rules: firing. Everthing in FOB2 is driven by sequence cards and, for example, to be able to fire (at least after the first time) you need to be able to play an Infantry or Artillery Firepower card. Why therefore are the firing rules not all in one place where the Firepower card is described, instead of dispersed in various locations within the rules?
Another issue I struggled with was the very basic concept of moving, i.e. if you draw a Movement card does that mean all your units can move or only one? The rules are not explicit.
|Austrians: Hungarian regiment (15mm Warrior Miniatures)|
Anyway, rant over. To this end, for the next Napoleonic game we are going back to basics (not as far back as Bruce Quarrie though) and will be using WRG's 1685-1845 rules. Some people seem to have problems with the cleverly meshed turn sequence they use but I seem to remember never having any issues with that at all. And if these don't turn out well, there are a lot of other rules to choose from, Napoleonic POW2, and the free Fast Play Grand Armee and Pro Patria being a few that spring to mind...