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[Bluecher] A review

Bluecher, Sam Mustafa’s new game, is out now, and after a short test game, I thought I’d give my opinion of these grand scale Napoleonic rules. First of all, some background: I first bought Sam’s Grand Armee not too long after it came out, and was suitably impressed; so much so that when he released Lasalle, I bought it on the day of release, sight unseen, and have done so for Maurice and Longstreet too (as well as belatedly buying Might and Reason). I’m an unashamed fan of Sam’s rules; they have just the right mix of period flavour and simplicity of design that I like, and can guarantee a game within an evening’s play.

Bluecher has arrived!

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Been doing some more work on my Napoleonic French for the last couple of weekends, and managed to get another four brigades done. The next four are glued to painting sticks and undercoating is tomorrow, so I can start painting them next weekend. After that I have 2 more infantry brigades, which I’ll probably do with the 2 artillery batteries I’m doing, and 6 cavalry brigades, as well as command stands (which I probably won’t need so much for Bluecher, but which I like the look of, so will do anyway, one for each corps). Not sure yet whether I’ll do all the cavalry together, or whether I’ll do light cavalry and commanders in one session, and heavy cavalry in a second session. We’ll see. Anyway, here’s the 4 new brigades:

Another four brigades of French infantry

Another four brigades of French infantry

As before, they haven’t had their basing treatments done yet – I’m waiting till I get them all painted and glued to bases before I do that, to ensure they look the same after I get them done.

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Did a few stands of 6mm Napoleonic French for the last few weekends, partly in readiness for the release of Bluecher next year from Sam Mustafa (author or Lasalle, Grand Armee, Might and Reason, Maurice and Longstreet), these new rules being a multi-corps level affair. The club I used to belong to was preparing to do a Waterloo game for their con next year too, so I was working on part of the French contingent, these first four stands being the I Corps 1st Division, 1st and 2nd Brigades, and the I Corps 2nd Division, 1st and 2nd Brigades. I’m no longer involved with that project or the club, but I’m still going to paint up these figures and lend them to whoever runs the game at the con. They’ll then form the basis for my Bluecher army, probably to be joined at a later date by some 6mm Austrians (to go with my 6mm 7YW Austrians and my 15mm Napoleonic Austrians. What can I say, I like the variety of units they have).

Here’s a pic of the 4 stands together:

I Corps 1st Division, Brigades 1 and 2, with the 2nd Division, Brigades 1 and 2 behind.

I Corps 1st Division, Brigades 1 and 2, with the 2nd Division, Brigades 1 and 2 behind.

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