Sergio's blog: hints, ideas, pictures and news about SDS (and more) from the author

Monday, October 9, 2017

Just a few lines to let you know I'm well. After three years of silence, I could be back to wargaming and game design in a short time. People change, life changes, and my 12000 Napoleonic figures are still there, so..... bear with me a little more

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Another DSLB Big Battle in Nettuno

Thanks to Renzo, a group of 8 players met in Nettuno (near Rome) for a Big Battle scenario I prepared for them. Pics and batrep (in italian) at this link:

Friday, February 14, 2014

A great website about SDS and DSLB from New Zealand!

Don't miss it!

Great job Roundie.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Dove (sono sicuro) si gioca a DSLB

Dopo 2 anni dall'uscita di Drums & Shakos Large Battles, ed alla vigilia del Supplemento che sto completando (vedi post precedenti) ho deciso di compilare un elenco di città dove so che DSLB è giocato e di chiedere a voi lettori di integrarla tramite i commenti. Magari - chissà - qualcuno di voi potrebbe trovare un gruppo a poca distanza....
Bene, so per certo che ci sono giocatori di DSLB a:
Terni (ma và...)
Cisterna di Latina
Bassano del Grappa
Canino (VT)

Aggiunta anche Modena.
Fatevi sentire tramite i commenti!!!  Grazie a tutti

Two years after the release of DSLB, I would like to compile a list of Italian cities where I know for sure DSLB is played in order to facilitate players to find opponents. I am also asking readers of this blog to add other places using the blog's comments....

Sunday, February 9, 2014

DSLB batrep (with pics!)

Fabrizio and his group of players are staging a 1815 Campaign in these early months of 2014. They play with 1/72 figures on a very nice battlefield. After their last battle (last week) Fabrizio was so kind to send me some pictures and a quick batrep.

At game start, the French win the initiative and occupy the village in the centre of the battlefield. Unfortunately, a quick turnover prevents them to properly support their avant garde.

The British counterattack and succeed in taking one of the village's sector at a heavy cost.

The French are unable to keep the pressure, and the British stabilize a front line and advancig on the right, destroying a French battery. The French withdraw to secure positions.

The situation for the French is critical, and they try to relieve the pressure with some cavalry charges... to no avail.

A strong attack on the French left. The Imperial division seems to be on the eve of collapse.

One final counterattack by the French gets no results, and the game is over due to the break of the French forces (10 BP vs 7).

A special thanks to Fabrizio and his guys for the pics!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

What's going on...

February should be a busy month.
Encouraged by the last couple of weeks activities and support from my fellow gamers, I am writing a supplement for DSLB. It will contain:
- rules for multiplayer big Battles (1 Corps per side);
- a simple Campaign system;
- Lists for Minor Countries;
- some new rules
- Errata, rulings and clarifications (these will be available also as a free download somewhere).
90% of the above is already written, and currently being tested.
No title yet: any suggestion?

Don't be shy..... :)

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Another DSLB Big Battle

Last sunday I was invited by the club "Le Aquile" from Gaeta to a DSLB Big Battle in Cisterna di Latina, in Luigi's game room. Stefano from "Le Aquile" organized a French vs. Russians battle, one Division per side. The location and hospitality was fantastic, and we all had  a great gaming day. I was given command of a French Cavalry brigade on our right flank, with orders to hold my position and protect the right flank of of our center brigade, commanded by Federico. Diego, with his left flank veteran brigade was to attack the enemy immediately, in order to break the enemy right. On the Russian side, Stefano was the CinC, Renzo commanded their right flank brigade, Luigi held the center and Fausto the left flank.
 After secret deployment we lifted the screen and started the battle.
 The stuation after the first turn. At the bottom f the pic my cavalry brigade (left) and - behind the wood - Fausto's cavalry brigade, bigger than mine but with 2 Cossack pulks.
 Another view, from behind the Russian cavalry brigade.
 After a couple of turns, Diego attack on our left is starting to ay some dividends, while Federico and I just held our ground using the artillery as best as we can.
The battle unfolds. The Russians: from left to right Renzo (blue cap) Luigi (standing) and Stefano (sitting). On the right of the pic Diego rolling his attack dice.

 Action in the centre: a Russian Cuirassier unit (the only Russian heavy cavalry present) aggressively moves towards our lines (top right). This was probably the turning point: the Cuirassiers charged our centre, breaking an infantry battalion. At that point they should have been recalled, but Stefano decided to breakthrough, charging another infantry battalion straight ahead. This unit was also broken, but the Cuirassiers were at this point blown (DIS3) and in our following turn a Dragoon regiment broken them.
 Almost nothing happened on my flank, with Fausto's Cossacks hidden in the woods and the Lancers circling around it. The real fight was in the center, where Luigi (above center) pressed on Federico's shaken brigade, and on the left, where Diego's veterans were gaining ground and inflicting heavy casualties on Renzo's brigade. The latter was soon shaken, also losing a battery.
 The final stages of the battle: we had two shaken brigades, but no artillery or cavalry losses. The Russians had also 2 shaken brigades, but they lost 2 batteries and the Cuirassiers. Furthermore, Diego penetrated into the Russian right flank with infantry and cavalry in command, so we got the final points needed to win the game. In all, we played about 3 hours with one player (Luigi) not knowing the rules at all.
The tradition of these big battles at Luigi's is that Mrs. Rita prepares a fantastic meal that we really enjoyed (left to right Luigi, Stefano, me, Fausto, Diego, Renzo and Federico).
After lunch, we went back to the gaming room (actually a dependance in the garden) and played a couple of turns more, "just to see what happens". I must say we confirmed the result achieved in the *real* game by inflicting even more losses to the Russians. Before going home, a last picture with the whole bunch...
"Le Aquile" club should  - after 15 years playing only Shako - decide in the next week or so to change to Drums & Shakos Large Battle. And I would be honoured if they will.