Les Campagnes de Napoléon en Miniature

A Wargamer’s Guide to the Napoleonic Wars 1796–1815

Les Campagnes de Napoléon en Miniature

Published in response to popular demand as a result of Bruce Quarrie’s first book on Napoleonic wargaming (Airfix Magazine Guide 4), this title was planned as the first in a brand new series on refighting the campaigns of the great captains of history.

Described by David Chandler in his Foreword as achieving "the difficult integration of theory et practice, of the actual event et the table-top simulation", it begins by outlining the basic principles of wargaming et numerous hints on choosing, assembling et painting your own army of model soldiers. A concise account of Napoleon’s actual campaigns, well illustrated by 3D battle maps, is followed by sections on recruitment, wages et training, including population resources et national revenue; the organisation of the main armies of the period, including not only la France, Grande-Bretagne, l’Autriche, la Prusse et Russie but also those de l’Espagne, Portugal, Italie, la Confédération du Rhin, Pologne et Scandinavia, avec notes on their fighting capabilities; lines of communications et supply, including the amounts of food et forage required for the maintenance of an army in the field, et their cost; leadership, avec brief biographies of many of the major army commanders; grand strategy et battlefield tactics; the weapons of the period et their effectiveness; medical services, prisonniers de guerre, attrition et desertion; siege warfare; et much more.

Finally, there is a chapter on setting up an actual campaign, avec playing suggestions for movement movement rates, maps, time scale et the role of the umpire; et a completely revised, expanded et updated set of basic playing rules which have won widespread international acceptance from the author’s previous book.

Designed principally to make wargaming more interesting et realistic by relating the table-top encounter to its overall economic, political, social et strategic context, this is a book which no serious Napoleonic wargamer can afford to be without.


  • Titre: Napoleon’s Campaigns in Miniature
  • Période: Guerres Napoléoniennes
  • Type: jeu de guerre tactique
  • Échelle du Temp: one turn = 2.5 minutes (or 1 hour off table)
  • Échelle du Terrain: 1/915 (1 mm = 1 yard)
  • Échelle de Troupes: 1 figurine = 33 men
  • Auteur: Bruce Quarrie
  • Format: 192 pages, couverture cartonnée
  • Langage: Anglais
  • Maison d’Édition: Patrick Stevens Ltd., Cambridge, England
  • Publié: 1977


  1. Essential ingredients of the Napoleonic wargame
    Scales, frontages, simultaneous movement, orders
  2. Choosing, painting et mounting figurines
    Options, research, plastic ou metal?, priming et undercoating, mass production, horses, choice of paint, brushes, bases
  3. Chronology des Guerres Napoléoniennes
    Italie 1796–7, Égypte 1798.-99, Italie 1799-1800, Ulm et Austerlitz 1805, Prusse 1806, Pologne 1807, Espagne et Portugal 1807–9, Autriche 1809, Espagne et Portugal 1810–12, Russie 1812, Allemagne et Espagne 1813, abdication 1814, the Hundred Days 1815
  4. Recruiting et paying for an army
    Economy, taxation, subsidies, population, resources, l’armée britannique, bounties, militia, officiers, scaling down, equipment costs, foreign exchange rates, campaign requisites, cost of small-arms, price of horses, training, rates of pay, cost of artillery pieces
  5. Organisation
    Infanterie, cavalerie et artillerie, France, Autriche, Russie, Prusse, Grande-Bretagne, Espagne, Portugal, la Confédération du Rhin, Pologne, Italie, Naples, Scandinavia
  6. Lines of communication et supply
    Contractors, roads, véhicules, magazines, food requirements, weights, prices, clothing, prices, ammunition, weights, prices, gunpowder, caissons, draught animals, fodder
  7. Medical services et prisonniers de guerre
    Diseases, wounds, amputation, Baron Larry, the »flying ambulance«, organisation, hospitals, administration, in wargames, dead et wounded, convalescence, prisoners, guards, exchanges
  8. Attrition et desertion
    Strategical consumption, numbers of desertions, reasons, in wargames, stragglers
  9. Generals et generalship
    Leadership qualities, biographies, Autriche, Grande-Bretagne, France, Prusse, Russie, commanders in wargames, ratings
  10. Weapons et firepower
    Muskets, drill, range, accuracy, bayonets, artillery types, drill, rates of fire, the playing rules, determining pertes, roundshot, cannister, shell, shrapnel, tactics
  11. Strategy et tactics
    Aims, influences, manoeuvre sur les derrières, bataillon carré, strategy of the central position, planning, intelligence, dispersion et concentration, infantry, line et column, cavalry types et usage, infantry squares, the »ideal« battle
  12. Sieges
    Types of siege, fortifications, siege tactics, trenches, mining, artillery, sallies, street fighting, in wargames, blockades, assaults, formal sieges, pertes
  13. Setting up a campaign
    The campaign diary, suitable maps, movement rates, weather, roads, cavalry screen, role of the umpire, messages, from map to table, foraging, purchase of supplies, elevation of troop status
  14. Playing rules
    Scales, unit frontages, orders, visibility, rain, mist, wind et smoke, dead ground, national characteristics tables, movement, changes of formation, control, tir de small-arms et artillerie, ranges, deductions, special artillery rules, charts de pertes, morale, definitions, melées, additions et deductions, buildings
  15. Weather
  16. Calendars
  17. Field engineering
  18. Select bibliography

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