The Napoleonic Source Book by Philip Haythornthwaite

Philip Haythornthwaite’s The Napoleonic Sourcebook is a good place to start for a basic understanding of the Napoleonic Wars. The volume is divided into six major sections: The Campaigns, Weapons and the Practice of War, The Nations Involved in the Wars, Biographies, Sources, Miscellaea and a useful glossary. There are more than 200 black and white illustrations, maps and charts. For the painter, the book has descriptions of various uniforms and lists of uniform, facing, hat and button colors.

The Napoleonic Source Book

Column, Line and Square Napoleonics Rules

Column, Line and Square was the first set of Napoleonics rules that I ever played — and I suspect, the first set that many people played. We called it Column, Line and Slaughter, though, becuase slaughter was the usual result.

Still, it was fun to play –especially with 25mm figures.

Sadly, the set is apparently no longer in print. But you can get the rules here, free for the downloading.

Napoleon At Waterloo Board Game Print-And-Play

The classic board game Napoleon at Waterloo is readily available as a print-and-play, do-it-yourself, project.

Bailen Napoleonic Wars Board Game

Bailen is a free print-and-play board game of the 1808 battle between French and Spanish forces near Bailen, Spain.

Fast Play Napoleonic Rules

Jon Linney offers a set of Fast Play Napoleonic Rules. The author writes:

These rules provide a fast paced game with simple rule mechanisms that allow players to concentrate on their tactics and enjoy the ‘look’ of their tabletop battle, rather than have their heads buried in rule tables. Elements shoot and fight individually but move and test morale within their unit. One or two rule mechanisms have been ‘adapted’ from other rule systems (as I liked them); as they say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery! Players will need a table approximately 6′ by 4′ laid-out with suitable terrain. At least one D6 die and a measuring device each (measuring stick or rule), and of course two opposing armies. The measurements are for 15mm figures.