Then on Sunday we ran Solferino 1859 as a BBB participation game. Crispin had lovingly carved custom terrain so all the hills were the right shape, and decorated his town bases with cypress trees for a proper Italianate aspect. 6mm Baccus armies gave the right mass battle visual effect. It got loads of interested passers-by, not to mention some keen joiners-in. The terrain was admired, rules and scenario explained, game philosophy discussed, and I'm happy to report a couple of Italian wargamers seemed delighted to see this battle on the tabletop. I met a ton of good people (so forgive me if you see me again next year and I don't necessarily remember your names) and felt like I spent most of the day chatting - I never left the table for 8 hours - and despite that we got through the battle one and a half times. It was a brilliant day.
As if that wasn't enough, then on Monday Mark ran the latest of his growing set of epic Napoleonic scenarios: Wagram 1809. With 300,000 men on the pitch, this little scuffle was even bigger than Solferino. You'd think it might leave no room for maneuver and just be a dull slugfest, but it was a fantastic game. No shortage of slugging it out, to be sure, but plenty of movement, and a real feel of punch/counter-punch, like two heavyweights trading blows, reeling back and then surging forward again. Awesome.
It would be remiss of me not to mention another fine game we had a couple of weeks ago, involving a younger Napoleon: Marengo. We used the scenario written by Vincent Tsao of the Corlears Hook Fencibles, fought each other to a bloody standstill, and went home happy.
Now is a good time to note that the former BBB Yahoo group has migrated to groups.io at:
and all the accumulated scenarios and other resources are there, includding Vincent's Marengo game.