|Persians(Red) and Greeks(Blue) square off at Marathon...|
|French(Blue) square off against Russians(Green) and AustriansWhite) at Austerlitz.|
Today, for example, as we are in our Napoleonic Wars unit, my students simulated The Battle of Austerlitz(my favorite battle in history!). We had six groups recreating the battle with four victories for the Coalition and two for the French. I like testing the students' knowledge of the battle by throwing historical elements into the scenario. For example, in the Austerlitz BattleSim(shown above), the French players receive Davout's reinforcements from the southeast later into the game.
These weekly wargames compliment the regular class instruction and serve to aslo act as a "gateway" for my students into wargaming. Many students from class join my Military History Club where every year we have a campaign based on some era where students custom build their armies...it is a lot of fun. we have done campaigns for Ancient Europe, the Napoleonic Wars, the American Revolution(this year's campaign) and Modern Warfare(2042).
Here are the battles we simulate during the class:
-Battle of Britain
Anwyays, back to painting minis because my students need to be able to see that ther's more to wargaming than just cardboard counters and maps(although I like oldschool wargaming too, mind you!).
Thanks for viewing,