What is this?

At Historicon 2019 we’re running eight ESR Napoleonics games, and for the first time, players can bring and lead their own Forces on the tabletop!

Do I have to bring my own miniatures?

Nope. We’ll have Austrian, French, Prussian, and Russian loaner Forces available. If you’re signing up for an ESR game and not bringing your own Force, please let us know (by submitting this form) just so we can plan.

Is this an ESR Tournament?

No, these are introductory games to help new players learn ESR Napoleonics. We’re just adding some color by giving new players a motivation to get their Forces painted.

How does it work?

Can I register for more than on ESR game?

Sure! We’re offering 32 gamer slots at Historicon 2019. Just be mindful not to signup for overlapping games!

Can I run a different Force at each game?

If you sign-up to play in multiple games and you want to bring a different Force for each, that is completely fine. Just make sure to submit each of them (fill out the form once for each) and tell us which you intend to use for each game.

So these still learning games?

YES. The rules will be taught and questions will be answered. While we’re encouraging players to bring their own Force, this isn’t a tournament or a competition. We just want to encourage players to get their Forces painted up and give them a chance to play some ESR with their own miniatures!

I have Napoleonics but not ESR Box Sets… can I play?

Yes. The requirements for using “mercenary brands” of miniatures 😉 are simply that they are compatible with our ESR Box Sets:

  • Miniatures must be painted and based.
  • Miniatures must be 10mm (1:160 scale).
  • Miniatures must be based on roughly 30x30mm bases (this does not need to be exact, but the closer the better to ensure compatibility).
  • Each infantry division, cavalry brigade (or division), and artillery reserve requires a “Reformation Area” marker, typically a wagon or caisson to mark the rear area of each Formation. This can also be a small diorama as simple or elaborate as you desire to illustrate a rear area: wounded, camp followers & stragglers, supplies, etc…

If I’m bringing “Mercenary Brands”, how do I organize them?

The most straight forward way to organize your 3rd-party Force is to checkout our ESR Box Sets and copy their composition. But here are some brief guidelines to get you started:

  • A corps/Force Commander.
  • 2-3 Division sized Formations of infantry, each 8-12 battalions (stands) with 1-2 6-pdr artillery batteries (stands).
  • 1 Brigade sized Formation of cavalry, 3-6 squadron groups (stands).
  • 1 Division sized Formation of cavalry, 6-9 squadron groups (stands), with or without 1 6-pdr artillery battery (stand).

Each of these elements require a Formation Commander and a Reformation Area. Limbers for the artillery are *strongly encouraged*. The typical Force will have 3-4 Formations.

No Guard troops. Austrian and Russian Grenadier Divisions are OK (max of one per Force). Cuirassier Divisions are OK (max of one per Force). But nothing more elite than that.

If I’m bringing “Mercenary Brands” do I still need to submit my Force?

Yes. Please, by all means, submit your Force so that we can create the appropriate rosters/stat sheets, as well as ensure games are not horribly unbalanced.

Are these going to be “balanced” games?

Sorta… We’re aiming for rough balance to ensure everyone can have a fun game.

Can I bring the Guard?

Nope. No Guard troops of any nationality. Grenadier Divisions are OK (max of one per Force). Cuirassier Divisions are OK (max of one per Force). But nothing more elite than that.

What about Napoleon?

Not this time. Besides, we know Napoleon isn’t present, the Guard isn’t here ;-). Similar goes for Blücher, Wellington, Charles, etc…

What if I still have questions?

Just write us and ask!