Rules Reviews

Et Sans Résultat (ESR), now in third edition [is] ready to take you to very, very big battles.

The core rules offer grand scale combat with a near-unique focus on command and control that’s done better than in comparator games working with a similar focus.

It’s genuinely a brilliant system, and the care and thought put into these mechanics that allow formations to act semi-autonomously is evident on every page.

The fighting aspect of ESR is arranged through the Threat system, which is one of the best-written sections of the rules. Simple and clear to work out, your formations will exert “threat” out at range (or in contact) to represent combat.

It’s a system I really, really, want to play extensively … It feels Napoleonic, really putting you in the driving seat of entire corps … The ideas are magnificent, much of the execution is excellent and what the game could provide is unique.

I completely agree … this is the game to aspire to. This is Napoleonic Wars at the scale and grandeur it deserves and should be played at.

Campaign Guide Reviews

…this is a massive 250 page campaign source book and in many cases size leads to compromises in visual presentation – impressively not so here. Of those 250 pages, over 100 are dedicated to uniforms, with much of the rest being scenarios and the campaign, allowing you to take Napoleon’s army all the way from Poland to Moscow (but not back – Part 2 beckons!).

The scenarios are the meat and veg of the whole book, and where you’ll be headed first to try out what ESR has to offer as a mass-battle rule set. There are 15 scenarios on offer, ranging from small skirmishes – of course, this is ESR so the skirmish still involves at least a Brigade! – all the way up to Borodino.

…the scenarios are all presented in a fairly system-agnostic manner, so you could pick these up to use them with any Napoleonic game…

A welcome – and surprising – addition to the MoW book is the vast wealth of uniform images included.

No longer do you have to rely on forty different Ospreys or a series of hard to find translated guides, because it’s all here. For French and Russian forces the uniform guides are broken down into regiments where uniform variation exists, and for others, illustrative examples provide enough information to get painting. This is a wealth of material here, as close to a comprehensive guide to uniforms in the Russian invasion as it’s possible to get for the price and in a single volume.

David of TWC joins Brant and Jim of The Armchair Dragoons to talk about what brought about the Series 3 edition of Et sans résultat!, what makes ESR Napoleonics a unique offering, and what we’ve done specifically with “14-year old Jim” (vs 55-year old Jim) in mind to help gamers like we once were get into Napoleonics.

Episode 10, Season 8 of The Armchair Dragoons: Mentioned in Dispatches Podcast

Check out the latest video from Little Wars TV where Miles and Greg outline seven tips for getting started in Napoleonic wargaming.

SPOILER: Tip #6 is get the ESR Campaign Guides!

Little Wars TV’s advice on getting started in Napoleonics!
GM's Alcove Iberia-1s3 Review

Seems like everyone is weighing in on Iberia-1s3: To Assure My Dynasty, 1808 in Iberia! And… of course they are. It is the first of our ESR Campaign Guides to be updated to the new Series 3 format: hardback binding, all new scenario maps, added political and operational maps, drastically expanded uniform painting guide… there’s a lot to take in.

And the review by The GM’s Alcove at Dash of Elan is going to lay it all out for you!

GM’s Alcove at Dash of Elan walks through what Iberia-1s3 has to offer!
CP Games Reviews Iberia-1s3!

The guys at CounterProductive Games are digging into the differences between the original and new Series 3 editions of Iberia-1: To Assure My Dynasty.

Get Eddie & Tom’s take on Iberia-1 Series 3!

Miniatures Reviews

These kits contain a boatload of 10mm miniatures, with approximately 240 infantry models, 4-6 cannon, 12-16 cavalry and various officers, wagons and sappers.

You also get unit cards, a reference sheet, bases and tokens for ESR, a ton of flags, and a random leader card, which was really fun (I got Dokhturov and Lefebvre).

I think these are ideal for anyone looking to quickly bulk out an infantry-heavy corps.

The miniatures are gorgeous and extremely durable, and they’re so detailed that they really paint up well/easily. 

TLDR: these are really detailed miniatures for 10mm and take paint beautifully.

Out of the package, the detail on these figures is quite evident.

These miniatures are perfect for this process, as the details from the plastic material are extremely deep/pronounced. It was super easy to pick out straps, epaulettes and even buttons. The various shako and boot tassles are clean enough to where you can see the texture on the braiding. 

The height/width are pretty comparable to my existing collection of Pendraken…

I think they provide a fantastic balance between detail and playability, allowing you to field impressive armies while still retaining the detail of each individual figure. This scale is perfect for recreating grand battles, and it makes for a visually striking spectacle on the gaming table.

In fact, the level of detail on these miniatures is nothing short of exceptional.

Quite frankly, I was a little amazed at how much character and historical accuracy these 10mm figures manage to convey.

What truly sets the Et Sans Resultat! miniatures apart is their versatility.

Plus, talk about bang for your buck. I was pretty overwhelmed with the amount of items that came in the box.

In conclusion, The Wargaming Company’s “Et Sans Resultat!” miniatures are a standout offering in the world of Napoleonic wargaming. Their 10mm scale strikes the perfect balance between detail and playability, ensuring that you can recreate the grandeur of the era. The choice of soft plastic as the material of choice is a stroke of brilliance, as it combines flexibility with remarkable detail.

The miniatures are highly – and accurately – detailed in all respects, and often full of character.

I found preparing these models very simple…

They took paint both in classical layered style and contrast/speedpaint very well.

I can wholeheartedly recommend these models both for ESR and for any other system you want to play. They’re lovely sculpts, quick to paint, appropriately detailed for the scale and look fantastic on the table.

The Armchair Dragoons interview David of The Wargaming Company and discuss their impressions of the new ESR Miniatures line.