was one of the largest battles of the bloody Napoleonic Wars and
saw the magnificent French Grand Armee take on the Russian Army
on the road to Moscow.
was 1812 and no-one in modern times had ever seen 255,000 soldiers
throwing themselves at each with such ferocity.
battle ended, arguably, as a French victory but as most people know
they went on to Moscow and there winter, cossacks, hunger and disease
would eat away at them until only 20,000, of an original 700,000,
would get home.
gives wargamers the chance to refight Borodino and see if (as the
French) they can win decisively and avoid the great retreat or,
as the Russians, try to fight so fiercely Napoleon just goes home.
Waterloo (Battleground 3) before it, Napoleon in Russia offers all
the colour and excitement of an era when show meant almost as much
the maps are terrific, the figures are great to look at and gameplay
your men in line or column and when enemy cavalry appears form square
as quickly as you can.
is exciting stuff but, Napoleon in Russia is a huge beast and you
really need to install the full version to get the best out of it.
are 21 scenarios that can take from two hours, or full scale clashes
that need 52 turns.
are no early finishes in the longer games and once you've completed
your victory objectives you will still have to end the turn count
before being rated as a winner.
but not for beginners.