Scourge of War Quatre-Bras
Add-on for Scourge of War: Waterloo
Published by Slitherine/Matrix Games
Digital Download: U$ 19.99
Also available on Steam
Scourge of War is a 3D continuous time, tactical/grand tactical wargame. I had the pleasure of reviewing the Waterloo edition a while back.
Quatre-Bras is the latest DLC for Scourge of War Waterloo and includes 5 scenarios where the player commands either Allied or French forces. The commands given to the player are brigades (1 scenario, Allied side), divisions (2 scenarios, Allied and French), and Corps (2 scenarios, Allied and French).
In both scenarios where the player is in command of Corps, the typical challenges of command and proper use of tactics of the era are unrelentlessly evident.
Scenario 5 puts the player in the role of the Duke of Wellington. The scenario lasts 3 hours of simulated time and starts at 2:00 PM. The forces available short at the beginning of the scenario, but reinforcements will arrive. The order of battle will expand in this manner until the forces under the player's command are a Corps (-). This scenario will keep players very busy, and victory is possible if they are good at delaying actions.
|Spread and weak, the available forces are just an ominous reminder that the Duke has delayed his decision-making way too much. The French are starting to move north and it's going to be difficult to withdraw keeping good order.
|This adds variability to the scenario.
|The map (left) and the 3D view of the most forward Allied unit. Note the blue icons (French forces) deploying in line and getting ready to push onto Quatre Bras.
|Infantry from the Nassau Brigade, ready to welcome the French Cavalry.
Scenario 4 is a 3 hour scenario played from the French side. Marechal Ney is in command of a Corps.
|The objectives of this scenario are many, but you may have guessed that the main prize is the village of Quatre-Bras.
Scenarios 1, 2 and 3 are smaller affairs that last 30-35 minutes.
These scenarios depict the whole battle of Quatre Bras, but the player can only command a small portion of the forces. From the Allied perspective, players will be asked to defend (scenario 2, defend the Namur road as General Picton, 5th British Infantry Division), deploy and defend Quatre Bras (scenario 3, hold Quatre Bras as von Specht, Braunschweig Line Infantry Brigade). As a French commander (scenario 1, General Bachelu, 5th Division), the player is commanded to open the Allied flank by attacking on a narrow front.
|The "headquarters in the saddle" feature has traditionally been a grognard wargamer special. Given the smaller scenarios in Quatre Bras, it its a premium opportunity to at least try it.