Category: Shako

Shako is Arty Conliffe’s rules for the Napoleonic Wars. It is now into its second version with Shako II.


Liberators Maps at Different Ground Scales

Map from Ica Scenario

Different rule systems assume different ground scales. So I thought I’d show one scenario map, a Liberators scenario by John Fletcher for the Battle of Ica, at different ground scales. And suggest which Wargaming Rules suit each scale.

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Albuera – A Shako Battle Report

James Falkus, Rich Wilcox, Chris Harrod and I wanted to try out Shako II. Because of my recent enthusiasm (Spanish Units at Albuera) I suggested the Albuera scenario from Fields of Glory (FOG). FOG is for Shako I and some aspects of the scenario bug me but nobody had the energy to make up a different scenario and we hoped it would be a good game anyway. It was!

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Battle of Castalla – A Shako Scenario

Setting: Castalla, Spain; 12-13 Apr 1813

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Musings on Arty Conliffe’s Shako

I’ve collected together some interesting Shako I ideas from other people. I’ve reproduced them here mainly so I don’t have to go hunting for them again.

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Oriamendi East – A Shako Battle Report

Chris Harrod and I tried out my Oriamendi East Scenario with Shako II. It was great to get the Carlist War figures onto the table.

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Basing for Arty Conliffe’s Shako

Shako permits any basing system but recommends a few. I’ve gone for something slightly different to be consistent with my Shako Basing for the First Carlist War and Basing for the Liberators Quick Play Rules.(for the Chilean Campaign 1817-18) so I can do some mixing and matching of figures and/or rules.

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Spanish at the Medina de Rio Seco using Shako

I’ve put together a few ideas on the Spanish Orders of Battle for the Battle of Medina de Rio Seco (14 Jul 1808) for Shako.

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Guidelines for Historical Scenarios using Shako

As I start looking at writing more historical scenarios for Shako I thought I’d compile some guidelines for Scenario design. Mostly these are based on the Shako rules or suggestions in Fields of Glory.

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Oriamendi East – A Shako Scenario

Boina is the name I’ve given my Shako variant for the First Carlist War. This is a Boina scenario for the eastern part of the Battle of Oriameni (or Battle of Hernani) 16 Mar 1837.

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Oriamendi – A Shako Scenario

Boina is the name I’ve given my Shako variant for the First Carlist War. This is a Boina scenario for the Battle of Oriameni (or Battle of Hernani) 16 Mar 1837.

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Wargaming Maps with Campaign Cartographer

The Crossfire supplement Hit the Dirt contains maps made using Campaign Cartographer 2 (CC2 Pro) (available from www.profantasy.com). Bill Rutherford, one of the authors of Hit the Dirt, kindly gave me some advice on using CC2 and the notes below are based on Bill’s advice and my own fumbling experiences.

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Shako Orders of Battle for Albuera

Shako offers a default orders of battle for the Peninsular and Fields of Glory (FOG) – the Shako scenario book as opposed to the rules – has some Peninsular scenarios, including Albuera. I thought it would be interesting to compare these to each other and to the Historical Order of Battle.

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Shako Orders of Battle for the First Carlist War (Boina)

Boina is the name I’ve given my Shako variant for the First Carlist War.

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Shako House Rules for the First Carlist War (Boina)

Boina is the name I’ve given my Shako variant for the First Carlist War.

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Boina: A Shako Variant for the First Carlist War

I like Shako so I set myself the challenge of adapting it for use in the First Carlist War. I called this variant “Boina” in honour of the berets worn by the Carlist troops.

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