Yes it arrived, finally. My geek friend Smilie and I LOVE this game, I think we've arranged quite a few 2 player nights around C and C now. The Spanish expansion was good and the scenarios allow the Spanish more of a chance than we initially thought but we've been dying for the Russian to arrive.
It's no small accomplishment for us to game as I have to drive 40 minutes to the next city, and this night I arrived with a tie on to honor the occasion, and partly because I had a meeting with the city manager. Borodino demands a higher caliper of gamer. Why was I excited to game Borodino with the C and C systmer?
First off this system is awesome, I'm not sure many of my other wargamer friends appreciate it. You really develop skills at this game similar to miniature ancients competitive gaming where I came from.
Secondly I read an amazing war journal from a Polish Solider who fought with Napoleon and his account of Borodino is haunting and amazing, so I've been dying to relive this tremendous battle...from a safe distance
Don't know about Borodino, read up on it. Sometimes I think they fought it just to give painters something to do.
We started with a skirmish scenario, I played the Russians because I love greeness, Smilie as the insolent French. I don't have the game with me but the French start on their rear board with TONS of units and their objective it to take a strong point or get their units if my rear for VPs. In real life the French bypassed this location but the Russians left a force to delay them, and the fighting was fierce. I was lucky enough to get Grand Manouvre and reposition my two grenadier units up to the front which is what saved me. The French attack on the forward villages were stunted by my tough light infantry. Smilie finally took a right flank village but it was too late as I had run some cav in the middle, destroyed some units reduced from village fire an did the sexy cav two step shuffle to run down some arty. I believe I was 10-7 or 8. Yes 10, these battles are as epic as Russia Herself. The Russian expansion had already earned it's keep but we were not finished! In retrospect I suggested Smilie run off some light cav for 2-3 vps, was it possible? Who knows we can try it again soon.
Remember looking at all those cool French elite units but that you never really get to use them in the base game? Well we picked the next Borodino scenario where the Russians have to hold a line of redoubts behind a river and face the might of the French Empire, it sort of feels like the Helm's Deep of the Russian Empire. I knew I was in trouble and Smilie attacked on my open left flank, my cards failed me as did my dice. The redoubt fell (French gets vps for taking redoubt spaces) and I was in DEEP trouble.
Did I mention trouble? Smile then marched his arty & guard arty to the front and the Old Guard moved in to charge. I moved my cav and reserves to the river as well and an arty battle started with me taking the worst of it. Smilie also stormed the next redoubt along the river on my left flank and I could not get it back without massive causalities. The Old Guard stormed a center right redoubt but then were obliterated by cannon fire. Smilie stormed the river, killed some weakened grenadiers, and then was cut down. The battle was bloody. I was unable to retake the left flank redouts, units tied trying, and finally we reached ten and the French were the victorious.
It was a really fun scenario and gave the feel of the journal I read, and that was with the entire right flank motionless! The Russians make a great game even better and I look forward to more night-long Borodinos!
Thanks for the book recommendation (it almost makes up for getting that Richie song in my head).