Visits from October 1, 2002


ALKAID. Issue#20

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The last painted unit

 The digital art of Agustín Espina

welcome to my site!

June 5th, 2016
Prelude to Dessau. A 'Song of Drums and Shakos' Scenario

My name is Rafael Pardo, I live in Valladolid (Spain) and this web-site is devoted to my main hobby which I started around 1980: Wargaming with Napoleonic miniatures. Is a very interesting and absorbing world, being related with fields such as military miniatures (painting, converting....) dioramas and scenics, boardgames and last, but not least, military History.

I play solo (solitaire, alone) by necessity and preference and my games are usually projects based around a Battle or Campaign of the Napoleonic era. These games are solely strategical, and are very different to the vast majority of games we find today on the web, like Online Roulette. After choosing the battle, I research for the strategical and tactical situations, find the maps of the zone, paint the necessary 20-mm or 1/72 plastics miniatures (if not available from previous battles), design the adequate table-top and eventually, I write a Scenario to fight the battle with Napoleon's Battles, the rule-set I use from the last ten years, now in its 4th Edition!. I have adopted Lasalle from Sam Mustafa for tactical, divisonal-size, games and Song of Drums and Shakos for Skirmish combats.

So in this site you will find very different things: painting and conversion of miniatures, the making of scenery items (buildings, rivers, roads...), Scenarios for Napoleon's Battles, thoughts about solo playing mechanisms, descriptions of the small number of boardgames I use, and two Cyberboard game-boxes for 'War to the Death' and 'Napoleon's Leipzig Campaign' OMEGA old boardgames.

Watch my simultaneous wargaming project, the Campaign of Leipzig (autumn 1813). The final goal is the joint use of Napoleon's Battles and the boardgames 'Four Lost Battles' and 'Napoleon at the Crossroads' of the now re-born Operational Studies Group. See it at 'The Leipzig Project' page or visit  the PROJECT LEPIZIG blog.

Another Project going now is ALKAID EDICIONES, an editorial effort based around ALKAID multithematic magazine (in hard paper!). Until now, we have published several Napoleonic papers devoted to the Spanish Guerra de la Independencia (a.k.a. the Peninsular War), from authors such as Rory Muir, M.A. Martín Mas and M.A. García García.

The magazine is accompanied by an internet portal and some FORUMS, one of these is devoted to Wargaming with Napoleon' Battles or Lasalle, and other related topics (painting, miniatures, resources...). You will be welcome!

At last, in the real world I am professionally, university professor and scientist. My research activity focusses mainly on environmental topics. I, like the vast majority of scientists, think that global warming is real  and that it is the result of our activities and not a natural occurrence. There is no doubt we can solve this problem and we have a moral obligation to do so.
Visit the Inconvenient Truth site and take action!.

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A summary of the last thing: Prussian National Cavalry