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April 21th, 2024
The website is back!

My name is Rafael Pardo, I live in Valladolid (Spain) and this website is devoted to a hobby which I started around 1980: Wargaming with Napoleonic miniatures. The site was down for quite some time due to issues with the previous hosting provider, but is now hosted on ARSYS and is back up and running again.

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. After choosing the battle or combat, I research for the strategical and tactical situations, find the maps of the zone, paint the necessary 20 mm or 1/72 plastics or metallic miniatures (if not available from previous battles), design the adequate table-top and eventually, I write a Scenario.

Depending on the size of the battle or combat, I use different rule-sets. If the battle is medium or large involving several Army Corps, I use Napoleon's Battles (now in its 4th Edition). If it is a small battle or combat, fought by a pair of Divisions, I use Lasalle from Sam Mustafa and if it is a skirmish I use Song of Drums and Shakos.

Additionally, in this site you will find very different game-related things: painting and conversion of miniatures, the making of scenery items (buildings, rivers, roads...), Scenarios for the above cited rule-sets, 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.

Professionally, I am retired from my position as Full Professor of Analytical Chemistry at the University of Valladolid (Spain). In addition to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, my research focused on the development and determination of heavy metals and emerging contaminants in environmental matrices (water, soil...) and on the application of multivariate chemometric methods for information extraction. Like the vast majority of serious and independent researchers, I think that global warming and climate change are real and 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.

Enter, enjoy and come back again!

A summary of the last thing: Prussian National Cavalry