French assault during a typical game

Austerlitz to Waterloo is a set of rules for playing tabletop wargames representing battles in the Napoleonic period of European history, using 25-30mm size model soldiers. The rules cover the period roughly 1805-1815.

A typical game has about a dozen units per side. A game like this should take about four hours for a pair of opponents familiar with the rules to complete.

Models (figures)

One model infantry or cavalry figure represents 25 actual men. One cannon model represents two actual guns. Two gunner or crew figures represent enough personnel to serve one actual gun; therefore a fully-crewed gun model would have 4 or more gunner models.


All distance and range measurements in the game are made in inches.

Distance Scale

One inch on the game table represents 20 actual paces (about 50 feet), taking an average of the many shifting definitions of a “pace” as two and one-half feet.

Turn Length

A turn in the game represents more or less 15 minutes of real time: a lot of “hurry up and wait” mixed with bursts of intense activity.


Dice are used to determine the outcome of variable events such as firing and combat. All dice used in the game are 6-sided.