BIG benefit to the game is in the almost abstract manner in which manpower is translated into units. As with Volley & Bayonet, the basic unit is the brigade, though V&B takes great pains to represent every single unit (with good reason of course). This can however slow the game down. The principle of Snappy Nappy is that we are interested solely in the corp and its commander. It's his numbers and their relative effectiveness at a point in time that make the difference. Hence, a corps in V&B might have 7 stands/units, while in SN it could be 4 or 5. The scale is 1"=150 yards, so at the reduced scale that I use V&B at (50mm baeses), it should be the same. I used 20mm figures on 50x25 bases - so everything should be equal, but it isn't. SN is a true 'battle' scale. It's the corps and what can be accomplished with them that the commander is concerned with rather than counting strength points. It's effectiveness over numbers.
- Labelling & breakdown of units is significantly simpler than V&B.
- The mechanics are breathtaking - troops quality dictates your effectiveness and how easily you pass morale checks (the crux of the game). Hits mean morale checks - and you keep rolling until you pass, with each failure reducing your morale. Good troops (usually) last longer, though I found even the best cavalry units disappearing from the field after bad die rolls at just the wrong time.
By the end, we found ourselves not using the orders system. That's a pity, since it is well thought out, and biased toward the French/British (as it should be). It just didn't seem to gel with other mechanics, though it could have been the massive size of the battle we started with - which left us with too much to grasp in one game perhaps.
And so to the battle:
I cheated slightly. The table I have is 8'x5'. To scale I should have been using 9-10' long, so I squeezed some elements. In the end, it made little difference.
Key things to note:
I sent D'Erlon the wrong way and ended up with him being too late to even get to Quatre Bras - uncannily historical.
Kellerman didn't even go near Quatre Bras. In the end, early hopes of a victory there were completely quashed by not reinforcing it early, due to early indications that it would be a walkover.
Ligny became a flank action and the French were mauled in the centre. Cavalry charges were going off on both flanks like fireworks.
The Prussians suffered but held. The Allies held onto Quatre Bras and wouldn't let go.
D'Erlon's reinforcements started to arrive and were sent...to the centre, to turn the Prussians' right flank. An unfortunate decision for the French.
A great game with great rules, and those rules certainly demand to be hacked and tinkered with. We'll be returning to them again.