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The Silver Bayonet


Another skirmish game by author Joseph A. McCullough, who also penned Frostgrave and Stargrave.

--- Quote ---As the wars of Napoleon ravage Europe, chaos and fear reign and the darkness that once clung to the shadows has been emboldened. Supernatural creatures - vampires, werewolves, ghouls, and worse take advantage of the havoc, striking out at isolated farms, villages, and even military units. Whether they are pursuing some master plan or simply revelling in their newfound freedom is unknown. Most people dismiss reports of these slaughters as the rantings of madmen or the lies of deserters, but a few know better…

The Silver Bayonet is a skirmish wargame of gothic horror set during the Napoleonic Wars. Each player forms an elite band of monster hunters drawn from the ranks of one of the great powers. Riflemen, swordsmen, and engineers fight side-by-side with mystics, occultists, and even those few supernatural creatures that can be controlled or reasoned with enough to make common cause. The game can be played solo, co-operatively, or competitively, with players progressing through a series of interlinked adventures with their soldiers gaining experience and suffering grievous wounds, and their units triumphing… or falling in the face of the shadows. It is a game of action and adventure, where musket and sabre meet tooth and claw.
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I don't know enough about Napoleonic ranges to know if there's any conversion potential but I have hopes that there will be boxes of dedicated miniatures like those for FG and SG. I like the idea, because for once it'll be a different setting. We've mostly seen occult WW2, some occult WW1, but other periods in time? Not so much. Plus this ties into one entry from McCullough's other books, A Zombie Hunter's Guide, where there were massive hordes of zombies raised during Napoleon's retreat from Russia.

Probably plenty of creation and conversion Possibilities with Napoleonic figures, especiallywith Victrix figures because of the bits available there, but Perry and Warlord could be ok as well.

Like with previous Joseph A. McCullough games, there are distinct roles for the characters in your teams (Teams are called units). They are varied and some roles are restricted to certain nations. You see, for The Silver Bayonet (henceforth abbreviated to TSB) you have to pick a nation you fight for, which in turn dictates the kind of roles you can pick. For instance, Austria has access to the Dhampir, but not to the Sailor. Makes sense, if you consider the fact there's no sea in or near Austria.

Posted below are units for sale over at Northstar and can be considered preconstructed units.

The British:

The Spanish:

The French:


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