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New HISTWAR screenshots and video!

200 years ago...

...on December 2nd, 1805, in what is today regarded as his greatest victory, Napoleon Bonaparte crushed the armies of his enemies, Russia and Austria, in the famous battle at Austerlitz.

For this special anniversary we have collected bran new screenshots and an exciting beta video from our upcoming "HistWar: Les Grognards" wargame by Jean-Michel Mathé, published exclusively by www.battlefront.com.

Screenshot gallery:

http://www.battlefront.com/products/les_grog/screenshots/index.html

Video gallery:

http://www.battlefront.com/products/les_grog/video.html

HistWar is not just another "clickfest" RTS, but a historically accurate tactical and strategic war simulator of authentic Napoleonic style combat from the years 1805-1814. The meticulous attention to detail and historical research is what makes HistWar so unique.

Feature List

. Authentic Napoleonic style combat from the years 1805-1814.

. Thrilling battles with over 50,000 3D models shown representing up to 500,000 Infantry soldiers, Cavalry and Artillerymen - all fully animated!

. Single player action against the computer and multiplayer with up to 6 people on two sides.

. Internet, LAN and PBEM multiplayer modes.

. Variable speed play from real time 1 minute = 1 minute to accelerated 10x time. PBEM mode played in 15 minute turns.

. Environmental effects such as rain, fog, snow and smoke.

. Units organized into historically accurate and individually controllable Regiments, Brigades, Divisions, Corps and Armies.

. Huge variety of troops types including; Sappers, Skirmishers, Grenadiers, Fusiliers, Chasseurs, Imperial, Middle and Young Guards, Hussars, Cuirassiers, Dragoons, Gendarmes, Carbiniers, Lancers and Mameluks among others.

. Variety of individually modeled and animated "personalities" such as Captains, Majors, Colonels, Flag and Standard Bearers and more.

. Play as any of 15 different major, minor and city state military powers including France, Russia, Austria, Wurtenmberg, Saxony, Poland, Italy and Naples.

. Exhaustively researched Table of Organization and Equipment for all the major combatants included.

. Over 1150 historical Regiments, 4000 unique commanders and 550 accurate military uniforms included.

. Comes with 10 historical battles including Haslach, Austerlitz, Eylau, Friedland, Campaign of Eckmul, Wagram, Moscowa (Borodino), Berezina, Hanau and La Rothière with the ability to modify or create all new battles with the included game editors.

. Innovative 3 tiered Artificial Intelligence system models the difficulty and challenges of command in the early 19th century battlefield.

. 3 different game editors (Map, Order of Battle and Doctrine) allow you to build your own battles or modify the included ones, create your own armies and customize specific characteristics and abilities of any unit or commander.

. Create maps in size from 6 x 4.5 Km to 30 x 22.5 Km (over 660 square kilometers)

. Ability to create and design your own custom uniforms.

. Variety of camera views supported including exciting 3D Real World and Bird's Eye views plus a 3D Symbolic map and 2D Strategic Overview mode.

. Realistic combat resolution and modeling which takes into account such factors as orientation and density of unit formations, their training, combat effectiveness, fatigue and moral.

. Advanced morale engine accounts for a variety of elements including proximity to friendly commanders and units, weather effects, level of sustained losses, overall fatigue and more.

For more information about the game, please visit:

http://www.battlefront.com/products/les_grog/overview.html

About Battlefront.com

Battlefront.com is an independent, internet-based publisher and developer of superior war and strategy games, and one of the world's largest and fastest growing war and strategy gaming fan communities. Battlefront's titles include the award-winning 3D tactical WWII combat simulation series Combat Mission (three successive Wargame of the Year Awards), the unique and innovative air combat *strategy* game Down in Flames, the grand strategy classic Strategic Command - European Theater, as well as the famous TacOps 4 modern combat simulation, a commercial version of the official tactical training tool used by the U.S. Army.

->Find out more at www.battlefront.com

About the HistWarT development team

JM Mathé: Married, 53 years old, 3 children. JMM worked for a long time on real time imagery systems and on Artificial Intelligence concepts (neural networks, genetic algorithms, fuzzy logic). This experience has been very useful to develop Napoleonic wargames for over 10 years. The feedback on JMM's first wargame "La Grande Armée at Austerlitz" helped to redefine and improve his developmental focus and has also allowed the additions of essential tools to make "Les Grognards" a new classic including the Map, Order of Battle and Doctrine editors, full Multiplayer and Play by Email support.

L Abadie: , Married, 34 years old, 2 children. Graphics artist with a strong passion and knowledge of Napoleonic uniforms. Owns an impressive army of several thousand painted miniatures.

F Marrot: Married, 32 years old, 1 child. Acoustic Engineer, Sound Designer, Designer of an Experimental Acoustic System. Napoleonic Wargamer (Jour de Gloire)

P Mathé: 27 years old. Webmaster of the French HistWarT Web site.

->For more information about the HistWarT team, please visit: http://www.histwar.com

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If you would like more information about this game, exclusive materials or an interview with the developers, or for any other inquiries, please contact martin@battlefront.com.

NOTE: the screenshots and video will be available later today or tomorrow as compressed RAR files on our press ftp server

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