With the 200th anniversary coming up next year, there will be a flurry of games by individuals, bloggers and clubs. It should be interesting to tally the results and see if Napoleon indeed had a chance. I don't think the manner of the rules will have much bearing. I would hope that most will start with the historical set up and play out the game from the actual deployments; but as I plan to do, will also try the 'the French can do whatever they want' game. Both added together should give a good idea whether Welly was good, lucky, really needed the Prussians, or Napoleon played it all wrong.
For the 8 x 5 foot table space available at the conventions I will only use simple green mats. The buildings are paper models and the rye fields are cut up straw feet mats and are just to fill in some empty space. A modelled ridge line is not used as it was certainly not considerable and did not impede or slow movement and does not form any defensive importance but rather only as a slight rise for line of sight. Thus the road forms that feature.
I took a few overhead shots to help with future set-ups
|Reilly's Corps facing Hougomont, with Kellerman's heavy cavalry to their rear. Barely visible within Hougomont's woods, are the Nassau defenders|
|The centre of the French deployment showing Lobau/Mouton's Corps across the road from LaBelleAlliance, and the Guard infantry and cavalry to their rear, along the road to Brussels.|
|The Allied right, again from the French point of view. Hougomont on the left and LHS on the right, does not allow much room for attack. Historically the French cavalry attacked through this area.|
Now looking south from the ridge:
|From above the Allied right flank showing the brigades deployed behind Hougomont|
....Right, enough of that. Where are my primered Russians.....