Dave – D’Erlon and Milhaud
James – Guard (Druout) and Lobau
Bob – Reille and Kellerman
Stephen – Clinton and Prince of Orange
Ron – Uxbridge and Perponcher
Rod – Picton and Brunswick
Seth and I were the "umpires" and helpers.
As I was still quite flustered from the drive down, the set up and various missed items and having to get all the guys up to speed on the new variations of the rules, along with all the early adjudication of play, I must admit I did not actually follow the narrative flow of the battle itself very well.
|Here, Doug, I think you need something stronger than a soda....|
|The road represents the crest line and the defending Allies on the left have crossed one to assault the advancing French.|
|The Allied heavy horse following up on the charging Highlanders. [ the green dowel is our measuring stick as I prefer these to the eye sore and dangerous tape measures ]|
|The western part of the battlefield from the French perspective with Hougomont in the centre and Braine L'Alleud upper left.|
|The French Imperial Guard Infantry with the Young Guard in the fore.|
|D'Erlon's infantry supported by the Guard Horse Grenadier a Cheval and Red Lancers both in campaign dress representing the heavy and light horse contingents of the guard in the 100 Days Campaign.|
Together with the ill fortune of the Allied right flank, Wellington was losing his command quickly and near the end, it was thought the French would swing right to meet the Prussian onslaught in due time.
This was indeed my fifth play of Waterloo and I think the best part of the experience is the discovering the difficulties the French historically faced based on their deployment. The small battlefield area and restrictions - the 'corridors' created by the farmhouses and the long ridge line - and the need for rapid attacks so no slow build up or wide maneuver well knowing the Prussians will eventually arrive making any hope of victory unattainable. These tabletop reenactments make these points understandable now for us armchair generals.
So, with that in mind, and time left in the convention session, that while the French won this affair as the Allies did not, as Wellington had, glued themselves to the ridge, we reset the deployments for the "how-Napoleon-could-have-done-it" game as we shall see in the next blog post.