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paul in rhb14 May 2018 3:43 a.m. PST


New players welcome – using Shako rules!

Everyone is invited to visit the Battle of Waterloo in miniature on Saturday 19 May and Sunday 20 May, between 9am and 5pm at St Olaves Church Hall in Marygate Lane, York. Entry is free but the event is being held to raise funds to pay for children in Malawi to attend secondary school.
The Battle of Waterloo is being recreated using over 5000 15mm high painted figures which represent accurately every regiment that appeared on the battlefield for Britain, France and Prussia.
The game is organised by Paul Dawson of York and Paul Johnston of Robin Hood's Bay. Five other volunteers will also be playing and visitors are welcome to come and watch and even join in by rolling some dice too!
The battlefield is a purpose built replica of the real thing and measures 12 feet long and is up to 12 feet wide.
Bright Future Foundation is a small organisation which funds children's education in Malawi and every pound raised goes directly to pay for education. (no admin fees are taken) It costs just a pound a week to pay for a child to attend secondary school in Malawi but even this is beyond many families. The event hopes to raise £100.00 GBP and pay for the education of 2 children over the coming year.
The two Pauls were inspired to recreate the battle after visiting Belgium for the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo in 2015, where 6000 re-enactors took part in a spectacular display.
Paul Dawson says: The game has taken almost three years to plan and is just for fun. But on the serious side, we know we can also make a big difference to a couple of children in Malawi with potentially positive life changing consequences for them."

For more information contact Paul Johnston on 07974 686 556 or

martin goddard Sponsoring Member of TMP14 May 2018 4:00 a.m. PST

That is really good thing you are doing. thanks. Pictures tp be posted????

paul in rhb14 May 2018 4:31 a.m. PST

yes we put pics up if i can work out how to do it

Green Tiger14 May 2018 6:59 a.m. PST

Might pop over if I'm free…

Bowman14 May 2018 8:41 a.m. PST

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Robin Hood's Bay? That's a place? So I had to Google that. What a beautiful looking spot. And smack in a National Park too.

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paul in rhb14 May 2018 12:39 p.m. PST

all welcome… yes RHB is a place.. thanks i can even do smugglers tours, walks and beer tastings for a fee. Robin Hood retired here in 1201

marshalGreg14 May 2018 2:14 p.m. PST

Looking forward to the results/ AAR.
Shako is the only rules, to date, I personally have not seen tried on this battle and curious to know how it plays out.

Been part of Borodino with Shako, but not Waterloo.


Vigilant15 May 2018 4:41 a.m. PST

Beware the seagulls in Robin Hood's Bay, they are expert dive bombers.

paul in rhb16 May 2018 1:23 a.m. PST

Thanks.. we use an hourly bound system based on Empire Rules… we have a grand tactical movement phase at the start of each hour. Then a bombardment phase and then go to the normal Shako rules and do 4 shako 'bounds'.

At the end of the hour orders can be changed and we start on the next hour.

This really speeds up play as divisions can move across the board rapidly and also forces players to only change divisonal and corp orders once every 4 Shako turns.

I can send you our in house rules if interested.

As a guide look at D'erlons attack at Waterloo… it lasted about 45 mins from start to finish including the manouvering. At 6 inches a move for shako the attack would take ages… we move 40inches into engagement range (7inches in 15mm ) and then do the 4 tactical bounds…

yes seagulls are fun !!

Oh and if you join The Napoleonic Wargamer page on Facebook we will be putting live feeds and lots of photos up as things happen this weekend.

paul in rhb20 May 2018 2:13 p.m. PST

Great weekend.. £200.00 GBP raised to educate 4 kids in malawi for a year. 22 hours gaming saw a french victory. Lots of talking points including my favourite as I threw four sixs in a row with the Hanoverian Landwhre to throw back the French middle guard . Lots of pics on the Napoleonic Wargamer facebook page. More later in the week/

paul in rhb21 May 2018 10:58 a.m. PST

Just another quick comment. We used Shako rules with a grand tactical phase. 4 shako bounds in a 'battle hour' then a grand tactical phase which teleported divisions into contact ala Empire rules.. it worked really well and sped the game up brilliantly

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