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thistlebarrow226 Aug 2018 3:41 a.m. PST

The planning is complete and the wargames table is ready to start the game.

The aim is to play a wargame based on Waterloo on a 6x6 foot table using 28mm figures. All scenery and figures are from my collection using orders of battle from my 1813 campaign. No extra figures or scenery has been used in the game.

Napoleon has 160 figures and four guns, Wellington 128 figures and four guns.

Notes on the preparation, orders of battle and photos of the table and the initial deployment are on the blog here

PzGeneral26 Aug 2018 4:19 a.m. PST

Neat. I'm always looking for new ideas. Thanks grin

Ragbones Supporting Member of TMP26 Aug 2018 5:58 a.m. PST

That's a good idea. I'm looking forward to reading the after action report.

TMPWargamerabbit26 Aug 2018 10:06 a.m. PST

Interesting. Like our games you use 25/28mm miniature in smaller unit tabletop footprint size… 4-10 miniatures. Seems yours are brigades. Ours are battalions, cavalry regiments, or artillery batteries but the effect is the same. Scaled ground footprint on the tabletop battlefield. Also saves lots of miniature painting time…. 6-9 miniatures vs. 24-36 for a battalion. Will read your future reports for insight.

Jeffers28 Aug 2018 7:12 a.m. PST

Not the same without Buster getting in the way…

thistlebarrow230 Sep 2018 3:20 a.m. PST

The Waterloo wargame is now finished and has been posted on the Nearly Napoleonic Battles blog.

It made an interesting change to fight a one off wargame, rather than one of our usual 1813 campaign battles.

I gave the French an advantage of 16 infantry brigades against the British 12 brigades. This may have proved too big an advantage.

The French won, and that result was never really in doubt.

Hougoumont fell quite quickly, but surprisingly La Haye Sainte held out. This despite the French having more artillery in support than at Hougoumont. The garrison held because they rolled very good dice for morale as their casualties increased.

Enjoyed the game and will certainly continue with this series of one off games based on historical battles.

You can read the battle report here


I have also done a video slide show of this game so that there will be easy access to subsequent games in the series, rather than have to find them on the blog. There is a link on the blog to the Facebook slide show

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