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Sir Able Brush01 Sep 2019 12:06 p.m. PST

the light on this is just right


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ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Sep 2019 2:54 a.m. PST

Very cool. The squares are wonderful, but sadly the cavalry is just scattered all around with no formation at all, like in a Hollywood movie.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP02 Sep 2019 3:38 a.m. PST

They are very brave cavalry to be attacking so close to squares, as individuals indeed.

Wonderful modelling of the squares and terrain and I do agree about the photography and lighting.

But imagine if truly at eye level…..

ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP03 Sep 2019 3:23 a.m. PST

Also, the squares aren't properly positioned. If you rotate them 45 degrees and space them properly then all four faces can shoot without hitting any nearby squares. Some of the ones in the photos would definitely be hitting each other. I don't know exactly how the squares at Waterloo were really arranged, but by the book tactics called for forming the squares 'obliquely'.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP03 Sep 2019 6:02 a.m. PST

I had the impression that;

Squares were strictly rectangles with more companies front and rear than sides, to give frontally attacking cavalry a warm welcome.

But also in a chequerboard pattern, for the reason given by ScottWashburn. These seem to be so, although I accept some do risk Blue on blue!

Not sure rotating 45 degrees would help though. What is essentially a diamond formation facing cavalry, requires some guts from the poor devils, at what is the most advanced corner!

I think the problem here is simply they are (inevitably with limited space) a bit too close together. Interesting point though.

Personal logo Mserafin Supporting Member of TMP04 Sep 2019 8:09 a.m. PST

I'm afraid I mis-interpreted the meaning of the title. I thought "well-lit" referred to the state of a group of players gaming Waterloo after imbibing a bit too much port or brandy.

Which is a fun way of re-creating the "fog of war."

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP04 Sep 2019 8:32 a.m. PST

Love it.

I honestly thought "well lit" was a term that would never have crossed the Atlantic.

There is a PhD dissertation somewhere for the role of alcohol in the Napoleonic Wars (actually, do I recall reading something here quite recently?). Whether the alleged drunkenness of the Netherlanders according to Mercer, or the retreat to Corunna, much mention of strong liquor. (Probably often safer than the local water though)

Personal logo Mserafin Supporting Member of TMP05 Sep 2019 12:34 p.m. PST

Deadhead -

My mum was from Luton and a WREN. She brought a lot of things across the Atlantic with her.


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