|Refurbished Airfix Hussars. French heads on British bodies.|
The game was run over two days, as it would allow for a late start on Saturday, and a leisurely conclusion on the Sunday. On the first day I acted as umpire, and on the second I took over the Anglo-Dutch forces.
The scenario in the second edition rule book presents a rather different order of battle for the two opposing sides compared to that in the Napoleon Returns campaign book. The main differences between the two are a reduction in the number of artillery stands, and an increase in skirmisher stands. The next time I play this battle, I intend to use the order of battle from the campaign book.
|A French division on the advance. The black squares representing two of the many skirmisher stands I have yet to complete.|
|The green dice represent a visual reminder of each stands dedicated gun. This, to my mind, is not the most optimal method - but I have a plan...|
|Confused by who is who? Well, the French are the ones advancing....|
|Guns and heavy cavalry - rather useful stuff.|
|From holding on....|
|....To opps! the French are through the gap in the middle....|
If this game had been linked into a wider campaign, then the very heavy losses that I suffered would have resulted in a number of absences from the fields of Waterloo! In terms of casualties in this game versus the real battle, let's just say that the French losses were less, but the allies much higher....
|I rather liked how these figures turned out. Click here to see their original state.|
The game was, as like the other two recent V&B games quite fun, and has certainly spurred me into painting more - even if I am making less blog posts!