Ok here it is, the first Waterloo 200th refight report! Fought over two days, appropriately enough in the city of Wellington at the Wellesley Boutique Hotel, here in New Zealand. Blackpowder was the ruleset used.
Here's a picture of the main table, looking from Hougoumont towards La Haye Sainte. In the top right the Placenoit table can be seen.
And looking from the other end of the La Haye Sainte table.
Here's how the tables were organised for the refight:
The Allied centre.
Towards the Allied right flank and Hougoumont.
A photo of everything in action!
The Wellesley hotel was suitably decorated throughout, and a fine establishment for such an illustrious event!
A very well organised event by Paul Goldstone and crew, with little information cards and characterful rules for many of the commanders, in addition to lovely terrain. Here's mine!
And so the battle is joined! The French players before the battle were instructed by Steve Sands (Napoleon) that we were to try something a bit different, with strong attacks on both flanks rather than driving up the centre. Here's the French left flank attacking around the left of Hougoumont.
On the Placenoit table, Lobau's Corp, cavalry and the Young Guard, are ordered to march and attack the Allied right.
However, the Prussians are already starting to arrive at the far end of the Placenoit table.
To the right of La Haye Sainte the French start to push forward.
The French reinforce their far left flank...
By taking reinforcements from the centre between Hougoumont and La Haye Sainte.
The French grind away at La Haye Sainte, eventually capturing it. At one point it is set alight by British rockets, which also accidentally shell their own troops!
A view down the battlefield at the end of the first turn.
On the French left the first French infantry reach the Allied line.
The Allies advance between Hougoumont and La Haye Sainte given the French are now weak here.
But French cavalry reserves are sent to the rescue.
On the Placenoit table the French continue to advance.
And Guard Lancers run down the first Prussian cavalry which is caught in march column.
Looking from the Prussian end of the Placenoit table.
The French right flank on the La Haye Sainte table, where the French are forced back from their initial attack, and are close to breaking here already.
Another look down the table as the game progresses.
The French Middle Guard come on towards La Haye Sainte.
On the Placenoit table, the French move to delay the advancing Prussians which are growing more numerous every turn.
From the Prussian end of the Placenoit table.
The French left flank, to the left of Hougoumont.
Just to the right of Hougoumont, both sides are fighting furiously.
The Old Guard is committed to the right of La Haye Sainte!
Prussians arrive on the La Haye Sainte table, moving on the road from Wavre behind the Allied left.
On the Placenoit table a French Cavalry charge is beaten back.
The Young Guard also charge against the Prussians and are eventually pushed back and broken.
One of Lobau's French Brigades moves from the Placenoit table to reinforce the French right on the La Haye Sainte table.
The Old Guard reach the Allied lines in the centre and start breaking Allied units!
Here's an overview of the table setup while most people are away for lunch on the second day.
Prussians join the attack on the La Haye Sainte main table.
The Old Guard continue to be successful, with cavalry assisting.
Between Hougoumont and La Haye Sainte, well, it looks like a big confused mess.
And to the left of Hougoumont.
The Guard heavy cavalry is committed just to the left of La Haye Sainte.
The French right is falling back under pressure.
Another look down the table from Hougoumont.
The Prussians are now advancing in strength on the French right on the La Haye Sainte table.
Outnumbered 2-1 and with the situation getting worse, the French are falling back before the Prussians on the Placenoit table.
The Old Guard has carrried the centre, which had been stripped of troops to help defend the Allied flanks.
And with time up on the second day, the French have failed to achieve their objective of breaking the Allied army by breaking 15 Allied brigades in time, and thus history is sadly repeated! Casualties are heavy though with 13 brigades broken on each side!
All up a great couple of days gaming, done in appropriate style. Thanks to all the participants and especially to Paul and the other organisers!