This morning I received a note from my brother - he has no interest in wargaming but is aware of my passion. In this email he sent me the following letter that appears to have been circulated across the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards - Powerful stuff
In homage to the brave souls who fought at Waterloo the Shed saw a full house of seven players to play a 10mm Napoleonic Battle (using Black Powder rules).
The scenario loosely based on the engagement of Quatre Bras saw several Brigades of British Infantry and Cavalry defend a crossroad from a numerically superior French force.
The following pictures illustrate the scenes as they unfold.
A further write up of the game can be found here
and another here
On with my own....
I decided the game would start with the players who arrived first - in this case British left flank and French right flank. The objective to hold the crossroads by the end of the evening.
I was playing in this game and so the write up is going to be quite slim. I was so engrossed at my end commanding the left French flank I hardly saw what was happening at the other end of the table.
The British centre soon took control of the crossroads - with the Highlanders commanding the farmhouse
British Light cavalry stream towards the action..
The British heavy Horse advance on the left centre
With two regiments of Imperial Guard advancing in column towards the centre
Lines of troops across the field jockey for position
French assault troops gather to advance in the centre - supported by the heavy cavalry.
Below: the Left flank of the French push forward to confront the newly arrived British right flank
Birds eye view of the action...
On the left the French cavalry force the British to advance into the woods and take the protection afforded by the square formation
More French arrive on the South western road
The centre advances
Onward the British Heavy cavalry
The British right flank protected by Men in Skirts and Green jackets
The Battle starts - fierce exchanges of fire around the farmhouse
Casualties begin to pile up...red counters
In the centre the French lines are forced into squares by advancing British cavalry
Unleash the Curassiers !!
Its starting to get frantic in the centre but those red coats wont move.
The British hold on valiantly
The French form line and pour fire into the squares...many red coats are driven from the field
The assault on the centre has just bogged down and the clock is ticking
Evening falls (OK we ran out of time) - The British held on...
Great fun was had by all.
Until next time