This game was put together and run by John Armatys as a test for his recently written Brown Bess rules. John also provided all the 15mm toys. Martin was the homme in the grand chapeau, while I played the portly Prussian. I have played Blucher in several games over the years and become rather adept at shouting 'attack' while pretending to fall off a horse.
The initial setup as seen from the Prussian lines. Ligny is in the centre of the table.
That's me on the hill next to one of John's many windmills.
The brave defenders of Ligny prepare to sell their lives dearly. As it turned out they were having a January sale...
Rather a lot of Frenchies close in on the Prussian right.
Ligny is on the left. There really were lots of Frenchies.
Prussian reserves are sent forward as Blucher calmly directs operations.
The defenders of Ligny are a bit outnumbered.
The French columns get stuck in. The pile of counters indicates that all is not going well for the garrison.
The Prussian left makes ready.
The Prussian right is heavily engaged by the garlic munching hordes.
Blucher prepares a second line of defence as the French overrun Ligny.
A long distance shot of the Frenchies on their hill south of Ligny.
One of my sneakier moves - a Prussian brigade recaptures the village on the right from under the noses of the French.
Blucher continues to oversee events.
The French advance continues - but their nice formations have broken up.
Another hour and Blucher would have been in the front line!
Endgame. The overall result was broadly historical, with bitter urban fighting and villages changing hands more than once. Overnight the Prussians would be able to disengage - just in case there's another battle in a couple of days!