Monday 14 September 2015

Waterloo 200 game - part 2

Now for some rather disturbing photos of grown men playing with toys.  Above are the Allied commanders - Messers Kinch, Carrick and Cordery - reacting to my suggestion that they might like to have a plan.
Meanwhile at Wavre 'Blucher' Morton was in full control of the situation.
French light cavalry scouting towards Mont St. Jean.

La Haye Sainte with the other La Haye in the background
The French rush up a horse battery.  Clearly electric horses were all the rage in 1815.
The Emperor and his staff queueing for the bar at La Belle Alliance.  Rumours persist that Marshal Joffre (c1914) was sighted in the area looking very confused.
French cavalry on their right
This was the target used for infantry fire.  The number of matchsticks fired varied according to range and quality.  A hit on a figure caused two hits, on the template one hit.
Blucher takes aim
British cavalry moves up
La Haye Sainte was defended by 2nd Light Btl, King's German Legion....

...which also garrisoned the sand quarry.  A triumph of modelling, this featured genuine sand.
The ridge at Mont St. Jean.  Any resemblance to a green tarpaulin over a couple of old cushions is entirely coincidental.


Jim Duncan Wargamer said...

Fantastic stuff Tim et al, cheered me up no end.

Tim Gow said...

Jim Duncan
We aim to please!

Springinsfeld said...

What fun....the target box is a particularly cunning device.

Tim Gow said...

Like I said to Jim, we aim to please. Sorry, couldn't resist.

Ross Mac said...

Fresh air, fellowship, exercise and toys. Marvelous

I'd stand up to applaud but for fear of the pellets and puns flying about.

Peter Douglas said...

It's official - you do sillier things than I do! Blucher's jacket, tie and Panama hat were nice touches. Where was the event held, it looks fairly public. Did you attract any attention from the public, press or local loony bins?

Mad Padre said...

A very high sartorial standard on display amongst the players. Bravo. And I see Kinch in the first photo - doing his Nosferatu impression?
Who wouldn't have had fun at this amazing event? Bravo.

Tim Gow said...

Ross Mac
Quite right. Although the exercise nearly did for some of us!

Tim Gow said...

Peter Douglas
Gentlemen should always dress properly for dinner and war. The location was pleasantly secluded and private. And I think we were the local loonies...

Tim Gow said...

Michael Peterson
Even I was clad in striped blazer and straw boater - somehow it adds to the feel of the thing.

maximex said...

What a great idea.
A fine battle of arrangement
And how is whether the trouser knees green