But we are also doing the whole battle in some style too. I refer you back to my original post in 2013 as this is an emotional wargame for me, marking 50 years since I first started wargaming "properly". This is the brainchild of Paul D who has been giving us grand scale Napoleonic battles in 28mm for many years but we've never yet fought Waterloo. He is providing the entire armies - nearly 2000 figures at one figure represents approximately 100 men. I took on to do all the terrain, and the ground scale is about 1 inch = 60 metres.
You may have seen me preparing the basic table for the 1:3 game back in February and all the photos of that in recent posts. Well the week after that I started a solid timber battening and side wall construction and took the next two months rendering a kind of "installation art" version of the Waterloo terrain covering a scale 5 mile width. Here is the map with the simplified contours necessary at this scale.
Now some views of the overall finished terrain but without the add on piece which will go where my painting table is.
|From the East|
|From the South|
|From the North-east|
Here is a quick tour of the main features. Most buildings are conversions of the 15mm card Waterloo series sold by Miniature Wargames magazine a few years ago. We agreed that the "footprint" of the key defensive positions and villages needed to be right at the cost of the buildings not being accurate, but passably representative. There are some figures on the table just to give an idea - the 28mm is just about acceptable with these buildings.
|A Division's worth of British infantry line the crest of Mont St Jean|
|La Haye Sainte and the Elm tree crossroads|
|La Belle Alliance looking North|
|Hougoumont with Merbe Braine and Mt St Jean farm in the distance|
|Frischermont and Smohain|
|Papelotte and La Haie - combined for our purpose into one resin farm model|
|Plancenoit village from the South. The church is 25mm by Hovels and|
beautifully painted by Kevin. Like the real thing it is on its own "hillock" and
dominates the village centre.
|Two views of the Lasne Brook. This one looking East from Plancenoit, |
and below looking West. Rather pleased with the wet look.
|Smohain seen from Smohain Brook. Pity to spoil the rural idyll with muddy|
And now the scene is set, so Paul came round and deployed the forces ready for next weekend. We are starting off this game in approximate historical positions around 1130 am. Most of the Allied army is still out of sight so shown by unit cards. The French forces visible at present are I Corps - D'Erlon and II Corps - Reille, all the rest are still unsighted. There will be two umpires and 3-4 players per side playing for two complete days to give us time to get the best out of Paul's rules and hopefully a definite result.