The project team members are getting familiar with the Rank and File rules and we have applied various unit characteristics and unit sizes, and now need to test what can be achieved in a two day game only a bit smaller than we intend the real refight to be. So Kevin has come up with a great scenario and extensive orders of battle to give us the following:
- Specially made up terrain 10 feet x 6 feet, made by me
- 8 wargamers, 2 - 3 aside and flexible umpiring
- 2,400 figures scheduled to put in a phased appearance over two days of play from the collections of four of us
- Multiple sizes of units to see how they fare, and including new rules for recovery and reforming to allow for several hours of historical battle and renewed attacks.
- Trying to balance size of army against extremes of quality, such as Dutch militia and French Imperial Guard lancers.
- Victory points for table objectives, both geographic features and occupation of terrain
Kevin said he wanted some "head high" crops that could give some measure of concealment. We will be using markers for hidden units but this shag pile rug lightly PVA'd and painted is still flexible enough to allow even plastic Perry figures to be partially "buried" in it. Here are a few examples using spare units of mine.
And a few more views round the battlefield, which in keeping with the Dutch-Belgian location, he is calling The Hoeke Valley, as a small river runs between two large ridges.
The team members have provided me with a selection of their latest offerings for the game, so here are the highlights for your delight.
Kevin offers leader vignettes and casualty marker figures
|Duke of Wellington|
|Earl of Uxbridge|
|2nd Lancers of the Imperial Guard|
James is currently providing units for the Brunswick corps
|Duke of Brunswick|
|Von Moll's battery|
|James tells me the lances and pennants still need working on.......|
And a little bit from me - I'm only providing about 250 figures out of the total, the latest of which are all plastics, but who is to notice when they are all milling together in the game!
Rogers' Royal Foot Artillery battery. Gunners are Victrix and limber and supply caissons renovated original 1970/80s Hinchliffe.
The French 1st Chasseurs a Cheval in their distinctive helmets. Don't look too closely as they are not accurate. I put my hand up to do this regiment as I could repaint 24 of my British Life Guards that had been done originally for La Haye Sainte in 2015. Those had been made by combining Perry plastic British hussars with French carabinier heads, so the horse furniture and equipment is British style, but....this regiment was a bit maverick anyway. Being the first and only Chasseur regiment to have been converted back to the Bourbon army in 1814 they hammered the royal motto on their new helmets to fit their renewed allegiance to Napoleon. OK from wargames distance in my opinion.
So, nearly all set, and hopefully I will find time to report on the Battle of Hoeke Valley itself next week.