Where we got to, with the French in advanced positions, gave us the opportunity to turn the terrain through 90 degrees and recreate it with a more historically realistic ground scale - about 200 metres to 12 inches on the table. That will stretch the Allied lines somewhat and should give us a very exciting game since we have close fighting from the off - about 10 am on Saturday. We pick up the action about 5.45 pm on 16th June 1815 and hope to get enough 15 minute moves done in our two days to get to "nightfall".....we shall see.
But on to some random photos of the installation art...........
|View from the North-west|
|Above and below: bridges across the Gemioncourt stream|
|The paved chausee towards Quatre Bras from Gemioncourt farm|
and past La Bergerie
|Above and below: two views of the Materne lake and the difficult hedges along |
|By the end of our QB1 the French had managed to make three significant gaps in|
the hedges along the stream
|Above and below: The road through Bossu Wood. |
These trees will be much disrupted by the warring battalions (sob!)
|Reverse view South down the chausee towards Gemioncourt|
|The road to Namur from QB crossroads crosses two streams and a deep cutting|
which historically gave some cover from French cannon fire
|Above and below: Again using the metal oven tray and magnetic tape|
unit markers for all the off-table but on-map movement and reserves.
Kevin has made some superb time line and victory point charts.
More of all this in the game reports
|Just a few of my units on the table so far, most will arrive tomorrow|
So these poor photos are the best I can do today, but Kevin is bringing most of the figures on Friday for us to get everything ready, and I hope I will have time to give you a "full dress" preview in 24 hours, not just the scenery.