I was also able to get Paul Stevenson along at the same time, I suppose it was the nearest thing to North East war gaming glitterati one could get. So with John there as well, you are talking of a right group of veteran wargamers. I wont steal Paul's fire as I know he is writing an article for the Minature Wargames magazine, by describing the battle.
But it was Charlie's first try of Blackpowder, which proved interesting, and the end result was even more interesting. Instead, I will just publish some of the photographs, with a few dodgy comments.
Just for the record, John and Paul were in charge of a Hanoverian, Hessian command, while Charlie and I were in charge of the French.
John looking askance as his entire command failed subsequent command rolls.
A view from the French side, notice the well ordered ranks.
A view from the Hessian side, as one can see, the Hessians had taken a bit of a thumping.
Charlie, advances the French Gendarmerie and dragoons.
Paul, taking photographs for his article.
Not one of my better ideas, sending unsupported hussars up a road in the face of Hanoverian grenadiers.
Paul opted for a sledgehammer type of move, with little room for maneuver, no doubt he will write something different in his account.
My heavy cavalry command, the photograph actually is deceptive, I never charged the infantry.
Arqubusiers de Grassin, attempting to help my attack, by taking the village.
Charlie, pondering whether it was a good idea to come. At the edge of the table are the French reserve, looking resplendent.
John did actually get his commands to move, and get amongst it.
A view from the Royal Italians.
Never wargame against an ex Royal Artillaryman.
A staged photograph of Charlie's successful cavalry command.
A regular sight for my command, retiring from the table in disorder.
I must admit this was a really enjoyable game. Fighting with wargamers who really know their stuff.
It was a pleasure to chat with Charlie about wargaming, especially when we got him to talk about his first meeting with Donald Featherstone and Charles Grant. The stuff of legends.
Charlie has very kindly agreed to do a sort of interview with Paul and me about his story and also his views on wargaming.