The French had had some successes but we had the prospect of increasing pressure from the Prussian players and the certainty of an allied counter attack as more and more troops were being sucked into the Hougemont debacle.
During the Ball I had met a fellow wargamer from New Zealand, [Rob Bruce] who had made the journey to simply watch the game as he couldnt get a place. We had discussed the days battle and what we should do differently.We also had an interesting talk about wargaming in both countries, the differences and the similarities. These events are a great way to meet wargamers from across the world.
Anyway the next morning the organisers agreed with me and allowed Rob to take over a command, and he was given a small part of the Old Garde as we were short of a player.
The Garde commanders then had a scrum down and I was delegated to speak to the commanders around Hougemont in order to get them to release some of the 36+ battalions clustered against the walls of that damned fortress.
I wont go into details but the three brigadiers had come up with a 'cunning plan' and after a heart to heart they decided to carry it through.
The 'cunning plan'
On the French right which had done so well they were asked to peel off some of their reserve troops to face the threat of a Prussian attack to their rear. Meanwhile the remainder of the Young Garde, Middle Garde and VI corps were to go on the offensive and embroil those damn Prussians.
Around Placenoit things were taking a huge turn for the worse as Jerome's command was rapidly disappearing and large gaps were appearing either side of the buildings as the remaining French infantry were dragged into the battle.
So how did my Tirailleurs actually do. Well in order to make units last the organisers had split each historical unit into three. So the four regiments of my Young Garde equated to 12 battalions of 24 figures. I added an extra company of skirmishers to bring each unit up to 30 figures. So in Black Powder one regiment was now three separate units and in order to become shaken two out of three needed to reach that status. I had one such regiment who had been used to screen La Haye Sainte which contained three units of rifle bearing Kings German Legion. These were very effective until I had the reserve artillery man handle up to close range and literally canister them into submission. As for the remainder of my units they caught the Iniskillings in square and simply rolled over them before being halted by the thick red line of Clinton's command. I was so close to reaching Mont Saint Jean but it was increasingly obvious that the allies were rolling up the French left flank and the game was up.
This was how wargaming should be and was a wonderful example of what can be done with the correct amount of enthusiasts and a lot of organisation. So thank you again Tony Pollard and all your team.
And finally some 'clear' images to admire.
That's me [raised hand ] still demanding a re fight