Sunday 10 July 2022
A Portable Waterloo Wargame?
“I can't believe my ears. You all stand before me, waving a piece of paper, crying 'abdicate, abdicate!' I WILL NOT! I WILL NOT, NOT, NOT!” (A similar scene played out at Number 10 Downing Street earlier in the week methinks….)
A thought occurred to me after the blog post before last concerning the Battle of Waterloo. Some years ago I owned a copy of the third edition of Columbia Games Napoleon - a block based game covering the Waterloo campaign. The game was organised at division level meaning that there was a block per divisional level formation or for smaller formations combined for ease of play. It was huge fun and when a battle arose from the map movement the blocks involved were transferred to a battle board to resolve combat. Anyway, to cut a long story short, I drew up a roster based on the order of battle contained in the game with a view to gaming the campaign at some point, probably using my block armies. My thinking was to use a block per strength point so in effect a typical infantry division would have 3 or 4 blocks. It was all good fun planning this but for one reason or another it never got off the ground.
A quick glance at the order of battle and immediately the Portable Napoleonic Wargame suddenly looms large!
Sadly the electronic version of the file has long gone so the sole printed copy I have is all that remains but I figured that posting the pictures of the same would at least make it available to anyone that would be interested. I may yet get around to using these as intended - I had this fanciful notion of drawing up a 6ft by 4ft map of the campaign area and taking it from there. Something for my retirement I think!
French Armee Du Nord Central Reserve
French Armee Du Nord Left and Right Wing
Anglo-Dutch Army of the Low Countries
Prussian Armee Des Niederrheins
I may get around to this rather ambitious undertaking at some point but there are no immediate plans to do so. There is something about moving units around on a map that taps in to the inner commander in us all in a way that figures or models never can - at least that is what I believe and it was part of the rationale behind my block armies.
One day perhaps.