Monday, 15 June 2015

Waterloo - " Fine sight for your first battle"

 The field is empty now...the men gone and the place is quiet...

...smoke still drifts over Plancenoit...
 ...discarded orders...
 ...orbats...
...and the detritus of war-gaming litter the scene


 The queues at the aid stations are long and filled with those who have lost arms...

 ...and arms...

 and the more serious cases...

Yet, only a matter of hours ago, the place rang to drum and fife, marching boots and hoof beats. Orders barked and the bands played 'Waterloo' by Abba...kidding! They'd have lynched me! The chaps brought enough military music to keep it going all day. The guy's sweated to get everything on the ground and the rest ready to enter the fray upon the word of command...


 D'Erlon marched passed Boney straight onto the field...
 His Grace, the Duke of Wellington, watches this fine display of psychological warfare
 His own army is well under cover...
 Reille's Corps hovers over Hougoumont Chateau on the French left flank
 Bachelu set as reserve...
 Domon and Subervie's cavalry cover the flank of 19 and 20 Division of Lobau's VI Corps
 Bulow's Corps appearing on the hills after the Prussians got under way in the wee small hours
 ...shades of things to come...
 ...many...
 ....many...
many, more things to come.

Next; "Now I'll test the nerve of this aristocrat!"

20 comments:

  1. Like the British- I think I saw Airfix, Les Higgins, Minifigs and Revell!

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  2. And the rest...Hat, old Esci, Italeri and Hinton Hunt. There are quite s few Zvezda, Strelets and even a few 'A Call to Arms'.

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  3. Impressive, very impressive pictures!

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    1. Thanks, Phil. There was a few gasps and the odd expletive uttered as some came into the room.

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  4. I love the dry-erase board. Outstanding post. On the edge of my seat for the next ones.

    By the way, you've earned a month or two of no blogging vacation for this!!!



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    1. Thanks, Steven. It has certainly been an experience. Those boards are really handy. Colin got them at a clear out somewhere and we wonder how we ever got by without them now.

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  5. Wow that is really ace SRD! I love the shot of the Prussians with Plancenoit in the distance!

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    1. Hi Paul. We had 1700+ Prussians on the day. Tony, a chap from Glasgow said vaguely that he might pitch up...low and behold, he did and he brought another 500+ Prussians with him! It was nice to know if it all went belly up at Plancenoit we could have thrown him into the scrap!

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  6. Excellent, a truly splendid array!

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  7. Wonderful preliminary report Simon. More, please, more...

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  8. Nice to see so many 20mm Naps on a table

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    1. Thanks, Will. It was a wonderful nerds day out too.

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  9. Brilliant! Looking forward to more.

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    1. It should fit in to two more posts...after all, it was all over in a day! Cheers.

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  10. Wonderful impressions of the battlefield and the armies. Excellent work!

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    1. An impression is what we hoped for, Stefan. Such a momentous day and full of incident can only ever be alluded to.

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  11. Just love the masses of plastic. Especially seeing the good old Airfix boys getting a run. Reminds me so much of the sort of wargaming that first hooked me in.

    Cheers, Dave

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  12. Thanks, Dave. I was determined not to lose the hook. I play the games the way I always wanted to as a kid but was hamstrung by lack of cash and space. Vive l'Airfix!

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