Sunday, June 23, 2013


Day 2 - In 7 hours today with another short bar break we played 7 more moves in the game getting us to about 5:00PM in game time.  
The long struggle for Hougomont continued until turn 13 when the last of its  3 Built Up Areas fell to the French.  The allied troops massed north of the chateau did not launch any attacks to recover it.  The action west of Hougomont continued  in a desultory style but was certainly enlivened by a disordered British square managing to cause the rout of 2 French cavalry regiments.
Allied centre right before the French cavalry attacks west of La Haye Saint
Once Hougomont had fallen the French launched a series of cavalry attacks up the ridge between the chateau and La Haye Saint.  This forced the British infantry into square, routed a battalion and overran some artillery.  An attempt by the other half of Lobua’s corps to exploit the cavalry’s success was broken up by accurate British fire.

D'Erlon's attack was not making headway at the sunken road.  So the French commanders withdrew to the valley floor to reorganise, mass their artillery and await the arrival of reinforcements from Lobau’s corps before once again risking an attack on the ridge.

On the allied left a continuing series of cavalry melees ended with some victories for the French but they too withdrew to support the planned attack on the ridge.
Casualties of war - no Larey ambulance for these British heroes
The middle guard and the old guard finally took position near La Belle Alliance whilst I threw the Young Guard into Plancenoit just as the first brigades of Prussians arrived on the eastern edge of the table.  The Guard Light cavalry charged and drove the vanguard Prussian cavalry brigade of the field.  Given that the Prussians had arrived before the planned second  attack on the ridge could be launched by D’Erlon it was clear that the French could not win and the game ended at this point.  The game was declared to be a marginal allied victory as the French had taken Hougomont and still had effective troops in the field.

The allied figures all came from the collection of Iain Gale whilst the French came from the collections of Iain, myself, Angus Konstam and Dougie Trail.

A truly great game and a very enjoyable game....Iain plans to replay the game later in the summer.
End position - view from Belle Alliance
End position - Hougomont in French hands - hang out the tricolours


  1. As a Francophile I would have to make it a slight tactical victory for the French "especially' since historically the French never even came close to taking ovr Hougomont . Viva La France - WHere is Davout when you need him!

  2. Very impressive. Great to see BP working in a large scale game.

  3. Amazing is what comes to mind!!


  4. Simply magnificient! Thanks your various posts about this fabulous game Bill.

    I have linked to it on the Wargaming Waterloo 2015 blog ( which has links to games of battles of the Napoleonic bicentennial years played by wargamers and groups from around the world.