|This is the view from behind the French left-centre at the start|
of play. The stream is fordable along its entire length. Quatre
Bras is represented by the building in the distance and was
worth one victory banner to the French.
|This is the French right flank. The troops on the opposite base|
line are Picton's British regulars whilst those further forward
are a mixture of Dutch, Belgian and Brunswick allies.
|And this is the view from behind the allied right showing the|
Bossu Wood on the extreme flank.
|Tony opened proceedings with a spirited attack on Bossu Wood|
and quickly removed my Dutch artillery battery from play.
However, thereafter it proved much more difficult to dislodge
my infantry who hung on in possession all day.
|The French are starting to think they may have to bi-pass the|
woods and attack in the centre. Tony had a grand battery on
the central ridge that was soon pounding away at my infantry.
|This is the view along the entire allied line from the Bossu |
Wood. The very large British unit in the trees is one of my
Guard ones, these are like the Napoleonic version of Tiger
Tanks and proved very effective.
|Here you can see that the French have started to advance|
across the stream. I've pulled my own front line back to the
shelter of the reverse slope of the ridge to avoid the galling
|Of course I had to move the men back on to the ridge as the|
French columns approached. There were unit losses to both
sides and it looked to me like Tony was getting the upper hand.
|The Black Duke steadies the Owls supported by one of Goya's|
excellent Hinton Hunt Hanoverian units (not strictly right for
the OOB but they were standing in for |Dutch).
|These Dutch cavalry are also from Goya's collection - all|
|A 'classic' wargame shot as the two sides grapple for control|
of the ridge (in the background you can see that Goya's
servants are getting ready to lay the table for dinner as
soon as we finish playing).
This was yet another game with a lot of ebb and flow that went right down to the wire. My thanks to Goya for hosting, umpiring and providing a very nice lunch, and to Tony for a most enjoyable game.