Yesterday we had another battle in the Hinton Hut. Matt G (Waterloo to Mons) flew in from darkest Essex, Nigel made an early morning drive up from Cumbria and Tony (Prometheus in Aspic) sortied across the Forth having collected Matt en route from Edinburgh – an excellent bit of logistics from all concerned.
This was the biggest game I have yet staged in the Hut having reconfigured my table to 8’ x 4’ specially for the occasion and laid out approximately 1,000 figures. Each general took control of half their respective army. Tony (Napoleon) had the French right, Nigel (Mack) the Franco-Austrians on his left. Matt (Wellington) took the right side of the Allied army whilst I (Blucher) had the left.
|The initial setup of the armies - Allies on the left, Franco-Austrians on the right. The 8' x 4' table is running longways in the cabin and there was still a surprising amount of space for the four players.|
|This is the map I used for the initial deployments, the resolution of this image isn't great but you can get the gist from it.|
I pre-deployed all the troops before the game but each player was allowed to make three changes to their dispositions in advance as below:
|Allied left (Prussians). As you can see I chose to push forward a couple on infantry units towards the VP objective on the hill.|
|French right. Tony has advanced his skirmishers towards the hill.|
|Allied right (Wellington). Matt made the smart decision to advance two of his units towards the church VP location.|
|French left (Franco-Austrians). Nigel has advanced infantry and a gun towards the VP location to his front.|
It was only when we started to play that I discovered my admin error having made a copy and paste mistake that resulted in Nigel’s Toskana Dragoons being given an A+ rating (rather then the intended B rating). This was to have dire consequences for Wellington but more on that in the next post.