French win Waterloo
After some delay we have at last completed the Nearly Waterloo wargame, and it has been posted on the Nearly Napoleonic Battles blog
It made an interesting change to fight a one off wargame, rather than one of our usual 1813 campaign battles.
I gave the French an advantage of 16 infantry brigades against the British 12 brigades. This may have proved too big an advantage.
We followed the outline of the historical battle. It opened with a French corps attacking Hougoumont, La Haye Sainte and Papelotte. All three were forward of the British battle line, and difficult to support. The overwhelming French numbers allowed them to swamp the garrisons.
Hougoumont fell quite quickly, but surprisingly La Haye Sainte held out. This despite the French having more artillery in support than at Hougoumont. The garrison held because they rolled very good dice for morale as their casualties increased.
The French won, and that result was never really in doubt
We enjoyed the game and will certainly continue with this occasional series of one off games based on historical battles.
You can read the battle report here
I have also done a video slide show of this game so that there will be easy access to subsequent games in the series, rather than have to find them on the blog. You will find the slide show here