However, as I was looking for a second game to play on "Partizan in the Cloud" day and Henry Hyde was doing his talk on staging Sittangbad and Mollwitz, my eye fell on his three scenarios, particularly the one set as a Napoleonic game. This scenario is a very stylized representation of situations in the centre of the Allied line at Waterloo, with British infantry defending a farmhouse and a ridge against French infantry and cavalry.
Nothing reminds me of "stylized Napoleonics" quite as much as Neil Thomas' Napoleonic Wargaming set, so I used that for this battle.
5 units of Trained Infantry (if desired
1 unit of Elite Infantry
1 unit of Elite Light Infantry with Rifles
2 units of Elite Heavy Cavalry
2 units of Foot Artillery
7 units of Trained Infantry (if desired, upto four of these units may be deployed as light infantry - optionally, each of these units may be replaced by two units of light infantry).
3 units of Trained Light Cavalry
3 units of Elite Heavy Cavalry
2 units of Horse Artillery
Rules modifications were fairly minor for this game:
Infantry in square can move at the same rate as troops in line
Each side has a general that can re-roll a failed morale check if present with the unit. If he rolls a '1' he becomes a casualty; if he is present when a unit routs in close combat, he is taken prisoner.
The nationality rules for artillery are ignored, since they are designed for an Army-level game, which abstracts total numbers and doctrine and so on. Since artillery units here are all just individual batteries, then they all hit on 4-6.
I use the roll for losses method from Simplicity in Practice (roll to lose a base: 1 hit = 5+, 2 hits = 4+, 3 hits = 3+, 4 hits = 2+). This reduces the book-keeping somewhat - and adds to the tension!
|The French are approaching from the South (bottom), with the British defending the farmhouse and the ridge, with an Elite battalion and two regiments of heavy cavalry in reserve.|
|The French Left Wing|
|And the French Right Wing|
|The British centre|
|Let battle commence!|
|French light cavalry starts taking casualties from artillery fire|
|A battery of French Horse Artillery moves into position|
|The main French attack in the centre (left); the right-hand battalion is taking very heavy casualties from the British artillery|
|It takes further casualties, but the French push forward to the base of the hill|
|On the left, the French artillery has deployed, but the Hussar regiment has suffered severely|
|One of the second line battalions makes for the farmhouse, whilst the main attack bypasses it to the right|
|The British squares start to take casualties from the French guns (right)|
|French infantry try to break into the farmhouse, but have taken some casualties on the way in...|
|And recoil after taking more casualties in the close-quarter fighting! The British Light battalion has suffered too.|
|I didn't get an action shot, but the leading French battalion (Centre) has seen off the British Heavy Cavalry regiment's charge in fine style! The regiment can be seen regrouping in the reat (top)|
|Meanwhile, the French Cuirassiers have charged the British Dragoons (centre-left), whilst the left-hand British battalion has now suffered appalling casualties at the hands of the French artillery (centre)|
|The Cuirassiers were routed (numbers told, they had been weakened by British musketry previously), and now the British Heavy Cavalry has moved forward to cover the British right which was wilting under the French cannonade|
|The French attack on the left of the farmhouse is petering out with heavy casualties...|
|And the attack on the French right has stalled too|
|French Carabiniers force back the British Horse (centre) in a last bit of glory for the French|
|But with the rout of the remaining French infantry, it is all for naught|
|The position at the end of the battle|
For those familiar with the rules, I use two bases per unit instead of the four recommended, with single figures representing losses. It works absolutely fine.
Figures by Baccus 6mm, the farm is the Commission Figurines La Haye Sainte model.