Most of the Russians are on the table. The exceptions are Borozdin II's 1st Cuirassier Division, Duka's 2nd Cuirassier Division, Uvarov's cavalry and Platov's Cossacks. The latter two will arrive for their flank attack at the end of turn 1, but don't tell the French (e.g. me!). On the French-Allied side, the infantry corps, with the exception of Junot's VIII Corps, are on the table (at least partially). None of the reserve cavalry are on-board yet. Nansouty's I Reserve Cavalry Corps is yet to be placed on-board (behind Davout). The rest of the Reserve Cavalry will come on during the game!
The majority of the 5 000-odd figures that we require are ready. We'll be madly trying to get these ready with at least a basic paint job (à la Quarrie*, "...it isn't too much to ask of anybody a black shako, red or blue jacket, and grey or white trousers, with perhaps a touch of pink for face and hands, and black for shoes and musket—is it?"). Failing that we'll be improvising with alternatives. Some eagle-eyes will notice the lack of the Borodino church in the photos. Our scratch-built version has come along really well (thanks to Julian), but was too wet for the photos when we "pulled up stumps" last night, so we are gonna keep you in suspense on that one!
Anyway, a picture tells a thousand words, so here's a few thousand.
Firstly a memory jogger. Here was the battlefield when we finished it back in July.
Now, here is the same view (nearly) from the south east looking over the woods at Utitsa. The flêches are in the centre of the picture, just beyond the woods. In the centre background, on the large ridge, is the grand redoubt.
Two photographs of the view from the opposite, south west corner of the battlefield (taken without and with flash), looking at the French-Allied dispositions. In the foreground are the troops of Davout's I Corps. Beyond them is the Shervardino hill with the Guard in the rear and Ney's III Corps beyond it up to the Kolocha Stream. To the north of the stream are the lead elements of Eugène's IV Corps. This is a huge formation as it was supplemented by two divisions from Davout and Grouchy's III Reserve Cavalry Corps (all currently off-board). Borodino village is in front of Eugène's troops (sans the church). Further north still is the 'open ground' over which the 'surprise' attack of Uvarov and Platov will appear.
Looking from the north east down the main Smolensk-Moscow post road we have Korf's II cavalry corps in the right foreground. To the left (south-east) of the road are the Russian reserve artillery and Imperial Guard.
Next, the view looking from Eugène's position across the Kolocha to Gorki in the distance. Borodino village and bridge can just be seen at the left of the photo.
A close-up view of Gorki with earthworks below the hill. Kutusov is to the right of the village, on foot wearing a brown greatcoat.
At the other end of the Russian position, Voronstov's 2nd Combined Grenadier Division of Bagration's 2nd Western Army, stationed behind the flêches. The edge of the earthworks in front of Semeyonovskoye can be see in the bottom left corner of the photo.
Napoleon on Shevardino hill with Ney's troops in front and to the right of the photo (left of the great man). Davout's corps (Dessaix's division) is to the left of the hill (on N's right). The Imperial Guard can just be seen behind the hill.