Sunday, 14 June 2015

Wargaming Waterloo 1815 : 2015 (9) Waterloo 200 at the Napoleonic Wargaming Society

Wargaming was the clear winner at the Napoleonic Wargaming Society's 200th Anniversary 're-fight in miniature' of the Battle of Waterloo.

The day featured two games, one of the entire battle in 15 mm using Napoleon's Battles and the other in 28 mm featuring the centre of the battlefield, beginning with the attack of d'Erlon's corps.

Waterloo in 15 mm at the commencement of the game. Viewed from the west, French at right, Anglo-Allied at left.

Early in the game of Waterloo in 28 mm. This is the 'western' table, with La Haie Sainte clearly recognisable and already on fire!

The 'eastern' table of the 28 mm game showing Macognet's and Durutte's divisions.

The re-fights were centre-piece of the day, which was open to the public and was intended as an exhibition of wargaming as well as recognition of the 200th anniversary of the battle that ended the Napoleonic Wars.

The bowling club at which the NWS meet on club nights was adorned in keeping with the Napoleonic and wargaming theme.

A display case illustrating the range of periods that are wargamed by club members

A reproduction of Napoleon crossing the Alps and one of the many pull-up banners of Osprey prints that adorned the hall.

A table featuring the pamphlet that was produced for the day, some memorabilia and the raffle prizes (figures on wooden bases and the two books).

The tricoleur and Union flag were either side of a TV showing the Waterloo film on continuous loop!

A marvellous 'coup' for the event was the official opening by the French Consul in Perth, Mr Patrick Kedemos. A keen student of history, Msr. Kedemos and his colleague stayed for many hours, observing the games, discussing wargaming, history and tactics. Who knows, perhaps he may even visit again and play a game of ancients, his major historical passion?!

In addition to the 20 players who played out the two games (ten in each), I estimate that at least 50 visitors passed through the doors over the course of the day, principally in the morning. Some of these were former club members who were no longer active due to other commitments, but the vast majority were members of the 'public' who were interested to find out what it was all about. As with Msr. Kedemos, most of them stayed for a considerable time, asking heaps of questions and enjoying the 'spectacle' of a hobby that most were seeing for the first time.

Congratulations particularly to Carlo and Mark H. who did the bulk of the organising of the games. They were ably assisted by the other members of the NWS committee, Stephen, Andrew, Martin, Dave and Steve. The players on both tables put on a good 'show' for the public and still managed to play each game close to a conclusion, despite the essential 'interruptions' at such an event. This was made easier by Mike, the 'concierge' extraordinaire, who made visitors welcome and fielded the majority of the questions.

Well done to the NWS!

Below are a selection of the 66 photos that I took, to show off the two games. Not wishing to steal any thunder, I'll leave the full summary of each to Mark and Carlo.

Click this link for a full report on Mark's blog

Click this link for Carlo's first report of the day and the game in 28 mm

Waterloo in 15 mm, 13th June 2015

 Table at beginning

Early combat: the Greys vs Delort's cuirassiers

Picton encourages his men 

Reille's corps throws the French 'left hook'

Lobau and Kellermann in reserve

Overview from French side. d'Erlon's corps has made good progress with the French 'right hook'

View from the Anglo-Allied lines as the pressure mounts

 Aerial view showing the development of the consecutive left and right hooks

 Perhaps the road to Brussels is open?!

 Here come the Prussians!

The French lift the intensity of the attacks on the western flank, but the Anglo-Allied defence is stout and strong!

 Hougoumont remains in Allied hands

Napoleon sends in the guard, led by the Young Guard battalions

Jacquinot's lancers are sent to delay the Prussians

Waterloo in 28 mm, 13th June 2015

On the 'eastern' table, the British line the ridge as Marcognet's men march to their destiny

 Would that there were more of the Greys... 

Overview from the French lines

On the 'western' table, Baring's men are under pressure in La Haie Sainte 

A wider view of the same

The 'eastern' table when the game was called.


  1. That is absolutely excellent James!

  2. Brilliant post James. Thank you.

  3. looks like a great day for all involved


  4. Lovely! Looks like they pulled off a splendid event!

  5. It was a top show; a festival of wargaming. The more that I think about it, I reckon my guess of 50 members of the 'public' is a gross under-estimation,. With 20 players, there were at least that number in the room over the peak hours from mid-morning to early afternoon and they did not all individually stay for that amount of time. Hopefully a few 'converts' amongst them. A few more people have a greater understanding of the hobby, regardless.
    If you've not yet seen it, Mark's post is up (link) above. I'm link to Carlo's as soon as I see that he's posted it.

  6. Great stuff, James. It's good that you had so many visitors!

    1. Please make sure you check out the Scots Greys on this post:

  7. Looks like a wonderful day and two great games.

  8. Congratulations on a battle well fought. Vive l'Wellington!