Well its been some time since I did a blog post and I figure its just darn lazy of me not to do an update so here it is.
A lot has happened since my last post. I moved back to Adelaide in December last year to take up a new work position and I spent many hours painting my backside off to get ready in time for the great Waterloo 200th anniversary mega game at the Hall of Heroes in Campbelltown, NSW. My plan was to drive my troop carrier with my mate and fellow gaming enthusiast Barry Von Clickenhoff loaded with figures the entire 14 hours to Sydney from Adelaide. Sadly Barry's health took a turn for the worse and I had to do the trip solo. In retrospect it was worth the long drive as not only did I get to catch up with some old mates and make some new ones, I got to participate in what had to be the biggest wargaming event I have participated in thus far. The terrain, stretching over huge 5 tables and the thousands of well painted figures representing every unit that participated in the battle was a spectacle to behold.
Just one of the five tables being set up. This would probably end up being the most hotly contested table representing the area between Hougoumont and La Haye Sainte. In the background can be seen Craig, Bryan, Terry (master craftsman of all the terrain) and James.
The same table later on the first day. The massive French assault was spearheaded here to try and break the Allied line.
I had the honour of playing d'Erlon and had managed to swing my Corps to the left of La Haye Sainte to support the French assault. Nothing pretty here. It was a bloody slog fest with both sides throwing their valuable reserves and Guard in to try and gain an advantage.
A rare pic of myself, on the left, pondering what to do about the bloody deadlock that developed. With resolute Allied Infantry to my front and Allied light cavalry harrying my flanks there was nothing to to do but bash on up the guts with bags of pas de charge. I could hear the sound of Prussian guns three tables to my right.
An Allied view of my Corps as it pushed on. I know it gave them a great deal of angst.
All said and done after two days of gaming I was exhausted. The effort put in by all concerned was fantastic! The end result was that there was no clear outcome. Another few turns and I am sure we could have broken the Allied line but instead of heading for Brussels we would have had to turn and deal with the Prussians.
*Photo credits to Sparker