Last evening at the Uni, in preparation for Sunday's Waterloo Games Day, I step up a small practice game. The Anglo-Allies had 202 points in 3 Brigades with 2 Batteries and were supposed to defend the ridge. The attacking French had 250 points, with 3 slightly larger Brigades and 3 Batteries.
I say 'supposed' because when asked what the deployment zones were, I carelessly answered 'Standard, I 'spose - 2 foot in'. Well that was it, the Brits deployed fully forward of the ridge. His Grace must be spinning in his grave!
Anyway, what I wanted out of the game was to see how far I could push my luck with advancing fast and hard in March Columns....
I knew they would give the opposition a shift up in the 'to hit' stakes...
But didn't fully appreciate the impact it would have on our skirmishing dice - my team partner David was very polite as we handed the Allies the initiative for the first 2 turns!
On the positive side, the narrow columns left nice wide corridors for the Arty to concentrate their fire on one hapless battalion, and, the English having come down off their ridge, lots of lovely bounce through too! For his part, David was advancing en masse, shoulder to shoulder. (I think he's missing his Greek Phalanxes!)
At last the way was clear to close with the Bayonet!
But that battalion was the Bloody Eleventh, The Devons, heroes of Salamanca!
'Nuff said, really!...we called it a day...
Next time, I hope to regale you with images and stories from our Waterloo Games Day!