Tuesday, April 21, 2015

HAHGS Waterloo 200th Anniversary event - Players and Commands

The Hartford Area Historical Gaming Society Waterloo 200th Anniversary "Campaign in a Day" event is now less than a week away! It will be held at The Portal gaming space of The Time Machine Hobby shop in Manchester, CT this Sunday, April 26th, from 10 AM to 5 PM. The painting of the very few last troops needed for the event will be done in the next few days. The full OOB's as originally proposed will be used.  The layouts for the eleven 4 by 6 foot wargames tables that will represent the Theater of War on the border between France and Belgium are done, as is the umpire's Master Map that links them all together. The initial situation reports to be provided to each of the three armies French, Anglo-Allied, and Prussian, have been written and are ready to go out once the commands are set. Joe, Greg, and I will be bringing the 25mm troops for the event, and, along with James, providing and setting up the terrain on the individual tables.





Our final task is to distribute the players to the three armies involved, and then the various individual commands. In addition, one player from each of the three armies will need to act as the C-in-C for that side - Napoleon, Wellington, or Blucher. Ordinarily they will also command the reserves, although it is now possible that one or more of the three the C-in-C's might just focus on their command duties - it is really quite challenging to act as both a Corps commander, having to maneuver your troops strategically and then fight tactical actions, while trying to keep track of both friendly and enemy forces, as well as issue them effective and appropriate Orders, prod them for reports and updates, etc!

To facilitate the process, I have created the following grid, which I will update as new data comes in, and finalize after the event on Sunday. Players in italics are interested but as yet still unconfirmed:




Name
1st Choice
2nd Choice
3rd Choice
C-in-C?
Command
James S
Anglo-Allied
French
Prussian
last resort
Uxbridge
Greg H
Prussian
Anglo-Allied
French

Thielmann
Joe F
Anglo-Allied
Orange, Nosey?


maybe
Wellington
Roger D
any


no
Hill
Russ L
any


no
Vandamme
Mitch A
French
Anglo-Allied
Prussian
maybe
Drouot
Scott M
Prussian
? Pirch I
French
?D’Erlon
Anglo-Allied
maybe
Pirch I
Mark
Prussian
French
Anglo Allied
willing
Blucher
Andrew C
French
Prussian
Anglo-Allied
no
Lobau
Mike S




Bulow
Rob P
French
Prussian
Anglo-Allied
willing
Napoleon
Jared F




Picton
Marshall C
Anglo-Allied
French
Prussian
no
Orange
Len A
French (Ney)
Anglo-Allied
Prussian
?
D’Erlon
Mark M
French
(Ney)
Anglo-Allied
Uxbridge
Prussian
maybe
Reille
Max S
Prussian


?
Ziethen
Dan B
any



Gerard
Chris B
any



Pajol
Kellerman
Willie B




Exelmans
Milhaud
Hunter W
Anglo-Allied
French
Prussian
no
SCRATCH


Regardless, it should be a memorable and hugely fun day!  Now to finish painting the few figures of Marins de la Garde that I need to round out the French OOB...

Peter

19 comments:

  1. Eleven 4x6 tables? That is madness, mon ami!
    Looking forward to seeing the results of such an epic contest.
    I wish you well in this massive undertaking and remember to have fun!

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    1. Yes, but it is a magnificent insanity! I'm looking forward to it greatly; we certainly pan to have fun with it first and foremost!

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  2. It's like but bigger than our Leipzig campaign a couple of years back. Peter had to wait out 2014, because, y' know, it just would have been too hard to do 1814 and get players for the French. ;-)

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    1. Right Joe; an 1814 campaign would be mostly a matter of timing the moment for the Raguser!

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    2. 1805, or the Peninsula in many years, that's another matter! :-)

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  3. It sounds that much fun I'm excited for you!

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    1. Thanks, David. I'm really excited about it as well!

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  4. Fantastic, remember to take lots of pics!!

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    1. I'll try, Mark. As GM, I will be pretty busy relaying messages, moving troops between tables, etc. I do want plenty of pictures, though. Hopefully the participants will contribute some as well!

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    2. Ah yes fair enough that will be quite hectic!!

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  5. That is going to be the dogs danglies, looking forward to the reports

    Ian

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    1. Thanks, Ian, and that's one colorful colloquialism - the equally silly UIS equivalent is "The bees' knees", I think. :-)

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  6. What a pity such a big pond to cross !

    Sounds like an excellent set up should read well post game

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    1. Yep, would have been happy to host you, Garry!

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  7. I had a feeling it was going to be a major event, but not this big. Very exciting indeed.

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    1. We had a big surge in commitments the last 2 weeks... until then, it would have been considerably smaller! I'm pumped for it!

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  8. In your photos, take at least one BEFORE everything starts from as far away as you can get so as to capture the magnitude of this effort.

    Then capture one of the whole team of players (though you may not have permission to share it on the blog you will want the image for yourself).

    Finally get at least one shot of 'wide angle' of the 'in action' of the tables - take a moment to step back and capture it all in one go.

    I'm certain there will be plenty of the 'up close' action shots - however they will blend in with so many other close table shots seen from many game tables. The wide angle shots will be unique.

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    1. Yes, exactly. It looks like we'll be able to get into the Portal at 9AM to speed setup, which will be a big help with starting as on time as we can, and also taking some early pictures.

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