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Rules: Napoleon Battles III. There are very few differences with the old version 1. We intended to use Age of Eagles first but the owner of the figures wanted to try NBIII.
- Home rules: We include two main changes to the rules; enfilade and flanking. None of us liked the explanation of the designer that included the enfilade and flanking in the dice roll, so we made our modifiers. +3 for enfilading artillery and +1 for enfilading infantry. Flanking is considered when a unit starts its movement already passing the front of an enemy unit and contacts it in the flank or rear, -3 modifier for the flanked unit (unless it’s infantry and forms emergency square).
Figures: 15mm AB, Old Glory and Fantassin.
Map: As shown below. The organizer forgot to place an elevation in the British centre and the position of several roads were wrong, but mostly was ok. The map showed in the AAR is not exact and with troops or cavalry “appearing” and “disappearing” as the units were being separated and joining back from/to their main divisions or bulks.
Deployment: Mostly historical. The allied setup their best units forward in the centre and several batteries ready to make enfilading fire, a couple of them in the back of La Haie Santé. The French deployed their Infantry columns in the front and all its artillery limbered after their infantry. The Prussians would enter on turn 8 (15:30).
Plans: The allied planned was to hold in the centre and left playing for time, creating a mobile reserve with the British units in the right flank which were to be shifted to the centre, this right flank would hold with three Belgian brigades and a couple of batteries. The left flank would hold as much as it could, receiving support from the cavalry reserve and if things were wrong it would retreat to the centre.
The French plan was to assault the allied left with D’Erlon corps and in the centre with the second corps forgetting about La Haie and Hougomount.
As I was part of the allied (in fact I was greatly honoured with the role of Wellington) I’ll account the battle from the Allied point of view and refer to the events from the point of view in this side.