Gaming group has been actively playing through the 100 Days Campaign using the excellent Blucher system (thoroughly recommended). I have been taking on the role of Old Nosey. Curt from Analogue Hobbies has been umpiring, separating fighting allies, messing up orders and doing a bloody wonderful job.
Things are nicely coming to a head and we look set for an all day all out rumble in the next week- June 19, 1815 game time but June 27th, 2015 real time. I won't give away much but can supply a few bits of common knowledge. I haven't given a map but look it up man, you can't spit without finding a map of the campaign on the 200th anniversary!
- On June 16th the French advanced through Quatre Bras toward Placenoit. They pushed Anglo-Allied forces aside at Quarter Bras but found a heavy concentration of both allied armies at Placenoit (see AAR). We fought an inconclusive action late in the day and awoke on the 17th to find that Boney had pulled up stakes and buggered off.
- A Prussian attempt to follow up the French withdrawal early on the 17th was fended off easily and we lost contact with Boney.
- However shortly afterwards on the 17th the British cavalry encountered a French force near Nivelles. Our cavalry was moving northeast from Nivelles towards Mt St Jean and the French were moving west from Quatre Bras into Nivelles. We set the forces out on table and fought a scounting action in which we found the entire Imperial Guard forming the French vanguard (very curious) with further Frenchies beyond. We then withdrew northeast having delayed Boney and counted noses.
- Later on the 17th, Anglo-Allied cavalry scouted the road from Quatre Bras to Nivelles and found French columns moving westward. This scouting action and the next were performed using the Blucher campaign mechanism, rather than being on table actions like the prior one at Nivelles
- Mid afternoon on the 18th an Anglo Allied cavalry brigade encountered a large French column advancing north from Braine-le-Compte towards Hal. A very spirited scouting action provided us with details of the French force.
- At day's end on June 18th, French columns arrived opposite Hal and found British forces awaiting them.
- Day break on the 19th will bring us the battle of Hal and almost certainly the deciding moments of our campaign.