I was delighted to accept an invitation from Christian and Dominique to play a Napoleonic game in Brussels using Man at War Rules and based on the attack on Hougoumont during the battle of Waterloo in 1815.
The scenario is set out in the Man at War Campaign Manual “The Hundred Days” and the forces were set up accordingly. The rules are originally Spanish but the English translation is very good. They are a hardback set with far too many words, photos, illustrations and empty space which makes it difficult to read the actual rules but the system is playable and the mechanisms are simple if somewhat a little unusual. I would be prepared to play them again but I don’t think I will re-base my existing armies quite yet.
The British were unlucky in that their reinforcements were slow to arrive whereas the French threw good dice and theirs arrived early. Once the French got into to under-defended paddock the British garrison had little chance.
Overall an enjoyable game especially as I was one of the French players.
My thanks to Christian and Dominique.