Well, I am getting ready for playtest #2! This one will be a good deal larger than the last; 3 divisions per side, rather than 1, and I have included a smattering of artillery and cavalry!
Above you can see the British brigade commanders for my next fight... I included my two best Colonels from the last fight, Smith and Sharpe, making sure they were the same figures of course. Unfortunately, while the dice gods did give the British two excellent brigade commanders they also cursed them with two inferior commanders... deciding which brigades to put under these mens command would be a tricky task. By the by... any guesses at what series of books I am reading at the moment?
The rolling for where the two armies began was remarkably mirrored. Both sides began with one division on one flank, two on the other, and none in the center. Both also began with their smallest divisions between the other two, and both happened to get their artillery assigned to those divisions! I decided to make the commanders of these divisions my Napoleon and Wellington figures respectively. The French cavalry was all deployed to the far flank, whereas the British cavalry was equally split between the two flanks.
As far as strategy... the far right British division would advance towards the center and attempt to hold the woods... Colonel Sharpe would be tasked with taking the open ground between the two woods and holding it against the onrush of French cavalry on that flank... cavalry cannot travel through woods, so this was the only gap that the French could take, other than marching their cavalry all the way around the back of the field. Hopefully Colonel Sharpe could hold the gap!
The middle British division, which consisted of only a single infantry brigade under Colonel Harper's command, would advance straight towards the chateau. With two battalions of Scots, this brigade could be counted on to hold on. The artillery, meanwhile, would deploy and get the French under immediately fire, hoping to punish the French as they advanced across the open fields.
Finally the far left British division would advance across the open fields towards the French opposite them, which were almost entirely infantry divisions, including a brigade of Old Guard under the command of Napoleon himself. This division, comprised of two infantry brigades and a cavalry brigade, would try to pin the French in place and destroy them.
So, that is the fight! If I start it today I'll be sure to post some photos! I don't plan on photographing and documenting this game quite as closely as the last one, but I'll be sure to have plenty of eye candy!