My last blogpost was in reference to the look of the game, did it look like a corps level game on the table? I had shoved some figures on the table, laid out some terrain and asked a simple question. Generally the response was NO! A lot of advice about using smaller scale figures or a larger terrain. I appreciate so many people responding, but I am unsure what to do with it.
I am really not going to start a new scale in Napoleonics, I have over 2000 figures painted and I like 28 mm. I had a go at 15mm in WWII and it was OK, but not really for me. Smaller then 15 mm although fascinating to look at, really does not do it for me.
I already have a 12x5' terrain, can you really fit bigger one into an attic. Would you want to!
So all the advice as appreciated as it is, just was not that helpful. A comment by MaxShadow, however, reframed the the question I should be asking: "Did it feel like a corps level action"? Better question! Well I suppose I will have to play a game at the corps level to answer that. So I agree with all the comments that were made to the last post, it indeed looks like a battalion level game. But I realize there is not really much I can do about that. After all the units on the table are notional. So I plan to do what my old mam always told me to do as a kid: Soldier on!
I had not really researched Plancenoit that much before I laid out the table, there was an OB in the book but really very little other information. So I pulled out my Adkin, and had a look. This is an enormously helpful reference for les Cent Jours. I decided to set up the units as they were on June 18, 1815 at 4:30pm (page 384). At this point Lobau had taken his small VI Corps east of Plancenoit. Both the 3rd and 5th French cavalry divisions had advanced in advance of the infantry. On the Prussian side, both the 15 and 16 Infantry brigades had debouched from the Bois de Paris and were advancing toward Placenoit. Prince Wilhelm's cavalry unit had also left the wood and were taking up position behind and in support of the IV Corps advance. Several Hussar squadrons from the cavalry division had been scouting ahead. The 13, 14 infantry brigades were advancing along a narrow track in the Bois de Paris.
So this is what I got, still on an 8x5 terrain. I cut down the size of walls around Plancenoit. I know the footprint of the town is completely off, but not much I can do about that.
I am not sure if I will get to play this out soon, there are no local gamers that I know of and it does take an enormous amount of time to play solo.
I do have a gaming fix coming up in about a month in Montreal of which I am quite excited. From what I understand it is going to be a 2 division aside game, using BP. What is most interesting though is that the Bye from da Rock, will be playing with 3 Frenchmen, including the famous Archduke Charles. J'ai besoin de pratiquer mon français et de peindre des prussiens.