The Hougoumont scenario, from the Hundred Days Campaign Manual, was played in Brussels during its “Napoleonic Special” session. The table was quite spectacular: Hougoumont castle, robust and noble – and faithfully reproduced – was eye-catching to say the least.
Once a traditional cavalry weapon; the lance was discarded Western in Europe for approximately two centuries. It continued to be in use towards the East, and remained a favourite weapon in Poland, whence its use spread: in the beginning of the nineteenth century, the lance had come back into fashion in Western Europe.
The voltigeurs were an elite light infantry company assigned to each light infantry battalion as of March 1804. Companies were to be formed by taking the six smallest men of each chasseur company, and filled up with recruits of similar stature (voltigeurs could not be taller than 1m58 and their officers could not exceed 1m62).
Wadi and Mister Blob bring their armies to the table. A Netherland infantry division face its French counterpart in an assault scenario
That day, the French troops in the sector met with a sizeable Anglo-allied force determined to make a stand. Beyond the few cultivated parcels, enclosed with hedges and small walls, which were occupied by the French in the morning, the battlefield spread over gentle grassland, bordered on the east side by a small isolated wood. On the west side, the ground was more rugged, with a patch of woodland, and was dominated by a steep, impassable craggy hill. A gentler mound stood closer to the centre and offered a prime position over the battlefield scene.