It has occurred to me that I have not posted anything for some time. This is mainly because nothing has been completed. I have my finger in too many pies.
However, I have been making progress in various directions. On the reenactment front I have been trying to obtain buttons, buckles and bows for my role as a major in the British army at Waterloo in June. I have been appointed Assistant QMG to 2nd Brigade Allied Army, despite spending 25 years as a French soldier in this period. (Not so odd – at my first Waterloo in 1990 the current commander of the British army in the UK was my French sergeant). The 2nd brigade, one of four infantry brigades on the allied side, including the German brigade and the Royal Dutch Army, will have around 300 muskets on the field. While small by US (i.e. Gettysburg) standards, this will be one of the biggest European re-enactment events ever staged.
While thinking of Napoleonic re-enactment, I would like to pay tribute to Peter (Tiny) Castle, Sergeant and commander of the 32nd (Cornwall) Regiment, who died last Sunday. A large man with a huge personality and a commanding voice who will be sadly missed. A shame he could not make it to the finale.
On the wargaming front, in my World War Two campaign I have the troops prepared for another battle in Poland on 2nd September 1939, but needed some more marsh terrain. This is nearly ready…
In the bottom left of the picture are two strips (=1 base, 1/4 unit) of “Red” light cavalry being painted. I hope that by mid May I will have all the necessary models ready for a display of my “pre-Reisswitz” wargame depicting Waterloo at a Town Council sponsored event in Horsham, UK. Despite restricting the toy uniforms to red, blue, white and black, plus horse and gun colours, these seem to take a long time to get ready.
I have also been preparing for the second Donald Featherstone tribute weekend (21-23 March) at the Wargames Holiday Centre, where we will be playing Arnhem with Rapid Fire rules. I own the first edition rules, but have never completed a game with them or used them competitively. I have been toying with some reduced-scale scenarios, but I await the postman with the edition of the rules that we will be using, as if owning and reading the rules will grant me any greater success!
I have asked for command of 130 Brigade, 43 Division if it’s included in the game, as these are the lads from the counties where I grew up. Otherwise I will take what I am given, Allied or German. I’me not sure if we are playing just Arnhem or Market Garden, or somewhere between the two. Whatever, with something like 650 square feet of table to play on it will be a challenge.
I have a lot of literature about the Market Garden operation and last year ran a 3 day real-time PBEM game which was a wonderful but exhausting experience. However it’s played, this mini campaign reveals how easy it is for plans to fall apart on both sides, and the futility of war.
I hope to post some photos of the Arnhem game next week.