The Prince of Orange advises Wellington that Napoleon has already taken possession of three quarters of the table and that there is not enough room for the Anglo-Allies to deploy. Wellington tells the Prince that Napoleon will find that he will over reach this time. (The Prince of Orange is a Waterloo 1815 figure I painted specially for this game - he seems dwarfed by the Wellington command stand).
Part of my command on the left of the Allied line. There is a civilian waving a umbrella about as if the troops belong to him, not me.
My command - from the farms of La Haie and Papelotte to the road to Brussels. Who deployed Bijlandt's brigade out there?
The Allied right flank behind Hougoumont.
I have ordered Bijlandt's brigade to face left and prepare to move off.
There I am, in the midst of the troops as the French artillery starts to inflict mounting losses. Our guns return fire, but carefully targeting their troops. (The gun with two figures is from my collection and again Waterloo 1815 figures - they are a small conversion on the Foot Artillery to represent Dutch-Belgian Horse Artillery).
The two lead militia battalions have declined further service after receiving three hits each. Will I be able to get the rest of the brigade to safety? I madly wave my hat to encourage them.
Looks like Wellington is about to be run over by a French Division (the 2nd).
My Chapeau of Glory leads my men to safety. British cavalry are having to make way for them. If the 2nd Dutch-Belgian Division has to take a morale test there is a risk that La Haie, Papelotte and Smohain will be abandoned without a fight.
Wellington ducked behind the tree. British artillery fired canister at a leading French battalion, dispersing it, like chaff before the wind. An attack by the French on La Haie Sainte is repelled, but the French will subsequently rally. Boo hiss!
On the right the French are trying to sneak around Hougoumont. There has been some intense fighting by the French cavalry of their II Corps as they try and crowd us in just as we try and jam in our reinforcements.
The first part of the battle comes to a close with four turns done leaving us to start the 13:30 turn next week.