"About Bonaparte" Quatre Bras game played in California on the 200th anniversary of the battleI ran my second "About Bonaparte" game in three days on June 16, 2015 at the home of Milton Soong. Since most of us live on the peninsula south of San Francisco, we call ourselves the Peninsula Gamers and we generally meet on Tuesdays after work. This week we planned special refreshments of Belgian beer and chocolate to celebrate the anniversary of Waterloo.
Due to the space required for 54mm figures, not all historic units were represented and some units, including the Brunswickers never made it onto the table. The game began with the troops of Holland and Nassau holding a thin line forward of the Quatre Bras crossroads. They had to hold back the more numerous French attackers until British and Allied reinforcements arrived. One thing I noticed as I set up was that "About Bonaparte" requires more mounted officers than I possess. So we had to make do with dismounted officers and generals, aside from Wellington and Ney for this game.
The French came on very aggressively and perhaps with too much coordination due to my lack of knowledge of the rules and the use of command dice. In any case, the French predictably pushed back the Dutch troops as well as Picton;s brigade on the British left flank.
Finally, the British Brigade of Guards arrived but, even with the road bonus for movement, they were slow in deploying. Meanwhile the remaining regiments of Pictons' division were hard pressed all along the line.