Wednesday, December 4, 2013

BATTLE PHOTO FEATURE: MALPLAQUET 1709

Barry's first defensive line Bois de Sars
Barry Hilton - The League of Gentlemen Wargamers is a very nice group of friends who get together three times per year to play large games. In the style of the previous 'Battle Photo Features'  this post does not focus on the history of the battle of Malplaquet but on our refight which took place in Kirriemuir a couple of years back. We played it on an enormous table split between two adjoining rooms of our venue.

Massed British and German Horse
It involved 12 players and about 4,000 figures. Of course it does not have the hugely attractive aesthetics of a smaller table but the sheer scale of it is very impressive and we made a good job of dressing the TSS tiles.


We used Beneath the Lily Banners 2nd Edition which is of course unsurprising. The game was an incident packed slugfest which we fought far longer than the actual battle in terms of game time.


Marlborough was alas, unable to achieve what was accomplished in reality although that result was in itself costly and indecisive. The French were triumphant and I seem to remember the dream team containing Charles Grant, David Imrie, Bob Lauder, Dave O'Brien, Chris Henry, Dale Smith and myself.


The losers shall not remain anonymous and I recall Adrian Howe, Colin Jack, Peter Nicholson, Andrew Nicholson, Kevin Calder, Roger Donaldson and Angus Konstam at least being present although there may have been other serial underachievers lurking at the back of the class.


I was heavily engaged in holding back the tide on the extreme left of the French position. My opponent was Peter N supported by Colin and to my right I watched the mad German Adrian Howe burn up 12 brigade commanders all in a 2 foot square tile. David Imrie DID laugh a lot that day!


The game was played as always with a monster portion of good natured banter and plenty of gentlemanly politeness. These photos are a nice remembrance of a very large and complete refight played out to the end and a decisive conclusion.


As always, I hope you enjoy!




7 comments:

  1. Wonderful pictures of an impressive sized game (4.000 minis!). Sounds like a nice day at the wargaming table.

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  2. It was a great game to take part in, especially with our great French victory.

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  3. Although the world is overused these days...epic. How about Homeric!

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  4. That bottom photo shows about the only time Ade actually managed to get that unit of cavalry to charge led by one of the many commanders he lost that day. He actually lost a bakers dozen of commanders, 12 brigadiers and his force commander, a record that's bound to last for years but I hear a certain Colin Nish is aiming to catch up soon.

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  5. I think you mean 'Killer' Colin Napier Dave

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  6. Apologies to messers Napier, Nish for not getting it right.

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  7. It often amazes me how much time some wargamers go on about height differences between manufacturers yet when you look at the above photos of figures on mass you don't really notice the difference. There are figures from Foundry, Dixon, Strategem, Front Rank, Minifigs, Irregular Miniatures and Reiver Castings all thrown together and were happily gamed with except I remember Angus being a bit miffed at his British Guards battalion of Front Rank 'giants' being blown away by some Minifig 'munchkins' as he liked to call them.

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