My military history class has moved on from the American War for Independence to the wars of Napoleon. The way I structure our case studies, I show the students a period film (in this case, Waterloo), we do secondary readings (some of them excerpts from Atkins' Waterloo Companion), then we play a simulation game while the students write a mini-research essay critiquing some aspect of the film. Today, we began our scaled down version of Waterloo with my 28's. The buildings may look like Spanish, but don't be fooled. I razed Le Haye Sainte and Hougumont, as I don't want to have to deal with fortification rules with novice players. The rules themselves are a slightly modified Black Powder. Since they are the same rules as we used for the AWI, the kids were ready to run once they learned how to form square.
|Team France. Or "Team Cheese Eating Surrender Monkeys" if you prefer|
|The ritual smack-talking|
|Riding through fur is fun!|
|"Sir, we're the Old Guard! Should we be leading the attack?"|
"Silence, Private. We're a diversion. Or something."
|Heavy cavalry apparently prefer the just-out-of-focus look.|
|The column prepares to move. Let's blame the soft focus on battlefield haze and artillery smoke.|
|"Hold the line, you blackguards! You scum! you villains!...Oh, I say! Did my top hat always have a hole just there?"|