Wednesday, July 17, 2013

HPS Sims Waterloo PBEM Turn 1

Didn't take me long to get into the swing of things. I have joined the a wargaming club that specializes in play by email titles and started a game of HPS Sims Waterloo. You can find the details here:

http://www.hpssims.com/Pages/Products/NapBat/waterloo/waterloo.html

Surprisingly Waterloo is the fourth installment in the series. The scenario I picked is Mons 1 where I will be playing the allies. The optional rules we are using are as shown below:


The situation is as follows:

June 15, 1815 - Napoleon has decided to begin the campaign in the west. He plans on advancing through Mons and then hopefully on to Brussels. Wellington has been alert to this possibility and should be able to respond effectively.
Never one to settle for the scant scenario information I did a little research.
Wellington's initial dispositions were intended to counter the threat of Napoleon enveloping the Coalition armies by moving through Mons to the south-west of Brussels.[10] This would have cut Wellington's communications with his base at Ostend, but would have pushed his army closer to Bl├╝cher's. Napoleon manipulated Wellington's fear of this loss of his supply chain from the channel ports with false intelligence.
Turn one came to me last night so I am now up. For an overall view of the situation please see the map below:


I can already see some French cavalry heading north up the road to scout my locations. I am very strung out and have to consolidate fast. Only thing is I am not sure where the final battle lines will be drawn. Time to pick a line in the sand and dare him to cross it.

I bring three commanders down and back up a little to take up positions along the road and on slightly higher elevated terrain. I start to spread out. Now I just have to wait and see what the French do. Not much to report for Turn 1. More to come later.