|Action at the WHC - Russians advance against French screens|
I was looking over some old photographs (remember them?) from a trip to "Blighty" many years ago when I booked in a weekend at the famous, dare I say it, legendary WHC up north in Yorkshire.
The game on that weekend was my all time favourite - Austerlitz 1805. The glory of France in its infancy in the First Empire against the Kaiserlicks and Russian lapdogs on the plains made famous by such names as "The Santon", "The Pratzen Heights" and Telnitz and the Satchsan.
I had the time of my life.
The chance to push around so many wonderfully painted, converted and crafted Connoisseur figures with a fair spattering of Elite Miniatures as well was a thrill beyond belief.
|Set up the night before as Herbert views the Orders of battle and tiles are placed upon the field. |
Excuse the big white gaps but these are scans of photographs and resizing them is well beyond
my Luddite skills!
|Massed troops prepare to come to grips "Crouch, pause, engage!"|
|Great view of French cavalry, Carabiners slightly out of correct attire for the period, but |
when they all look so gorgeous, everything is forgiven!!
|The thrill of playing with troops that you had originally seen inside wargaming|
magazines and on the covers as a teenager was almost surreal.
|Those damned French prepare to cross the stream whilst the massed |
guns of the French Imperial Guard look menacingly across the field.
|My command advances to meet and defeat the enemy. If my recollections are correct I |
had a reasonable battle, winning my particular encounters along my lines of responsibility.
|How impressive is this? Massed Connoisseur Russian Cavalry supported by Austrians.|
I am sure every one is a lovely Connoisseur figure.
|The action heats up.|
The photographs below have a particular fondness for me.
Friend Gerry Elliot who has been a tremendous wargaming confidante and proof reader during my Sands of Sudan rule writing. Very good bloke who I always think of fondly.
Of course the late and wonderful Mike Ingham, longtime owner of the WHC and game designer and host extraordinaire!
One can also see that Beau Sauveur Chris Cornwall who drove me to London on the Sunday night. What a gentlemen.
John Bramley on the left also a lovely chap who was kind enough to send me several concerned emails not long after my return when he read about the famous bushfire's ravaging New South Wales at the time.
|If anyone recognises a younger version of themselves in this photo please let me know.|