|Alias Quatre Bras - the map|
|The table, looking south - the stream was removed before the French players arrived to add yet more Fog of War|
However, in a classic example of careless design and umpire hubris, I completely wrecked it by mistiming the whole thing. I kicked off at 1pm - the time around which the French started to seriously engage the Dutch - but started the French player way too far back. I should have either let them deploy much further north, or set the game time to start an hour or two earlier. As a result, by the time the French forces approached the Dutch line, pre-programmed Allied reinforcements were already starting to pour in. I could probably have resurrected the timeline by pausing the game-time, but I didn't realise how badly out things were out of sync till far too much had already arrived in the Allied rear.
|Looking north from the French rear - the French forces are shown by markers at this stage to keep the Allies guessing|
|Action imminent - Bachelau's men assault the Dutch defences around the farm...|
|... and evict them in short order.|
|The Dutch fall back on their main line - which, unhistorically, already exists!|
|The French push on...|
|... but so many Allied reinforcements have now arrived unreasonably early that there is no way the French can attack this position with the forces available. Ah, if only D'Erlon was here...|
Paul has put a fuller description of events and a lot more photos on his blog.