My 40th anniversary "Column, Line., and Square game at Historicon, 2007
My game to celebrate my 40th anniversary in the hobby went very well. In 1967 I, I met Bob Cory
in a hobby shop in Chicago. He was telling people there about a big Napoleonic wargame his
group had done. He had pictures. All my life I had been playing with toy soldiers but had never seen anything like this.
He invited me to his house to see his figures and to learn how to play. I got a copy of the rules
but left Chicago area for Boston a couple of months later. So, I never got into a real game until I met
Dick Bryant in the fall of 1968. I taught him to play and the rest is history :)
At Historicon, I was put into the Showroom but on a table that had some light over it so that
was ok. Still a pain, literally, carrying 15 boxes of figures and wooden table tops up those stairs.
We had 12 players, 6 per side. 8 have played much, 2 a little, and 2
not at all. Dick Bryant commanded the Allies and Richard Borg took
the French. Rich also was introduced to CLS by Bob Cory, abut 2 years me. Each commander
has played CLS for some 39 years. Richard starting as a college freshman, Dick as a 34 year old.
I told the story of how I started playing and then served cake.
Here is the Troop Roster for both sides.
The game was on a 6 foot by 12 foot plain green table like a ping pong
table. Limited terrain. Most from 35-40 years ago. The figures are
90% MiniFig with a few Scruby, Warrior and Hinchliffe mixed in. I
like the toy soldier quality of the MiniFig. Half were from the
1970's and the rest from eBay in the past few years. I have about
half again as many and hope to get them all on the table at home
(maybe two tables like Fred did).
This is one Brigade, of 4, deployed on the table.
Allied set on
CLS gamers cannot keep impedimenta off the table :)
Bottom, the allied left, is Austrian, middle, Prussian, top is Russia.
Close-up of Prussians in the center. 5 columns screened by 2
battalions of fusiliers. The grenadiers have a prolong gun. Lancers
and horse artillery at the top. Foot gun at bottom.
Fuzzy pic of French Brigade: 3 Battalions of foot, screened by Lˇger
Btn. Horse and foot guns, and Hussar regiment at bottom
Middle game. Troops advancing on the cross roads, Austrian
grenadiers arrive on right. Jaegers occupy house. Chasseur a Cheval
regiment arrives at bottom left, to protect the hill.
Here is the whole Chasseur regiment -- 4 ½ squadrons of 8 figures.
Close up of the cross roads. The house with gables was made by Ted
Haskill, who did the drawings in the Second Edition. The other house
is card, both from 1970.
Dick brings on the British Rockets on the Allied left. First shot is
a dud. This is a picture of the battery after he threw snake eyes!
Late in the game, the French are taking the cross roads.
The Allies were having some success on the Austrian side, a regiment
of Cuirassiers cut through the French Chasseurs and broke through up
on the hill. French support coming -- Chasseurs a Cheval of the Guard
and Mamelukes and a infantry battalion in square.
In the end, the French got the Crossroads. There British reserves
were closing in but darkness fell.
All in all a good game. As always, we needed another hour for
completion. I loved the look of the game. This is the biggest 25mm
game I have ever done, or seen. I forgot to get the CE count for victory
but call it a minor French victory with an orderly withdrawal for the allies.