Waterloo Travelogue

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June 17, 2017 by wargamerchris

A bit of a diversion from my normal topics, as an amateur military historian and officer, I was pretty pleased to be booked into a hotel by my client in a very small town in Belgium.  ‘Sorry‘they said, ‘we can’t get you a hotel in Charleroi, we had to go all the way to Waterloo to put you up.’  

My hotel, as it turned out, was where Wellington’s tree was, on the ridge, in the middle of  perhaps one of the greatest, well studied battlefields in Europe.  I was given the D’Erlon Suite…  Good times.  So, having a day before my meetings, I took a right out of the door, looked left at La Haye Sainte and walked down to the museum.  I had more time, walked the road behind the ridge to Hougoumont  and spent a fair amount of time there, by myself.  What a great opportunity.   I wanted to share photos for those of you who haven’t been there in person.


Its Waterloo weekend, and for the past two years we’ve run memorial games and we plan a small Black Powder Napoleonic game based on La Haye Sainte tomorrow night.

I hope you will find some inspiration in the place,  or if you’ve been, remember from the photos.

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Rules I’m gaming with now:

Lions Rampant/ Dragons Rampant
Black Powder
Age of Eagles/ Age of Valor/ Fire and Fury
Force on Force/ Ambush Alley/ Ambush Z!
Hail Caesar
Command Decision: Test of Battle
Battles for Empire 2
Pride of Lions
The Sword and the Flame

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Sword and Spear/ Sword and Spear Fantasy
Regimental Fire and Fury
Open Combat
Chain of Command
Sharpe Practice 2
Wilderness Wars
Test of Honour
Field of Battle
Pike and Shotte (Warlord)
General de Armee (TFL)
Flames of War – Vietnamese/ WW2

Rules I still need to find to make my life better:

15mm Napoleonic mass battles rules (holy grail)
15mm War of the Spanish Succession mass battle rules
15mm Zombie mass battle rules


Command Decision Test of Battle Forum:


Din of Battle:


Henry Hyde’s Site:


Dan Mersey – author of a couple of rules sets we like:


Miniature Addiction:


Wasatch Front HMGS (Journals):




Big Force on Force (Great modern gaming)


Last Stand Dan:



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