Sunday, 5 July 2015

Waterloo Battle Day - Final Post

The ladies in the kitchen always have a great sense of humour and occasion!

Thanks for all of you who have stayed focused through the masses of photographs and my commentary on what was a great day.

As a change I wanted to highlight the wonderful people who attended, played, assisted, fed and humoured us for the day.

To all of them a very fond and heartfelt thanks!

Honorary French Consul Patrick Kedemos receives a gift from yours truly on behalf of the wonderful team
at the NWS and its members.  He would shortly roll the first dice for firing of the French Grand Battery!

The Cards enjoy a quick drink before Marcognet returns to battle!

One of the most intelligent initiatives we had put in place during the day was to have someone dedicated to welcoming visitors, liaising with the umpires and ensuring all was moving well.  We are very fortunate at the NWS to have Mike W, former President and current Life Member who has the charm, calmness and keen wit to pull of the role of NWS Waterloo Concierge, to a tee.  He even dressed for the occasion and awarded Tricolour Rosettes to the French players in the D'Erlons attack game.

Our Concierge Mike and Jean-Phillipe.

Steve, Martin, Ben and Chris observe the lie of the land.  Great players with heaps of fun had by all.

What better way to have a break than in the sun with a pint!  Richard, Andrew, Dave, Marty, Chris and Oliver
soak up the Australian rays!

Ben, Stephen, Steve B and Simon look on as Chris entertains us all.

Steve B, Ben and Steve Y look quite content.

After the conclusion of the battle we awarded what else but...Waterloo Medals!  These included "Die Hard" - awarded to Marty H for his magnificent defence of La Haye Sainte, "Beau Sabreur" for the best cavalry attack of the game and awarded to Ben for his sterling work with the Scots Greys.

Phil received the Marshall's Baton, Marty S the "To the Last man" and Alex the much coveted "He Did What?" medal for rolling extraordinary dice all battle - some very good and some very bad!

Medals for the various players - well done lads!!

Happy lads one and all.
Thanks again ladies.


Stephen N had brought in some of his own Napoleonic items to entertain the masses.

Original cannon ball

This was a favourite amongst our visitors.

Even the girls got in the spirit - Kerry and Chrissie impersonating "The Duellists"

The entire team - from left to right: Marty S, Steve, Cookie, Ben(back), Alex, Carlo, Lachlan (front), Marty H,
 Chris, Mike W and Andrew C.

Master of Ceremonies, Concierge to the Stars, Mike the Magnificent!!
Thanks to Rod Steiger for keeping children and adults entertained during the day.  Great initiative Marty H.

Cookie and I promised to be good to each other all day - mission 99% accomplished.  For the record - he was mistaken
in his interpretation :^)

Lots of interest, but what is Dave B up to near the order table?

Great Waterloo Napoleons Battle game put on by Mark H.


What shall we do next year?

16 comments:

  1. I say fight it all over again. You may have already done this Carlo but you've got much of what's needed for a Quatre Bras re-fight.

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    1. Now you are talking Greg- Quatre Bras would be sensational fun. Can I wait a year though?

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  2. Well done all - this is a great record of a very memorable wargaming occasion
    Chris
    http://notjustoldschool.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thanks so much Chris- as you know I have been following your blog closely and have been inspired to replicate a big of what you and your incredibly talented friends are doing. Cheers

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  3. Fantastic images from all your post Carlo I would love to duck over for a game with your club one day and roll some dice. Champion stuff mate.

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    1. Hi Nathan and thanks for your kind comments mate. You know you are always most welcome at anytime and the boys are always happy to bunk in together to give up a room for you and Bec!

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  4. Great job and pics of the crew.

    Much better have Mike the Magnificent on your Team than Magic Mike! :-)

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    1. Thank you Peter. Where we would we be without the crew on days like these. One of the very best things about the day was the fact that the boys all realised this was not about them playing a game rather they were there to demonstrate wargaming and interact with all who were interested. It was a great day!

      Magic Mike - oh oPeter how did I miss using that? Too good not to put in the memory banks for a future post - watch this space!

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  5. Fantastic finale post. Nice to see something a little different in terms of game review. It is after all a past time to enjoy and celebrate with friends. Looking forward now to a S of the S update?

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    1. Thanks mate - yes the Sudan has been ignored far too long. Organising a game for some club novices shortly. Should be huge fun. Yes, it is always great to acknowledge everyone who helps make the gaming so much of an enjoyment.

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  6. Great day - must do it again.

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    1. Absolutely Mark - maybe not quite as "grand" though 😃

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  7. A top final wrap of an excellent day. Thanks and congrats to you, Mark and all of the organisers. A big thanks to the vivandieres (don't tell them I called them that!).
    Next year? Austerlitz amazes, Borodino beckons, Leipzig lures Wagram warrants attention... the list is almost endless!

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    1. Cheers James. It was great to have yourself and fellow ANF mebers down mate-always a great pleasure. Next year - more Npaoleonics without a doubt!!

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  8. Looks like a wonderful event, well done!

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    1. Thanks very much Mark - alo very much enjoyed your wonderful photographs and reports from NZ. Stunning Game!

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