|Marching my division across the Belgian countryside toward our objective, a small town|
After playing The Last Success much of yesterday, I finished the evening with a session of Scourge of War: Waterloo to have a slightly different Napoleonic experience.
|Part of a brigade deployed in a divisional l'ordre mixte.|
I was not a huge fan of SOW:WL when first released. It played a lot like "American Civil War dressed up in Napoleonic uniforms." I set the game aside for a good while, but it seems like with the release of the Quatre Bras DLC, patches, and a few well-chosen mods, the game is a decent Napoleonic command simulator now.
|Our objective is the village ahead. It appears to be defended by Prussian lancers|
|Disciplined French musketry and square formations take a toll on the Prussian cavalry|
|Things did not go entirely in favor of the French, though. Here the Prussians are in pursuit of a fleeing French infantry regiment that failed to form square in time.|
|Slowly advancing infantry supported by the division's artillery have pushed the Prussian cavalry out of the village and crossroads.|
I honestly pity the players who can't seem to get past what seems to me to be a very simplistic view of what a simulation like this can be, and insist on trying to maximize control of their units in an ahistorical manner. They are really missing a phenomenal experience of an 19th century command simulator, something that's very difficult to get in a solo experience.
|Roughly equal casualties, but my force carried the position and held it. Accomplishing the mission is the most important thing!|