Washington Post: Re-creating the Battle of Waterloo, with 250,000 six-millimeter-tall toy soldiers

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Washington Post: Re-creating the Battle of Waterloo, with 250,000 six-millimeter-tall toy soldiers

By Tom Dunkel

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Miniature French battalions advance upon the British. (Mike Morgan/For The Washington Post)

Flowers are in full spring bloom outside Bruce Weigle’s Alexandria home, but inside it’s the dead of winter: January 1871 to be exact.

Weigle is refereeing a step-back-in-time battle from the Franco-Prussian War being waged by Bob Williams and Tim Tilson — pretend Prussian commanders — and Steve St. Clair and Dave Cashin — their faux French counterparts. Dice rolls and data cards determine troop movements and casualties. War without gore.

Occupying a table top in the center of Weigle’s “gaming” room is a 6-by-7 foot swatch of 19th-century France: a Styrofoam-and-cloth scale model of the village of St. Quentin and environs that he built himself.. ….

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