From Module 2, which was all about scenario design and a few selected battles (that did not make it into the original main rulebook) the map layout for Leipzig has four 'tabletops' as depicted:
|"Tables" A - B - C|
|"Table" D and layout|
Another thought has come to mind from the reading of David Chandler on the subject of Leipzig battle. The Allied 'plan' was roughly divided into four sectors:
The battlefield of Leipzig covers a wide sweep of ground, divided by the Rivers Elster, Pleisse, Luppe and Parthe. The city stands at the confluence of the first two named, and in 1813 the terrain separating them was extremely marshy and wooded. The old city and its suburbs lay to the est and north of this difficult area, and the single road running westward from the Rannstdt Gate to the village of Lindenau was carried along and extensive embankment cut by several wooden and stone bridges. Near Lindenau, another stream - the River Luppe - leaves its parent the Elster and runs away to the northwest roughly parallel to the main river enclosing between them another swampy region. Immediately to the north of the suburb of Pffandorf, the Parthe tributary leaves the Elster in a northeasterly direction, before describing a broad southerly sweep towards its source near Kolm Berg.
These four rivers, radiating out from Leipzig, divide the surrounding circle of country into four main sectors. Approximately to the south of teh city lie the marshy areas already referred to. To the west, between the Elster and the Luppe, lie two roads, running from Lindenau to Merseburg and Weissenfgels respectively. Here the ground is at first very flat and open, but five miles down the Weissenfels road near Markranstadt the terrain on each side of teh highway becomes increasingly hilly. The northern sector lies between the Elster ad the Parthe. Here again the country lay open and fairly level, with a number of roads radiating out toward Halle, Duben and Eilenburg. The fourth and most significant area, destined to see much of the battle, lies between the Parthe and the Upper Pleisse. It is marked by a series of low ridges runnign outward from Leipzig toward two pieces of relatively high ground - the Galgenberg (lying between the villages of Wachau and Liebertwolkowitz) and the Kolm Berg, some two miles to the east. Although the undulating nature of the terrain and the large number of villages and hamlets made it a naturally strong defensive position, much of the countryside was very open and well suited to large-scale cavalry action. Several important roads cross the area, running toward Wurzen, Dreseden, Grimma, and Borna. Linking these were a large number of earthen lateral farm tracks of dubious military value.
~ D. Chandler, The Campaigns of Napoleon, p. 923
Allied forces were so concentrated to move inwards towards Leipzig along these four sectors, with only (relatively) small crossing forces dispatched from the south to enter the marshy westward sector (where the final escape route lay). This means that, for tabletop purposes, the western sector can be 'simulated' via other means and a concentration on the south east and north regions can be done. Indeed this is generally what the Avalon Hill scenario aims to achieve.
For someone wanting to simulate this great battle, I would first request a general battle plan from the Allied commanders, and keeping the Schwartzenberg, Alexander and Blucher players apart while they did their planning. The French player could lay out their outer defenses and keep any reserve details secret. Then once this was done, on paper, I would lay out the battle for tabletop action based on the advances that the allied commands called for. This way the best use of the 'tabletop' gets put into use and the overall battle can still be actively pursued without the need for an immense table or some other such 'accommodations' as trap-doors or player cut-outs, when it is understood that vast areas of the battlefield will, by necessity will be either inactive or simply vacant.
Likewise, there is no need to depict the ground that any allied 'reserves' are standing on or marching from.