Have had a bit of down time with war-gaming with Christmas etc.
Now I am back in the flow as we all got together for our first game of the new year.
We decided to put on an AWI game.
Both sides had identified the need to secure a river crossing. The British had sent a small force to take and hold the objective. This included what can best be described as a Light Brigade consisting of Light infantry , Hessian Jagers and Indians!
Thankfully for the British they out marched their line infantry companions and made it to the bridge before anyone else.
Arrival for both sides was random, see OOB
We used our old favourites, Fields of Honor with house rules for the Indians.
Americans – Laurie and Steve
British – Nathan
Umpire – Me
The British lights had decided to strategically place themselves behind the fence line and await the on coming Americans. This was also described by the American command as hiding!
The Americans were the first to get their 2nd Brigade on the table followed the next turn with a quick 6 bring on their last brigade. The British were a little slower and at one point it looked like the Americans would be engaging in melee with the lights before any British support arrived. The Americans sent two brigades up the road and another towards the river beside the fields as they believed the river to be fordable.
The American lead brigade of militia got held up in a fire fight with the British lights, this in turn blocked the road and never really managed to allow the 3rd Brigade to pass them and get into the fight. The 3rd brigade got so frustrated that they resorted to deploying their artillery on the bridge to provide supporting fire. While this did help, it also blocked the bridge forcing the infantry to wade across the river. On their left flank they had crossed the river just in time to engage the British 3rd Brigade that had finally advanced up the road.
Both sides traded shots and attempted to engage in melee but the willingness and determination of the militia was never quite enough.
Attrition managed to whittle the Americans down in to a too weakened a force to carry the day. They withdrew in good order to fight another day allowing the British to sneak out from the fences and hold the bridge( American commander not me).
Here are a few shots of the game. Figures are Perry and Foundry and from both Nathan and my own collections.
This was the first game of AWI that Steve and Laurie had played and both confessed it was an interesting era and may possibly pick some figures up at their local show PAW2016 which is on in a couple of weeks.