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AWI Campaign Ideas – Part 2

Since the last post I have been very busy but have still managed to add a bit more to the campaign idea.

We have agreed that the campaign will:

  • Play the boardgame “Skirmish” as normal until there is either a major battle or a naval battle. This is when both forces end their move in the same area.
  • Transfer this to the table top –  Each counter (Land or ship) =100pts
  • Before the campaign starts each counter is numbered and a force representing it is picked (see below).
  • After the battle forces are reviewed and consolidated with surplus counters being removed.
  • Each unit is to be tracked and their ratings can be modified depending on things such as: winning/losing/ engaged enemy.
  • The boardgame  has a watermark effect which shows hills, very subtle but this will be used to determine if the tabletop game (Land) will be set up as plain or hilly.
  • I have also used an Excel sheet to generate the terrain layout.

Here is the initial layout with a few of the counters numbered

sam_3956sam_3963Here is an example of what the counters represent.

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Army Lists

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Random Brigade

If anyone would like the spreadsheets then here they are.

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When the battle is to be played I transfer the units to their tabletop organisation.

british-table-top-organiserThis allows me to copy the cells from the bottom depending upon the units in the brigades and paste into their tabletop structure above. One of the Brigadiers becomes the CiinC. This can then be printed and used to track units through the game.

Here is the original excel sheets for both the British and Americans

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I have also been painting a few units ready for our first game

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A heavy gun and crew from Foundry

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Militia

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Militia

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Militia Brigade

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Lee’s Legion in Skirmish formation

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State Militia

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Riflemen

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The Grand battery. L to R Light,Medium,Light,Howitzer and Heavy

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Howitzer

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Medium with Light to the left

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Light

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Hope this is of some interest. Next blog I will cover the terrain generator.

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AWI Campaign Ideas – Part 1

Last month we didn’t have a big game. Instead Nathan came over and we played a few different board games. This was mainly due to use wanting to discuss rules and campaigns.

If you have read any of my posts before you will know that I quite like the AWI. With this in mind we played a very old game called skirmish by Milton Bradley, probable from the 60-70s.

skirmish-mbI will not bore you here with the mechanics but each side get a number of counters and for the British these are organised into 4 armies of 5 counters. They also have a number of sailing ships including a troop carrier with 2 reinforcement units for the British. These can only be requested once they have lost a major battle. The Americans have 16 counters but these are organised differently. They represent 13 militia units, 2 state militia units and the Continental army.  They also have a reinforcement ship which carries 4 counters. These can only be called for once they have won a major victory. There are two type of land battles. These are Major or skirmish. A major battle happens when a player maneuvers their army/unit to land directly on top of the opposition. A skirmish is when they end up adjacent to an army/unit. Skirmishes are resolved using a randomly drawn card.

skirmish-boardAnyway, while playing I started to think about this being transferred to the tabletop. Here are my thoughts:

  • Play the game as normal but when there is a “major” battle, transfer it to the table top.
  • Each counter equals 100pts.
  • Each counter if numbered could then be tracked.
  • Reinforcements for the British could include Hessians, and French for the Americans.
  • Army lists need to reflect our preferred rules” Field of Honor”.
  • Consideration regarding fortifications
  • Naval aspect – recently we have played a number of different sets and none so far delivering the killer blow. They all add something but not enough for any one set to be our choice. I think this is because we will need different sets for scales of battle. More later. Tomorrow we are playing  “Trafalgar” and “Galleys and Galleons”.
  • Terrain generation

I will now start on the army lists so back soon.

 

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January’s Game – The Bridge

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.

Background. 

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

Rules

We used our old favourites, Fields of Honor with house rules for the Indians.

Commanders

Americans – Laurie and Steve

British – Nathan

Umpire – Me

 

The Battle

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.

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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.

 

 

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1/2400 Naval – First Attempts

Sat down tonight and decided on painting something different. Have had enough of WW2.

A few nights ago while looking for the British 2Lbr guns I came across a box of Figurehead 1/2400 Napoleonic Naval. I had seen these on a web site and thought they may be fun to have. I have a number of 1200 scale ships but wanted to find a better ground scale and fight larger actions with smaller rated ships. I think I was interested in the War of 1812 and the Great Lakes era at the time of purchase. Probably like most wargamers, I bought them and put them on the “to do” shelf. On opening them up I forgot how small they were. I decided to have a go at some of the smallest I have, FN16 Cutters, if I could not make these look good then I would lose interest and they would be back on the auction site for sale.

In the pack were 3 models, so quickly I stuck them each on a cork to help holding them while painting, primed and within the last  hour I have painted and varnished them. I have to admit I am quite please with the end result and will move on to the rest of them some time soon.

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Not sure yet as to what set of rules I will be using yet, but open to any suggestions.

I would like to do games with 5-8 ships max usually commanded by one player, minimal book keeping and relatively fast play.

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Units of the AWI -The Queen’s Rangers Hussars

Below are a few pictures of my finished unit from Perry Miniatures. As some time I will do some foot.While painting my latest unit I wondered if there would be any benefit in sharing what I have found out about the unit?

The Queen’s Rangers are probably the most represented table top Loyalist unit that fought during the American war of Independence.  Originally raised in 1776 by Robert Rogers of “Roger’s Rangers” fame. During the AWI the commander was John Graves Simcoe. They fought at many battles including Brandywine, Germantown and Monmouth and many skirmishes. Originally an infantry regiment, Simcoe remodelled it into a “legionary” corps of consisting of both horse and foot.

Their distinctive headgear is rumoured to have come about due to a rider being shot by a Hessian Jaeger who mistakenly thought they were American. To avoid any mistake again a cap, made of black cloth (reinforced inside with leather or pasteboard) and decorated with a green “bag” hanging from the crown and the crescent device was introduced.

Below are a few pictures of my finished unit from Perry Miniatures.  Some time I will do some foot to go with them.

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Headgear – Black with green plume and silver crescent

Jacket – Green. I have done mine with Green facings as well to collar, cuffs and turn backs. Musicians and Officers have white piping to cuffs. I have also seen mention of Black facings.

Waistcoat – Green

Trousers – Green, Leather or later white.

Belts – Black

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July 4th Game. It can only be AWI – Guilford Courthouse

Well from the date I should have been prepared. But it was only the night before our game day when Nathan  point out the date and why were we doing a Napoleonic game?

With only a few hours notice I came up with the following interpretation of Guilford Courthouse.  I would never normally use unpainted figures but we just did not have enough painted for all units. So please accept my apologies.

The Battle of Guilford Court House was fought on March 15th, 1781.

This battle at first sight could look a hard or pointless one to play. The British with 1900 men compared to the American 4500. I like this battle as it really pushes the British player and their choice of tactics. The vast amount of the American force was militia! That said, they are behind fencing with support on the flanks and to the rear. All that was asked of them was 3 shots and then they could retire. More importantly Nathanael Greene had taken some advice and positioned a few chosen men behind the militia with orders to shoot the first to run, at least until they had fired their three!

The British really only had one way to attack. Up the main road, hoping to clear the 3 defensive lines of Americans without losing too many themselves.

Historically

The battle raged for around two hours with progress being slow due to the heavy amounts of hand to hand required to clear the fences with the bayonet!  Greene decided his mainly Militia force should retire to fight another day and ordered his troops to disengage and retire. This gave the British the ground and the victory but it was at too heavy a cost. The British had received  nearly 25% casualties not enabling  Cornwallis to effect a pursuit.  Greene managed to retreat his army nearly in tact with less than 5% casualties.

Cornwallis did not/could not pursue Greene’s army. Instead, Cornwallis abandoned his campaign for the Carolinas and led his troops towards Virginia and Yorktown. There they were besieged by a joint force of American and French and after 3 weeks on Oct 19th 1781, Cornwallis was forced to surrender.

Our game

The figures are  Perry and Foundry. From both Nathan and my own collections.

Fields are a cut up doormat from Homebase, evening before. One made all the fields and only £8.99

Snake fences from Treefella on eBay

Trees mostly home made with a few from K&M – see earlier blog on how I made them.

Courthouse is really North American PLANTATION/ TOWN HOUSE w. PORCH from Arcane Scenery and Models – not sure if they are the manufacturer. This was finished this morning!

We used our favourite rules for this period ” Field of Honor” the AWI version. If you ever see a copy pick them up they are good even if someone should have spent a bit of time proof reading as sometime they miss the odd word out. They also come with a full campaign set of rules and 2 large colour fold out map and counters to replay a number of scenarios. We have added a few house rules which can add a little more what ifs.

Being honest the game played out pretty much like the real thing. Sniping from the American riflemen caused the British to slow down until they realised that they had to clean them which they did, though at a cost. The 1st line of militia held up well and managed to cause a few casualties before in one turn it all went wrong. One of the militia units took a hit and because I had given the first line a shaken status I rolled a one and off they went. Unfortunately a couple other units saw them go and decided to follow! Their command and even Greene himself tried to rally them but nothing was stopping them.

The British moved on to the second line and after a firefight with no clear winner they went in with the bayonet. This had the desired effect of clearing some of the second line but it was at a cost to high for the British commander to consider tackling the 3rd line. I like Greene retire my forces having sent a commander on what must have been a thoroughbred racehorse to catch and stop the militia.

You will find the map, combined OOB and record sheet and some options on representing the Militia.

We are glad we tried this scenario and cannot wait to try it again.

Option1.

In this game I started the 1st line, militia as shaken. This will help replicate the shakiness of them. If you want to replicate the above use of regulars, encouraging  them to stand and fire three, then they could start the game as Steady

Option 2.

Fire three rounds.

Tempted to fire three and retire. Check morale of the militia as soon as a British unit becomes visible to them. On a fail, the unit fires regardless of the range. Pass and they don’t fire. Check every turn. Once they have fired the three:

    • Their morale automatically drops to shaken

Or

    • They test morale with a -1 for having fired their 3 rounds. This could remain in throughout the remainder of the game . They are just itching to get away.

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Taking A Break From The War of the Roses

I have to admit that I have finally had enough painting War of the Roses figures. In the last month I have painted and based over a 100 figures.

So to forget it all on Saturday myself and Nathan had a game of AWI. This was the first AWI game for Nathan.

We used Field of Honor war game rules with a few house rules. We allocate a playing card to each Commander and one for the end of the turn. Plus a few others which I will detail if interested in a later blog.

FOH AWI RulesThe Forces

These were basically what ever I had on the shelf. AWI is a new period for me so I do not have too much, yet!

Americans

CinC

Brigade commander No1 had 3 Battalions of State Militia, 1 Battalion of Green Militia and a Medium Gun

Brigade commander No2 had 2 Battalions of State Militia and a unit of Continental dragoons.

 

The British

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Brigade commander No1 had 1 Battalion of line,  1 combined light infantry battalion, 1 Battalion of Grenadiers and a Medium Gun

Brigade commander No2 had 3 Battalion of line and 1  light infantry company( skirmishers).

 

Scenario.

If you can call it one was a meeting engagement. I threw down some terrain boards, lined the roads with Picket fence, A plantation house and some trees. Both sides deployed and………………..

 

Battle Report

Turn One.

Brit No.2 commander is drawn – All units deployed to the left of the road with the light infantry company racing out in front having spotted a brigade of Americans through the trees.

Brit No 1 commander is drawn – Units deploy to the right hand side of the road.

American  No.1 commander starts to deploy troops to the left of the road.

American No.2 commander started to march his troop along the connecting road.

American CinC – With his command range he manages to reactivate both junior commands. They carry on as before except the artillery which deployed last move decides to fire at the Grenadiers. They roll 3 D10 needing a score of 7 to hit (Base score is a 5 to hit  but -1 off the die for Smoothbore artillery and another -1 for the long range ( 38″)). I rolled 2/8/9. Therefore two possible hits. Nathan needs a 5+ to save, he rolls a 2 + 2 A class =4 =Casualty and a 5 +2=7= saved.

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British skirmishers move to occupy the woods

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British left flank

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Americans coming down the road to meet up at the house

 

End of turn card – All units that have not been activated may fire.

Turn 2

American commander 1 is drawn and this enable his 2 lead units to advance up to the fence. Artillery fires again at the Grenadiers but no effect this time.

British Commander 2 light infantry company advance a take a shot at the continental dragoons. ( House rule – Skirmishers can make a half move and fire). They inflict a casualty on the dragoons.

American CinC He allows the commander 1’s infantry now lining the picket fence to fire at the line and grenadiers. The State militia manage to inflict a casualty on the line and an even better surprise was the two hits inflicted upon the grenadiers by the Green militia. Unfortunately for me, Nathan managed to save one of them and avoid losing completely the grenadier battalion. This certainly made him nervous. there was a counter artillery fire where a casualty was inflicted on the British crew. This reduced them to two strength points but more importantly meant they could only roll two dice in attack. American commander no.2 is in command range of the C in C so he gets all his units to right turn. This enable the infantry to have soft cover from the fence and enable the cavalry to think about chasing off the annoying skirmishers.

End of Turn – All units that have not been activated may fire. British right wing (No.1 have a fire but not a single hit.

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American right turn to face the threat in the woods

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Turn 3

American C in C – I unleash all the fury my side can muster. Unfortunately with no damage. I roll a D6 for the Dragoons to clear the fence and the lose 6 ” of movement so they move 2″ in total. A state regiment sent to support the dragoons only lose 1″ and so move 5″ towards the British left flank.

End of turn – The British right inflict a casualty on each unit with the centre left taking two and me not saving any. They are removed from play. I have to admit that I do not feel so sure of a victory. The British skirmishers inflict another casualty on the dragoons and the artillery hit the American artillery causing a single casualty.

 

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British skirmishers fire on the Dragoons

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American left flank

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British left

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American left receiving fire and casualties

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American advancing on the British having negotiated the fence

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American left with a gap!

Another three turns and it was all over. I retreated my troops from the field leaving the British in charge. I had ended up losing my dragoons, artillery and a state militia unit while the British only lost their artillery.

 

Conclusion

A fantastic time was had by all. The ebb and flow of the battle was great and we thought very realistic. Rules played ideally and we will probably borrow the morale and charge rules from the bigger 19th century version.

Nathan had the rules off to a tee with in two turns. Both agreed that they will be ideal for the bigger games we would like to put on. It also meant that as we sat and reviewed the 19th Century version and spotted the ACW I think it may be an era I may go back into again for the 3rd time!!!!!!!

 

Info

Figures are from my collection and are Foundry and Perry.

Fencing is from Treefella on ebay. Great value if you don’t have time to spare to make it yourself.

Trees are home made.  They are cheap and easy to make.Please check out earlier blog. https://gcooksonblog.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/how-to-make-trees/

The plantation house was from Arcane Scenery and Models. Great model that goes together well.

 

Next

Like most pleasures there is now a period of guilt! Back to the War of the Roses.

 

 

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