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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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November’s Game – Napoleonics

The consensus of the usual players was for a Napoleonic Game.

Having recently visited the Elite Miniature website I spotted a great scenario on there. I decided to give it a try. The basic plot is that a Spanish garrison is holding a town blocking the advance of the French. The British with a few Portuguese are rushing to help save the day.

Here are the Orders Of Battle

The table was 9×5 and dominated by 2 large tree covered hills and a large town in the the centre. The focus was the town and this would be the first time this type of feature had such a prominent role in one of our games and would test the rules.Map

French commanders 1,2,3 and 4 and their direct commands were placed on the French table edge.

The Spanish were the only Allied units on the table and they were holding the town. Initially one unit holding each quarter of the town, artillery on the road deployed facing the oncoming French and the Dragoons outside awaiting a suitable target.

The main French attach lead by Brigadier Heller advanced towards the village in columns with skirmishers to the front. As they got close the Spanish dragoons fancied making a name for themselves and charged. They contacted a unit of skirmishers before they had a chance to fire ( They decided to stand and fire but rolled a score on the fire dice for the range at which they fired that was greater than the distance to the cavalry). This meant they were automatically wiped out. The dragoons realising how easy it was carried on into the French columns. Here they hit a column before it could get into square but it held and for the next couple of turns a furious melee was acted out which ended in the dragoons being wiped out although they had inflicted some damage to the infantry. What this really did though was to brake up the attack so that not all the French hit the town at the same time! This gave the Spanish to move all the infantry to the half of the village nearest the French. In our rules each building represented can hold a battalion. Attacking the town gives the defender a +2 advantage. To get into the town the Spanish must either be destroyed or vacate a building which would allow the French to move in and then fight house to house). Over the next 6 turns the melee continued to ebb and flow with both sides at times thinking they had carried the fight. Unbelievably the Spanish morale held even though casualties were building.

In the meantime more French had arrived and were moving through both hills to envelope the town. the horse battery deploying on the hill to give supportive fire into the town. The British had also started to arrive. Deploying either side of the road and bracing for the expected French attacks.

Back in the town the fight was grinding to an end. The Spanish had gallantly fought to the last man. The artillery being the only surviving unit but that was in full route, not being rallied before it routed right off the table. The town was open for the taking. How could get to occupy it first? This was were the British were given a life line, by the French! A random event was drawn and it was “The master spy” card. This allowed the next activation card to look at the follow 6 activation cards and rearrange into an order that suited them. A very powerful card. This could have allowed the french to activate their units first and then place the “end of turn” card before any British card. Unfortunately this did not happen and in a panic the French place the End of Turn card as the next to be drawn, therefore ending the turn. Next turn the British were activated first and allowed them to move reinforcements into their end of the town. The French did move into their end of the town but now they would have to get involved in house to house fighting.

The British were not having a great day, their firing was not causing the casualties they hoped for and losing all faith they moved more and more units into the town. The French right flank came down off the hill to engage the British moving into the town. This advance was only halted by the late appearance of some British and Portuguese Light Dragoons to their flank. The Light Dragoons went in catching a French column in the flank. It did mange to hold though. This fear caused the remaining French units to all form square. I could almost feel the sense of Christmas coming early for the British artillery seeing this new dense target that surely even they could not miss.( They had been rolling terrible dice). The panic in the British was also true on their right flank as they abandoned their position upon the french cavalry coming down the hill and raced for the town, leaving a few skirmishers to stem the on coming cavalry.

Last turn of the day heard the British give a sigh of relief as the Portuguese infantry finally turned up. The French had their cavalry and Italian reinforcements also turn up. Everybody now have the confidence that they could win the day.

In all we had about 5 hours of full on gaming with many breaks for tea and chatting and an hour or so for lunch.

It was decided that we would leave the game as was and continue next month. So Part One is complete what can Part 2 hold? Will any more reinforcements turn up, will the squares hold, can the French clear the town or can the British clear it.

Figures and terrain  are all from my collection, mainly Perry and Victrix with a few Elite. Town and trees were homemade.

Rules – Our own house set called “King George Commands and We Obey”. See link to rules on side of page if interested.

 

 

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Spanish Dragoons

Recently my collection has been growing in too many areas as once again, I have been drawn into looking through the “to be painted pile”. To be fair these have been sat on my painting shelf for the last 4 months partly done but I finally dragged myself away from other areas to finish them.

I think the issue was how to paint Yellow, a lot of it and yet still look good? After a few false starts I settled on “Miniature Paints’ – Mustard” with a wash of Army Painter strong wash.

They are from the Elite Miniatures range and they were bought to go with my Spanish collection. The figures are not some of the best I have ever seen from Elite but they are the only ones they make. The choice of pose is poor; one officer, musician, standard and trooper. The detail on the trooper is less defined, when compared to their normal quality.

Numancia Dragoon Regiment

Like most Spanish dragoons the uniform was Yellow, a lot of yellow. Trousers, jackets with red turn backs, waistcoats. The only distinction was the facing colours on the collar, cuffs and lapels. In this case Black. Saddle cloth and pistol holders in yellow with white edging. Bicorn black edged in white with red cockade and plume.

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September’s Game – ECW

It has been a long time, over 2 tears since we have played an English Civil War game. I don’t now why either.

Over the last month I have been writing a new set of rules for the period, that follows the same format as our other rule sets. This was to be the first test play of them.

I have to admit I think they played well and the two players Laurie and Stephen enjoyed the game and picked up the core ideal of the rules in a few turns. I won’t talk about the rules now but will upload them soon for you to have a look at.

 

The game was a pretty balanced affair.

Royalist OOB Parliamentarian OOB

Setup was traditional, 2 cavalry wings and infantry in the centre.

Both sides opened up with artillery fire and first blood to the Parliamentarians as they inflicted a casualty on a Royalist foot unit in their centre who never having been under artillery fire before, failed their morale and became shaken. With the confidence of this the Parliamentarian centre started off across the centre ground to meet the opposing Royalist foot.

The left hand Royalist cavalry traded harsh glares at the Parliamentarians opposite, neither wishing to advance into the crops and possibly be caught at a disadvantage. Over on the right flank Sir Byron was more than happy to take his Royalist cavalry across the open terrain and have a go at the Parliamentarian upstarts opposite. Over the next couple of turns they closed in on each other.

Both players soon started to realise that to get a plan to work you need to build that plan around your commanders’ abilities and ensure you have them in the right places at the right time. I think the Royalists(Laurie) sussed this out a few turns below the Parliamentarians( Stephen). What bought it home to them was that by having your commanders in the correct locations Laurie managed to activate his right cavalry wing three times in a turn( Initially activated by Rupert, then by Lord Wilmot and finally Sir Byron). This enabled the Royalists to engage the Parliamentarian cavalry with their and fight two rounds of melee (Not all going their way). this turned out to be an epic stage of the battle as both sides traded blows and won and lost ground.

meanwhile in the centre….

A Parliamentarian unit had broken and unfortunately decided that they had done their fair share and routed, heading for their table edge.

The Royalists had also lost a unit to artillery fire.

It was at this point that Stephen realised that his commanders where probably not quite up to the standards of the Royalist commanders and due to the poorer command ranges he was not getting as many activations as he would have liked.

Laurie was feeling confident on his right wing and decide to bridge the gap in his centre with his left flank cavalry. He started to bring them over the ford and towards the centre. This caused a huge traffic jam at the ford as units started to block other units and this in turn resulted in many activations being wasted. Having seen this happen the Parliamentarians decide to advance with their right wing cavalry towards the now sparsely occupied Royalist left. This was however hampered by the terrain and lack of command!

The right wing Royalist cavalry got to grips with each other.  The melees carried on for a few turns until finally Laurie managed to reinforce a melee with a second unit causing the utter defeat of the last Parliamentarian cavalry unit of their left. The centre was open as the only thing now stopping the cavalry swinging around to hit the centre was the routing Parliamentarian unit. Stephen tried desperately to rally them, hoping to plug the gap. Unfortunately the Royalist left wing were now in the centre field and engaging the foot who attempted to fire on the charging cavalry but did not have time for accurate fire and caused no damage to the incoming cavalry. The result was final.

Everybody said they enjoyed it and the rules for the most part seemed to play right.

In the meantime before the rules are uploaded here are some pictures of the game. All are from my collection and are mostly Redought with a few Front Rank and Foundry.

 

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The Royalist opening positions

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Royalist Centre

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Parliamentarian left Wing. View of the impending large cavalry engagement from the Parliamentarians view point.

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The clash of cavalry

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The on going cavalry clash with Royalist reserves waiting to join the melee.

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Parliamentarian initial positions

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Parliamentarian centre advancing

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Royalist left wing cavalry

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Parliamentarian right wing

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Royalist left wing start to head for the centre

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Royalist cavalry nearly in the centre about to deploy to face parliamentarian infantry opposite

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The cavalry stand off on Royalist right wing

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Royalist right wing cav

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Royalist right wing cav at start of game with Byron out in front

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Royalist cav cross the ford

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Parliamentarian right wing cav start to advance unfortunately too late to save the day.

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Royalist cav now in the centre engage the parliamentarian foot.

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Final nail in the Parliamentarian coffin. The Royalist cavalry in the centre break the Parliamentarian foot.

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August’s Game – Like a lot of Brits we went to Spain.

I had received a request for a Napoleonic game. Steve had only played Napoleonics once before so I decided on an engagement battle with the British having the added task of trying to secure an point of entry. As was normal in the Peninsula, the British were outnumbered in cavalry but had their new secret weapon, Congreve Rockets! and hopefully the promised assistance of the local Spanish Commander, who assured the British he would be there as soon as he could.

The terrain was laid out. The British were to come on from the main south road (A) with a small advance force having held the hill line. The French were able to come on along the whole length of their edge. Both flanks had been secured with cavalry although poor leader abilities may mean that the cavalry may not be as active as the French commander (Steve) may like.

The Rules

Our own set ” King George Commands And We Obey”  KGCAWO.

The Forces

French OOBBritish OOB

The Map

the game was 10×6

Map

How it went

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The French came on to the table in a confident manner securing both flanks. Their brigade of infantry that started on the far right flank began to advance upon an increasingly isolated British light dragoons, who patiently awaited the arrival of the Portuguese brigade.

The Portuguese decided to support the Light dragoons by taking up residence in the village of Blanco Aqua which spanned the river.

The French columns of Grenadiers, eager to get to grips with the British started to advance upon the brigade holding the hill line. In fact they were so keen to engage they started to pull away from the rest of the French army. They had out-marched in particular the brigade next to them, who were in mixed order. The British gunners on the hill spotted them and switched to them as a target (No skirmish screen to protect). Worst still, although not sure for who they had drawn the attention of the rocket troop!  With a mighty whoosh the rockets screamed into the air. Nathan’s dice throwing allowed the rocket to head on a straight path towards the target, at least for a while. Then, all of a sudden the rocket started to turn, back upon itself heading towards the foot gunners on the hill. Luckily for them the last die Nathan threw was a 1 and so the rocket came down just short of the crew, forcing them and another two British units the rocket had flown over to test. Luckily all survived unharmed but it did mean that once the laughing had finished the French commanded commented that it may be a lethal weapon on shaky troops, if only it would fly correctly.

The French right wing cavalry engaged and destroyed the light dragoons but were driven off from getting closer to the village by some accurate fire from the Portuguese inside the village. It was at this time things were starting to get tense in the centre. The French had been steadily advancing upon the British with minimal casualties. The deployed light regiments in front of the attack columns really paid off. This was not true from the French Grenadiers who had suffered terribly. Luckily for hem the French left wing cavalry had managed to advance in support and this in turn had force the British heavy dragoons to retire and forced the end British line unit into square.

The next turn a fate/ fortune card revealed a previously unknown ford in the river. Whoever’s action card was drawn next decided where they thought the ford was and on a 4-6 it was there. The next card out was French Light Cavalry Division, they identified the river area between the town and the hill and threw a 6. This allowed them to advance through the river and threaten the British centre!

The French centre were in melee with their columns against Picton’s brigade. Only stout defending managing to save the day. With the light cavalry ready to pick off the remaining British, accurate and timely fire from artillery and the Portuguese in the town convinced the cavalry they may have advanced too far.

The Game was declared a British minor victory. What happened to the Spanish Commander. well he could arrive on any turn after the 8th turn. This came and went, as did the 9th, 10th and 11th. He never managed to get a way from his mistress in time to get to the battle!

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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

CinC

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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War 1812 Painted unit update Part 2 US Dragoons

US Light Dragoons (Old Glory pack WAA014)

Over the last week I finished off the 2nd unit for my new Old Glory 1812 Armies. I intend to build my units around the battle of Crysler’s Farm. The flag is speculative and is a reduced sized infantry flag.

Nice figures although the officer may be considered a little too enthusiastic waving sword in one hand and helmet in other. Maybe a past relative of Rooster Cogburn!

In the Rules, KGCAWO they will have the following unit characteristics for Crysler’s Farm scenario. 2nd US Light Dragoon D/C/C Carbine. Only one troop, so starts game with 1 Strength point.

 

Uniform Details There are a number of variations shown but I have opted for the most common version.

Helmet – Black casket style helmet with white horse hair crest with a white over light blue plume and silver plate.

Jacket – French blue with collar, cuffs and turnbacks also French blue. Black braiding on the front. Trousers – white or buff

Boots – Knee high and black

Belt – white with brass buckle

Gloves – white and/or buff Waterbottle – standard issue skyblue/blue grey

Saddlecloth  Blue edged white for the men and silver for the officer.

Musician –   coat with collar and cuffs, all grey. Otherwise as the rest of the unit.100_2632 100_2631 100_2630

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