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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.

Guilford Courthouse game mapGuilford American OOBGuilford British OOB

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Legionary 2015 2nd May 2015

The day of the show.

I was up and pack by 6.30am for the drive to the show. Left home at 7.00am and arrived at 7.08am. Hung around till 7.30 when the show organisers turned up. (Must read invite).

The show venue is great. Plenty of free parking and all on the level. In fact as I was one of the first to arrive I was allowed to drive into the venue and park next to the table to help unloading. The other great benefit is that they also have access to a professionally run café. So once I had set up and then the  others turned up, we went for breakfast.

Traders

There were a very good selection of traders.

One in particular that convinced me to part with some money was Charlie Foxtrot Models http://www.charliefoxtrotmodels.com/

Having sold my Grand Manner builds of Cartentan to fund the War of The Roses collection I was either in the market place for some alternatives that were hopefully cheaper, lighter to carry  and less fragile or sell my WW2 28mm collection including my Dad’s Army troops.

Well Charlie Foxtrot models offered me the solution. A  vast selection of models are already available and having had a discussion with the owner regarding future releases, he confirmed plans for at least a School, funeral parlour and many more ideas.  Please check out their website. http://www.charliefoxtrotmodels.com/   it is really good and offers tutorials on assembly etc.

The Game 

The game was based around the forces involved at Bosworth.

The boys from Plymouth, Brian and Laurie turned up and along with Nathan they selected the forces they were to command.  Nathan taking the Yorkist force while Brian and Laurie commander the Tudor force. I have to admit that it was at this time we decided that the Stanley forces of Sir William and Thomas would be for show. They can be seen below skirting the edge of the far river bank.

Both side started to advance towards each other and the first to engage were Oxford’s mounted knights against Surrey’s knights. This melee ebbed and flowed for a while until Surrey reinforced the melee. This opened up the Tudor left flank and forced Oxford on to the defensive. Surrey’s troops continued to advance and engaged Archers, Billmen and dismounted knights finally fighting all the way to Oxford himself where he was heroically dragged from his mount and killed.

This put pressure on the Tudor centre which was taking casualties. Shrewsbury tried to turn his troops to support his army’s centre but too late.

Henry was hunted down and killed.

VICTORY TO RICHARD III.

Summary.

Everybody including gamers and viewers seemed to enjoy the game and the rules sparked a bit of interest. With a 1000+ troops on the table it played really well. We did change a few aspects of the rules afterwards and I will publish an updated version later this week.

I apologise for the quality of some of the shots but for some reason the normally reliable camera seemed to be playing up on the day. WSS and Wargame Illustrated were both at the show so hopefully they may publish some better shots of the game.

Below are some shots of the figures involved:

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The Table top 12×5 with all the forces deployed

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Richard III’s battle

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More of Richard’s Battle

 

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Norfolk’s Battle. These troops are his son’s The Earl of Surrey

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Oxford’s Battle

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View down the Tudor battle lines

 

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Tudor’s Battle with supplies cart.

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Shrewsbury’s battle

 

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Shrewsbury’s Battle

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Shrewsbury starts to advance

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Richard’s troops advance towards Henry’s

 

 

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Richard’s battle coming to grips with henry Tudor’s forces holding the central ground

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Surrey’s dismounted men at arms start to steam roller through Oxford’s troops.

 

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Both sides are moving up to engage

 

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Northumberland’s troops close down on Henry in a similar way to Richard was hunted down in real life!

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Ricard’s supply wagon provides much needed ammo to Surrey’s gun.

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Surrey’s troop engage Oxford’s billmen.

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Oxford supporting his archers who have been contacted by Surrey’s Men at Arms. The Tudor left flank after a strong start, starts to break up. This is a desperate last chance.

 

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Northumberland’s troops start to advance again, protected! by Burgundian handgunners.

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William and Thomas Stanley’s troops

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Thomas Stanley ventures across the bridge

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Surrey’s troops looking across towards their target, Oxford.

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Shrewsbury starts to swing his troops to support the Tudor centre. Too late to save the day though!

 

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