Tag Archives: OOB

Legionary 2018 – The British are here. Day of the Show

On the day of the show everything went smooth. The journey to the show took only 6 minutes, I was first there so drove into the show and unloaded my car next to my allocated tables.

Within 90 mins I had the game set up, just as the rest of the boys from Plymouth turned up so we went for a fry up. The catering on site is the best of any show I have ever attended.

Terrain laid out now just add the troops

Sarissa Plantation house and barn with Renedra Church

River and bridge crossing by Amera Plastics

Renedra Cabin with door mat crops and hay stacks

The table size was 9×6

Here are the orders of battle.

Copy of Legionary 2018 Record sheet American Copy of Legionary 2018 Record sheet British

Procedure change

Normally we allocate a card to each commander and randomly draw then to see who is activated. We also include an end of turn card which allows all unactivated commanders to initiate a command test or fire, it also requires the shuffling of the reformed pack. Having just bought the Battle honours rules for WW2 we decided we would allocate a colour of card and allow the activated player to chose which commander to activate. The Joker was the end of turn.

The game

The British suffered in the first couple of turns as most of the Americans were activated  but only one or two British were before the end of turn. The Hessians took and early casualties from the heavy gun of the Americans and this in turn seemed to fixate the British on counter battery fire when activated.

Americans marching past their camp towards the sound of the guns

British advancing towards the Plantation. Light regiment to the fore

Hessians advance to the fence line all the time being pick off by Morgan’s rifles and a dogged 2lber gun.

British right flank entering the table

American left flank enter the table

Hessian batteries open up!

The British /Hessian centre tried to advance and capture the centre of the field. Holding the fence line was a small command of Moprgan’s rifle and a 2lber cannon. While this may not seem too much of a challenge, the marksmen’s ability and the range of the rifles made the Hessians too nervous and ended up targeting the rifles with cannon fire. Bad dice rolls for the British trying to hit the skirmishers and brilliant saving rolls by Steve in particular for the Americans meant they hang around far too long than the British wanted. By the time the rifles had been cleared the American centre was full of support.

The British Cavalry had attempted to advance and capture the centre ground but accurate howitzer fire caused many of the British cavalry to break.

Riflemen and cannon fire into the advancing Hessians

First unit to be broken!

A woman cleans the cabin hope the advancing British in the rear don’t burn it down.

American CinC with his dragoon guards

American heavy gun. This is a foundry model and comes with 6 figures but I only needed 4 as each figure represents the no. of damage dice is hits with.

British Cavalry advance towards the town centre. Due to bad dice they were to stay there too long and become the target of the American Howitzer.

British lights reach the plantation at the edge of the town.

closer look at the gun

The British native units were making their war steadily through the woods next to the river. this eventually bought them out at the bridge. Not wishing to venture into the open to the poor morale when in the open they shot from the wood edge hitting the mounted militia.

The British left was now trading shots with the American right which was advancing through the plantation and engaging the enemy, very well it must be said.

British right firing at the distant enemy. Maybe if they can capture the cabin the owner may provide refreshments or they could always burn it down!

American left wher militia are advancing through the woods

A cheers goes up in the British camp as the first American unit breaks and flees from the plantation

American left engage with British right in a fight for the cabin.

Morgan’s rifle get the reinforcements they hoped for.

View from rear of American right

Camp scene vignette from Perry

The Game ended and it was generally felt that while the British never secured the field, while the American’s were not in a great state to hold it. The American’s won though and so it was time to adjourn to the onsite cafe and have some Tea, I think the American may have even choked on it!!

Thank to Combine Oppos Wargame Group of Brian (British), Steve (American), Laurie(American) and Nathan(British).

I love the show with it being my local and as stated the venue is great, parking is free, loads of helper with trolleys if needed and best food ever. the only downside was the traders, many cancelled at the last moment and the ones that were there many sold the same items, great if you want Warlord items as you have the perfect bartering opportunity. What this can lead to is reduced sells and no returning next year.

Everyone helped pack up and I was home in 10 minutes unpacking.

 

Thank you all

See you all in a few weeks when we go to Weymouth for Fisticuffs which is at a new venue this year. Steve and Laurie have a secret game they are putting on so I cannot wait to see it.

Fisticuffs

Saturday May 26th   2018
Rembrandt Hotel ,12-18 Dorchester Road, Weymouth DT4 7JU

Next blog will probably be about some recently, eventually received TTCombat Wild West building

 

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under A Brush Too Far, American war Independence, Demo game, Fields of Honor, Flags of War, Legionary Wargame Show, Old Glory, Perry, Redoubt Miniatures, Scenarios, Wargame Factory, Wargame Rules, Wargame Shows

ACW Revisited – Part 2

It has been a long time since my last post. I have been getting over a big ish operation that to be honest just wiped me out.

Anyway, finally managed to feel like playing a game so invited Steve and Laurie up for an ACW game.

It was based on the forces detailed in the first part of this post and the terrain was similar to the map.

The background was that an initially numerically superior Confederate force was attempting to take a set of road junctions and hold-off  expected Union reinforcements.

The rules we used were based upon the Fields of Honor set which we adapted to align with our house rules. The main difference is that the original rules use D6 and in our initial trials we found that while the rules were OK for middle and later battles, the early years with units having lower morale and inferior weapons meant that they usually ran on getting their first casualties. The D10 we believe balanced these issues out perfectly.

sam_3840

The view from the Confederate end.

and the Union end

and the Union end

The confederate came on to the table and advanced up to the first set of rail fences and seemed to take up defensive positions to await the union onslaught. After a few turns trading artillery shots they realised that they may be better off taking the fight to the union.

sam_3835 sam_3836 sam_3838 sam_3844 sam_3843 sam_3842sam_3839

Meanwhile the few Union troops on the table anxiously await reinforcements!

sam_3837The delay by the confederates allowed the Union reinforcements to appear and have room to deploy.

sam_3848 sam_3847 sam_3845 sam_3849

I have to be honest we then went for a bite to eat and sat chatting, which  got the better of us. We returned to the game late in the day so I have left it set up for next time.

Not much of a battle report but hope you like the photos.

2 Comments

Filed under 1st Corps, ACW, American Civil War, Battle of Mill Springs, Perry, Redoubt Miniatures, Scenarios, Traders, Wargame Rules

ACW Revisited – Part 1

Having swore never to go in to ACW again.   I have.

In previous expeditions into this era ,I started in 15mm then went into 25mm down to 10mm and back to 28mm before swapping my collection for the start of an English Civil War Army. I also have to admit that in all those scales I only ever played about 4 games.

Having recently establish a small group of regular gamers who all have a liking for ACW I became tempted back into it.

Therefore over the last few months I have been buying, painting and basing.

 RULES

The rules we will try will be our own lite version of the Fields of Honor, rule set.

Order Of Battle

As with most new eras I go into,  I like to pick a battle and start to build the forces for it.

On this occasion I picked a rather smallish event, The Battle of Mill Springs also known as Logan’s Cross Roads, 19 January 1862.

This battle has everything I like when starting a new era. It has a little of all aspects of the armies of the day. Infantry, Artillery, Cavalry,  and dismounted cavalry. The terrain is interesting with roads, fields fencing, rivers, and woods.

The order of battle I will be working to is:

Mill Springs ConfedMill Springs Union

THE TABLE

I will probably play this game on a 8×6′ table. Map and entrance positions below.

Mill Springs

THE FIGURES

Here are a few picture of the command I have painted so far. These are a mixture of Perry and 1st Corps. Although they fit as in scale wise, the quality of the Perry over the 1st Corps stands out. That said I do like the character look of the 1st Corps. The 1st Corps horses were great to paint as I just painted them a base colour and then once dry wiped them with oils.

The Union

The Confederates

These were a mixture of Perry and Redoubt. While similar comments to the union command regarding quality are true, I do feel that Redoubt are slightly better than 1st Corps overall.

As I finish troops I will add another blog.

2 Comments

Filed under 1st Corps, ACW, American Civil War, Battle of Mill Springs, Perry, Redoubt Miniatures, Scenarios, Traders, Wargame Rules

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.

American OOB British OOB

SAM_3507SAM_3509 SAM_3499SAM_3500SAM_3508 SAM_3506 SAM_3505 SAM_3504 SAM_3503 SAM_3502 SAM_3501SAM_3510

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.

 

 

2 Comments

Filed under American war Independence, Fields of Honor, Scenarios, Terrain

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.

 

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Free Wargame Rules, KGCAWO, Napoleonics, Peninsular, Scenarios

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

100_3340 100_3341 100_3344 100_3346 100_3347 100_3348 100_3349 100_3350 100_3351 100_3352 100_3353 100_3354 100_3355 100_3356 100_3357 100_3359 100_3360 100_3361 100_3362

Leave a comment

Filed under American war Independence, Battle of Guilford Courthouse, Fields of Honor, Scenarios, Wargame Rules