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.
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!
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.
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).
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………………..
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.
British skirmishers move to occupy the woods
British left flank
Americans coming down the road to meet up at the house
End of turn card – All units that have not been activated may fire.
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.
American right turn to face the threat in the woods
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.
British skirmishers fire on the Dragoons
American left flank
American left receiving fire and casualties
American advancing on the British having negotiated the fence
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.
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!!!!!!!
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.
Like most pleasures there is now a period of guilt! Back to the War of the Roses.