The rebellions in Lower Canada (Quebec) were of a different nature and provide a very reasonable basis for a "what if" campaign. Mostly a what if the leadership had of been as brave and determined as the rank and file?
The initial action at St. Denis makes a good game straight up but after the collapse of the senior leadership, we see increasingly large government forces attacking ever dwindling numbers of rebels or Patriotes. The last stand in the church at St. Eustache was as brave and determined as any Alamo but as futile a gesture as can be imagined. Since I want to go the route of "inspired by" rather than "exactly reproducing" I am just going to leave you with some trimmed down utube versions of part of the CBC's excellent People's History of Canada series.
The next post will be back to wargaming with a dozen Rebellion scenarios sketched out for my, still being designed, fictional, 2nd Acadian Rebellion of 1839 campaign.
EXERT FROM APPENDIX 1 from Don Featherstone's Battles With Model Soldiers
(The book that got me started.)
"Nothing in these pages is a dictate, no word says you must or you shall do it this way. On the contrary, the book sets out from the very beginning to stimulate the reader to think for himself, and to use what he has read merely as a foundation for efforts and ideas which reflect his own temperament and character. Only in this way will he obtain maximum satisfaction from the hobby of battling with model soldiers."
-Don Featherstone 1918 - 2013
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
The Look and Feel (History into Fiction Part 4)
Born and raised in the suburbs of Montreal, 5 years in the Black Watch of Canada Cadets, 5 years at the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean followed by 4 in the navy. 25 years with CPC in IT simultaneous with 23 years running a boarding kennel. Inherited my love of toy soldiers from my mother's father. Married with a Whippet, 10 Italian Greyhounds and 3 cats. Prematurely retired and enjoying leisure to game, maintaining our 160 yr old farmhouse and just living.