Since the table was set up, I reset and played the game again. I won't bother with a full report but it was another close and exciting game.
In the woods the Americans again took casualties but had little problem clearing away the skirmishers.
By the river, the attacking Americans paused to fire at long range to weaken the enemy before charging in and rolling some phenomenal dice, rolling up that flank and forcing the 49th to intervene to save the gun.
The American flanking force then slowly formed up under heavy artillery and skirmish fire. As the British force continued to dwindle, the cavalry came forward to try and finish them but were twice repulsed. The infantry managed a draw but the British fell back and resumed a long range fire backed by the gun boat and battery. By turn 10, 2 US brigades were shaken while the 4th Brigade was 1 company away. The British light troops were 2 hits away and the British line was 1 hit away from being shaken and were backed up against the fence line on the edge of the battlefield. The Americans won the initiative and gambled on a last charge. The British responded with a tremendous fire,fists full of 5's & 6's which broke the Americans without suffering a single hit.
A damned close affair with the extra hit per stand tipping the balance. The revised shaken rules didn't affect the outcome but felt more natural. Huzzah!
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, February 15, 2011
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, 4 cats and a bird. Prematurely retired and looking forward to leisure to game, garden and sculpt in our 150 yr old farmhouse.