OK, here we are, for Jeff (or any one else) a Horse and Musket campaign using Programmed Wargame Scenarios. The basic idea is that the armies will jockey for position until one is thoroughly defeated or the two armies are exhausted.
Each side picks 15 units as their campaign army. For this purpose, all units are equal and of average type. For every 2 units upgraded to Guard, Heavy artillery, horse artillery, cuirassiers, etc what ever fits, a 3rd unit must be removed. For every 2 units downgraded to militia or similar, a 3rd militia unit may be added. This force is the pool from which you draw units from for the campaign. If your rules/army organization don't match the lists in the scenario book, you will have to work out your own way to equate your troops to scenario units.
For any given scenario you may only use as many units as the scenario calls for. If you do not have enough of a certain troop type then you can substitute what you do have. If you do not have enough units left then you must do your best with what you have. Any units that are routed, destroyed or lose over 50% are removed from the campaign list. Whether or not you wish to replace some or all other losses is up to you and the rules you use.
The campaign begins with a clash of advance guards: Scenario 11 Crossroads. If the game is a draw, then dice off to determine who becomes the defender for the next scenario.
The loser of the 1st game will fall back to a defensive position of his choosing. He must choose one of:: Scenarios 1,2,3,5,6,7,8 or 9 with himself as defender and the winner of the previous game as attacker. If the defender wins or draws or if the attacker concedes without playing then the former attacker will fall back, become the defender and must choose a scenario as above. No scenario may be chosen more than once during the campaign. If there are no scenarios left then the campaign is a draw.
If the attacker wins one of these scenarios, then he will win the campaign but the degree of victory will be determined by the last game. Play Scenario 4, Holding Action with the previous defender as the holding force. If the holding force wins or ties then the campaign is a minor victory for the attacker. If the rearguard loses then the defeated army is crushed by the pursuit and the campaign is a major victory.
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
Saturday, February 18, 2012
A campaign of positions
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.