|The scene is set and the American militia have begun their advance.|
|Gratuitous shot of elements of the 84th Foot or Royal Highland Emmigrants and the King's Royal Regiment of New York.|
There are some interesting little fights on the Nova Scotia and Maine coasts including bombardments, shore landings and cutting out expeditions not to mention Nova Scotia rebels besieging Fort Cumberland but I don't have the right figure mix, ships or terrain......... yet. So the search for a scenario began again. For a game rather than a test I like to use historical actions as inspiration rather than worry about precise numbers, unifoms and terrain so having found a suitable action I set to work.
So it is that a force of Indians and Tories have camped at Macfarlane's Farm on their way home after a successful raid in the Mohawk Valley. Come morning, scouts bring news that a small force of Rebel militia is hot on their heels. They decide to wait and give them a drubbing.
|Morgan's Riflemen lead the Belmont Blues and other Continental units along a forest path to cut the Loyalists retreat.|
For the first game I decided to give each "player" a commander and 3 x 8 man "companies" in the old style. Since I removed both multi-company battalions and the replacement battleline rule, the companies were on their own for morale and to maintain dressing using variable length moves. At first the attacking militia showed admirable restraint, not taking advantage of long rolls, using commanders to chivy along lagging units. Then the shooting started and discipline crumbled. The more excited the player became the easier it was to let units get scattered and isolated on the attack.
|5 or 6 turns after I decided to quit an attack by the regulars looked like it might reverse the decision. |
At least I was having fun.
So, 7 or 8 turns later when the flank attack by continental units which had almost turned the tide was finally repulsed, and after the indians who were being shot to pieces by the riflemen made a desperate charge with warclubs, unexpectedly scattering their tormentors, I finally did manage to reset.
|OK I guess not. Shortly after this shot the Highlanders fired a devastating volley before charging with the bayonet and sweeping the field.|
So, I shifted the terrain a bit, added more troops, reorganized the units and so on then played a bigger, better, more exciting, closer game, but that's another post.