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

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Something's a Bit Fishy About This Creek Pt 2

I was intending this game as a quick diversion to be followed by an end of year game but it looks like this is it so I'll postpone any chat about rules etc, wrap this post and call it a year.

This Grant scenario was chosen because it felt vaguely more appropriate to the period than some others but I'm a bit embarrassed to admit that I didn't recognize the vague similarity to the "battle" of Fish Creek until after the game had started. Good choice by instinct!


Deadground: Game 2, using the Square Brigadier. 
(The fun one, the one I'm counting!)


The Canadians advance, 5th Royal Highlanders to the left, Hochelaga Fusiliers to the right, guns in the center and mounted troops flanking on the right. Their objective is to take the farms visible on the ridge in the distance by the end of turn 15. As the troops reach the row of squares at the far edge of the first hill they discover the hidden stream and the enemy hiding in ambush. Troops in the gully may only shoot or be shot at  troops on the edge. The artillery for example can only see the far ridge. 

The lead companies of the Fusiliers are hit hard and have to pull back to rally covered by the reserve companies. The Highlanders push forward but are caught in a heavy crossfire of 5's and 6's and are also thrown back. The mounted contingent however finds an opening on the right  and the cavalry push forward covered by fire from dismounted Scouts. 


The Canadians advance, 5th Royal Highlanders to the left, Hochelaga Fusiliers to the right, guns in the center and mounted troops flanking on the right. Their objective is to take the farms visible on the ridge in the distance by the end of turn 15. As the troops reach the row of squares at the far edge of the first hill they discover the hidden stream and the enemy hiding in ambush. Troops in the gully may only shoot or be shot at  troops on the edge. The artillery for example can only see the far ridge. 


Turn 15. The line has stabilised and the Fusiliers have pushed forward under General Centerton's  command and have taken one of the farms but losses have been heavy, the fight is far from over and the sun is sinking low.  The General must get his men and especially his wounded back to the laager and safety before night falls. Reluctantly he orders a retreat but the war is NOT over. They will be back!


Wishing a happy 2016 to you all! 
See you in the New Year!

18 comments:

  1. Ross, for me, instead of photos, there are great big white spaces with the caption at the bottom and a small button thingy in the middle.


    -- Jeff

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    1. Oh dear! I've just turned off the light box setting in case that was causing a problem. Could you reload/refresh?

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  2. Ross Mac,

    I'm having the same problem as Bluebear Jeff, and reloading/refreshing hasn't cure the problem.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  3. I'm afraid I am having the same problem both on my ipad and my P.C.

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  4. I can see the pictures - no problem. Mind you, I can't guarantee they are the pictures you intended, but they seem OK. I don't think this technology stuff is going to catch on, do you? I was going to add that I can't read your post on my new iPad-that-turned-out-to-be-a-doughnut-stand, but you'd have to have read my blog post, so I won't bother.

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    1. Thanks, I can't guarantee they are the same photos ad the original but I'm glad you didn't just see bright white then vanish like the rest!

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    2. Happy New Year, Ross!
      Great pictures of an entertaining game, with a nice old school/toy soldier style that makes your blog one of my favourites.

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  5. Pictures all present and correct in Stockport, splendid stuff, many thanks for the joy your blog brings. Have a happy, pleasant and productive new year. Many thanks

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  6. I see the pictures. They look terrific.
    Your blog has been a highlight of 2015 for me, Ross. Long may it continue
    All the best to you and yours in the year to come.
    Michael

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  7. No problem here in Sydney seeing Your Photos ROSS....Happy New Year Ross. KEV.

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  8. I can now see the pictures and they are most inspiring­čśŐ

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  9. Happy New Year Ross, great figures and use of terrain, it's made a nice start to my New Year. All the best from London, Brian.

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  10. Beautiful (and visible!) pictures Ross...Happy New Year!

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