Viewer's Choice Celebration MiniCampaign
It has now been over 20 years since I launched "With MacDuff On the Web" and nearly 10 years since I launched my 2 blogs: Gathering of Hosts and Battle game of the Month.
To celebrate the years and the friends and the million hits I've decided to run a 3 game mini-campaign in late October. By popular vot e it will be set in the mid 18th Century.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
The set up
One of the problems I have had with this project over the decade that it has been simmering, is that I have had trouble deciding just what I want it to be and what sort of rules I want to use. Should it be a small number of large units for semi skirmish games suitable to the Canadian rebellions with what if US involvment or a heated up Aroostock War or a larger number of small units to refight the Sikh and Mex-American War? Should I use Charge! and single figures or a set written for fixed stands or...etc. So, not surprisingly, organization is a bit at sea. Lately I have been leaning towards units of 24 infantry or 12 cavalry and batteries of 2 guns org 4 crew each. For this game which originally used units of 20 infantry or 9 cavalry with 2 officers and single gun batteries with 4 crew, I went with Charge companies with 16 muskets plus officer, sergeant and drummer, but guns with 4 crew and 12 man squadrons of all ranks. Nor sure why!
Set up was by the book but on the 1st move of the 1st game I noticed a discrepency. In the photo, the infantry is shown deep. Having now read Wargames, I realized that only the front rank can fire and so this is a sort of reinforced line, so I deployed the companies 4 deep. When I started following the written orders in the book, I saw that it specifies that all units deployed 1 deep. I quietly changed formations as the armies advanced and deployed in firing line in subsequent refights.
The 1st battle reports should be up by Friday.
Posted by Ross Mac email@example.com
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 pack of Italian Greyhounds and 3 cats. Prematurely retired and enjoying leisure to game, maintaining our 160 yr old farmhouse and just living.