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.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Fog of Work

Another fine plan down the drain. I did eventually manage to finish the game, a turn here, 2 turns there, 12 in all, snuck in around hours of shovelling, chopping and bailing melt water after yet another 2 feet of snow were dropped on us on Wednesday. I've been tired enough though that the details are fuzzy and I'm too tired to write. So here's the 5 minute version.

Comments on the rules etc will have to wait until sometime next week as I need to turn my attention to setting up the planned Charge! game on Sunday but I like the bigger grid.

The initial cavalry clash went against the Blue Dragoons  but an attempt by the Queen's Lancers to follow up and drive out the Oberhilse infantry was bloodily repulsed. The 2nd squadron dismounted and managed to hang on until relieved.

With opposing troops fighting along main street, the Faraway artillery backed by cavalry watched the right flank and shelled the rear of the town. On the opposite flank the Oberhilse infantry and artillery began to flank the redcoats in town while threatening the far village. There seemed like small room for the Red cavalry to intervene unless they were willing to brave artillery and rifle fire in a bold but probably suicidal charge. They got lucky! A whirlwind of cavalry drove the guns off and sent the 2nd Blue Guards scurrying into the cover of the woods. The first Guards were sent to drive the redcoats out of the town to grab back the advantage but the Red infantry was as lucky as the horsemen and the attack was repelled. Various attempts by the Blue Dragoons to emulate their opponents were driven back by fire but the efforts did give some relief to the infantry huddling for cover amongst the buildings.  

At length the Red commander decided to abandon the far village and send all of his infantry forward. They were just in time. A fierce and prolonged firefight eventually saw the Blue infantry driven off leaving the road and town in Red's hands. It was a bloody business though with over all casualties fairly even and nip and tuck at the end as to who would blink first. A soldier's battle with little for either commander to brag about.


  1. As you know, Ross, I'm an avid reader of your adventures. I enjoy watching as you work through the conundrums of rules, scales, periods and figures as we all do. You do it with a great deal more focus and active experimentation than I do, much to my chagrin.

    This latest batch of posts feels as though you've found a balance that creates fun and engaging games. It feels as though you're on a roll. And further, these games feels like ones I'd enjoy.

    So tell me, my friend, as I've lost track: are the rules you've been playing these last several games written up and available?

    Hoping so


    1. Hi Will, I keep experimenting but the rules are available under pages at the right or here Sq Brig

  2. Ross Mac,

    Be careful not to overtax and tire yourself too much!

    Your latest battle report seems to indicate that everything is coming together for you with regard to your armies, your rules, and your gridded tabletop. Let's hope that a definitive version of your wargame is just a hairs breadth away.

    All the best,


    1. Bob, I pace myself as best I can but I've slowly learned that hard work preventing is less work than recovery.

      Yes, the rules seem to be settling despite new experiments.

  3. Hi Ross- There is a great deal of activity in Your Game with Infantry, Artillery and Cavalry...please excuse my inquiry- Is Faraway the Blue Army and Oberhilse the Red Army- if so, have You made a Map of their Territories and Place Names of where Your Battles are fought....I'd be interested in such information - and I'd like to know the background to Your Campaign- perhaps You have already done so and it all has appeared in an earlier Post....Best Wishes. KEV.

    1. Kevin the Blue armies belong to the Republic of Oberhilse, Red to the Kingdom of Faraway. I am several years behind on producing a proper atlas and history of Atlantica whose story has been discovered slowly over the last 15 years. (A bit backwards perhaps) There is a very sketchy collection of bits in the Atlantica Atlas page to the right or here . The current plan is to bulk it up this summer.

      I did establish a link to posts on Atlantica History but I have been a bit liberal with its use and it now contains 99 posts ranging from battle reports to small potted histories to discussions of uniforms and various musings so its a hard slog but you can click the link at the bottom right or here: atlantica history and browse through looking for ones that interest you.

    2. Thankyou Ross- Found the Links - Wow! A veritable Mountain of Information - it will take some time to read through...though very Glad that You have supplied Your Maps- Splandid and absolutely I realise where You are at with Your Campaigne History- Well thought out and implemented. Regards. KEV.

  4. Kev, you might like this one. It's a repost from my old website and is the first appearance of Faraway and Oberhilse.