But then sometimes a wargame General just seems to invite the Dice Gods to punish a poor plan.
This game was the Double Holding Action Scenario from Thomas's One Hour Wargame. It is (I think) the first time I have played this scenario.
Red (the Royal Faraway Army), was tasked with holding the town and sending 1/2 of his force off table by road between turns 4 and 12. Blue ( the Army of the Republic of Oberhilse), had to either take the town or get 1/3 of his force off the same road exit by turn 15. Unbeknownst to Red, Blue's forces have found a ford.
Red fielded 2 cavalry, 2 light infantry, 5 infantry, 1 mg and 1 artillery (counts double for reinforcement points). Oddly enough, Blue fielded exactly the same units since that was what was painted and based, the actual Blue rather than Drab units being in the midst of a reorganization. I fielded 2 infantry or cavalry units or one gun for each OHW unit thus maintaining the proportional frontages relative to the size of the table, essentially 2x4" grid squares scaling to 6" on a OHW table. (There was some extraneous manoeuvre room beyond the flanks. )
|Turn 3 and Red has already starting moving units off table to reinforce the main army.|
The game plan shifted to the alternate plan, block the road and/or sneak guys off, flank attack over the ford. By the time the force was across and in position to attack it was turn 12 and Red had already moved his units off table but not before Red's artillery routed a unit of Blue's Uhlans . A gallant charge by Blue's Hussars wiped out two rifle units before proceeding off table towards the main army but that was it. With the best will in the world there were not enough units in position to exit. A pincer attack on the town was the last hope. A hope quickly withered by rifle fire with each pincer losing a unit for no gain.
It was over. A clear Red victory after a bloody hour for Blue.
It felt good to be back on the 4" grid with room to maneuver.
The rules were a slightly updated version of my 2015, early 20thC, version of the Square Brigadier called The Tin Army.