EXCERPT 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

Thursday, June 7, 2018

They've Still Got It!

Excerpt from "The Defended Border" by H. MacDuff. 

"When Major Saur  offered to raise and equip a squadron of cavalry recruited exclusively from retired British veteran cavalrymen, there was some skepticism about the value of old parade soldiers on the modern battlefield but the action at Round Lake Narrow put an end to that!"
General Byrd being taken during the pursuit by an officer who turned out to be a distant cousin.
"Early on the morning of the 7th of June a dense fog hung over Round Lake blocking the view but scouts reported that while the enemy had erected a formidable abatis along the edge of the woods to the East, rendering it effectively impenetrable to the Canadians, there was a clear path to the West of the Lake leading to the open enemy flank."
Some fanciful participants claim that the fog on the lake looked like the silhouette of a giant cat.
" General Douglas' plan was to pound the invaders with his artillery, use his Highanders to mask the woods and form a reserve, flank him with his cavalry and then push up the center with the Hochelaga Fusiliers and the Foot Guards."


"As happens all too often with volunteers, the men and their officers were too eager to get to grips with the enemy despite the General's plan. Soon the Highlanders were stung by accurate rifle fire to throw themselves upon the abatis and attempt to drive off the enemy. It earned them a short reprieve but at a heavy cost in casualties.

In the centre the Guards, impatient with the apparent lack of effect from the artillery barrage pushed forward with out orders and ran into a hail of cannister and rifle fire. The Douglas was forced to order his cavalry to charge in hopes of relieving the pressure on the infantry."

"The first charge, by the Governor General's Bodyguard, was repulsed  but the Queen's Pensioners, breastplates shining, smashed the enemy line scattering one unit and driving the other back."


"Elated by the sight of this success,the infantry pushed forward in the centre.The Highlanders, having learned their lesson edged away from the woods and pressed forward to support the remnants of the Fusiliers."

"The invaders stood their ground and continued to pour a murderous fire into their assailants  but were unable to resist the impetuous onslaught of the cavalry from the flank and before the sunset the pass had been secured."



22 comments:

  1. Now that is what wargaming is all about...fun, humor, and great deeds of daring-do! Thank you for helping to make my day even better than it was.

    Alan

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  2. BTW, I love the "fog" on the lake!

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  3. Ross Mac,

    As a pensioner, I'm pleased to see the 'old' soldiers doing do well. As they say, 'There are old soldiers and there are bold soldiers ... but there are few old, bold soldiers ... except on the tabletop'.

    A great battle report!

    All the best,

    Bob

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    1. I think they've spent a few quiet decades and were ready for a brawl.

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  4. My cats have been banned from the gaming room after the tree chewing incident .

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  5. I was wondering if the abatis might also had some reference at least to certain bits of the cat. Fine wee action, and interesting to see further evidence that a war games unit that establishes a fine military record tends to keep it.

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    1. Of course since it was their first time in action with me, they have defied the New Unit curse!

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  6. "Some fanciful participants claim that the fog on the lake looked like the silhouette of a giant cat."

    I can kind of see that...

    Fun battle report

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  7. p.s. Carl Sandburg wrote
    "The fog comes
    on little cat feet."

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  8. Ross- 'FOG on The LAKE'...sounds like a very good Title for a special Set of Wargames Rules...like the sound of it. As usual- very nice pictures and write up of events. Cheers. KEV.

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  9. A really enjoyable battle report and visually pleasing game. I hope we are going to see more of these fellows in action,especially the Queen’s Pensioners.
    Alan

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    1. I expect these armies to grow and be used but the Pensioners, as elite heavy cavalry, not to mention being elderly at the least, will probably not be in every little skirmish.

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  10. This just shows to go you that fun can be had with smaller battles. Just the thing for my tastes. I love battles in the 6 to 12 unit range. Less investment (in figures and painting) to get going, and just as much fun. This makes me want a couple of 54mm “armies”. (Small).

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    1. Having gotten hooked on Grant teasers in the '80s, I generally prefer the 9-18 unit range but the low end can certainly be quick and still be fun.

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    2. We have an overlap in the 9-12 unit range. Perhaps that is optimal. What rules did you use for this battle?

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    3. This was the 19thC version of the Square Brigadier. Still a work in progress.

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  11. Like the desperate end of a great chess match.

    Love the fog simulation, hyper-realistic looking cat.

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