HAPPY CANADA DAY!
1 July 1867 - 1 July 2020
(or Dominion Day as it was when I was young.)
|Our Fire & Fury era was pre-digital, pre-smartphone and I don't have so much as a single photo of any of those games. However, in Jun 2011, a handful of our ACW 15's came out to try an early draft of the Portable Wargame: |
|One day's work. They're smaller and fuzzier than they used to be and they won't stand still while being painted, but they'll do.|
|The Highlanders and Grenadiers deployed quickly and pressed forward under a heavy fire while B Battery opened up as soon as they had a line of fire to the enemy's powder smoke.|
|Bullets were soon whizzing around the gunners ears, but their accurate fire drove the enemy back. The infantry rose and advanced into the gully only to be hit by a storm of bullets from both flanks. Hurriedly they took cover and returned fire as best they could. It was time for the guns to move up to the crest of the gully and silence this enemy fire as well.|
|As the Dominion forces pressed forward they could see the enemy camp in the distance (see Red arrow). If they could get the guns across the gully and over the high ground, they'd be able to drop shells right into the camp. Moving forward was a problem though, a hail of bullets from hidden sharpshooters, drove the infantry to cover and the gunners back into dead ground. |
|Rebel sharphooters, "The Hunters", man their rifle pits overlooking where the road dips down into a large gully.|
(directly under a branch of the cherry tree...)
|North West Mounted Rifles scout ahead of the column. So far so good, but who's that lurking in the tall grass?|
|The column presses forward in the hot sun. Suddenly, as the Mounted Rifles reach the edge of a gully, rifles crack. Ambush!|
|The lead companies have deployed and engaged the enemy who appear to be present in force. The guns are ordered forward in support.|
|"Thank you Major, you and your Sappers have done a good day's work." "Good job men, extra tot of rum and a day off tomorrow." |
"Don't worry about the road Major , it would have been a miracle if you'd had time to clear the brush and build a road. We'll be coming over the hill and down towards the creek anyway."
|I was surprised that many 16thC horse armours had coloured cloth overcoats.|