Saturday, September 22, 2012

A funny thing happened on my way to the redoubt.... or Wagon train redux redux

While the table was still set, and not wanting to miss the opportunity, I decided to have another go at the wagon train scenario that DG and I played earlier [click here].. all scenario details were the same, with the exception that I included a couple of the suggestions I made in the post match analysis; wagon strength has gone to half, and the American commander has the ability to decide if he wants to enter the table at the time the card is drawn or wait....

So a shorter game report this time than last...

Move 1 and the Hessian order of march...
...it all started to get very interesting quite quickly.... On move two the Americans pulled the "Ace" from the pile... two battalions of the Green Mountain Boys.... hmm... I wonder where they're going to arrive... and then there followed a flow of dice the like of which I've not seen before....

First they throw and entry point dice and get "6" - now for those of you who remember the last game that was the road right by the redoubt....  an interesting conundrum - how lucky do I feel, what do I want them to do, etc etc. The redoubt is a hard nut to crack but the artillery is pointing the wrong direction (maybe I should have called it Fort Singapore) and the entry is adjacent......ok - let's go for it....

Target rich environment - Green Mountain Boys are into the redoubt albeit still in column
Given this was the American move, the Hessians have the opportunity to return fire, but are all either out of arc, or out of range...

In the Hessian turn they rotate the gun (this is going to be nasty) and move the Brunswicker garrison into column - they end up just out of charge range. The American fire is desultory - no casualties....

Then it begins to get very weird.....on the American third move and the Green Mountain Boys charge - well you would wouldn't you - I swear you could hear a tiny cheer as they went in, bayonets gleaming....  but clearly there was a huge hill to climb given that artillery and fire power....  I even bought the other battalion up in support ready for when they broke and ran....

Both the Brunswicker regiment and the artillery fire.... but miss!

The Brunswicker's test to see if they stand in the face of such naked aggression....  they fail... they fail badly - routing out of the redoubt and and losing SP's......


Which means that we now have a VERY interesting game as the Hessians are now delivering supplies to a fort that is (largely) no longer theirs!

Stay tuned....

6 comments:

  1. Great looking wagon train!

    Christopher

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  2. A great surprise for the Hessians!
    Waiting to see more..
    Regards
    Rafa

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    1. Hoping to play a few more moves today! :o)

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  3. Nice scenario this and it's nice to see supply featuring in a game. Not enough wagons on wargames table on the whole!

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    1. So true... b.t.w. the small ones in this scenario are from Minifigs.. I'd encourage anyone to have a look at the range as it is comprehensive, cheap, and they're lovely sculpts...

      http://www.miniaturefigurines.co.uk/Catalogue.aspx?ScaleID=3&CategoryID=17&SubCategoryID=161

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