DG is down this weekend for our traditional trip to Salute - very much looking forward to Salute, but it also gives us the opportunity to play a face to face game, and on this occasion we will also take the opportunity to play our annual John Corrigan Memorial game [clicky]... difficult to believe it's now been five years since John passed on, but as is traditional, we'll use his figures for this game which makes it an American war of Independence game..
John was an Old School gamer (he played against many of the forefathers, I particularly remember him talking about visits to the Wessex Military Society, and games with Don Featherstone) so I try to make the scenario Old School as well, and this time I thought we might use "Blasthof Bridge" from 'Charge!' as the source for the game... ...with apologies to the "Charge" aficionados among you, I Anglicised the name of the scenario to make it more... errr... "colonial"
I "borrowed" the following from the battle report [clicky] on the Spencer Smith [clicky] site - a cracking read and very much recommended - as it saved me having to scan and reproduce the pictures myself..
|© Rob Grace 2010.|
The rearguard has to either destroy the bridge (hold both ends of the bridge for 6 turns) or hold it until nightfall (move 15)
The orders of battle for the two sides in the book are quite small (see following), with the rear guard being (very) slightly stronger in infantry, and the advance guard being the same in cavalry...
|Hohenzollern DR 1 officer / 12 troopers|
|Max Josef IR 3 officers / 40 soldiers||Green Mountain Boys - 1st Battalion (1 & 2)|
Green Mountain Boys - 2nd Battalion (3 & 4)
|Field Artillery 2 guns, 1 officer / 10 gunners||New York Artillery - Light (27)|
|TOTAL 69 figures (50% = 35 figures)||TOTAL: 20 SP's|
Advance Guard/British and Hessian
|Birkenfeld CR 2 officers /16 troopers||16th Light Dragoons (Bases 24 & 25)|
|Hoch und Deutschmeister IR 2 officers / 32 soldiers||Brunswick Jaegers (3 & 4)|
Brunswick Battalion von Barner (8 & 9)
|Field Artillery 2 guns, 1 officer / 10 gunners||New York Loyalist Artillery - Light (21)|
|TOTAL 65 figures (50% = 33 figures)||TOTAL: 20 SP's|
- We'll be using our usual Will McNally AWI rules
- No shooting or morale bonus/modifiers for the British/Hessian force
- One C-in-C per side
- Four foot square table
- Hill is classed as "gentle"; river is classed as "Stream" (except for 6" either side of bridge which is impassable to all); ploughed field classed as "Rough ground"