Saturday, July 29, 2017

AWI with "A Gentleman's War".

Loosely based on the Bennington scenario from the Black Powder Rebellion! Supplement.
We used different forces and slightly modified terrain (a house was substituted for the southern redoubt).
Cavalry were involved to playtest some rules.
Dan played the American forces entering on the right.  Howard played the Americans that would enter from the far left corner.  Reinforcements coming in after turn 1.
I played the crown forces, with Hessian s holding the redoubt and 2 British units holding the river ford.  I would get 2 units from the road after turn 2.
Dan got a series of activation cards in a row and pushed everyone up to the river.
He sent his dragoons across to test the British mettle.
They had plenty of metal as well, and saw the horses off.
Back at the redoubt,  Howard's troops made it on board and pushed out of the woods to storm the defenses.
In their best coordinated assault, 2 units of Americans went in to attack the Future Pennsylvanians.  At 24 dice to 12, i expected to get crushed...
But the dice were with the Hessians and they sent the Americans back down the hill.  After this, the Americans tried a few more times, but each attack was piecemeal and defeated.
Back at the river, Dan starts to send his militia across on a flanking manuever.
Steady, boys!  (Dan's figures from Front Rank)
The British charged, the mere threat sent the militia scrambling for the Green Mountains.  The unit across the tiver stood fast, delivering accurate fire that pushed the Brits back.
In turn 3 the Loyalist cavalry came storming down the road to the rescue.
With time about up, the US dragoons gave it one last charge....
...but the results were predictable of light cav against formed troops.
Altering history, the Crown retained possession of the redoubts, keeping the Hampshire Grants safe from American radicalism.
A fun game, thanks to my Gentlemen at arms.  All figures 28mm Perry, Foundry and Front Rank.  Houses are Dan's from 4Ground.  The redoubt is part of a fort my father made me some years ago.

Monday, July 10, 2017

SAGA campaign season 4: the Bones of Saint Winnifree

Age of the wolf Saga campaign Season 4.
Rogbert the Handsome has carved out an impressive holding in the British isle, making him the envy and target of his neighbors.
One of his land holdings contains the burial site of the bones of Saint Winnifree.  A nearby Anglo Saxon upstart has gotten into his mind to "liberate" these lands and moves in in force.
It is time to defend the sacred ground.
The Normans move into grab the sacred ground first.

They destroy a Saxon levy bowmen unit.
The Saxon shieldwall then advances, eliminating the Norman hearthguard.
The cost is too much for some moldy old bones.  Rogbert retreats, leaving the sacred ground to the Saxon Pig.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Take the gold pieces and run, Part 2

9The second installment of our Lord of the Rings SBG/dungeon game.
Our Dwarven King candidates continue to loot the Mines of Moria.
Dan sends his pet stone golem to fight the cave troll.
Howard finds a secret passage into a cavern passagway.  There, a helpfull little fellow tries to convince him to take a certain corridor.
After defeating the cave troll, Dan uses the Golem to hold off the goblins as he heads into the caverns.
Howard declines the help of the cavern dweller, and moves first into the caverns, viewing the bridge of kazud-dur.
Being a more trusting sort, Dan follows the helpful fellows advice and heads down the passage looking for a secret exit.
Howard clears and loots the goblins sacrificial chamber.
Howard heads across the bridge, noticing a deadly trap just in time.
The King clears the bridgehead.  His last warrior is shot down from goblin arrows in the back.
Howard's king and one hearthguard are all that limp out of the mines of moria.
After escaping the maze of caverns the little fellow sent them down, Dan's group exits the mines back the way the came.

After adding up the loot, Howard came away with 500gp worth of relics.  Dan came home with 800gp.
Dan is the new high king!

A link to Dan's report:
 http://laststandatcairngorm.blogspot.com/2017/07/the-way-out.html?m=1