Monday, 10 October 2016

Don't Go Down to the Woods Today !

This French Indian Wars game was set up by Allan and he supplied the French, French Canadians & Indian allies, tents, trees, cloth and the fort  - or half a fort because he forgot the newly finished tower to go in the middle !

I brought some British, Colonials and Indians supporting the British side.

Rules - Sharp Practice.

Here's the layout with French tents inside the half finished fort

Milice Canadien edge forwards through the woods

The British deployment point is just visible on the table edge at left centre

Next, Allan's Indians surge through the woods far right of their side of the table

and fan out

British Canadian light troops carefully make their way through the trees, opposite the Milice Canadien

Now, Captain Stewart sends his two units of British regulars towards the fort.

French regulars muster inside.

The British Indian Allies move up to support the Light Troops

Seems the fort is well garrisoned !

The French Canadians advance towards the British 

Shots are exchanged

Now the French Indians angle towards the centre having heard gunfire.

Doubt the British have heard them yet !

The British Indian Allies move up to aid the British Light Troops

First blood to the British !  Two Milice Canadien are killed outright.

Because of the dense trees, fire is up close and personal. We limited range to 12 inches at all times.

After further exchanges of fire, the Canadians have been wiped out but the British have also lost a lot of men.

Only the Canadian Big Man survives and he heads back to the fort.

An Indian war cry invites a volley from the British regulars

One man down and some shock too.

The British Indians dash through the undergrowth to join in

Stuart has organised his two units to close in on the enemy Indians - because of the terrain, we decided formations would be impossible, so groups had to be ordered individually to add to the hazards of fighting in woods.

Allan decides to bring his French regulars out of the fort

They do have a gun poking through the palisade

The British get off two more volleys against the enemy Indians

Here come the French regulars

The Indians fire back and get a kill even though they are supposed to be poor shots !

The British Indians try to close with them and leap past the Regulars

Allan decides to withdraw them away from danger

But the British Indians charge home - and promptly lose the melee heavily !

Their leader is down and out unconscious

The British look on with disbelief.

To add insult to injury, the French Indians get another kill.

The Indian leader recovers in time but by then the French regulars are heading towards the in strength.

The British volleys have created a layer of black smoke obscuring vision

The French Indians are relieved to hear their French regulars arrive !

They now move towards the British Regulars as the Indians have retreated

They get sight of them through the trees

The British Indians move up to assist the Regulars again, even though their numbers are depleted

The French close in - three full units plus determined Indians against only one full British unit - the Blue Bonnets and Indians have suffered quite a few casualties. 

The only intact British unit moves through the black haze in a final attempt to close with the enemy Indians. 

The net result is more British casualties ! 

By this point, British morale had plummeted and heavily outnumbered, they gave up - victory to the French !

Stuart has some explaining to do when he gets back to Headquarters with hardly any men behind him. Can't see him making Major any time soon !

We were fully engrossed with this game for some five hours and continue to enjoy the new Sharp Practice rules.

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Burgundians v French : Pike & Shotte game

This was today's game at Essex Warriors, laid on by Allan using his collection of troops.

He decided to umpire whilst Steve C and Rafael took charge of the Burgundians and Wes and I had the French command. Pike& Shotte rules were used.

Burgundians on the left, French on the right

The French camp behind their left flank and a small village

French commanders ready their troops

Burgundian cavalry are ready to roll

The French push their guns into forward position

and in front of the camp.

Burgundian archers give fire

watched by their mounted comrades

This Ralf's command, facing my troops

A gun is pushed forward to start firing

This is a Burgundian piece in action.

Burgundian commanders order forward their foot troops

Time for Rafael to get a good shot !

The dancing bear in the French camp gets agitated !

The French have now formed their defensive line, resting on the village at left

I have strong mounted forces in reserve out on our right, leaving the early fighting to the pikemen

Here's the French commander.

Steve advances his troops to attack on the Burgundian right

Archers to the fore

The cavalry hit our dismounted knights in front of the village

A hard long fight ensues

Ralf's cavalry hit my pike blocks

One cavalry unit recoils, the other holds but the Burgundian archers have backed off beside their cavalry

Over on our left, Wes's dismounted knights have beaten off the Burgundian cavalry

But its not all going our way, Burgundian cavalry break one of pike blocks in a subsequent melee and then over-run our red artillery piece.

Shaken for now, they have to reform

Meanwhile, Rafael has got cavalry on the flank of another pike block which is locked in combat with their archers.

Whilst all this is going on, one of Ralf's over confident guns has been caught by my crossbowmen - the gunners flee !

Heavily armoured Burgundians have smashed their way through the centre and are only faced with lightly armed hand gunners

Steve C tries another cavalry attack against Wes's dismounted knights

At long last, our cavalry reserve is tired into action

but too late to save these pikemen

The Burgundian cavalry destroy them

but then find themselves attacked by more pikes as the French cavalry press forwards 

French cavalry engage their Burgundian counterparts

as the cavalry return to face our pikemen

Wes is under increasing pressure in the fields

our pikes fail and flee so Rafael's cavalry feel confident enough to charge the pikes to their left

but this proves too much, these pikes prevail

Steve C has charged Burgundian pikemen against the already engaged French archers

but the French cavalry have to fall back from my pikes and are unable to do so because firstly they are blocked by their gun and secondly by the said Burgundian pikemen - that forces them to flee leaving a big hole in Rafael's Burgundian left command

French cavalry now swoop on the French cannon

and the Burgundian archers are destroyed by the pikes

This is enough to tip the balance - Wes has held off all the attacks against his troops, so a French victory is declared.

It was a tough battle lasting some five hours. Don't know about the others, but I was exhausted !

Another enjoyable Pike & Shotte game - thanks to Allan.