Each detatchment had a mission, so it was possible for every player to win. Here's the line-up:
British line infantry - take and hold the bridge
Canadian Fencible light infantry - attack and destroy/capture the supply train
First Nations/Native war party with British Indian Department "advisors" - burn the farmstead
Canadian Militia - take and handle the boats
US infantry - capture the bridge and blow it up (an engineer officer and a cart of explosives
US Rifles - find and harass the enemy
US Volunteers - escort the supply train to the other end of the table
US state militia - move to and protect the farmstead
Everybody jumped and started on their missions. The British line took the bridge and defended it from the woods on their side. (To be fair, the bridge was much too close to the Crown side.) The Native and the Glengarry Light Infantry Fencibles crossed the bridge to head for their objectives. The Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada headed for the docks. The US Rifles began to roam, spoiling for a fight. They fired on the IMUC and drove them from the docks into the woods behind them. The US Regulars headed for the bridge with a pioneer and an engineer officer in tow. The Volunteers moved the supply wagons until a group of brigands attacked them from a wooded area and pinned the column in the road. (This was one of 10 "Event sites" on the board. When a unit got within 6", the event sprung out. More on that later.) The State militia began to march to the farm.
|The US Regulars -in summer jackets no less!- meet an insane man (an Event)|
who screamed, giving away their position and grating on their nerves until
the mounted officer sworded him.
|The IMUC, skilled boat handling in this scenario, take the boats.|
|The State Militia passes the Volunteer escorted supply train on their way|
to the farm.
|The Glengarries and the Native warband pass on either side of the skunk.|
The polecat was an "event" that the Glennies encountered but scared off
without being gassed!
The game didn't go well for the US. The Regulars got nowhere near the bridge and couldn't fulfill their mission. The US Rifles did engage the enemy and were moving to pepper the bridge and its defenders with well-aimed rifle fire. The Volunteer saw the supply train to it's destination, and actually split off a group to help the Regulars, although it was too little, too late. The Militia never made it to the farm, having some morale failures while firing at the Natives. The Natives sent out scouts who did burn the farm. The British Line held the bridge and exchanged fire with the US Rifles. The Glengarries couldn't reach the supply train and opted to engage the US Regulars. As light infantry, their marksmanship was above average and they damaged the US Infantry badly. The IMUC recovered morale and were preparing to bring the boats down stream. The BID/Native warband captured a deserter which added to their victory point total. (+1) Each completed mission netted 2 Victory Points, so the Crown total was 7VP to the US total of 4VP.
My biggest mistake was to place the bridge and the dock too close to the crown start line and too far from the US. It was still fun. At one point, after Robby's US Regulars passed a wooded area, a bear charged out belatedly and had to be shot down by an infantryman, a sergeant, and the engineer's assisting pioneer. The Glennies encountered a gouvernment official who tried to take command... but failed. The Natives discovered the cattle, but both sides maintained a watchful peace. After attacking the wagon train and pinning the Volunteer for a turn, the brigands melted into the forest.
This sort of game has become a favourite of my son and I and everybody who plays finds it fun and challenging. We add a dash of "encountered events" from Iron Ivan's "Where Heroes Dare" and it's amazing what happens. Try it. Feel free to contact me for some ideas or procedures.
|The farm in flames!|
|The bear! With one wound!|
|Andy's line infantry hold the bridge.|
|The Volunteers escort the wagons. Ammo? Salt pork? Whiskey? |
Pickled eggs? PAPERWORK? No, pickled eggs.
|The much-damaged US Regulars with the engineer's cart. The engineer is|
behind the horse. The US Rifles skirmish just beyond them.
|The Glengarry Light Infantry Fencibles with the Lord Mayor of Where-ever|
out front in brown. ("Get down, your Worship! Better yet, stay where you are!)
More later if time allows. My holidays are coming up. Fort Erie beckons!