The scenario was historically based and the background story was very interesting, I don't remember the little details, but it involved an American attack on some British fortifications, the attack was somewhat impromptu and therefore not very well thought out. The Americans hit some difficulties making their way across some very inhospitable terrain on their way to the fort and once there fled as soon as they could.
Because of the seating arrangements I went with the Land of the Free and took command of a band of US Marines, Andy was given battalion upon battalion of Militia, however his men were not as adept as mine at negotiating the terrain and it took him almost all night to get into an attacking position. The tree line to our front was held by the British, albeit in small numbers, I managed to get my Marines up and easily outnumber the defenders, within a short time I had cleared the woods in front of me, the survivors amongst Simon's men ran for the fort.
|Julian's defenders about to be clubbed. Andy's men had wet powder.|
Andy was getting nowhere on my left, each time he managed to wade across the small creek his men took fire from Julian's stalwarts and they legged it to the rear and safety, making his advance doubly difficult. Eventually I started to push my Marines against Julian's flank along with some friendly Indians who had turned up and knew secret paths through the morass. I spoke to them in their own language so they did not screw things up, it sounded authentic at least.
As time was getting on it was obvious the woods were being evacuated as the Militia had at last managed to get decent numbers on to the firing line so we set up the assault on the fort. This was just as confusing as the original and had the same result. My boys took some fire but really couldn't close with the palisade unless they caused some hurt on the defenders, the Militia of course knew the script, as soon as men began to tumble they turned and ran. There was no danger of us taking the fort and very soon the open ground to the front of the defences was empty once again.
And there we left it, a result exactly as it happened a long, long time ago. Being in the open in this game is not good and you can quickly lose a lot of men I think this scenario could also be scaled up and used with a larger set of rules and a slightly bigger table.
I am not sure about next week, most of the people I play with are not there, so it might be a night off, but we will see.