This battle of the American War of Independence/ Revolutionary War (take your choice), has been on my 'bucket list' of scenarios to play. SYW troops? Yeah, close enough.....
The Brunswickers (i.e. the Americans) were given 10 units in total, 4 as a division in the redoubt on the hill along with a stationary artillery piece (facing the wrong way it turned out), three units forming a division along the fence with one of its units in reserve off table. The reserve was to only come on if a double is thrown with 2d6. This was to portray the reluctance of many of the militia men to join the defenders through the artillery rounds tossed by the British ships in the harbor. Of course, Francis "Mr. Dice King" (that is the polite version - he was called other rather more impolite names at the table) rolled the necessary double on his first try and on they came.
To portray the snipers in Charles Town, I gave the Brunswickers/Americans a skirmish unit within the town. The British historically fired upon the town, starting blazes which forced them out. I gave the Hessians and Hanoverians which comprised the historical British forces 6 rounds of off-board artillery which was used could have used thus, or to damage the Brunswick/American off-table reserves, but they choose to cannonade the redoubt and roll a darn 6 EACH time for three consecutive turns! Lost a unit with that.
|The Brunswicker officers happy with the troops deployment the moments before the cannonballs start raining down on them.|
Well, we don't have to go through that phase of the turn chart anymore.
Francis moved his units from the fence line, got a few turns moves toward Dave's side of the board when Dave finally rolled the required double and 'landed', moving his 6 units of red-coated Hanoverians (also playing as British) in a great line. Francis stated: "I wouldn't have moved up if I thought he would have THAT much". Personally, I was happy as a scenario designer. Players shouldn't know all. I didn't tell him what would oppose us (and he actually didn't ask either).
Well, as Kev moved around the hill and my musket fire into his units as they filed past proved totally ineffective ( lots of sixes were being rolled by every one...except me of course!) Dave directly assaulted the redoubt. One of my militia quality units gainly threw back a couple of assaults but could not hold forever and with divisional morale now demoralized, no reserves, and Kev directly in the rear, the units were lost (surrendered).
|My Brunswick troops happy to be in the redoubt|
|a look at my Brunswickers under Francis' control (standing in as Stark's command in the actual Bunker Hill battle)|
|The Hessians advance|
|Dave's Red-coats (Hanoverians) in the great line. One of Francis' Brunswick units already moving back!|
|German artillery. 'Beer. Never fire without it.' (yes, yes, the model is not correct for the era)|
|The assault up the hill. The redoubt was taken after a few more turns.|