My submission described the scenario as thus: Dark Woods, Howling Natives, Provincials scared witless. But the whiskey wagon must get through. What more do you want?
|The large British escort for the important whiskey wagon|
My second misperception of the night was that people actually read Terry's club emails as everyone came by to ask what I was putting on.....
Anyway, KevinA and PeterM decided to give it a go with the former taking the French and the latter the British. Just because I wanted in, and that the table was the largest area I have used for my FIW so wanted to 'fill some space', I lead the Natives aka Red Indians aka the Savages. Probably unfair to use them against one or the other I thought; so I diced per turn and see who I would attack! Hopefully both during the battle.
|The French in their summer wear red sleeved waistcoats await the British advance|
Both players took plenty of regulars with each thinking as the wagon must go down the road and in open ground, the regulars would be best suited than the Provincials, Militia or lights. Therefore Kevin lined up his French regulars and started blasting away.
|The 'cannonball' markers behind many of the elements represent the number of hits. The result of the firefight across the open wheat field and road|
|The British lights covering the wagons move up the road.|
|The French militia in the lower right gang up on the Gage's boys (in brown coats)|
Peter responded by fanning out with his lights on the flanks but his command was slowed (poor pip rolls) and Kevin took out his lights and with continued fire from the front, eventually eliminated most of the British. With few left, Peter had no choice but to turn the wagon around and get out while he could. The fort's liquor rations would be slim for some time.
|"Jeb, where be the wagon? I am thirsty" The fort awaits the whiskey. It was constructed from clippings directly from a gentleman while out for a walk visiting my parents a few years ago. They will make a great fort I told my incredulous mother.|
And my Natives? Well, my leading war band charged and took out the unsuspecting French militia (mon du, are dey no on ouwer side?!) but switching sides the next turn, went up against the Highlanders and were "quick-killed" - basically an all or nothing fighting unit these war bands! With their loss, I would have to roll higher than the number of native elements left which I did not do so the others left for the longhouse.
|Images of Bushy Run?|
|painting of the Battle of Bushy Run by Don Troiani|
|The longhouse is a resin bought years ago and I think OOP. Took some effort to paint it to look realistic.|
|Checking out shadows in the woods. I have many of these blank stands to create a bit of fear of the unknown wihtin the woods for the player.|
|Close up of a war band and the 60th line in their campaign dress with dark blue gaiters|
We ended the game continuing to examine the rules with the result I will now need to totally revamp the entire set. Two steps forward, two steps back.
I hope the boys enjoyed themselves and it is good to get the collection photographed under the nice lights.