Sunday, 31 January 2016

A rare wargame...

Over the holidays, bored during winter power outages and on those rainy grey weekends, my wife liked to enjoy a nice game of Scrabble.  I am to her as the opponents of the Harlem Globetrotters.  You know, the guys they maneuver around without mercy.  I am not particularly good at the game and so am thrilled to play a 12 point word while she routinely places the 'z' on the triple letter.

She surprised me today by saying "You want to play a wargame, instead?"
I hardly needed to fake a heart attack.

I chose my French and Indian Wars game as she might relate to it as she enjoys the "Last of the Mohicans" movie.  She picked the French as she said, "then I can affect a silly French accent!"

The quick scenario was for the New Jersey Regiment of Provincials to escort a wagon of whiskey (yes, my scenarios always seem to involve the wagon of booze...) to the fort defended by a few New York Independent companies while the French allied natives and a few French-Canadien militia try to prevent the delivery and capture the wagon.

The terrain of all forest favoured the Natives as the Provincials feared the deep woods.  While the French commander had little idea of deployment in the forest (her military background that only being married to the General du Maison)  but slowly understood the situation and had her forces finally defeat the provincials and abscond with their prize.



The natives halt the Provincials advance.  The length of stick is a set measure of 6".  All troops types move at either 4, 6 or 9" depending on their location.  Part of the simplicity of the rules, based roughly on the DBA model.
This element of Provincials and Quebec militia continued an uneven shooting duel across the creek for the entire battle.

'Conquest' figures (now 'Warlord') 
the capture of the unguarded wagon.

8 comments:

  1. Looks great and I can so relate to your scrabble comment, although in my case I have to hope for an S that I can add to other people's words in order to score.

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    1. She did a "pharaoh" on me - both triple word scores for 185 points! Game over, man! :-)

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  2. Wow - so there is hope for all of us with wives who would normally just tolerate our hobby. Good job. BTW, try saying "Rare Wargame" five times quickly :)

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    1. Mind you this was only the second time she played in 25 years of marriage. I will take calm toleration certainly.
      cheers

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  3. Very nice! Glad you got to enjoy a game.

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    1. Thanks for the kind comment. She enjoyed the game so I might get her to play another...in four years from now, perhaps....

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  4. Will Larry Leadhead survive the heart attack?

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    1. I will have the nitro glycerine on hand if she offers again.

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