Tuesday, 1 November 2022

War of 1812 Fictional affair

Having concluded one of the interesting Campaign battles between Craig and KevinA using PeterM's campaign rules, the troops and terrained tabletop had me bring out my bigger battalions for a long-neglected War of 1812 solo-battle. 

Canadian Militia (in early war green tunics) deploying within the village. The regulars of the 89th Foot can be seen in the distance.

I can quickly describe the action: the Americans with two units of Kentucky militia (poor) and the 28th Infantry (also recruited in Kentucky and also poorly trained....) came up against two units of Canadian militia and the 89th Foot. The mounted Kentucky Rifles leading the American advance were in scout mode which covered the American advance but when ordered into formation decided their duty was done a sulked in the rear for the remainder of the engagement - rather unfortunate dice rolls for them were made!  

While the Canadian militia are rated poor, the 89th Foot is good.  Not having played the rules for awhile, and that they are based on random dice for unit control, nevertheless the outcome was what might be predicted.  The Americans marched up (mostly in column so to actually move!) only to be frozen in place and decimated by musket fire. The Canadians even had the gumption to move against the rattled militia, routing them and their friends with them.  The American regulars of the 28th, not having much resolve, so followed as the British 89th, having poured several volleys into them, rolled high enough to advance and have these Americans follow their fellow Kentuckians back across the bridge so confidently crossed only a short time before. 

The Americans marching on the road from the bridge crossing. The American horsemen seen behind the trees would soon call it a day and leave the infantry to do the fighting.... The simple terrain was left over from the campaign I have been hosting.

The lead Canadian militia unit, upper left, is advancing upon the shaken Kentucky militia in their hunting  jacket attire. The other Kentucky militia is aggressively advancing but needing to be in march column which will soon face fire from the 89th Foot ( at right ).  The buildings are my old home-built models.

The 89th Foot.  These have been around for awhile as the flags are hand-painted a requirement before all the nice printed flags became available.  I have the 21st Fusiliers yet to paint because I have the regiment's hand-painted flag done and ready to be used for many years now!



9 comments:

  1. Looks great Doug and the result seems likely, given the relative quality of the troops engaged, and also historically accurate in respect of many of the American forays across the Canadian border! It's a great period - I must get my collection into action more often....famous last words of course!

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    1. Many of my solo-battles result in a Canadian/British victory over the Americans. Interesting that.......and having nothing to do with me being a Canadian, probably.....

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  2. Great looking game. I really like your scratch-built buildings- they look perfect for rural structures of the period.

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    1. If by "rural" you mean dilapidated and poorly constructed, you are probably correct as my modelling is more "...hmmm, that should about fit." or "I think that is the right angle give or take" and made from scrap pieces of foam core and coffee stir sticks!
      Thank you for the kind compliment as always.

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    2. Well Doug, you should see some o the rural buildings around here that are 50 years old or so; they would fit your description just as well mine lol.

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    1. It is a lovely war to create Pleased you like it!

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  4. A short and not particularly sharp encounter! It's wonderful to see your War of 1812 figures on the table again, Doug.
    Regards, James

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    1. As a wargame it was particularly uninspiring so luckily playing solo I enjoyed it quite a bit; particularly as my rules (and strictly written for myself) seem to offer a very realistic feel to the historic combat of the time IMHO, despite my ability to roll dice in wildly extreme measures!
      And yes, I do like the collection and seeing the regiments deployed. I really must do more of this.

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