Back at Steves after a couple of weeks off and Steve got his AWI collection out for the first time for a small Sharp Practice game.
Interesting little scenario and game.
The British had no British at all, a Loyalist militia of 3 groups of 8 in a formation, a militia skirmish group and a group of 8 Jaegers.
The Americans (surely both sides were mainly American?) Had also 3 groups of 8 militia a unit of 6 rifle skirmishers and another of militia skirmishers plus two groups 8 of state infantry in a formation.
The objective (revealed slightly late!) was a barn full of stores the Rebels needed to get their hands on.
Move two and the Rebels go first bringing them into long range for my Militias muskets, a controlled volley and the State troops have their first shock markers. My skirmishers try to get around the flank of the Militia formation and in response Marks riflemen set off towards his left flank behind a hill, slightly bemused by that I opt to ignore them for the moment.
At last my Jaegers are drawn and I push them through a field towrads the wood on my left flank where they will eventiually be able to enfillade the Patriot lines.
The next round sees a series of long range volleys with minimal casualties for both sides, Marks riflemen continue to move right out onto my extreme flank and I move my skirmishers behindthe militia line to shadow the rifles, my Jeagers are now almost at the edge of the wood but Mark has thrown his own skirmish line across the ends of his formations to screen them from my fire.
My militia stand the punishment remarkably well but the tide begins to turn as I have a lot less to fire back now. My Jeagers open up on the skirmish line, two consectutive shots inflicting heavy casualties and focing them back but now the achilles heel of the rifle comes in as it takes a full turn to re-load and I am unable to support the beleagured militia. Marks commander focuses his command points and is able to remove the majority of the shock from the State troops who continue to poor fire onto my now dis-integrating milita.
My skirmishers start a one side firefight with the rifles who are now heading down a lane leading to the rear of my forces and, yes you guessed it, the supply dump in the barn.
I admit defeat at this stage, the rules have worked really well and handled the different troops types well too. Interesting to see the tactical issues of the day manifested in our game. My one chance as Steve later pointed out was to charge his milita skirmishers with my Jeagers and then fire into the rear of the formations with double shock. To be honest that felt like asking a bit much of skirmishing troops at the time but in hindsight was probably a missed opportunity.
Great fun game looking forward to another very soon.