Chatterton’s Hill at The Other Partizan 2019

Yesterday I staged a refight of Chatterton’s Hill (Oct 1776) at The Other Partizan show in Newark (UK).

There is a scenario for this battle in scenario book #1 for British Grenadier and I wrote one for the Rebellion supplement for Black Powder. Both are aimed at  a 6x4 table. For yesterday’s game I did some extra reading and tried to scale the scenery more towards the actual terrain as I understood it. 

The table I set up was 10’ long and between 5’ and 4’6” wide. I used terrain cloths over lots of boxes, bits of wood and coir doormats to create the steep sides of Wolf Pit Hill and Chatterton’s Hill, with the Bronx River running through the valley between them. The top of Chatterton’s Hill was left fairly flat to accommodate fields, walls and fences as per the limited contemporary accounts. 

Ground scale is around 1”=10 yards (horizontal and vertical)

Here are views from the North and South edges:

The farm was added for interest rather than accuracy and played no part in the action. 

The game played well using the current version of my Bloodybacks rules with an addition to limit artillery ammunition and prevent the guns dominating proceedings in an unhistorical way. 

The British artillery bombardment did have an attritional effect on the defenders and played its part but despite there being two whole batteries (6 model guns) it was still necessary for the infantry to assault the Hill and take significant casualties to a number of redcoat and hessian battalions.

The game followed history fairly closely, with the militia and continentals putting up a stiff resistance and the Crown eventually taking the ground. 

Some photos below:


  1. That looks very impressive!

  2. Very impressive Steve. Love the look of that valley.

  3. Absolutely stunning, miniatures and terrain...

  4. Awesome setup, and great looking figures. A game I would wait in line for to get tickets to play!


  5. Possibly my favorite game at Partizan; consistently excellent painting, great table & friendly fellows too!
    I took loads of pics for my own blog, post up any day.
    Best wishes,

  6. Thanks all! Much appreciated.

  7. Missed it! I was all set to travel down but the Ashes got the better of me..... lol

    I was going to write a letter or protest to Richard about combining Partizan with the Ashes but there's no need for that sort of thing now that they have decided to move the dates back for The Other Partizan.

    Your game looks splendid as always Steve. I always found time to hover around your AWI games as they just looked so damn good. A real labour of love which is what it is all about.

  8. Letter or protest is of course a joke! Even I would not be that crass lol

    1. How do you think I felt. Missed a lot of Saturday’s play with set up and most of Sunday’s with the actual show! Roll on October. Good to see you getting back into the painting and gaming 👍


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