This week I have split my free time between a small game and gradually adding to my collection of AWI militia. The latter will go onto round bases in groups of three as I build-up units with the aim of specific use in battles with a lot of skirmishing activity, such as Lexington/Concord, St Leger's campaign of 1777, etc. I have plenty of militia on rectangular bases already but I'd not rule out adding more of those in the future.
The game is based very loosely on the British Grenadier! scenario, but played with my Bloodybacks! rules. Clearly no set of AWI rules is complete without an exclamation mark. When I say loosely I do mean this.
The setting is New York, 1776. A battalion of British light infantry in two wings is advancing north along a road lined with stone walls and heavy logs amidst wooded farmland with fields similarly edged with hard cover. A battalion of Hessian grenadiers also in two wings is due to arrive along a second road than joins the main one. They won't arrive immediately though. The light infantry are accompanied by a detachment of Hessian jagers and a section of Royal Artillery 3-pounders. Opposing the crown is a small brigade of continental infantry consisting of three small regiments supported by a section of light guns and a few militia.
Commanders on both sides are of good quality, as are the majority of the troops, so this is set up to be quite a stubborn action.
Orders of Battle:
Lt.Col. Musgrave (Q4), British light infantry (Q4) in two wings each of size 4 and density 5, Jagers (Q4) in one unit of size 2 and density 3, Royal Artillery (Q4) manning one section of 3 pdr guns
Lt.Col. Von Linsing (Q3), Hessian grenadiers (Q4) in two wings each of size 4 and density 8
Col. Glover (Q5), 3rd and 13th Continental infantry (Q4) as two units of size 4 and density 6, 26th Continental infantry (Q3) as one unit of size 4 and density 6, Connecticut militia (Q2) as one unit of size 2 and density 3, Continental artillery (Q3) manning one section of 3 pdr guns
Below we see the view from the southern end of the table, close to the British entry point. The exit is in the north at the top of the table, just over a small wooden bridge. The expected Hessians will arrive from the road along the left (west) edge. Defending units are concealed behind walls and in woods.
Stone and log barriers are counted as hard cover.
The British entered at the start of turn 1 and immediately came under fire from the militia skirmishers in the woods and from the 13th Continentals who popped up from behind their wall. The jagers chased off the militia and spent the majority of the battle in this pursuit. The leading light infantry wing was staggered and although it recovered to an extent the firefight with the Continentals was attritional and the stone walls gave the defenders a real advantage and in next to no time (well, about 30 minutes) the unit had lost 5/6 of its stamina and was going nowhere.