Lots of fine British soldiers including elite Highlanders line up
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In an earlier post, I mentioned the years of playing the period of the French & Indian War that got me in touch with the club I belong too now. More than 20 years it seems now it has been gaming with the Wednesday Night Gamers of Alexandria. Therefore, Del set up a game for the French & Indian War (Part of the 7 Years War but in the colonies) taking place on the road to Montreal. Rules are a set we have played for years based on Fire & Fury. The figures are 25mm and come from the collections of Del and Rick that meant many nice figures on the table. Enjoying the paint job on those figures, more than we ever had on the table before and not all the figures that Rick and Del have wow! The British Crown forces have 3 battalions of highlanders painted up by Fernando Enterprises I like the tartans. Lots of highlanders are there any left in Scotland? Click pictures for larger images.
Nice looking troops but can the French line fight and hold the road
So Del set up an interesting scenario with a little bit of a nod to La Hayes Sainte as a farmhouse compound is found in the middle of the table near the road that must be kept by the French forces. French forces set up first and can occupy the farmhouse compound with limited troops, which we did. The forces of the English Crown were then allowed to set up after their set up the French were allowed to move up to 3 units. I moved one gun to a flank which I kind of regret now. French won the roll off with a good roll by George and he and I moved first.
Facing down the British Light Infantry and loyal colonist
First blood to the French as the French Troupes de marine rise up from behind the farmhouse walls and combine with French Line who volley to inflict casualties on the elite of British Light Troops under Rick’s command. Rolling a natural 10 causes a roll for the leader of the Light Troops who is killed. Meanwhile the French guns pound the extended line of colonial loyalist troops. Colonials masking Rick’s guns save them from fire but also do not let him fire which I admit to being happy about.
Troupes de marine, Coureurs de bois and French line open fire and cause damage
Meanwhile the French forces under George are taking fire from Danny’s artillery. The native war band I put in the woods I am not rolling well for and are barely moving. They count as regulars in the woods but a low roll stalls their advance. The cannon on the flank is also limbered but barely moving. Artillery is whittling down the colonial extended line and I kill their commander with a high roll. Moved the Coureurs de bois under the wall with the Troop de Marine and increase the firepower against Rick’s Troops.
French right flank feeling the fire from the British
Disordered French in the first line
The other flank sees Danny’s troops moving in on George’s troops who are not making all the movement rolls to get better positions. The cannon continue to inflict heavy casualties against his French line unit. One of the highlanders under Rick’s command goes impetuous on a high roll uh oh.
George not happy with the rolls
Another leader down with more casualties from the French cannon towards a British line unit under Rick’s command. The troops under Rick’s command are moving at the farmhouse compound while Danny is making a large flanking movement with lines of troops his wing of infantry moving along like a tidal wave looking to crash upon George’s line.
Can the French hold on
View from the road to Montreal
Move a skirmish line of troops to cover my first line of French regulars in the open who are taking fire as they are outnumbered by Rick’s regulars and artillery. This protects them as the farmhouse wall is protecting the Troupe de marine somewhat and giving a cover bonus. The British Lights were destroyed and first line of colonial troops are wavering as another of Rick’s commanders is killed. Leading from the front looks good but can be deadly.
Nothing like a good wall for cover bonus, even without leaders lots of troops march on
Things are not all good for the French as the first line of regulars on the other flank under George have had the commander killed and are down to half strength they may not last long. The Highlanders in the woods have reached the French Native Allies and each side inflicts a casualty after two rounds of combat but the natives are left disordered. The Highlanders though sometimes hard to control as they went impetuous at the nearest enemy which is the natives are actually rated pretty well in the woods unlike many other regular troops.
Wavering French Line on the right flank
Lines of troops closing the range and starting to cause each other problems.
Therefore, the results for the night are somewhat satisfying for the French, as the center has not collapsed, as I have been worrying about the farm compound. The long-range fire by both sides artillery is being deadly. Two of my guns have their horses gone because of fire but are all right while George on the other flank has lost a gunner. Took two hours for George to inflict a casualty on Danny while losing half a battalion of line troops in the process. The native allies in the woods are not helping as much I would like and I am not sure how well they will stand up to the highlanders. I did not expect Rick to want to cross the river and attack the natives and I am a little afraid for them. Overall, the reserves have not been committed yet and this can be looked on as a positive.
British forces have lost at least 4 battalion commanders. One elite unit of light troops has been destroyed and unit of colonial troops is wavering. A further three-line units have taken damage along with a Highlander battalion.
French forces have held the center with no casualties in the farm compound. George’s wing has one line unit wavering having lost half their troops and the battalion commander. Further, the French guns on George’s flank have taken casualties and one is down to half strength. This was accomplished with minimal hits on the British Line of Danny coming at the flank. The quantity and quality of the British troops could be the deciding factor with these two wide flanking maneuvers. Next week will need to see if the French can hold on. This battle would last two more weeks so more posts in the future to finish it out. Thanks for looking.