Chris Palmer This past Monday I was able to visit with fellow HAWK, Rob Dean, to have another go at “A Gentleman’s War” rules by Howard Whitehouse. We decided we’d make a day of it, and have 2 battles with a break for lunch between. Like my first try of the rules, back at the end of July (See Blog Post here), we once again used our 40mm homecast Imagi-nation armies; only this time I was facing Rob’s Schoeffen-Buschhagen army, and not his son’s Wachovians.
We wanted to try some of the rulebook scenarios this time, so we rolled for random forces, and then picked a suitable scenario (based on the armies we generated) for the first action. Rob’s force seemed to be of a “Flying Column” nature, and mine was a more balanced Infantry/Cavalry force (though lacked artillery), so we settled upon the Isolated Detachment scenario.
Rob had set up the terrain beforehand, in a pleasant countryside layout. Now with a scenario in hand we did a quick arrangement of some of the terrain to create an enclosure for the Isolated Detachment to defend, and we were ready to go. We made the mistake, as will be seen, of rating the walls of the enclosure as high walls and heavy cover
On to the action:
|Bravely the first squadron of Dragoons charges the S-B gun. They take half casualties from the canister fire, but continue on. A swirling melee develops around the guns, and two more of the horsemen fall, but the gunners take casualties too and the survivor abandons the gun. With one remaining figure, the Dragoons claim their hard-won prize.|
|Foolishly, I try to break the stalemate, and send in my Hussars. The Light Infantry form square, and the result is devastating on my horsemen.|
|Things go poorly on my right as well, as the enemy Light infantry that fell back before my charge, now form skirmish and reenter the woods, a volley sends my disorganized troops fleeing out from the trees.|
|I manage to get my gun all the way up to their works, and a final point blank volley sends the defenders running away. But it’s too little too late.|
An enjoyable pair of games! I’ve learned some good lessons about heavy cover in this game, and the abilities of Light Infantry. I think we had rated the cover in both games as +1 I would have had a better chance. But such is the fortunes of war.
We now figure my North Polenburg forces are falling back to lick their wounds, and that since my initial attacks have been beaten back, it is Schoeffen-Buschhagen’s turn to seize the initiative. I must strengthen my frontier as I expect their reprisal any day now.
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