Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Black Powder AWI Game

Hello again!

Yes yes, another update today! Last Saturday Pijlie and I played a Black Powder game at the DUCOSIM games-fair in Amersfoort (http://www.ducosim.nl/nieuw/wiki.php?id=42).

We played a game loosely based on Freeman's Farm (a battle from the American War of Independence) which we used to practice for our impending Southern Campaign.

Here some pictures:

The table showing Pijlie's excellent terrain. Most of the armies were also his, with my current workload I have not been able to paint more troops then one infantry and one cavalry brigade.

My Scottish and Line regiment try to flush out some skirmishers in order to get to the regulars next. This turned out to be a bit of a hitch. The skirmishers actually functioned as a speed bump for pretty much all the game.

Before the game we diced for each unit to see in what turn they'd enter the game. Unfortunately most of my army would turn up from turn 4, my opponent had most of his troops by turn 3. Even though I fine-tuned my plan of attack to this situation, and wohay this was the first battle ever in which my plan actually worked, I was a bit apprehensive when on my left flank a large division of Militia appeared. Part of which can be seen below.

Fortunately for me the militia proved to be as unreliable as their real world counterparts, and they didn't do much besides walking away for the entire game.

Pijlie had these brilliant Continental Light Dragoons trying to threaten my right flank but a devastating charge from my Grenadiers saw to them and sent them packing.

Unit of the match are the American skirmisher who kept me from overrunning the American left flank earlier in the game:

More pictures will follow soon.

Cheers Sander

Listening to: "Yann Tiersen" by my wife on piano ;-)


Anonymous said...

Excellent looking game. I have bought "Black Powder" too, what do you think of the rules?


Sander said...

Hoi Matt,

Personally I love the BP rules, they're fast and fun but also really easy to play without loosing the feel of each period played. Pijlie and I have played, Sudan, AWI and Nap games and every one of them was entirely in style, and great fun as well!

So highly recommended!

Cheers Sander

Anonymous said...

I am thinking of using them for the Franco Prussian and Crimean Wars. They do look fun and read well. Looking forward to more pictures!


Sander said...

Oy Matt, in the October issue of Wargames IllustratedMister John Desh has writen an article on adapting his Froschwiller-worth scenario from Fire and Fury into BP. He talks about the differences between the rulesets and finally gives a scenario for the battle to play with BP, I think you'd might wanna read this one!