Monday, 12 August 2013

A Jjacobite AAR

 
I had a game at the club yesterday. Tim wanted to try the Black Powder rules. This is how the game went. The Picture to the right has the board set up. All the figures were supplied by Tim, and were 6mm Irregular Miniatures. While I am not a huge fan of Irregular these were actually well cast and well sculpted which makes a change from what I have seen in the past so perhaps they have improved. The trees walls and two villages were also supplied by Tim. Tim has not put the 6mm buildings up for sale at shows or online but did confirm that he does intent to in the future.

I played the British and Tim took charge of the Scots for a Jacobite battle.  The first picture shows my troops arriving on the battle field. I had only 1 artillery piece, Tim had none, we had one cavalry unit each and I had 8 infantry units to the Scots 12. My mission was to take both the villages and level them. One village on the hill to the left the other on the right beyond the trees.

It is fair to say that we got the rules wrong and continually corrected them as we discovered the right solution. So movement at the start was very slowly and we both struggled with the dice and motivating the troops. However it was equally stifling for us both so no biggie. It was good to have a slow start anyway as it gave us both chance to get used to what we were doing.

My plan was that to try to split the Scots defenders and target one village while using a smaller force to keep the rampaging Scots at bay. Tim had different ideas of course.  The picture to the right shows where my firing line came to a halt on the right. Tim hurled his Cavalry unit straight at my centre The Scots Horse of this period were not very effective and that proved to be the case in the game. They hit a unit of Loyal lowland Scots and suffered so badly that they turned tail and withdrew both disrupted and shaken. For most of the rest of the game poor Tim could not get a general to motivate them again.


The next picture shows where my advance was halted by a series of bad command rolls. Tim had sent 4 foot units to my left out of shot, hence the bent line. He sent his troop forward, down from the hill on the right and into melee with my right flank unit. A series of good dice rolls (from my point of view) first tied the melee and then allowed me to win it. And then the four units to the left hurtled into my loyal Scots who were able to get of shots at close range and disrupt the charge. The resulting fights did not go all my own way but neither were they disastrous.

My right flank was out shooting the Scots quite dramatically, which is not to say the return fire was having any effect. More to say they mine was becoming about twice as effective overall and Tim had to move leaders about and rally troops at every opportunity. I did finally manage to motivate the horse and send them into the highlanders who had finally lost the melee and had withdrawn. They did what any good formed horse should do against fleeing troops and totally wiped them out. They were then on the flank of Tim's troops and after a turn of resting and recovering were able to launch another charge into his troops which had been using a stone wall as cover.

meanwhile to my left the 4 units of highlanders contacted my lowland loyalists. Ouch! One unit acted as a "speed bump" and slowed the Highlanders down but did not stop them. After a couple of turns they crumbled and the unit routed of the board never to be seen again. Of course I reinforced them plugged the hole and steeled myself for the next onslaught. This temporary gap encouraged the scots still on the hill to commit themselves. and I had 1 unit at the corner in danger of having to fight or more than one face, so I got them to form square. While not a conventional tactic we were trying the rules so it was worth a try. They did not fight as efficiently in square as I hoped but it did mean that any failed morale tests would still keep them there and not scatter them. So they did not flee and they did allow me to support the square and I managed to squeeze his highlanders between my two units (square and line).

At the same time my left flank was hurting I managed to charge my horse again into the flank of the unit seeking cover behind the wall. They could not get a last shot off lost the morale check and with a bad dice roll also fled the field. At this stage Tim's flank started to withdraw out of charge range and I made a steady advance with my foot on my Right.

So my left flank was under pressure my centre was holding but my right had pretty much dealt with the defenders of the first village. With some fortunate motivations (despite rolling double 6). A natural 12 on the motivations mean the unit concerned fails to understand the order properly and may act in a random manner. This surprisingly worked in my favour and they were put in a position to threaten the Scots Horse which had continually failed to motivate and of course Tim was too busy elsewhere to spare a commander to order them back to the fight.

With my right flank free I was able to support the left which were slowly and systematically being worn away. Bringing so many now fresh and rested troops over to the left allowed my to push the remaining highlanders back and I secured the second village.

Conclusion: Although the unit losses tend to make it look like a one sided battle I only lost 3 foot to Tims 11 and a horse. The battle was not as this would reflect. I grant you that Tim was continually on the defensive and to much extent the back foot but a few different dice rolls and I could have been crushed like a bug at one point in the game.

Overall the rules worked well and we shall use them again. They are not a set for picky rules lawyers but they do seem to be a good set for club fun games. The basic rules are simple and despite the hesitations and our initial lack of understanding over motivations worked as I would hope a club set should work. The best part for me was that I have played skirmish games the most part of the last year or so which made a big battle set a very pleasant change.

When I first thought to do War of Spanish Succession  I did buy some 6mm Baccus miniatures. I can see that I might have to hunt them out and get them painted now. Given that I am not buying any wargames figures until September at the earliest this seems to me to be an excellent idea. So give me a while to clear what I have on the paint table already and I can start them.

I hope you found something of interest here today. Thanks for tuning in and I should do my next post on Wednesday. All the best Clint.




21 comments:

  1. Nice batrep with good pics. Good to see you got time out after taking care of the Nephew!

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    1. Thanks Anne next few weeks might see a lot of the young fellow. He's in Hospital today (minor op) so I expect a few weeks of recovery.

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  2. Great report Clint, never played BP before I here they work well, but are a bit generic?? Now get them Baccus figures painted!!

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    1. I can see they could be generic. As for the Baccus don't rush me..... I have to finish some other stuff first. So give me a week or two and I should get something done.

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    2. Good read and a win my friend and did we have a stutter in the title......JJJJJJJ!

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    3. Thank you friend Fran. I had not noticed the opps in the title until you pointed it out. I would now be churlish of me to change it as it would make your comment seem odd. I must make an effort to proof read things from now on. I thank you sir.

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    4. You're quite welcome friend Clint!

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  3. It's nice to see someone else doing Black Powder in 6mm and enjoying it!

    One thing, though: you cannot have been playing British against Scots: Scots are British too, you know!

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    1. Thanks Colgar. I take your point, but I think we both understand by what I meant about the two forces and their nationalities.

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  4. Kinda spectacular, all those little men all massed together. Looks way better than 28mm historicals, thats for sure.

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    1. Thank you Mathyoo. It made a very nice change of scale.

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  5. That is wonderful change of pace, great report Clint.

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    1. Thank you Michael it was very pleasant to play a game with mass ranks as opposed to a skirmish. A change I really enjoyed.

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  6. Nice report Clint. Good to read I am not alone in doing badly with Jacobite cavalry

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    1. To be honest I tend not to charge formed infantry unless in the flank or rear. It Tim had used them to get round the back or pick on disrupted units I think they would have been much more effective.

      Thank you Andrew.

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  7. A very interesting battle report, which would seem you enjoyed immensely despite the rules mix-up (which always happens with a new set of rules)

    It appears with "Black Powder" and its derivatives that you either like them or dislike them with there being no middle ground.
    I've seen them in action once (in their Pike and Shotte form) and wasn't impressed enough to want to buy them. They do seem very derivative of other sets of rules (including my own), but they are currently "flavour of the week".

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    1. I did enjoy the game, winning does help, as does playing Tim, he's a genuinely nice chap. I did enjoy the rules as well but I think it was because it was such a change from what I had been playing for the last 18 months or so.

      I had scoffed at the rules before playing them. I am not saying I am a total convert to them, but they did give a very easy flowing game. They are definitely not for rules lawyers and people who want the difference in a forces shoe laces to effect the game. They are for a fast easy game among friends. And for that they did work.

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  8. Clint that is one hell of a good looking game you had there and a great report that really examples the feeling of the rules.

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    1. Thank you Peter, I shall pass your board comment on to Tim. Now all I have to do is add to everything that Tim has already done, then of course to take the credit! I will start a little bit of this projects extra terrain in the morning.

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  9. Good game Clint, great report too. I do like 6mm and think it tends to get forgotten. Nice one all round.

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