Friday, April 7, 2017

Foraging in the Hudson Valley

We played the 18th century variant for AGW last night but rather than using Howard's charming flats Matt pulled out his collection of 28mm figures. He had just finished a  unit of Tarleton's dragoons and wanted to use them. The scenario was of a combined British and Hessian force advancing through the valley and a hastily formed group of Militia and Continentals come out to oppose them.

Howard played the Americans, Matt the Hessians and I the British. Matt and I divided the cards by suit he being diamonds and me hearts. This caused us to have some challenges in cycling through our units but reflected the disjointed command.

The Rebels occupied a stone wall section in the center and pushed out their riflemen on the left and secured the right with a gun and continental regiment. The Hessians pushed up through the center whilst the British came in on the American left.

The Jagers attached to the British quickly came into contact and a brisk fire fight occurred. This lasted most of the game as the German fire was not accurate enough to dislodge the Americans from the flank. Tarleton and the Queens Rangers milled around wondering how to attack the Militia behind the wall. 

The Heassians had no such dilemma. They steadily advanced and assaulted the Rebels the first regiment being pushed back but the second group of Hessians were able to destroy the artillery and push back the first line of militia.

The third regiment of Germans moved to flank the Americans and engaged in a bloody fight in the woods pushing back the Continentals. Back in the center the second line of Militia went toe to toe with the Hessians and pushed them back. 

The hour was late and all commanders decided to fall back and regroup. The game was a success and although I had felt that much of my enjoyment of these rules was that the figures we used had so much character using the current standard of well painted and accurate miniatures still provided a great game with plausible results. Yes I'm a fanboy. 


  1. I like your photos better! Might be time for a new phone.

    1. I'm not sure camera quality is the right justification for a new phone:-)