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The American War of Independence

The American War of Independence – Playing the Period

Teaching the Colonials a lesson… American War of Independence in the Journal This is probably my oldest 25mm period, and until recently it showed. Being the first “proper” 25mm army I painted (and my painting standard was a lot lower than it is now) then they all look a little .. er .. basic! Therefore

The Battle of Weitzel’s Mill, 1781

The American War of Independence, Black Powder, 28mm This week we were off to the Carolinas, to refight the skirmish that preceded the Battle of Guilford Courthouse. The tactical situation is covered in my Osprey on Guilford Courthouse 1781, so I’ll be brief here. Essentially, Colonel Tarleton and his advance guard had been probing for the rebels,

Heskith’s Field, 1776

The American War of Independence, Black Powder, 28mm As I was away up in Orkney I didn’t have a game pre-planned, and this was the result of a hasty e-mail exchange a couple of hours before the club night began. I brought along a couple of boxes of my American War of Independence toys, and

The Storming of Fort Washington, 1776

The American War of Independence,  Black Powder, 28mm We recently started playing an American War of Independence game in the Edinburgh club. the whole thing is organised by Michael Schneider, who rather fortuitously has a large matched pair of armies for the period. In the campaign, Jack Glanville is playing the part of the rebel

Massacre at Bart’s Farm, 1777

The American War of Independence, Black Powder, 28mm This game was laid on by Michael Schneider, who supplied all the lead, worked out the scenario and umpired the game. Actually he also took charge of his beloved Hessians on the British left flank, so he was sort of an umpire with mercenary tendencies. Anyway, this

The Battle of White Plains, 1776

The American War of Independence , Black Powder, 28mm This week we sneaked in an extra Sunday game. The Edinburgh Club meets in the city’s Royal Navy Club, and on weekends the place is usually busy. This week though we were able to put on a game – one organised by Michael Schneider as a

The Battle of Red Clay Creek, 1777

The American War of Independence, Black Powder, 28mm This weekend I took part in a large American War of Independence game – a fictitious battle set during the Pennsylvania Campaign of 1777, fought in the conservatory of a hotel in Fife. Eleven of us took part – five Australians, the rest Brits, using some lovely

The First Battle of Saratoga, 1777

The American War of Independence, Black Powder, 28mm This game was taken directly from the scenario at the back of Black Powder, and used my full 12×6 table. The First Battle of Saratoga (or Freeman’s Farm) is something of a wargaming classic. It involves a British assault across a stream – a tributary of Mill

The Battle of Germanwine, 1777

The American War of Independence, Black Powder, 28mm This past weekend I took part in a large American War of Independence game, held in Lundin Links in Fife. The game was designed to use Dave Imrie’s nice-looking terrain boards, and a scenario concocted by Bill Gilchrist. The result was a fictitious encounter we fought somewhere

The Battle of Trenton, 1776

The American War of Independence, Black Powder, 28mm This was a very seasonal battle. The real battle was fought on Boxing Day (26 January), and so it seemed appropriate to refight it between Christmas and New Year. So, it was the nightafter Christmas, when all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even

The Battle of Hubbarton, 1777

The American War of Independence, Black Powder, 28mm I found myself in Edinburgh on a club night, so I arranged to play an American War of Independence game with Bill Gilchrist. Actually Bill landed up both umpiring and co-commanding the Americans in this small refight of the Battle of Hubbarton. He was ably assisted by

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