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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 Guilford Courthouse, 1781

The American War of Independence, Black Powder, 28mm The only way to entice Bill Gilchrist in these days is to ask him to run a Black Powder game. So, that’s exactly what we did. Also, as we hadn’t played an American War of Independence game for a while, we opted for that. I left it

The Battle of Catawba, 1781

The American War of Independence, Black Powder, 28mm This week we revisited the American War of Independence – a period we hadn’t played for quite a while. The scenario was concocted by Michael, and was loosely based on a mash-up of Cowpens, Hobkirk’s Hill and Guilford Courthouse. The British were attacking, with eight foot battalions,

The Second Battle of Trenton, 1776

The American War of Independence, Black Powder, 28mm This is becoming something of a Christian tradition. A few years ago, “German Michael” laid on a refight of the Battle of Trenton, fought in the snow at this time of year. He sort of extended the game too, so that by its end the remains of

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

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