This Thursday we were back at our little AWI, 28mm, Black Powder campaign - featuring my little scenario card game "Eve of Battle". In this second round Bart (Franco-American) and Peter (Hessian) (seconded by Alisdair) fought against each other with an absolute minimum of troops in an ice cold tundra landscape void of trees and other hills - apart from two farm houses that Bart had drawn on this side, to "make this his personal Hougemont", well strange tactic, but thats what they "pokered" for (Eve of Battle).
The visibility (and therefore the ability to charge and to shoot) was 18", movement was halved, and shooting wasn't allowed at all. Bart started and managed to get a foothold in both houses. while the German mercenaries were trodding through the deep snow-mud, inching their way forward ... and then after the second turn the snow stopped.
Here right at the start were some terrific moments when Bart kept his gun unwarded outside the mansion. But Peter couldn't capitalise on that his dragoons were shot into disorder. In short Peter cautiously advanced and shot the S**** out of Barts Frenchies, but could just not kill the damn gun or dislodge him from the centre hamlet - nearly, but just not yet. Alisdairs wing was formed just behind the low stonewall and giving the French all he could!!!
But then as it seemed that the Allies would be buried under a wooden rubble, Bart retreated "around" the farm house and the whole front line did nearly a face volte. The Hessians/ Peter/Alisdair were out-maneouvered. Further along the battle both parties killed one unit and so we decided to go for an extra turn ... and Barts (Washingtons) 3rd Dragoons were going in for the kill and after Peters Hessian failed their volley, they was slaughter, first a draw but then as the extension came the Hessians went down. Bart and Peter are leading the chart now - both parties at loggerheads... next will be Alisdairs Brits vs the local Americans of Mike. After that we will do a 4 party battle, with each brigadier getting cards for Eve of battle and be able to get points ... watch this space!
|And initial set up|
|The Hessians in line|
|The Franco-American line|
|The Franco-American line (2)|
|Bart put the militia in the house ... and forgot them there for the rest of the battle|
|The Hessians are coming!|
|First shots around the house|
|The French Maginot line ... almost|
|But the German mercenaries have their eyes on the target|
|in a big sweep they fall in|
|severe fire fights around the farm|
|while the other half of the French and the Militia just watch|
|the air for the American gun is getting hotter by the minute ...|
|The American dragoons (3rd) are coming!|
|Then the French "counter sweep" around the house|
|The battle line has already turned 90 degrees|
|Still the Hessians cannot move the French ...|
|everybody is circling to get the best possible shot ...|
|But no decision ...|
|The hessians now get some fire|
|... and gun shots!!!|
|Peters last bid to kill the gun|
|... failed and left him prone ...|
|... for the last all or nothing attack from the Dragoons, who delivered!|