28 April 2014

Falkirk 1746 What If ? - A Battle report

One of the things high on the agenda this year was to get a lot more gaming in. Something we had done reasonably well at this year although we have had a three week absence of rules, dice and tape measures due to some frenetic work for myself and Kevin and chunks of real life interrupting the regular session.

This week we got back to our Thursday session as Kev had written a nice scenario for a Jacobite rebellion game!

Now I am not going to go over everything Kev has already mentioned in his superb write up of the game HERE. Though I will take a couple of minutes to thank him for sorting the whole thing out for us to play, Oh and remind him that he got a proper highland welcome!!

One of the things I really like is having the underdogs to play with its a nice challenge and rather good fun trying to keep everything under control. Never more so than when you have Jacobites - a combination of lunatics and often bad command make these fun to play with.

 The table all set up and ready to go, the Jacobite's would enter from the right table side
 A view from the Jacobite side with some English pomp doing a spot of Highland clearing on the left Falkitk in the centre and some drag queens on the far right in camp!
So Myself and Glenn formulated a plan of how we were going to win this with so much to achieve we went for the massed highland charge approach with the clans.
 The Drag Queens are not going to like this as in the dawns early light I launch a full highland charge at the encampment on the first turn.
 The Scots cavalry decide to scout the road ahead and ignore the fighting in camp
 Lets just say Kev did not fair too well as the camp collapsed and two artillery pieces were captured, a unit of dragoons were cut down to a man and the last unit was so badly mauled it fled the field of battle. Also as a bonus two lots of supplies were now in Jacobite hands.
 The cavalry got distracted by supplies and looted the English camp at Falkirk and stole away the remaining supplies, this was one of the major objectives for the Jacobites as if we could now destroy the rest of the infantry on the table and English reserves would arrive with depleted ammunition.
 My Jacobite clans move out again and start to reform and march towards the road to Edinburgh to cut of any reinforcements that would arrive.
Kev decideds its time to stop the cleaning and get these into the battle before all is lost.
 Meanwhile Glenn starts the siege of Falkirk
 Kev just has to take a pic as another English Battalion fails its break test and quits the field, things are going really well for the Jacobite cause at the moment
 Falkirk though would prove to be a hard nut to crack as Clansmen poured into the fray from all directions and piled the English corpses high, Kev was on a rolling streak that would frustrate me and Glen for several turns.
Finally after having taken many break tests at -3, then -4 and beyond Falkirk fell but it was one turn too late and the reserves had started to arrive. It was at this point we called the game as Hawley would be unable to save the day as the Jacobite clans were well prepared and had only lost one unit in the days fighting, where as England had lost 3 entire Brigades two of which were wiped out completely.

Overall a cracking night and plenty of banter and laughter and the dice were as unpredictable as ever! The next game in this should be very interesting as France will now join the Jacobite cause.




36 comments:

  1. A very nice report. The table looks good as well and although my eyesight won't allow me to see the figures I am guessing they are a good match. I like it when you have a couple of games together and the results of one game impact on the next game. Nice one Mate.

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    1. We are trying to play a lot of these multi part games in several periods at the moment

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  2. Nice, very nice report Andrew! Love this table, the village is very impressive...

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  3. Great report Andy.
    Thr next one should be a blinder.

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  4. Good looking game and an enjoyable AAR! By the sound of it the Jacobite clans are not in need of French service.

    Christopher

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    1. Oh I think we were very lucky with our rolls to be honest and we will need the French if we are going to win the war I feel

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  5. A great looking game Loki, The French should add a little sparkle to the game!

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    1. It should add some character at the very least Mr Badger

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  6. A cracking game Andrew and lovely to see the table in its full glory.

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    1. It certainly did not go the way of the English for a change

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  7. Good to see the battle reports back again.

    Hmmm underdogs eh.... Hmm I was thinking more of under a cow this weekend. He he....

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    1. Getting back to normal, well as normal as can be expected really so more reports will follow. I'll be shooting cows and anything that moves this time ;)

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  8. Great table and a great report! Here's a toast to the underdog pulling off the upset. I do like that.

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    1. I actually enjoy playing more with the odds against me

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  9. Great game there that you and Kev had and good to see the Jacobites win.

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    1. That does not happen too often believe me

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  10. "a combination of lunatics and often bad command"
    Sounds like a place I used to work :-)

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  11. Looting the camp was a good move Andrew. Next game, pile the dead higher and deeper!

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    1. Twas a bit of fun and certainly paid off

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  12. Greate AAR !

    Best regards Michael

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  13. Very good report. Thanks, Andrew!
    Sounds like a great time for you, boys!

    Cheers
    Stefan

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  14. Great report and photos Andrew! The table looks fantastic!

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  15. Very entertaining write up! Seems like everybody involved had a great game.

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    1. The period is always great fun and the Jacobite clans are wildly unpredictable

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